PART TWO CITIZENSHIP IN THE UNION
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PART TWO CITIZENSHIP IN THE UNION

Article 8 

1. Citizenship of the Union is hereby established.

Anyone having the nationality of a Member State is a citizen of the Union.

2. Citizens of the Union shall enjoy the rights and be subject to the duties provided for in this Treaty.

Article 8 A 
1. Every citizen of the Union has the right to move and reside freely in the territory of the Member States, subject to the limitations and conditions provided for by this Treaty and by the provisions adopted for its application.

2. The Council may adopt provisions aimed at facilitating the exercise of the rights referred to in paragraph 1; Unless this Treaty provides otherwise, it shall act unanimously on a proposal from the Commission and after obtaining the assent of the European Parliament.

Article 8 B 
1. Any citizen of the Union residing in a Member State of which he is not a national has the right to vote and to stand as a candidate in municipal elections in the Member State in which he resides, under the same conditions as nationals of that State. This right will be exercised subject to the arrangements to be adopted before 31 December 1994 by the Council, acting unanimously on a proposal from the Commission and after consulting the European Parliament; these arrangements may provide for derogations when specific problems in a Member State so warrant.

2. Without prejudice to the provisions of Article 138 (3) and the provisions adopted for its application, any citizen of the Union residing in a Member State of which he is not a national shall have the right to vote and to stand as a candidate. in elections to the European Parliament in the Member State in which he resides, under the same conditions as nationals of that State. This right will be exercised subject to the procedures to be adopted before 31 December 1993 by the Council, acting unanimously on a proposal from the Commission and after consulting the European Parliament; these arrangements may provide for derogating provisions where specific problems in a Member State so warrant.

Article 8c 
Every citizen of the Union enjoys, on the territory of a third country where the Member State of which he is a national is not represented, from the protection of the diplomatic and consular authorities of any Member State, in the same conditions as nationals of that state. Before 31 December 1993, the Member States will establish among themselves the necessary rules and enter into the international negotiations required to ensure this protection.

Article 8d 
Every citizen of the Union has the right to petition the European Parliament in accordance with the provisions of Article 138 D.

Any citizen of the Union may apply to the ombudsperson set up in accordance with the provisions of Article 138 E.

Article 8 E 
The Commission shall report to the European Parliament, to the Council and to the Economic and Social Committee before 31 December 1993, and then every three years, on the application of the provisions of this part. This report takes into account the development of the Union.

On this basis, and without prejudice to the other provisions of this Treaty, the Council, acting unanimously on a proposal from the Commission and after consulting the European Parliament, may adopt provisions aimed at supplementing the rights provided for in this part, provisions which it will recommend for adoption by the Member States in accordance with their respective constitutional rules.

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