Maison du Peuple d’Europe

The Community House of Europe

For a civic and united Europe 


Support for the invisibles

The nationality(1) of a state and residence(2) in a Member State of the European Union provide every European citizen with the following rights:

  1. Right to free movement and residence
    Right to vote and stand for election to the European Parliament
    Right to vote and stand for local elections
    Right to diplomatic and consular protection
    Right of European citizens' initiative
  2. Right to petition the European Parliament
    Right to lodge a complaint with the European Ombudsman

To this day, not everyone enjoys these rights in a homogeneous and equal manner.

  • European citizens are granted all the rights mentioned above (1), while European residents only enjoy the last two rights (2), which are the first European examples of residence rights.
  • For the "ordinary citizen," enjoying the rights of European citizenship is not obvious, and it proves even more difficult for people in situations of poverty or social exclusion.

Within its associative and union network, the PHEVH participates in:

  • promoting the deconstruction of the image of invisible citizens among the local population through meetings.

to dialogue between public authorities and citizen organizations, migrants, homeless people, and any other person in a situation of vulnerability in order to resolve their socio-economic problems, particularly those in extreme precariousness such as undocumented individuals. (link to page on undocumented individuals below). For this purpose, the MPEVH works, for example, on establishing agreements for decent housing under precarious contracts.