Members' Research Service By / February 10, 2023

Revision of Council Directive 93/109/EC: Electoral rights of mobile EU citizens in elections to the European Parliament [EU Legislation in Progress]

The concept of European Union (EU) citizenship was formally introduced into the constitutional order by Article 8 of the Treaty of Maastricht (now Article 20 of the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union (TFEU));

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Written by Micaela Del Monte and David de Groot (1st edition).

On 25 November 2021, the European Commission submitted a proposal to modify Directive 93/109/EC on the right of mobile European Union (EU) citizens – those residing in a Member State of which they are not nationals – to vote and stand as candidates in elections to the European Parliament. The proposal was presented with three others: to modify the rules on EU citizens’ rights in municipal elections; to set rules on political advertising; and to revise the rules on EU political party and foundation funding. Directive 93/109/EC gives EU citizens the same rights to vote and to be elected in European Parliament elections as the citizens of the Member State in which they reside; Member States have varying rules on the exercise of these rights. The Commission proposal seeks to address some of the concerns raised about the implementation of the directive.

In Parliament, the file was referred to the Committee on Constitutional Affairs. The committee adopted its report on 1 December 2022 and a vote in plenary is scheduled for the February II 2023 plenary session.


Proposal for a COUNCIL DIRECTIVE laying down detailed arrangements for the exercise of the right to vote and stand as a candidate in elections to the European Parliament for Union citizens residing in a Member State of which they are not nationals (recast)
Committee responsible:Committee on Constitutional Affairs (AFCO)COM(2021) 0732
Rapporteur:Damian Boeselager (Greens/Germany)2021/0372(CNS)
Shadow rapporteurs:Loránt Vincze (EPP, Romania), Pedro Silva Pereira (S&D, Portugal), Sandro Gozi (Renew, France), Leila Chaibi (GUE, France)
Next steps expected: Awaiting Parliament’s vote
timeline CNS voted in plenary

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