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Multilevel Citizenship

The Right to Consular Protection of EU Citizens Abroad

Eva-Maria Poptcheva

This book is the first monograph on one of the least studied and most controversial European Union citizenship rights. Despite the importance of consular protection in a globalised world, many EU Member States are reluctant to recognise consular protection for EU citizens abroad as a right, leading to a protracted struggle to place the right to consular protection on a solid legal basis through a directive.
This book examines the right to consular protection as an illustrative case in the debate over a multilevel design of EU citizenship combining rules from several different legal systems, whose interplay is reinforced by the extra-territorial character of consular protection.
It offers a comparative analysis of the provision of consular protection in the 28 EU Member States as well as of the respective international law and EU rules. By examining the right to consular protection in its constitutional setting as a right flowing from EU citizenship, the book frames the analysis of all EU citizenship rights as fundamental rights in a multilevel-governance context.
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This publication has been peer-reviewed.No part of this book may be reproduced in any form, by print, photocopy, microfilm or any other means, without prior written permission from the publisher. All rights reserved.© P.I.E. PETER LANG S.A.    Éditions scientifiques internationales    Brussels, 2014    1 avenue Maurice, B-1050 Brussels, Belgium; www.peterlang.comISSN 1377-7238ISBN 978-2-87574-168-4 (paperback)ISBN 978-3-0352-6426-5 (eBook)D/2014/5678/45

CIP also available from the British Library.Poptcheva, Eva-Maria, author. Multilevel citizenship : the right to consular protection of union citizens abroad / Eva-Maria Poptcheva. p. cm. Includes bibliographical references and index. ISBN 978-2-87574-168-4 (alk. paper) 1. Citizenship--European Union countries. 2. Civil rights--European Union countries. 3. Diplomatic and consular service, European. I. Title.KJE5124.P67 2014   323.6094--dc23   2014013871

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