The European Parliament
The notion of citizenship is most commonly associated with the existence of nation states, whose nationals are deemed to have rights of social protection and political participation, as well as duties towards the society to which they belong. This chapter describes the evolution of the relation between nationals of Member States and the EU (European Union) institutions from the inception of the Common Market to the present. The European Economic Community (EEC) to help bring lasting peace, stability and increased prosperity to the peoples of continental Europe, But the EEC Treaty foresaw little for 'people'. In some respects the climate in the period leading up to Maastricht was particularly propitious for the citizen. The Memorandum stressed as special basic rights of European citizens the full right to freedom of movement and the right to participate in elections in one's country of residence. The citizenship provisions may have seemed to have an enormous or an altogether dangerously broad potential.