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 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!
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.
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.
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.
Planning 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.
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.
Planning to hire a bike or car on holiday this year? Want to know more about road travel in your destination? Then it might be worth having a look at the free GoingAbroad road safety app from the European Commission. This app enables you to look up all sorts of road safety information, specific to 31 different European countries, such as the rules regarding:
Influence of drugs
You can also easily compare regulations between different countries and even play a couple of road safety themed educational games.