Government Rejects Social Democrats' Dual Citizenship Bill

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7/19/2013 9:43 AM
Category: Politics

A bill from the Social Democratic Party aiming to legalize dual citizenship did not find support in the Cabinet meeting Thursday.

The bill would have allowed an individual to preserve his Estonian citizenship in the event that abandoning a second country's citizenship is "impossible, dangerous or unreasonably complicated."

The Interior Ministry did not support the bill, however, saying changing one provision would have an unknown effect on the principles of Estonia's citizenship policies, and had to be subjected to more anaysis, a government press release said.

Despite the lack of support for the bill at hand, the government has been seeking a fix for a contradiction between the Constitution and the Citizenship Act. Under the Citizenship Act, anyone born at a time when one of their parents was an Estonian citizen also becomes a citizen. But it also rules out dual citizenship. The Constitution guarantees that those who have the right to Estonian citizenship from birth cannot have it taken away.

A conflict has emerged between the coalition partners, though, as the Reform Party supports dual citizenship and IRL does not.


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