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  • Faithful to my Homeland, the Republic of Poland

     

  • CONSULAR PROTECTION OF EU CITIZENS

  • Under Article 20 of the Treaty establishing the European Community (hereafter EC), if a citizen of the Union is in a third country in which the Member State of which he is a national does not have an embassy or a consular post, he is entitled to protection by the authorities of any Member State represented on the spot, on the same conditions as the nationals of that State. The said arcticle assumes particular importance because of the sharp increase in the number of trips made by EU nationals to third countries6, and the rise in the number of nationals who establish their residence in these countries. Not all the Member States, however, have a permanent representation in every third country.

     

    The decision 95/553/EC - Decision of the representatives of the Governments of the Member States meeting within the Council of 19 December 1995 regarding protection for citizens of the European Union by diplomatic and consular representations - outlines possible action by Member States in cases such as:

    - arrest or detention;

    - accident or serious illness;

    - an act of violence against a citizen;

    - death;

    - help for a distressed citizen or his repatriation.

     

    It also covers the procedures for financial advances to citizens in difficulties. The above list is not exhaustive. The Decision states that a citizen can also apply for protection in other circumstances, in which, in so far as it is within the States' powers, immediate assistance should be given to a national in difficulties.

     

     

    For further information, please see the EU website: EN

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