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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!

 

EUR-Lex February 2017 newsletter

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The latest edition of the EUR-Lex Newsletter is available now. This issue contains information on the new version of EUR-Lex which went live in January this year . In addition it contains information on the new package on Migration and Security as well as the #EURLextip.

If you’d like to subscribe to the newsletter and receive each issue by email, there is a subscription link within the document.

EUR-Lex have a YouTube channel with several tutorial videos. See playlist below.

Agreement on portability of online content services in EU

creating_a_digital_single_market_2Europeans will soon be able to fully use their online subscriptions to films, sports events, e-books, video games or music services when travelling within the EU, following an agreement reached by negotiators from the European Parliament, Member States and the European Commission. This is the first step in the modernisation of EU copyright rules proposed by the Commission in its Digital Single Market strategy.

The future regulation will enable consumers to access their online content services when they travel in the EU the same way they access them at home. The new rules will become applicable in all EU Member States by the beginning of 2018, giving the providers nine months to prepare for the application of the new rules.

A factsheet and leaflet on the portability of online content services are available.