How we work

If you face problems in exercising your right to free movement, the EU Rights Clinic can help you to enforce your EU rights. You can watch a video about how the EU Rights Clinic can help here.

This may involve different types of assistance depending upon your personal circumstances.

  • We can help you confirm in writing if you are faced with a breach of EU law. We can also write to national administrations or local authorities or private entities on your behalf to request an explanation from them as to why you have been denied your EU rights.

Sometimes it may be difficult to know what is the source of the breach of EU law. It could be a national law or it could be an administrative measure of the national authorities. This is important to determine because it affects the options at your disposal to enforce your rights under EU law. 

  • We can help you find a local organisation close to you who can help you.

We plan to create a network of non-governmental organisations who are able to assist citizens in upholding their European rights before the national authorities. By linking NGOs together, we hope to encourage knowledge-sharing between rights advisers throughout the EU.

  • We can also help you find a local lawyer to represent you in court.

Sometimes, you must go to court to enforce your EU rights because the source of the problem is contained in national law that is contrary to EU law. The national courts are the first port of call to secure enforcement of your EU rights in the country which concerns your problem. Where there is ambiguity about EU law, the EU Courts can only be requested to give their opinion on how EU law must be given effect if a national court first makes such a request in the context of an existing case that is already before the national court.

We plan to create a network of lawyers who are willing to take on cases involving EU law when our clients cannot otherwise afford to pay for legal representation. By working in close collaboration with local lawyers, we aim to combine expertise in EU law with local knowledge of the national courts.

  • We can also advise you on the appropriateness of sending formal complaints to the EU institutions.

Sometimes, it can be useful to group similar complaints together to maximise their impact and enhance your chances of a resolution. The procedures for complaints, access to documents rules, petitions, requests to the European ombudsman and European citizens’ initiatives are described in detail on the website of the European Citizen’s House.

  • Your personal story can contribute to improvements in the European policy and legislation.

This is not a one-way service. Your personal stories will help us develop a better service in the framework of the European Citizen’s House and assess EU citizen’s problems across Europe. You will be welcomed to share with us your views and opinion on your case as well as on other European issues related to it. In this way we can join forces and create the European citizens’ lobby in the EU.