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Parliamentary questions
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15 December 2017
Answer given by Ms Jourová on behalf of the Commission
Question reference: E-005960/2017

As regards national schemes for naturalisation of investors (citizenship investor schemes), the Commission recalls that it is for each Member State to lay down conditions for the acquisition and loss of its nationality, subject to due regard for Union law.

It is in the interest of the Member State concerned, but also of the EU in general, that such conditions include background checks on applicants for citizenship, among these checks on whether a person is subject to an EU sanction. It is the responsibility of Member States' authorities to perform such checks.

The Commission's view is that Member States should use their prerogative to award citizenship in line with international and EC law and in a spirit of sincere cooperation with other Member States. The Commission is therefore monitoring citizenship investors' schemes, including their application, to ensure there is a genuine link between investors and the EU country that awards them citizenship.

In its 2017 EU Citizenship Report, the Commission announced it would produce in 2018 a report on national schemes granting EU citizenship to investors describing the Commission's action in this area, current national law and practices and providing some guidance for Member States.

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