Category Archives: Citizens rights

European Commission Publications Newsletter – Spotlight on holidays in Europe

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The August edition of the European Commission Publications Office Newsletter puts a spotlight on holidays in Europe:

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.
It appears Europe is an attractive destination for its residents and there are good reasons, other than proximity, for that. Europe offers to travellers a vast diversity of landscapes, traditions, lifestyles, cultural points of interest and historical and natural monuments to explore. Thanks to the EU, enjoying all this diversity within its Member States has become quite seamless and much easier.
The days of long queues and delays at the borders are long gone but this is far from being the only thing. Travellers throughout the EU enjoy enhanced and consistent consumer and passenger rights;
EU citizens can drive their vehicles, enjoy their insurance coverage, use their mobile phones and enjoy a number of other benefits throughout the EU at no extra cost. And, perish the thought, in case of an emergency they have a single European emergency phone number, available everywhere in the EU, to call free of charge: 112.
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:
Other publications mentioned this month include:

 

 

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European Health Insurance Card (EHIC)

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.

Cards are issued by your national health insurance provider.

UK citizens can apply for the card for free by going here.  Avoid any site that asks for a fee.

The EU and the UK have provisionally agreed that UK citizens and EU citizens in the UK will be able to use the EHIC after Brexit but this provisional agreement will only apply if the final withdrawl agreement is ratified.

 

 

The House of Commons Library

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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:

Brexit and European Citizenship

Brexit the exit bill

Brexit and financial services

Take control of your data

The EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) enters into force today and updates data protections principles established 20 years ago. The GDPR reinforces the rules by which all organisations and companies  providing services in the EU must abide. The GDPR gives us better ways to say what our data can be used for, to retract our consent, to transfer our data or to ask for it to be erased so we can now shop, share and surf with more confidence online.

To find out more, read: Its your data- take control: a citizen’s guide to data protection in the EU here.  Or watch this video from the UK’s Channel 4 News.

Brexit negotiations: transition period

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The Draft Agreement on the withdrawal of the United Kingdom and Northern Ireland from the European Union and Euratom is available in a coloured coded version, highlighting both where progress has been made and areas still to be agreed.

If you are following the withdrawl process you can find other relevant documents here.

Publications from the UK Department for Exiting the European Union are available here.

Brexit and Ireland

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Interested in how Brexit will impact Ireland?  Then some recent publications available through the EU Bookshop maybe of interest.

UK withdrawal (“Brexit”) and the Good Friday Agreement

Brexit and Ireland: Legal political and economic considerations

The impact and consequences of Brexit on Northern Ireland

The EU Bookshop is an online bookshop, library and archive of publications from the EU institutions and agencies going back to 1952 and includes work produced jointly with partner institutions.  Most publications can be downloaded in pdf format free of charge.

Aberdeen University users can also find EU Bookshop material using the ‘All Collections’ tab in Primo.  Any EU Bookshop items that appear in your search results can be accessed by clicking the title, which will take you straight through to the Bookshop itself, where you can download a pdf of your document.

Brexit: latest documents

On Friday, December 8th, the European Commission recommended to the European Council that sufficient progress has been made in the first phase of the Article 50 negotiations with the United Kingdom. The  European Council meeting on December 15th will formally decide if this is the case, allowing negotiations to proceed to the second phase. The European Commission recommendation follows the Joint Report agreed by the European Commission negotiation team led by Michel Barnier and the United Kingdom Government. 

The European Commission believes sufficient progress has been made in the three priority areas of citizen’s rights, Ireland and the financial settlement as laid out in the European Council Guidelines of 29th April 2017. You can read details of the Commission’s assessment at the state of progress of the negotiations here. Related documents are also available

You may also be interested in: the statement made by the Irish Taoiseach, Leo Varadkar, following the recommendation made by the European Commission.

Brexit negotiations

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The European Commission has published documents and position papers on a wide variety of topics since the start of the Article 50 negotiations with the United Kingdom as part of their approach to transparency.

These include:

A full list is available here.

The UK government department responsible for overseeing negotiations for the UK to leave the EU, the Department for Exiting the European Union, has published various position papers including:

A full list of publications is available here.

Travelling in Europe this summer?

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Why not have a look at the holiday-themed August edition of the EU Publications Office Newsletter. The selection of titles include practical tips for anyone travelling in Europe as well as information on EU consumer and passenger rights. Other topics featured are the European Health Insurance Card (EHIC), road safety and bathing water quality.

Call into the European Documentation Centre in Taylor Library for a free copy of the leaflets on the European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) and Travelling in Europe 2017-18.

Brexit and Professional Sport

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A new briefing paper by the House of Lords Library looks both at the possible impact of migration negotiations on the status of sports professional in the UK and at the potential economic impact of Brexit on football, rugby and cricket.  The full report is available here.