European Citizen Action Service

ECAS is an international non-profit organisation, based in Brussels, with a pan-European membership and 25 years of experience in empowering citizens to exercise their rights. ECAS has an extensive track record in helping EU citizens to exercise their rights to free movement and in-depth knowledge of the practical problems associated with their implementation. For the last 20 years, ECAS has been running “Your Europe Advice”, an EU advice service provided by ECAS’s team of 61 legal experts in all 24 official EU languages and all 28 EU Member States. The service provides advice to citizens on their rights under EU law covering social security, residence and visas, work issues, and taxes, among others. In 2015, ECAS legal experts responded to over 22,000 enquiries from citizens.


European University Institute

The European University Institute (EUI) is one of Europe’s leading universities for doctoral and post-doctoral research in the social sciences. The inter-disciplinary Robert Schuman Centre for Advanced  Studies (RSCAS) engages in comparative and policy research on the major challenges facing European societies. The RSCAS hosts the Global Citizenship Observatory (GLOBALCIT), which is the successor of EUDO CITIZENSHIP. GLOBALCIT is the most comprehensive source of information on citizenship and electoral rights for policy-makers, NGOs and academic researchers. Its website hosts a number of databases on domestic and international legal norms, naturalisation statistics, citizenship and electoral rights indicators, a comprehensive bibliography and glossary, a forum with scholarly debates, media news on matters of citizenship and the right to vote, and various other resources for research and policy-making.


Malmo University

The Malmö Institute for Studies of Migration, Diversity and Welfare (MIM), based at Malmö University, has a proven track record in pushing the theoretical and methodological frontiers of migration research. Ever since its establishment in 1998, Malmö University has had, as its trademark, the multidisciplinary approach to both research and education. MIM has extensive experience in migration, ethnic diversity and welfare research at the regional, national and global levels. MIM has conducted many research projects funded by, for example, the European Commission FP6, FP7, the European Refugee Fund and the Nordic Council.



The Association of Local Democracy Agencies (ALDA) is a non-governmental organisation dedicated to the promotion of good governance and citizen participation at the local level. ALDA, in particular, focuses on activities that facilitate cooperation between local authorities and civil society.  ALDA was established in 1999 at the initiative of the Council of Europe’s Congress of Local and Regional Authorities to coordinate and support a network of Local Democracy Agencies. It is the umbrella organisation of the Local Democracy Agencies which are self-sustainable, locally registered NGOs that act as promoters of good governance and local self-government. ALDA is a membership based organisation gathering more than 240 members (including Local Authorities, Associations of Local Authorities and non-governmental organisations) coming from more than 40 countries.


Migration Policy Group

MPG is a 20-year-old “think-and-do-tank” specialised on legal immigration, integration and anti-discrimination. MPG is uniquely well placed to use international research findings to pilot an EU voter campaign in Brussels among EU citizens and their families working in and around the European institutions. MPG is currently coordinating a DG Justice-funded action project (JUST/2014/RCIT/AG/CITI) including ECAS, on mobile EU citizens’ political participation in Belgium, Ireland and the UK. MPG and ECAS as the international partners provide advice and best practice methods/materials to the three national partners, especially the Belgian partner (Objectif). MPG has extensively researched the legal, administrative, and personal obstacles on the political participation of foreign citizens (NATAC, MIPEX, ACITEUDO-Citizenship consortium and Immigrant Citizens Survey) as well as best practices (European Handbook and Website on IntegrationDiversity in Political Parties and now a Handbook on Citizenship Campaigns).


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