About the conference

The Future of EU citizenship

bEUcitizen Final Conference, a project financed under the EU's FP7

26-28 April 2017, Residence Palace, Brussels

bEUcitizen Final Conference, a project financed under the EU's FP7


Dear Madam, Dear Sir,

The bEUcitizen Project partners are pleased to invite you to the Final conference of the bEUcitizen project: The Future of EU Citizenship that will take place from 26 to 28 April 2017 at The Resident Palace – International Press Center of Brussels, Belgium.

The conference concludes a 4-year multinational and multidisciplinary project financed by the European Commission FP7: bEUcitizen - All Rights Reserved? Barriers towards EUropean CITIZENship. The research has been conducted by eminent researchers from 26 Institutions situated in 19 different countries in Europe and outside, and is coordinated by Utrecht University.

The project sets out to identify, investigate, discuss and ameliorate the barriers to the active use of EU citizenship rights (and knowledge of duties). Not only does our project provide for a comparative overview and classification of the various barriers to the exercise of the rights and obligations of EU citizens in the Member States and some candidate countries, but it also analyses whether and how such barriers can be overcome, and which strategies and narratives can be developed to strengthen EU citizenship. The insights were developed by studying citizenship from different disciplines: law, political science, social sciences, history, philosophy, public administration and economics.

The final event will present and discuss the main results of the bEUcitizen project and its policy recommendations. Beside a number of participants of the bEUcitizen consortium, the following speakers will be involved in the panel debates: Kalypso Nicolaidis (St Antony's College - University of Oxford), Catherine Barnard (University of Cambridge), Richard Bellamy (European University Institute, Florence), Sacha Prechal (Judge CJEU), Stefaan van der Jeught (Vrije Universiteit Brussel), Herwig Verschueren (University of Antwerp), Agnes Jongerius (MEP), Catherine Woollard (ECRE) and Eve Geddie (PICUM).

This conference is open to all stakeholders interested in EU citizenship. We are happy to welcome academics, policy makers, representatives of relevant organizations and all those who are interested in the future of EU citizenship.

Conference admission is free of charge but seats are limited. Therefore, we invite you to register via the online registration form by 7 April 2017. Due to limited financial resources, participants are expected to cover their own travel and accommodation costs while the organization will cover lunch and coffee breaks.

On behalf of the entire bEUcitizen team, I am looking forward to welcoming you in Brussels!

Prof.Dr. Sybe de Vries

bEUcitizen Scientific Coordinator

Professor of EU Single Market Law & Fundamental Rights – Jean Monnet Chair | Europa Institute | Utrecht University


Wednesday, 26th April 2017

12.30 Registration

13.00 -17.00 Youth and Stakeholder event:

The future of Europe - Exploring strategies for strengthening EU Citizenship*

Organized by Wieger Bakker and Marlot van der Kolk

*please note that this event is by invitation only. If you are interested in attending please contact Tom Binder: t.j.binder@uu.nl

Thursday, 27th April 2017

8.00 Registration

9.00-9.30  Welcome

9.30-10.00 Keynote: To B or not to B an EU citizen?, Kalypso Nikolaidis

10.00 - 12.45 Alternative forms of Citizenship

Organized by Maarten Prak, Marie-Pierre Granger and Francis Cheneval

13.00 - 14.30 Lunch meeting with policy makers: The European Pillar of Social Rights

14.00 – 18.00 Migration

Organized by Martin Seeleib-Kaiser, Elena Ioriatti, Bridget Anderson and Isabel Shutes

19.30 Conference dinner, Brasserie Leopold*

*for consortium members only

Friday, 28th April 2017

8.00 Registration

9.00 – 12.30 Rise of anti-European Politics: Legitimacy, cohesion and solidarity in the EU

Organized by Uwe Puetter, Manuela Naldini and Birte Siim

13.00 -14.30 Lunch meeting with policy makers: Citizenship, the white paper and the scenarios for the future of Europe

14.30 - 18.00 Project closing & Closing drinks

Read the conference letter invitation. 



Maria Teresa Solís Santos
Stadscampus, Gebouw V,
S.V. 191
Venusstraat 23
2000 Antwerpen Antwerpen
Tel. +3232655569


bEU citizen – Coordination team Janskerkhof 3
3512 BK Utrecht
The Netherlands
Tel. +31 (0) 30 253 3591