With ACT4FreeMovement we are campaigning for freedom of movement with EU citizens. Freedom of movement and residence for EU nationals and non-EU family members is the fundamental right the most cherished across the continent. While a cross border move goes smoothly for many, there is still a large number of EU citizens that report facing significant difficulties when trying to exercise their free movement rights. In parallel, Brexit and the normalisation of far-right and nationalist discourses have contributed to the establishment of an hostile environment for EU citizens and non-EU family members, impacting the mobile citizens rights of all across Europe.
WHAT IS ACT4FREEMOVEMENT?
ACT4FreeMovement stands for Advocacy, Complaints, Trainings for Freedom of Movement. The program main goal is to increase the capacity of EU citizens to effectively secure access to and knowledge of their rights, as well as build public awareness and political support for mobile citizen rights. To do so, the program employs a multilevel strategy involving: research to identify specific problems and to define good practices; EU-level advocacy through complaints to the European Commission and petitions to the European Parliament; training of free movement activists; and providing support for citizen-led grassroots campaigns on mobile citizen rights.
- ADVOCACY: the Advocacy component of the program involves campaigning and lobbying on to defend and expand free movement rights. The advocacy will benefit from identifying the trends in EU free movement rights violations in the last three years by searching the Your Europe Advice database which contains more than 21 000 enquiries per year from citizens who encounter difficulties when exercising their rights to free movement. This already lead to the production of a report on obstacles to free movement. An additional report will be produced on the best practices, i.e. administrative measures that address freedom of movement infringements on national contexts.
- COMPLAINTS: the Complaints component of the program aims to file complaints to the European Commission and petitions to the European Parliament, aiming at concretely address certain sets of free movement rights to the European institutions. Six complaints will be prepared by EU Rights Clinic on EU entry and residence rights. Six additional actions will be prepared from the Good Lobby which can include issues such as Roma rights mobility, political and democratic rights, access to social welfare and unemployment, recognition of same-sex marriage, loss of EU citizenship post-Brexit, etc.
- TRAININGS: the Trainings component of the program aims to organise a series of four trainings for citizens and activists concerned by the violation of EU mobile citizens rights across the continent. The trainings will physically take place in Warsaw, Madrid, London and Florence over a period of 10 months. The objective of the training series is to provide knowledge on the legal framework of freedom of movement, the tools to find information and enforce their EU rights, and to develop the campaigning skills of the participants grassroots campaigns advocating for the defence of free movement and EU mobile citizens rights.
Following to the ACT4FreeMovement training series, 16 activists have been awarded a grand to secure access to and knowledge of the rights EU citizens and non-EU family members and build public awareness and political support for mobile citizen rights. In addition to the campaigns, regular articles, interviews and videos will be published on the transnational online magazine Political Critique to raise awareness on the violations of free movement rights of marginalised EU citizens – workers, non-EU third country nationals, etc.
- April 10th | ECItizen workshop @ ECI Day in Brussels, Belgium: “Building synergies between ECIs addressing EU citizenship”
- April 20th | KNOWRIGHTS Symposium in Bari, Italy: “The Free Movement of People in Populist Times – Obstacles for EU Citizens and their 3rd Country Family Members” in Bari
- April 23rd | BLOODY FOREIGNERS Launch of the campaign in Dublin, Ireland
- May | DARE2MOVE Human Library and Conference
ACT4FreeMovement is a program funded by the European Program for Integration and Migration (EPIM), a collaborative initiative of the Network of European Foundations, and run by European Alternatives, Krytyka Polityczna, the European Citizen Actions Service (ECAS), the Good Lobby and the EU Rights Clinic.