EU ID Document Check app now available for iPhone

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The EU Exit: ID Document Check app is now available for newer iPhone models. Previously this software was only available for Android devices but now the app is supported on  iPhone 8 or above, with support for iPhone 7 and 7 Plus coming soon with an iOS update.

EU citizens applying for settled status in the UK are required to use the document checking app to complete the identity stage of the process.

For EU staff at the University who don’t have a compatible device, HR are offering the use of an Android device on which to complete that section of the application. If any staff are interested in using the app then please contact Sharon Cassidy in HR to make an appointment sharon.cassidy@abdn.ac.uk – any students seeking advice should contact infohub@abdn.ac.uk.

The University’s Brexit webpages are updated regularly with relevant information for staff and students. If you have any questions you are unable to find the answer to you can email  brexit@abdn.ac.uk.

International Student Advisers are holding regular drop-in sessions for students with questions about their immigration status and options resulting from Brexit. The next session takes place at Old Aberdeen on Wednesday November 6.

Brexit and EU citizens: event in Polish and Spanish with Kevin Stewart MSP

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On Saturday 8th June Kevin Stewart MSP will hold an event in the Aberdeen Central Library, providing Information and Advice for EU citizens living in the area:

Are you an EU citizen living in Scotland? Do you want to know more about what Brexit will mean for you? Come along to this free event to get information and advice about EU citizens’ rights in Scotland after Brexit.

Find out more and book your place on the EU Citizens Rights Project Scotland page.

This event has been organised with the assistance of financial support from the Scottish Government.

Travelling in the EU

Visiting Europe this summer?  Why not pick up the Travelling in Europe 2018-19  leaflet from the EDC Office, in Taylor Library   It contains lots of useful, practical information about travelling in the EU and includes a fold-out map of Europe.

Topics covered include:

  • Accessing healthcare
  • Driving
  • Money
  • Passenger rights
  • Pet passports
  • Using mobile phones
  • Schengen rules
  • Shopping
  • and much more…

 

 

Europe Day 2019

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The 9th of May is Europe Day. Marking the anniversary of the Schuman declaration, it is a celebration of the effort to bring about peace through a new form of political cooperation between the nations of Europe. In 1950, French Foreign Minister Robert Schuman proposed the creation of an institution to  manage the production of coal and steel across the nations, a move that is considered to be a major step towards the formation of the European Union that we know today.

For more information, have a look at the Europa page on Europe Day 2019, which also details some of the Open Day’s that will occur in various European cities over the course of the month.

Several Aberdeen Alumni networking events have been organised to coincide with Europe day, with events taking place in several European cities. See the Current and Upcoming Events page for more information.

Are you registered to vote in the European Parliament elections?

The European Parliament elections are scheduled to take place on Thursday 23rd May in the UK.

Citizens of the UK and other EU member states who reside in the UK, and are over 18, can vote, provided they have registered to vote by the 7th of May.

Click on the links below to register to vote.

UK Citizens resident in Scotland or rest of the UK

EU Citizens living in the UK

 

 

Draft Withdrawal Agreement on the UK from the EU

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The House of Commons Library has produced a list of 7 documents you may wish to bookmark on this.

They include :

Draft Agreement on the withdrawal of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland from the European Union and the European Atomic Energy Community,

Outline of the political declaration setting out the framework for the future relationship between the European Union and the United Kingdom, 14 November 2018

Withdrawal Agreement explainer and Technical Explanatory note on Articles 6-8 on the Northern Ireland Protocol, 14 November 2018

 

EU citizens living in the UK and eligibility to vote in the 2019 EP elections

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European Union citizens who live in the UK are being urged to check their eligibility to vote in the European Parliament elections which take place between the 23rd to 26th of May next year.

UK citizens will no longer be eligible to vote due to the UK decision to leave the EU on the 29th of March 2019.   However, citizens of the other EU Countries living in the UK are eligible to vote, subject to certain conditions.  A set of country factsheets, produced by the European Parliament, listing voting conditions and national contact points is available here.  While some background information on European Parliament elections is here.

 

 

 

 

A no-deal Brexit

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The UK Government has published the first set in a series of technical notes for businesses and members of the public on how to prepare for the possibly the UK leaves the EU without securing a withdrawal agreement.  These guidance notes cover importing and exporting, workplace rights, regulating medicines and medical equipment, farming, product safety, EU-funded programmes including Horizon 2020,  state aid, studying in the UK or EU, money and tax and civil nuclear and nuclear research.  More documents are planned.

The European Commission’s preparedness notices on these and other policy areas also looks at the consequences of the UK’s withdrawal from the European Union under various scenarios.

If you are interested in this from a Scottish perspective the SPICe blog  from the Scottish Parliament Information Centre intends to provide analysis on the UK Government’s technical notes over the next month.