Category Archives: EU Travel

Travel with your digital subscriptions

Did you know that you will soon be able to access films, TV series and sports events you have subscribed to while travelling in other EU countries?

An EU regulation on cross-border portability of online content services in the internal market is going to apply from 1 April 2018 enabling anyone who has bought or subscribed to films, TV series, sports broadcasts, online games or e-books in the EU country they live in to access them when travelling across the EU. Further information is available here.


Roaming in the EU photo competition

© European Commission

There is still time to enter the Roaming in the EU competition as the entries can be submitted until the 15th of September.

The competition, to highlight the ending of mobile phone roaming charges in the EU in June, invites you to submit a photo showing how you use mobile phone or tablet while travelling in the EU. Three winners will each get two Interrail tickets for a train journey across Europe. Details of the competition are available here.


Travelling with a pet in Europe

Travelling with a pet in the EU is easy, as the EuroparlTV video below illustrates. Following the dramatic advances made in the fight against rabies and the adoption of harmonised rules on travelling with animals your pet can enjoy freedom of movement too!  Your pet just needs an EU pet passport, a microchip for identification and to have been vaccinated against rabies. Happy travels!



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“>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.

Healthcare Abroad

Travelling in the EU this summer? Did you know prescriptions issued by a doctor registered in the EU are valid in all EU countries. More information is available here on the specific information your doctor needs to include to enable you to get your prescription medicine dispensed abroad.  

Also remember to take your European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) with you on holiday.  This is a free card providing access to state provided healthcare during your stay in any of the 28 EU countries plus Iceland Liechtenstein, Norway and Switzerland.  UK citizens can apply for the card for free here.  An app (iOS, Android, Windows) explains how to use the EHIC. As well as general information about the card the app includes emergency phone numbers, covered treatments and costs and how to claim reimbursement.  


112 European Emergency Number

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logo © European Emergency Number Association


Did you know that 112 is a general emergency number available 24/7 in all EU countries, including the UK, to call the fire brigade, ambulance, police or coastguard? The number is free and can be called from landlines, mobiles or payphones.

Operators in many countries can answer the calls not only in their own language, but also in English and French. The operator can also identify where the person making the call is physically located. More information, including additional countries that use 112 as an emergency number, is available here.

Phasing-out roaming charges within EU

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Mobile roaming charges in the EU are set to end completely by mid-June 2017, and as of 30th April this year rates will be capped at a reduced rate as part of the phase-out process.

Commission Vice-President Ansip had this to say:

We’re in the home stretch now before the end of roaming charges in 2017. This is not only about Europeans saving money, this is about bringing down barriers in the Digital Single Market.

For details of the changes, you can read more in this section of Europa (example costs are in Euros). Read about the Digital Single Market here.


Facebook chat on professional qualifications

PQchat_promo_post1_basic_1200x1200Planning to work in another EU country?
Do you need to get your qualifications from your home EU country recognised?
Who should you contact? Are you entitled to a European Professional Card?

On Monday 18th April, between 1100 and 1300 CET (1200 – 1400 GMT), 5 legal experts from the Your Europe Advice network will gather for 2 hours to reply to practical questions on professional qualifications. Policy expert colleagues from DG GROW will also be present to help them with questions with a more political nature.

The chat platform is now public, so questions can already be submitted to the wall of the Facebook ‘event’.

You can ask questions in English, French, Italian and Swedish.

Useful Online Sources of EU Information in the UK

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There’s so much information out there concerning the EU that it can be tricky to know where to start when you’re looking for something. Here’s three easy to use resources that we find particularly useful. So whether your looking for travel advice, information on policies, the latest developments in the Brexit debate or something else entirely, one of these sources should be able to provide the answers or point you in the right direction.

Europe Direct Aberdeen. Based in the Aberdeen Central Library, they have a great Facebook page if you want to keep up to date with their activities and the service they provide. They post regularly about EU policy, programmes and funding opportunities, as well as information on local and international events. They are also a great source of practical information for anyone travelling in Europe. There are around 16 Europe Direct Centres in cities around the UK. If you don’t happen to be in Aberdeen, click here to find the nearest one to you.

European Sources Online (ESO)
Started and maintained by Ian Thomson of The European Documentation Centre at Cardiff University, this is one of the most comprehensive sources of EU information available. ESO collects information from many reliable sources all over the web and is updated on a daily basis. Find information on:

  • Treaties
  • The Common Agricultural Policy
  • Turkey and the EU
  • NATO and the EU
  • Climate change
  • Europe in the world
  • The ‘Brexit’ debate
  • …and much more

They also provide many useful information guides on the countries of Europe, EU policy and the Institutions of the EU. And just so you don’t miss anything, you can set up a personalised weekly email newsletter.

Info-Europa is a weekly newsletter that collates the latest  information on EU legislation and proposed legislation as well as general news. It is put together by Patrick Overy, who is based at the European Documentation Centre at the University of Exeter. You can see the last four issues on the Europa site or you can sign up to have it delivered to your inbox.

As always, all related inquiries are most welcome in the European Documentation Centre in Taylor Library, whether by phone, email or in person.

Useful information for anyone travelling in Europe

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Detail from Eurobaromoter infographic

Since it’s holiday season, we thought we’d draw attention to this article on the European Parliament news site. It includes useful in formation for anyone travelling in Europe, such as:

Safe travels!