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Max Planck Encyclopedia of Public International Law [MPEPIL]

European Passport

Maya Hertig Randall, Dominique Hänni

From: Oxford Public International Law (http://opil.ouplaw.com). (c) Oxford University Press, 2015. All Rights Reserved.date: 11 December 2019

Subject(s):
Nationality of individuals

Published under the auspices of the Max Planck Foundation for International Peace and the Rule of Law under the direction of Rüdiger Wolfrum.

1 The European passport is a passport (Passports) issued by a Member State of the European Union (‘EU’; see also European Union, Historical Evolution). From a legal point of view, it is equivalent to a national passport, ie an official document for the purpose of travel, attesting to the holder’s identity and nationality, and obliging the issuing State to admit the holder to its territory should he or she be expelled from another State. From a political and sociological perspective, the European passport is an important symbol of European Citizenship (Art. 20 (1)...
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