Your route to a European Passport Starts Here
The official online referendum on the granting of EU Passports - and with them rights of citizenship - to any European


This is a European Citizen's Initiative
The part of EU democracy which lets anyone present and make their own laws

Want to ensure your European Citizenship rights, a European Passport could be the perfect solution

The Choose Freedom Campaign is a European Citizens' Initiative by Glyn Hughes, (glyn@certeka.org there's more about Glyn here) 57 year old Engineering Designer from Derbyshire. The campaign aims to begin the process by which European Union passports can be issued to any EU citizen.

Glyn Hughes

What is a European Citizens’ Initiative?
A European Citizens' Initiative is a feature of EU democracy that allows any citizen to present legislation, if they can garner the support of one million citizens across the Union. (Regulation 211/2011). Citizens’ Initiatives were first introduced with the Lisbon Treaty in 2012, as a way to empower citizens to deliver a better Europe. They have rarely been used up until now.
Citizens’ Initiative Basic Facts:
http://ec.europa.eu/citizens-initiative/public/basic-facts

EU Citizenship vs EU Passport
There have been several attempts to attain European Union citizenship. But the EU isn't a government, and only Nation states can issue Citizenship. However the EU can issue passports, and with them the rights of citizenship (Regulation 1417/2013) as is already sometimes done for diplomats and officials. The countries of the EU have agreed that this form of passport, known as "laissez-passer" can be extended "on exceptional basis and upon due motivation, to special applicants" The Commission has accepted that the Choose Freedom application is legally valid on this basis. You can read the
Official press EU release here:

Voting rules
This is a real referendum, not a petition, and is subject to the rules for voting in each country. Some EU countries give EU migrants the opportunity to vote - France, for instance, can issue a carte électorale to residents from other EU countries - but each country makes its own voting rules. View an explanatory table HERE

Can't Vote on the official website?
There are people with multiple or indeterminate citizenship who won't be able to vote in this, the very referendum designed to solve their problem. If that's you you can help by encouraging hundreds of your friends and relatives to vote on your behalf, so we can create a law to change things.

And you can still have your say HERE. Your message will be reported to the collecting authority, it will help us to frame legislation by knowing who is affected and can help make the voting system better in future.

What happens next?
Glyn Hughes (sponsor) and Sue Wilson (second) have up to a year to collect the one million votes required in the referendum. Then Glyn and Sue will be invited to present a new law to the European Commission in Brussels.

Legal information
The online referendum is to approve:
TITLE: European Free Movement Instrument
SUBJECT-MATTER: Guaranteeing European citizens free movement by a Universal Instrument
MAIN OBJECTIVES: For the better functioning of a free market, in the interest of the Union and in order to comply with the duty of care towards all its citizens, we beg the Commission to delineate a method by which all Europeans of good standing may be granted a signal and permanent instrument of their status and of their right to free movement throughout the Union by way of a unified document of laissez-passer as permitted by Article (4) of Council Regulation 1417/2013, or by another method
PROVISIONS OF THE TREATIES:
Article 45, 48, 57, 77, 78, 79 of the (Consolidated) Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union
Articles 2(2), 17, 39, 42 and 63a of the Treaty of Lisbon (2007)
Article 1 of the Treaty of Amsterdam (1997)

Is this going to cost me money?
No. But you can chip in with the expenses if you like. Thanks!