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.
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.
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.
Travelling in Europe, a leaflet published by the EU, has now been updated for 2017-18. It contains lots of useful, practical information about travelling in the EU and includes a fold-out map of the continent.
Tomorrow (Friday 31st March 2017) the Aberdeen law project will hold a seminar to discuss Brexit and how it will affect smaller organisations and charities. There will be a Q & A session with lecturer Dr. Justin Borg-Barthet.
If you would like to attend, email firstname.lastname@example.org with the number of people and any advance questions you wish to put to Dr Borg-Barthet.
The event will run from 4pm – 5:30pm and will be held in New Kings Room 1.
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!