Brexit and EU citizens rights – a free event with translation into Polish and Spanish.
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.
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.
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.
August is the peak holiday month for people living in the EU. According to data from recent years, more than three out of four outbound trips from the EU have a main destination in another EU Member State.
In this holiday-themed edition of the Publications Office newsletter you will find useful general and legal publications of interest to any holiday maker in Europe. As always, you will also find a selection of some of the most interesting EU publications on several other topics, including research.
Some of the travel related publications highlighted include:
Are you heading off to another EU country on holiday soon? Then remember to pack your European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) along with your passport. This gives access to state-provided healthcare during a temporary stay in any of the 28 EU countries as well as in Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway and Switzerland. The card entitles you to state-provided healthcare under the same conditions and at the same cost as citizens of that country. In some cases treatment may be free. The card covers both pre-existing medical conditions as well as emergency care. Do remember though the EHIC is not an alternative to travel insurance as it does not cover private healthcare or return flights if you have to come home early for health reasons.
The House of Commons Library is celebrating as this year marks 200 hundred years since its first librarian was appointed. You can find out more about the library’s history here or watch the video at the end of this blog.
One aspect of the library’s work, relevant to anyone starting to research a contemporary topic, is the production of impartial research briefings on a wide range of current issues. While these are intended to help members of Parliament by providing them with good quality impartial background information, they are extremely useful to anyone starting to research a current issue. They can be searched by date or topic.
Some recent briefings which may be of interest include:
An event, entitled Brexit: Scotland, the UK and EU27: Key Issues, organised by the Scottish Centre on European Relations takes place in Aberdeen at the Central Library on May 23rd. Organised with the support of the European Commission in Scotland the panel will consider how, with less than a year to go, the Brexit talks are developing and the implications this has for Scotland. There will be time for questions and answers.
The Speakers are:
Prof Claire Wallace, University of Aberdeen
Liam Smyth, Aberdeen and Grampian Chamber of Commerce
Dr Craig McAngus, University of the West of Scotland
and the Chair is:
Dr Kirsty Hughes, Scottish Centre on European Relations
The event, which starts at 6.00pm on May23rd is free but you need to register in advance.
The Centre on Constitutional Change, which is based at the University of Edinburgh and includes academics from the Universities of Aberdeen, Cambridge, Cardiff, Stirling, and University College Cork, has issued an invitation to the launch of a new book Squaring the Circle. Could the Norway Model Work? The launch event takes place in Edinburgh on the evening of Thursday 31st May. Booking details for this free event are available here.
“As the UK Government and opposition parties struggle to define their vision of Brexit, attention has turned back to the European Economic Area or ‘Norway model’, which allows access to the European Single Market without membership of the European Union.
Professor John Erik Fossum (University of Oslo) will present the findings of his new book with Hans Petter Graver: Squaring the Circle. Could the Norway Model Work?
The book provides an overview of the Norway model, an assessment of the likelihood that the UK will adopt (parts of or all of) this model. It draws some lessons for the UK, and some reflections on the possible effects on Norway.
There will be a response by Dame Mariot Leslie (former UK Ambassador to Norway)”