18.01.2006 The Greens-EFA group is supporting the principal ideas of Mr Catania report.
The Greens-EFA group is supporting the principal ideas of Mr Catania report.
We do consider that EU citizenship based on residence should be the ultimate goal to make the European Union a genuine political community.
Those residing legally and on a long-term basis in the EU have to be granted political rights irrespective of his or her original nationality.
The crucial reality of the enlarged EU is that among those covered by the term "third-country national" are half a million people who are not nationals of any state (being former citizens of the state which does not exist anymore - USSR). These people make 20 percent of population of Latvia and 9 of Estonia.
Dear colleagues! For us as for elected representatives the right to vote and to state for elections is crucial one. Therefore I ask you to express your solidarity with those who for 15 years have been deprived of political rights.
I believe that by adopting Catania report the Parliament will signal to the authorities of Latvia and Estonia that their politics of ignoring the claim for equal rights of all permanent residents has to be stopped.