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Non-citizens of Latvia and Estonia wish European deputies Happy New Year

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Non-citizens of Latvia and Estonia wish European deputies Happy New Year


09.01.2018

Yana Toom/FacebookThe people living in Latvia and Estonia, who don’t have the countries’ citizenship and voting rights wished 299 deputies of the European Parliament a Happy New Year. The deputies, who in mid-December insisted on the immediate review of the petition on the voting rights for non-citizens in 2018, received the greeting cards, reports BaltNews. 

The cards were delivered on January 8. According to the European Parliament deputy Yana Toom (Estonia), Andrey Mamykin and Tatiana Zhdanok (Latvia) and herself decided to thank their colleagues on behalf of the non-citizens for supporting their petition in Strasburg. The deputy thinks it is a significant achievement because it’s the first time that the European Parliament accepted the fact that there are people in Estonia and Latvia, who live there but have no voting rights, and they are not just migrants with a residence permit or “interlopers”. An attempt was made to amend the protocol, but the result remained unchanged. 

The petition was submitted to the European Parliament in June 2016 and signed by 200 thousand people. The document was attempted to be removed, it was called “Kremlin propaganda”, a fake, and now it is finally planned to be reviewed in the first three months of 2018. 

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