“In the European Union, EU citizenships can no longer be sold to people from third countries for large sums of money. Brussels will now deal with this fact more than in previous years, "said the EU Justice Commissioner Didier Reynders of the" world ".
The sale is not just a matter for one country, it concerns all states, "because the buyer of a ?? golden passport ?? gets the right to do business in the EU, to vote and he can move easily within the Schengen area ”, said the former Belgian deputy head of government. "He has the same rights as EU citizens," said Reynders. On the other hand, you have no control over who buys the passports: “We don't know whether the buyer has a criminal background, laundering money or is connected to corruption. That is untenable. ”If the European Court of Justice (ECJ) does not ban the practice in pending proceedings, the EU Commission will act, announced the EU Justice Commissioner. “Should the European Court of Justice (ECJ) decide within the framework of the infringement proceedings that the practice of selling EU citizenships violates European law, then this practice will automatically no longer exist. However, if the ECJ only imposes certain requirements on buyers from a third country for a purchase, we will probably respond with a legislative proposal that could, for example, determine how long the buyer has to stay in his new European home and in what form have to be economically, civic or culturally involved in order to integrate. ”In October the EU Commission initiated infringement proceedings against Cyprus and Malta. In the past ten years, more than 3.500 people, mostly Russians and Chinese, are said to have acquired Cypriot citizenship. The cost of a “golden pass” is more than two million euros.