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Parliamentary question - E-003513/2022(ASW)Parliamentary question

Answer given by Mr Reynders on behalf of the European Commission

According to settled case-law of the Court of Justice of the European Union, it is for each Member State, having due regard to international law, to lay down the conditions for the acquisition and loss of its nationality[1]. In situations covered by EU law, Member States’ rules in the sphere of nationality must, however, have due regard also to EU law[2].

It is for Cyprus to decide whether to sign and ratify the European Convention on Nationality, which is an international law instrument. It is also for the national legislator to decide under what conditions Cypriot nationality can be acquired based on descent.

The Commission is competent to intervene with regard to Member States’ rules on the acquisition and loss of nationality only if they breach EU law.

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