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To be a citizen just like EU

Background and Rationale

The expression “status” is traditionally used as set of rights and obligations concerning an individual as subject to a national legal system.

The process of EU integration influences the concept of Individual’s status from several standpoints. To achieve its aims the EU legal system introduces several status (such as EU citizen, worker, enterprise, consumer, etc.), while at the same time it is modifying the traditional ones (such as party of contract, member of family, owner, etc.).

The EU integration identifies a specific status of individuals, as since the judgment Van Gend en Loos it has been stated.

However such fundamental notion is studied only from some fragmentary perspectives and it is not fully known by citizens.


The Project will aim at:

Bringing together scholars from many universities and countries in order to identify the concept of EU status of individual, the differences with the traditional legal theory, the rights and obligations composing it, the instruments in order to protect it before the European and national courts.

Increasing awareness of students (of all levels of academics and high schools in both EU and non-EU countries), young researchers (especially PhD students), lecturers, professionals and officers  how the EU regulation of individual status is capable of contributing to the personal developing, democracy and regional integration process.

Comparing the phenomenon of the EU status with the elaboration of the individual rights in other areas of world, especially in Latin America, where several processes of legal integration are putting in place. This to elaborate a reflection which will be useful for the two sides of the Atlantic Sea.

Widespreading knowledge of citizens, in particular the most young, about the rights arising from the EU integration process.




  • Relevance of individual status on the European process of integration.
  • UE and creation of new status connect with economic rules and market organisation.
  • Modification and integration of traditional status by EU legislation.


  • Seminars series on  individual and status in the process of European integration.



Dictionary on the European Status

The European Union Status (book)

Staff members


Valentina Colcelli
Researcher of National Research Council (Italy)

Department CNR_IFAC
Via Madonna del Piano, 10 – 50019
Sesto Fiorentino (FI)
Email: valentina.colcelli@cnr.it / valentina.colcelli@gmail.com
Tel. +39 055/5226381 – Fax +39 055/5226201

The project coordinating body is located in Dipartimento di Giurisprudenza

Università degli Studi di Perugia
Via A. Pascoli, 33 – 06123
Perugia (Italy)

This project has received funding from the European Union’s. Lifelong Learning Programme under Jean Monnet Activities Grant Decision n. 2016-3554_001-001