Motion for a resolution - B7-0015/2014Motion for a resolution

    MOTION FOR A RESOLUTION on EU citizenship for sale

    13.1.2014 - (2013/2995(RSP))

    to wind up the debate on the statements by the Council and the Commission
    pursuant to Rule 110(2) of the Rules of Procedure

    Jean Lambert, Judith Sargentini, Raül Romeva i Rueda, Ulrike Lunacek on behalf of the Verts/ALE Group

    See also joint motion for a resolution RC-B7-0015/2014

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    European Parliament resolution on EU citizenship for sale


    The European Parliament,

    –   having regard to Article 9 of the Treaty on European Union,

    –   having regard to Article 20(1) of the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union,

    –   having regard to Article 21(1) of the Charter of Fundamental Rights of the European Union,

    –   having regard to the judgment of the Court of Justice of 2 March 2010 in Case C-135/08 Janko Rottman v Freistaat Bayern,

    –   having regard to Oral Question O-000145/2013 to the Commission and Oral question O-000144/2013 to the Council, tabled by the Greens/EFA group,

    –   having regard to Rule 110(2) of its Rules of Procedure,

    A. whereas citizenship of the Union is intended to be the fundamental status of nationals of the Member States and should be considered an EU-added value that should not depend on economic status;

    B.  whereas free movement within the EU is closely linked to citizenship of the Union;

    C. whereas several rights are closely linked to citizenship of the Union, including free movement and the right to stand and vote in local and European elections, and these rights should continue to be valued and enjoyed by all citizens of the Union;

    1.  Notes that citizenship of the Union is an important status granted to all nationals of the Member States and is linked to substantive rights;

    2.  Notes that the freedom of movement within in the EU, is closely linked to citizenship of the Union, albeit not exclusively;

    3.  Calls on all Member States when exercising their powers in the sphere of nationality to have due regard for European Union law;

    4.  Strongly regrets the practice in some Member States of granting national citizenship in exchange for investments in that Member State; notes that investor-citizenship programmes are not the only example of citizenship being sold, since many Member States offer privileged access to EU citizenship to large populations outside EU territory on the grounds of distant ancestry or co-ethnic identity;

    5.  Considers the principle of granting citizenship on the basis of financial capability as unfair in the light of the large number of migrants who come to work in the Member States for years without ever getting the opportunity even to apply for citizenship;

    6.  Considers the granting of national citizenship on the basis of financial capability as undermining the spirit of mutual trust in citizenship matters that could have huge implications for free movement, voting rights and the visa-waiver programmes that are to the benefit of all EU citizens;

    7.  Believes in open migration policies regardless of nationality, property or income, and considers that the opportunity to apply for a residence permit and citizenship should be available to everyone having a genuine link with the Union;

    8.  Calls for a broader debate on shared principles that ought to guide Member State policies in matters of nationality;

    9.  Instructs its President to forward this resolution to the Council, the Commission and the parliaments and governments of the Member States.