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Reding proposes 12 measures to simplify life in the EU

2 min. 24.06.2013 From our online archive
EU Justice Commissioner Viviane Reding has proposed 12 measures to simplify life for citizens in the EU, tackling areas such as employment, shopping and citizens' rights.

(CS) EU Justice Commissioner Viviane Reding has proposed 12 measures to simplify life for citizens in the EU, tackling areas such as employment, shopping and citizens' rights.

Reding explained at a press conference that the measures were based on feedback from EU citizens collected between May and September last year for the so-called EU Citizenship Report.

The report analysed concrete issues of EU citizens, their worries and concerns, with 12 measures developed to offer answers to some of the problems identified in the study.

The 12 measures are spread over six different areas and include the following:

  • Removing obstacles for workers, students and trainees in the EU, such as allowing jobseekers to receive their allowance while searching for work abroad during six months and creating a framework to avoid trainees being exploited as unpaid labour.
  • Cutting red tape in the member states to facilitate the recognition of official documents and certificates, also including the roadworthiness of cars moved across borders.
  • Protecting the more vulnerable in the EU, for example by creating an EU disability card to ensure that citizens with disabilities can move freely between member states.
  • Eliminating barriers to shopping in the EU by improving rules to settle disputes and making cross-border shopping more transparent.
  • Making information about the EU more readily available through online tools, providing citizen-friendly information about who to turn to in case of a problem.
  • Strengthening the participation of citizens in the democratic process, by trying to work on solutions with governments that currently disenfranchise citizens who have not lived in their country of origin for several years.

“There are over 13.6 million EU citizens living in another Member State to their own, and around 210 million travelling each year within the European Union for business or leisure. Many of the proposals in this year’s Citizenship report apply to all 500 million EU citizens,” Reding said. “Life should be simple. That's why we are proposing today's 12 actions.”

The 2013 Citizenship Report follows on from a similar report in 2010, which led to 25 proposed measures, of which 22 have already been enforced with the final two already under preparation.

Reding hopes to see the new proposals implemented by the end of 2014, which marks the end of her terms as Justice Commissioner.

Wednesday's proposals form part of the European Year of Citizens, an initiative introduced by the Justice Commissioner, aimed at involving European citizens in the union.

In Luxembourg, residents will be able to get actively involved in the debate on June 30, at an open forum discussion, including Reding, as well as government representatives and members of the European Parliament.

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