Basic information of the petition 3582011 – Tomasz Snarski Poland

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					 Basic information of the petition
358/2011 – Tomasz Snarski/ Poland
            Title: Linguistic rights of Poles
            (Lithuanian citizens) in Lithuania
            Issues: human rights, European
            citizenship, respect of the European Law

  The petition is focused on the problem of
  the violating human rights and the EU law
     by Lithuania as a member of the EU.
                   Discrimination of
                   European Citizens
• Poles are idigenous people in Lithuania, they are
  European and Lithuanian citizens as well, they are
  the largest national minority in Lithuania.
• Poles are banned from using their names and
  surnames in their mother tongue and from using
  place names in their mother tongue.
• There are no domestic law regulations regarding
  the protection of minorities in Lithuania.
• Polish people are often discriminated because of
  their nationality.
             The problem and the EU
• The EU is fully competent to examine the
  problem      presented      in    the  petition
  358/2011/Tomasz Snarski
• Lack of response by the EU on this issue is a
  retreat from supporting the EU citizens.
• The petition claims human dignity and rights to
  cultural identity of every EU citizen.
• Petition reminds that EU it is not only the
  common market but the common value as well.
               The problem and the EU law

• Discrimination of Polish minority violates the EU’
  Treaties: art. 2, art. 3, art. 4 ust. 3, art. 6, art. 9 the
  Treaty on EU, and art. 20, art. 45 the Treaty on the
  Functioning of the EU, and the directive 2000/43/WE.
• Discrimination is in contradiction to the general rules
  of the EU law, including the rule of the democrating
  state and the European standard of the Human Rights.
• Those were the most important law aspects
  not mentioned in the written answer from
  the European Commission.

Actual case is in contradiction to following EU
rules: respecting human rights, solidarity and
cooperation between EU states, supporting EU
objectives as defined in the Treaty by the EU
members, respecting rights of European Citizens,
anti-discrimination and of cultural dissimilarity,
respecting free movement of workers through
the EU area.
           The European Union
             and its citizens

• Is Lithuania as a member of the EU
  obliged to obey human rights or not?

• I am making a request for all the
  necessary law and political steps
  towards the guarantee of respecting
  human rights by Lithuania.

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