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Mamikins: people with ‘former USSR citizen’ status continue being born in EU

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Baltic news, News from Latvia, BNN.LV, BNN-NEWS.COM, BNN-NEWS.RUIn the context of citizenship and non-citizenship, the matter of newborn non-citizens is immediately important. MEP Andrejs Mamikins says even though USSR no longer exists, people with ‘former USSR citizen’ status continue being born in the EU.

Yesterday, two European Parliament committees – Committee on Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs and Committee on Petitions – performed long and in-depth talks dedicated to the non-citizen problem in the European Union.

Claude Moraes, head of the Committee on Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs, said the matter of citizenship is in the competence of each individual member state. However, if fundamental rights are involved, this falls in the jurisdiction of the European Union.

Fifteen experts from the European Commission, schools and social organizations were also invited to take part in debates. The meeting was also attended by specialists who performed a study of the non-citizen problem in the EU.

A separate section of study was dedicated to Latvia and Estonia, which have more than 300,000 non-citizens. The study criticizes both countries and notes that Latvia in particular basically has a «second-rate citizens» institute and does not recognize its non-citizens as classic stateless persons, instead using a status that is unrecognised by international law.

The meeting especially focused on newborn non-citizens. Latvian MEP Andrejs Mamikins emphasized that the law that details the status of non-citizens in Latvia is called «On status of former USSR citizens who are not Citizens of Latvia or any other state».

Mamikins also turned attention of deputies and experts to the fact that even though USSR no longer exists, people with ‘former USSR citizenship’ continue being born in the EU.

Mamikins said: «This discussion was the first in the line of planned events we will use to involve European Parliament and other European institutions. On the second half of the year, Committee on Petitions plans to review the petition on providing voting rights to Latvian and Estonian non-citizens.»

20,000 people have already signed this petition, and it has been submitted by three MEPs: Jana Toom, Tatjana Zdanoka and Andrejs Mamikins.

Mamikins also welcomed the discussion organized by the European Parliament: «The very fact that two most important committees of the European Parliament have discussed the matter of non-citizens’ status means European institutions see it as a problem. This has resulted in political pressure on Latvian and Estonian governments. It is no coincidence that another meeting took place in Latvia on the same day as the meeting of both European committees.»

He said that European Council’s Commissioner for Human Rights Nils Muiznieks has met with Latvian President Raimonds Vejonis. The two officials discussed how best to hide the shameful fact that non-citizens continue being born in a European Union member state.

«It is entirely possible we will soon see a legislative act suggested by the president to automatically provide non-citizens’ children with citizenship upon birth,» Mamikins predicts.

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  1. Linda says:

    Eh? It’s very simple. Russians to Russian citizenship (if they choose it), Estonians to Estonia unless they hold dual nationality then get both of “born in” country and ancesters country; the same with Latvia and Lithuania et al.
    Why make it more complicated than it is … or is it self importance and job creation?

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  2. Weburke says:

    EU is a real apartheid state! Bhahahahaha

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