EU chief urges Belgium to grant citizenship to EU's UK staff
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BRUSSELS â" European Commission president Jean-Claude Juncker on Thursday appealed to Belgium to grant nationality to Britons who work at the European Unionâs vast executive arm, as Brexit approaches next year.
Amid a stream of praise for Prime Minister Charles Michel of Belgium, Juncker said he hoped that ââBelgian authorities show the same generosity when it comes to granting Belgian nationality to British public servants who are here in Brussels.ââ
A total of 917 British citizens work at the Commission. Some have lived in Belgium for years and are concerned about their future after Britain leaves the bloc next March.Advertisement
Juncker said of the British staff seeking Belgian nationality: ââThey deserve it.ââGet Today's Headlines in your inbox: The day's top stories delivered every morning. Thank you for signing up! Sign up for more newsletters here
Addressing the Belgian leader and EU lawmakers, Juncker said Michel is a generous man. ââI am sure and certain that he will take account of our wishes and our remarks,ââ he said.
Michel, for his part, said: ââIâm happy that Belgian citizenship is so attractive, that British citizens are asking to stay to our country.ââ
But he noted that the Belgian courts are currently faced with contradictory rulings on how these citizenship applications should be handled.
ASSOCIATED PRESSSource: Google News Belgium | N etizen 24 Belgium