About us

British citizens resident in Denmark do not have the right to vote in general elections, either in Britain or in Denmark.

The British European Association (BEA) is an independent organisation with no political affiliations; it is supported by people from all walks of life.
The primary aim of  the Association is to obtain the vote in national elections for British citizens residing in Denmark, either in Britain or in Denmark.

The Association acts on behalf of expatriates, together with other organisations in Europe, such as ‘Europeans Throughout the World’ (of which the BEA is an associate member). The BEA does not accept the fact that some British citizens residing in Denmark have no voice and that they may vote in local elections only, and elections of members to the EP. Furthermore, we regard the lack of political representation as the greatest obstacle to freedom of movement within the EU.

Members of the BEA have agreed that the EU has a responsibility towards European citizens, especially in view of EU Directive 2004/38/EC of the European Parliament and of The Council of 29 April 2004 on the right of citizens of the Union and their family members to move and reside freely within the territory of the Member States, amending Regulation (EEC) No.1612/68 of The Council of 15 October 1968.

The BEA arranges various social events such as: an annual dinner in early new year, a picnic in July and others on an ad hoc basis.

The BEA is run by volunteers and would welcome new members. Valerie Kristiansen is the current president.

If you are interested in the BEA’s aims and activities, please Contact us.