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MEPs to quiz Commission and Council on loss of voting rights ahead of EU elections  

MEPs are set to quiz the Commission and Council on Tuesday on protecting the rights of EU nationals living in another member state in national and European elections.

In view of the upcoming European elections in May 2019, MEPs will ask the Commission and Council if they intend to propose measures to safeguard the right of all EU citizens to choose to vote either in their member state of origin or in their host member state. The Parliament will ask the Commission if it considers limiting or depriving citizens of their right to vote a violation of the right to free movement under EU law.

Currently, six member states (Cyprus, Denmark, Germany, Ireland, Malta and the United Kingdom), under different conditions, deprive their nationals living abroad of voting rights in national parliamentary elections. Nationals of some member states may not be able to vote for Members of the European Parliament elected in their member state of origin. In some EU countries (e.g. Spain and Portugal), there are insufficient or no facilities to vote from abroad, which is an obstacle to the exercise of the right to vote.

Nationals of some member states may not be able to vote for Members of the European Parliament elected in their member state of origin.

Procedure: Oral question to the Commission and Council

Debate: Tuesday 2 October