Cartes de séjour, May, Macron and EU reform

Sophia in ‘t Veld
MEP Sophie in 't Veld

Connexion caught up with the MEP taskforce's busy creator, the Dutch MEP Sophie in ‘t Veld, while in Brussels last month: she told us about their efforts to help Britons in the EU27 and her thoughts on Brexit, the French elections and why the EU must change

The MEP EU citizens taskforce is asking the European Commission to take action over Britons in France denied permanent cartes de séjour, Sophie in ‘t Veld told Connexion.

The taskforce, set up to fight for rights of citizens on both sides in Brexit, has tabled a parliamentary question after Britons, including Connexion readers, flagged up problems including people not being issued the full ‘permanent’ cards they are entitled to after five years in France, as well as some prefectures refusing to accept applications from Britons. An answer from the EU Commission is hoped to be imminent.

“The Commission will have to verify whether France is correctly applying EU law on free movement and citizens’ rights,” Ms in ‘t Veld said. “We’ll wait for the answer but I think they are very aware of the urgency of this issue and if they are not aware we will make sure they are.”

The question reminds the Commission that Britons remain full EU citizens, but says MEPs have “received multiple signals that their right to obtain permanent residence is not respected”. Officials have been in some cases acting as if Briton’s EU rights have been ‘suspended’ pending Brexit, the MEPs said.

The initiative is just one part of the work the taskforce has been ...

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