Category Archives: European Union

EU ID Document Check app now available for iPhone

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This symbol indicates that your passport has a biometric chip

The EU Exit: ID Document Check app is now available for newer iPhone models. Previously this software was only available for Android devices but now the app is supported on  iPhone 8 or above, with support for iPhone 7 and 7 Plus coming soon with an iOS update.

EU citizens applying for settled status in the UK are required to use the document checking app to complete the identity stage of the process.

For EU staff at the University who don’t have a compatible device, HR are offering the use of an Android device on which to complete that section of the application. If any staff are interested in using the app then please contact Sharon Cassidy in HR to make an appointment sharon.cassidy@abdn.ac.uk – any students seeking advice should contact infohub@abdn.ac.uk.

The University’s Brexit webpages are updated regularly with relevant information for staff and students. If you have any questions you are unable to find the answer to you can email  brexit@abdn.ac.uk.

International Student Advisers are holding regular drop-in sessions for students with questions about their immigration status and options resulting from Brexit. The next session takes place at Old Aberdeen on Wednesday November 6.

Travelling in the EU

Visiting Europe this summer?  Why not pick up the Travelling in Europe 2018-19  leaflet from the EDC Office, in Taylor Library   It contains lots of useful, practical information about travelling in the EU and includes a fold-out map of Europe.

Topics covered include:

  • Accessing healthcare
  • Driving
  • Money
  • Passenger rights
  • Pet passports
  • Using mobile phones
  • Schengen rules
  • Shopping
  • and much more…

 

 

Are you registered to vote in the European Parliament elections?

The European Parliament elections are scheduled to take place on Thursday 23rd May in the UK.

Citizens of the UK and other EU member states who reside in the UK, and are over 18, can vote, provided they have registered to vote by the 7th of May.

Click on the links below to register to vote.

UK Citizens resident in Scotland or rest of the UK

EU Citizens living in the UK

 

 

Draft Withdrawal Agreement on the UK from the EU

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The House of Commons Library has produced a list of 7 documents you may wish to bookmark on this.

They include :

Draft Agreement on the withdrawal of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland from the European Union and the European Atomic Energy Community,

Outline of the political declaration setting out the framework for the future relationship between the European Union and the United Kingdom, 14 November 2018

Withdrawal Agreement explainer and Technical Explanatory note on Articles 6-8 on the Northern Ireland Protocol, 14 November 2018

 

A no-deal Brexit

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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.

 

 

 

Travelling and online subscriptions

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Do you know that since April this year you can access digital services you have paid for in the EU country in which you reside when you are on holiday in another EU country?  So this summer you can view films, catch up with a series, enjoy watching sports events,  read eBooks, play video games and listen to music you subscribed to at home without the frustration of your services being blocked or costing extra.

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

Package travel: better protection for holidaymakers

Going on holiday soon?  Did you know that from the 1st of July holidaymakers benefit from additional rights and better protection under updated EU package travel rules when booking travel packages where you choose different elements – such as flight, hotel, car hire – from a single point of sale online or offline. The new rules also cover linked travel arrangements when you book travel services at one point of sale, but using separate booking processes, or, book one travel service on one website, then another service that you are invited to book on a different website.

To find out more about these, and other additions rights contained in the new law, have a look at the factsheet or watch the video below.

Under the terms of the proposed transition period after the UK leaves the EU at the end of March 2019, this Directive will be applicable in the UK until the end of 2020. It’s continued application after that will depend on the outcome of negotiations on the future EU-UK relationship and/or UK policy.