The future of EU citizenship

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

26-28 April 2016, Residence Palace, Brussels


Wednesday, 26th April 2017





13.00 -17.00

Youth and Stakeholder event:

The future of Europe -  Exploring strategies for strengthening EU Citizenship

– by invitation only

13.00 The future of EU citizenship

           Welcome and introduction of theme and purpose of the program

13.15 Introducing the four scenarios, Wieger Bakker (Professor, Utrecht University)

13.40 What will happen and what to foster?

           Break-out session A: (4 sub-groups, 10 to 15 participants per group)

          - How likely are the scenarios

           - What happens with EU citizenship in the future scenarios (and the values it stands        for)?

- What happens with national citizenship?

- What is there to choose?

14.25  Coffee break

14.45 Collecting ideas: plenary session

15.15 Designing strategies

Break-out session B: (mixed sub-groups, 1 scenario assigned to each group)

- Finding ways for concerted action

- What can be done by whom to develop, foster, citizenship, cross border citizenship

16.00 The future in the present: reflecting on strategies and policies

- strategy presentations (5 min each)

- discussion and comments by a representative from the Commission

- reflections

- concluding remarks by Agnes Jongerius (MEP S&D)

17.00 Drinks






Through the whole conference collages from the Circus Europe art project will be exhibited in the patio of the Residence Palace.

Thursday, 27th April 2017





9.00 – 9.30


  • Sybe de Vries (Professor, bEUcitizen Scientific Coordinator, Utrecht University)
  • Representative of DG Research & Innovation (tbc)




9.30 – 10.00

Keynote: ‘To B or not to B an EU citizen?’, Kalypso Nikolaidis (Professor of International Relations and director of the Center for International Studies, University of Oxford)



10.00 – 12.45

Alternative forms of Citizenship

10.00-10.20: Paradigm shift from mobility to stability, Francis Cheneval (Professor, University of Zurich) and Maarten Prak (Professor, Utrecht University)

10.20-11.10: Public discussion. Chair: Maarten Prak

11.10- 11.30 Coffee Break

11.30-11.50: Associative forms of citizenship, Marie-Pierre Granger (Associate Professor, Central European University, Budapest)

11.50-12.45: Public discussion. Chair: Hanneke van Eijken (Assistant Professor, Utrecht University) and Marie-Pierre Granger














13.00 -14.00

Lunch break (all participants)



13.00 - 14.30

Lunch meeting with policy makers “The European Pillar of Social Rights” . Moderator: Herwig Verschueren (Professor, University of Antwerp) – by invitation only







14.00 – 18.00



Session 1 - Migration, social rights and language barriers

14.00-14.10 Key findings WP5 and WP6, Elena Ioriatti (Professor, University of Trento)

14.10-14.30 Stratified Social Rights Limiting EU Citizenship, Martin Seeleib-Kaiser (Professor, University of Oxford)

14.30-14.50 The implications of Brexit for EU and UK citizens ,Catherine Barnard (Professor, University of Cambridge)

14.50-15.10 Language barriers to the free movement in the EU: what is done and what remains to be done?, Stefaan van der Jeught (Professor, Vrije Universiteit Brussel)

15.10-15.30 Debate, moderated by Herwig Verschueren (Professor, University of Antwerp)

15.30 – 16.00 Coffee Break










Session  2 – The Insider/Outsider: categorical rivalries?

16.00-16.10 Introduction and WP10 Key findings,  Isabel Shutes (Assistant Professor, London School of Economics and Political Science)

16.10-16.25 WP10 key issues raised: Who, how and on what grounds do ‘we’ exclude? How are current bordering practices compatible with European Fundamental Values?,  Bridget Anderson (Professor, University of Oxford)

16.25-16.55 Panel speakers: Reflections on exclusion

Catherine Woollard (Secretary General, European Council on Refugees and Exiles)

Eve Geddie (Deputy Director, Platform for International Cooperation on Undocumented Migrants)

Nick Clark (former Trades Union Congress, International Development, and Public and Commercial Services Union General Secretary's Office)

17.05-17.30 Facilitated discussion










Friday, 28th April 2017





9.00 – 12.45

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

9.00-10.00  Keynote: ‘EU citizenship as ‘inter-national’ citizenship – a republican intergovernmental approach’, Richard Bellamy (European University Institute, Florence)

Chair: Uwe Puetter (Professor, Central European University, Budapest)

10.00-11.15 Insights from bEUcitizen: European political citizenship
Chair: Manuela Naldini (Associate Professor, University of Turin)

Direct democracy – why and when it works (or not), Dr. Monica Ferrin (University of Zurich)

European Parliament elections and political equality, Sandra Seubert (Professor, Goethe-University Frankfurt am Main)

How the populist right frames migration, mobility and gender, Birte Siim (Professor, University of Aalborg)

The euro crisis as a constraint for EU democracy, Uwe Puetter (Professor, Central European University, Budapest)

11.15-11.30 Coffee Break

11.30-12.45 Panel discussion – The future of European political citizenship and democratic participation

Chair: Birte Siim (Professor, University of Aalborg)

Steven Blockmans, (Rapporteur, CEPS Task Force ‘Regroup and reform’, Centre for European Policy Studies, Brussels)

Agnes Jongerius ( Vice-Chair, Committee on Employment and Social Affairs, European Parliament, S&D Group, Brussels)

Daniel Kelemen (Professor, Rutgers University, New Brunswick)

Alice Kessler-Harris (Professor, Columbia University, New York)










13.00 -14.00

Lunch break (all participants)



13.00 -14.30

Lunch meeting with policy makers “Citizenship, the white paper and the scenarios for the future of Europe”

Moderator: Sean Klein (Journalist & Broadcaster, formerly Brussels Bureau Chief, BBC News) – by invitation only





14.30 - 18.00

Wrap-up and project closing

  • Policy recommendations from the project
  • Book series presentation
  • Final remarks by DG Research & Innovation (tbc)
  • Closing remarks, Sybe de Vries (Professor, bEUcitizen Scientific Coordinator, Utrecht University)

Cocktail drinks