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Parliamentary questions
24 October 2013
P-010069/2013
Answer given by Mrs Reding on behalf of the Commission

General principles concerning the European Parliament elections, common to all Member States, are laid down in the 1976 Act concerning the election of the members of the European Parliament(1) which provides, e.g. for elections to be held by direct universal suffrage, freely and in secret.

According to Article 8 of the 1976 Act, no one may vote more than once in any election of representatives to the European Parliament. Therefore, it is clear the EU citizens with a dual nationality cannot vote in both Member States of which they are national.

Directive 93/109/EC(2) on participation in the European elections does not apply to EU citizens with a dual nationality who intend to exercise this right in one of the Member States of which they are nationals. It solely concerns the cases of EU citizens who reside in another Member State without having its nationality.

However, having regard to the principle established by Directive 93/109/EC (‘the freedom of citizens of the Union to choose the Member State in which to take part in European elections — either in the Member State of nationality or in the Member State of residence’) the Commission considers that the possibility for EU voters with a dual nationality to choose where to vote should be encouraged.

(1)OJ L 278, 8.10.1976, p. 5. last amended by Decision 2002/772/EC, Euratom of 25.6 and 23.9 2002.
(2)Council Directive 93/109/EC of 6 December 1993 (OJ L 329, 30.12.1993, p. 34).

OJ C 197, 26/06/2014
Last updated: 25 October 2013Legal notice