Monthly Archives: May 2015

Update: ‘EU Agenda for Migration’ – specific measures announced

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Following the Agenda for Migration, the European Commission has announced specific measures to respond to the current situation. These measures include an emergency relocation scheme to assist Italy and Greece; a resettlement plan, and measures to prevent migrant smuggling.

Under earlier Treaties the UK and Ireland can choose whether they wish to “opt in” to the relocation scheme.

Further information is available from the European Commission press release on the 27th of May.

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Travelling in Europe 2015-16

EDC Information Update

Travel europe Cover detail from Travelling in Europe 2015-16. © European Union, 2005-2015.

Going on holiday soon? This handy leaflet from the EU Bookshop has lots of useful information and tips for those planning a trip in Europe. Topic covered include driving, taking your pet, using your mobile phone and accessing healthcare. Free PDFs are available in over 20 different European languages.

We have some physical copies of the leaflet in the EDC office so if you’re in the vicinity of Taylor Library, pop up and pick one up!

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EU Information on the ongoing migration crisis

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In the news:
Thousands of migrants putting their lives in danger while trying to cross the Mediterranean has shocked the world. Migration is one of the 10 stated priorities of the Juncker Commission.

In response to the developing crisis, the Commission issued A European Agenda on Migration on the 13th of May.

Further information on the European Agenda on Migration is available from the Migration and Home Affairs DG.

Watch President Juncker’s announcement (in French) on migration below.

New Passenger Rights app now available from the EC

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Stranded at an airport? Lost luggage?

A new free mobile app lets you check your rights straight away. It is available on Apple iPhone and iPad, Google Android, RIM Blackberry and Microsoft Windows Phone 7. Appropriate links for all devices can be found here.

Download it and hope you don’t need to use it!

Leaflets detailing passenger rights in the EU are also available from the EU Bookshop for: air passengersrail passengers, coach passengers and maritime passengers.

Happy travels!

Europe Direct Aberdeen’s ‘Dance for Europe Day’ event a success

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Detail from event poster

Saturday the 9th of May saw EDIC Aberdeen hold a dance event in the city library to celebrate Europe Day. It involved demonstrations of Traditional Scottish, Irish and Flamenco dancing with participation very much encouraged. You can look at photos from the event on EDIC Aberdeen’s Facebook page and you can see video footage below. The video nicely incorporates footage from equivalent events in Malta and Lithuania.

European Health Insurance Card (EHIC)

This free card is allows EU citizens to access state-provided healthcare while on holiday in the EU countries plus Iceland Lichtenstein, Norway and Switzerland. That’s Social Europe‘s promotional video for it above.

A leaflet about this is available electronically from the EU Bookshop or can be picked up from the EDC office.

UK citizens can apply for the card for free by going here.

Beware of commercial sites that charge for providing the card.

An app containing lots of useful information on how to use the card and what it covers is available from the App Store (for iPhone owners), Google Play (for Android users) and the Windows Marketplace (for those with phones running Windows)

Travelling in Europe 2015-16

Travel europe
Cover detail from Travelling in Europe 2015-16. © European Union, 2005-2015.

Going on holiday soon? This handy leaflet from the EU Bookshop has lots of useful information and tips for those planning a trip in Europe. Topic covered include driving, taking your pet, using your mobile phone and accessing healthcare. Free PDFs are available in over 20 different European languages.

Update: We have some physical copies of the leaflet in the EDC office so if you’re in the vicinity of Taylor Library, pop up and pick one up!

In the news –a case to watch: Minimum Unit Price for Alcohol

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In 2012 the Scottish Government passed legislation to introduce minimum pricing unit pricing for alcohol as part of its strategy to reduce alcohol consumption and the harm associated with over consumption. The minimum unit price was set at 50p

The Scotch Whisky Association challenged the legality of this under EU Law. (The Scotch Whisky Association v Lord Advocate 2013 S.L.T. 776). This legal bid was rejected. However, this decision has been appealed. The Court of Session made a request for a preliminary ruling from the European Court of Justice in July last year. The European Court of Justice began taking evidence from the Scottish Government on the 6th of May and a preliminary ruling on the legality of minimum unit pricing under EU Law is expected later this year. The case will then be referred back to the Court of Session for a final ruling.

Plans for a Digital Single Market officially announced

digsingmarkIn a press announcement on May 6th The European Commission announced its plans for a Digital Single Market in Europe with actions to be brought by the end of the year. The initiatives fall into three strands:

  • “better access for consumers and businesses to digital goods and services across Europe;
  • creating the right conditions and a level playing field for digital networks and innovative services to flourish
  • maximising the growth potential of the digital economy”

Have a look at the announcement video: The full press release is available at: http://europa.eu/rapid/press-release_IP-15-4919_en.htm and further information is available at: http://ec.europa.eu/priorities/digital-single-market/index_en.htm

The EU edition of online news site Politico has produced a ‘user’s guide’ on the subject. Have a look here.

Dance for Europe Day 2015 event at Aberdeen Central Library

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This Saturday (9th May), to mark Europe Day 2015, Europe Direct Aberdeen will hold a dance event in the Central Library with demonstrations and taster sessions. You can go along just to watch or you can try your hand (and feet of course) at Scottish, Irish and Flamenco dancing. See the poster above (click to enlarge) or go to Europe Direct Aberdeen’s Facebook page for more information.

In the meantime, to get you in the mood for dancing, have a look at the video below of flash mob dancers celebrating Europe Day in Bulgaria last year.