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Consular Assistance and Protection: An EU Perspective

Consular Assistance and Protection: An EU Perspective <jats:sec><jats:title>Abstract</jats:title><jats:p>Article 20 (EC) is the first tangible expression of EU citizenship. By developing 'universal' consular protection, EU member states strive to reach two objectives: making sure that no one is left unprotected; and sharing the burden of assistance, especially in remote areas. This, however, is no easy feat, as member states are ultimately responsible for protecting and assisting their citizens. Recent events, such as the Indian Ocean tsunami or the mass evacuation from Lebanon, have proved that cooperation is the only way ahead, since no consular network can cope on its own with situations such as these. The question, then, is how to allow European consular cooperation to fulfil all of its promises without diminishing the effectiveness and perception of national responsibilities.</jats:p> </jats:sec> http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png The Hague Journal of Diplomacy Brill

Consular Assistance and Protection: An EU Perspective

The Hague Journal of Diplomacy , Volume 3 (1): 93 – Jan 1, 2008

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Publisher
Brill
Copyright
© 2008 Koninklijke Brill NV, Leiden, The Netherlands
ISSN
1871-1901
eISSN
1871-191X
DOI
10.1163/187119008X266137
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Abstract

<jats:sec><jats:title>Abstract</jats:title><jats:p>Article 20 (EC) is the first tangible expression of EU citizenship. By developing 'universal' consular protection, EU member states strive to reach two objectives: making sure that no one is left unprotected; and sharing the burden of assistance, especially in remote areas. This, however, is no easy feat, as member states are ultimately responsible for protecting and assisting their citizens. Recent events, such as the Indian Ocean tsunami or the mass evacuation from Lebanon, have proved that cooperation is the only way ahead, since no consular network can cope on its own with situations such as these. The question, then, is how to allow European consular cooperation to fulfil all of its promises without diminishing the effectiveness and perception of national responsibilities.</jats:p> </jats:sec>

Journal

The Hague Journal of DiplomacyBrill

Published: Jan 1, 2008

Keywords: LEAD STATE; EU CITIZENSHIP; CONSULAR CRISIS MANAGEMENT; ARTICLE 20 (EC); CONSULAR GUIDELINES; CONSULAR COOPERATION

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