Doc. 9699

12 February 2003

Equal opportunities and nationality rights

Motion for a recommendation

presented by Ms Aguiar and others

This motion has not been discussed in the Assembly and commits only the members who have signed it

Equal rights for women cannot be achieved without genuine equality in the retention or acquisition of nationality, in particular in the event of marriage or divorce.

In this connection, there is a need to conduct an in-depth comparative study of legislation on nationality, both in Council of Europe member states and in observer states, with a view to producing a report on compliance with the principle of equal opportunities for women and men in the following cases:

- the right of women to retain the nationality of their country of origin following marriage to a foreigner;

Following the study, the Assembly will have to take the necessary measures to reduce inequality and foster equal opportunities between the sexes.

Signed : 1

Aguiar, Portugal, EPP

Anacoreta Correia, Portugal, NR

Bauer, Slovaquie, EPP

Braga, Portugal, SOC

Bušić, Croatie, EPP

Cilevičs, Lettonie, SOC

Domingues, Portugal, EPP

Ersi, Hongrie, LDR

Err, Luxembourg, SOC

Etherington, Royaume-Uni, SOC

Hgg, Sude, SOC

Judd, Royaume-Uni, SOC

Mesquita, Portugal, UEL

Mikutienė, Lituanie, LDR

Zwerver, Pays-Bas, SOC

1        SOC: Socialist Group

      EPP: Group of the European People’s Party

      EDG: European Democratic Group

      LDR : Liberal, Democratic and Reformers’ Group

      UEL: Group of the Unified European Left

      NR: not registered in a group