Democracy and participation

Let me vote where I live


Who is behind this?

Ylva Ziverts

EFS ; Européens Sans Frontières


Idea Sketch | Proposal


Idea pitch

To strengthen peoples’ feeling of a democratic European Union all citizens need to be on equal footing. Granting the same voting rights as a country’s citizens to someone living in that country though being citizen of another EU country would contribute to this. Before launching a Citizens Initiative to this end the public must be convinced. To increase our chances of getting our initiative voted we plan to create a number of animated cartoons that promote the expats’ voting rights.

Where will your idea take place?

We plan to distribute our videos on Social Media and to as many European TV networks as possible.

Why does Europe need your idea?

It will put in sync where people live and where they can exercise their voting rights. Two people living under the same conditions (politically, financially (tax vise), socially) should have equal voting rights but one of them might not have the right to vote for those who govern that country.

What is your impact?

That we reach a high number of views on Social Media and that we succeed in getting TV distribution in most European countries for the cartoons. That public opinion will be more positive towards Europe. And, finally, that the voting rights that we advocate become law in all of Europe.

How do you get there?

By creating, and distributing short, humoristic, animated cartoons that promote the right for expats to have the same voting rights as the citizens of the country they live in. To do this we will write the scenarios ourselves but to actually produce the cartoons we will need the help of professional cartoonists and of people to translate the dialogues to other European languages.

What is your story?

12 million Europeans live in a European country of which they are not citizens. To deepen the concept of citizenship of the European Union it is important to grant them the same voting rights as the country’s citizens (after a transition period of x years).

Who are you doing it for?

For the European expats and the future European expats. But, also for a more democratic European Union, and to give a contents to the European Citizenship. To achieve this we have to get the 1 million signatures for our Initiative so our target group is the Erasmus generation 18-30 years.

What do you need from the Advocate Europe community?

Communication expertise would be welcome


Ylva Ziverts


Idea created on Jan. 2, 2018
Last edit on May 23, 2018