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Passenger rights in the EU

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Delays and cancellations while travelling are always frustrating, but what can passengers do when it happens? The European Parliament has produced https://yt.europarltv.europa.eu/embed.min.html?id=6089&lang=en“>this video to explain passenger rights.

There is also the very handy “Your Passenger Rights” app – available on Android, iOS (iPhone and iPad) and Windows Phone – for easy access to the right information when you’re in the thick of things. Download here or from your devices app store.

New EU Parliament video: Combatting planned obsolescence

obsolescenceIt is a sad fact that many technological items are manufactured to have deliberately limited life spans in order to force consumers to replace products more regularly. To combat this, the European Parliament wants to set minimum resistance criteria for products so that consumers can have a better idea of how durable the item is. If products are built with better quality components that aren’t completely sealed in they will last longer and be more easily repairable. Over three-quarters of EU consumers would prefer to fix broken products than buy new ones, so the will is there. Have a look at this EuroparlTV video to find out more about the issue.

 

Data Roaming Charges Abolished in the EU

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Factsheet detail © European Commission

As of today, (15th June 2017) data roaming charges for all travellers in the European Union have been abolished, as part of the wider project to create a Digital Single Market. The European Commission has produced a couple of useful factsheets (see links at bottom of article) on what this entails. However, as this BBC article explains, customers are still liable for extra charges if they exceed their contractually agreed data usage limits.

As the BBC article also points out, once article 50 has been fully implemented, it will be the up to a future UK Government to decide as to whether the UK adopts these pricing restrictions or not.

Roaming factsheet: TechnicalroamingfactsheetEN

Roam Like at Home FAQs: RoamLikeatHomeEN

 

University offers Brexit Clinics to EU staff

blurr flagAll EU members of staff at the University (and members of staff with EU dependants) are being offered an appointment to discuss issues and concerns about the effect of Brexit.

The clinics will take place on 26th April and 4th May 2017, in the Room 120 of University Office.

To arrange an appointment contact sacha.nicol@abdn.ac.uk

 

Report: together in the EU

together-in-the-euRisk of school segregation, discrimination and restrictions to political participation can form insurmountable barriers to the integration of migrants in EU society, as a new report from the EU’s Fundamental Rights Agency (FRA) shows.

It examines integration strategies across the EU, providing clear evidence of the successes and failures of current policy and recommending changes in order to build a stronger and more cohesive Europe.

An accompanying infographic illustrates some of the main issues when it comes to integrating migrants and their descendants in the EU.

16 March: Facebook live discussion with Jyrki Katainen on the future of Europe

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Join the Jyrki Katainen – Vice-President for Jobs, Growth, Investment & Competitiveness – for a Facebook Live discussion on Thursday 16 March at 14h CET.

“We don’t want to dictate what is the #FutureOfEurope. We have to strengthen national ownership to the EU project.” – Jyrki Katainen

Start asking your questions about the Future of Europe, the #CircularEconomy, #investEU, #EUdefence and more.

EPRS circular economy infographic

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Representation of a linear economy

The European Parliamentary Research Service (EPRS) has produced an interactive infographic to highlight the EU’s journey towards a circular economy and what that entails:

In a circular economy, products and the materials they contain are highly valued. This contrasts with the traditional, linear economic model, which is based on a “take-make-consume-throw away” pattern. – EPRS press release

Explore the concept of a circular economy with the animated infographic here.

Your Europe Quiz

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On the 25th March The EU will celebrate the 60th anniversary of the signing of the Rome Treaties. As part of the celebrations they have put together the Your Europe Quiz highlighting the work done in the field of citizens rights in Europe over the past 60 years. The quiz is open to play until 19 March 2017, 18.00 CET. If you reside in an EU state you can test your knowledge of EU rights and maybe even win a pair of one-month interrail passes. Good luck!