Category Archives: European Union

European Health Insurance Card (EHIC)

EHIC is a free card  which 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 holders to state-provided healthcare under the same conditions and at the same cost as citizens of that country.  In some cases, but not all, treatment will be free.

Be aware 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.

Some services charge  to help you apply – these are unnecessary and you don’t need to use them.

A leaflet about this is available electronically from the EU Bookshop or can be picked up from the EDC office in Taylor Library.

An app containing lots of useful information on how to use the card and what it covers is available from the App Store (for iPhone owners) and Google Play (for Android users).

Data Roaming Charges Abolished in the EU

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Factsheet detail © European Commission

As of today, (15th June 2017) data roaming charges for all travellers in the European Union have been abolished, as part of the wider project to create a Digital Single Market. The European Commission has produced a couple of useful factsheets (see links at bottom of article) on what this entails. However, as this BBC article explains, customers are still liable for extra charges if they exceed their contractually agreed data usage limits.

As the BBC article also points out, once article 50 has been fully implemented, it will be the up to a future UK Government to decide as to whether the UK adopts these pricing restrictions or not.

Roaming factsheet: TechnicalroamingfactsheetEN

Roam Like at Home FAQs: RoamLikeatHomeEN

 

EU Referendum campaign leaflets collection available online

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The British Library and the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE) Library have collected a sample of leaflets from organisations, political parties and individuals both from the “Leave” and the “Remain” side in last June’s Referendum. The collection also includes material collected by National Library of Wales.  You can view this revealing collection, via the LSE Digital Library, here.  The digital library also has leaflets from the 1975 Referendum allowing you to compare the two campaigns.

 

New independent and unaligned Edinburgh based think tank established

 

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The Scottish Centre on European Relations was launched last month with the stated aim:

“to inform, debate, and provide up-to-the-minute, high quality research and analysis of European Union developments and challenges”

While it focuses on pan-EU issues it has a particular focus on Scotland’s EU interests and policies.

Recent publications include:  “Scotland’s Transition to EU membership”; “What is Really Driving Populism in Europe” and  “Scotland’s Brexit Choices”

You can check out recent publications here.

 

University offers Brexit Clinics to EU staff

blurr flagAll EU members of staff at the University (and members of staff with EU dependants) are being offered an appointment to discuss issues and concerns about the effect of Brexit.

The clinics will take place on 26th April and 4th May 2017, in the Room 120 of University Office.

To arrange an appointment contact sacha.nicol@abdn.ac.uk

 

Article 50 Triggered

Article 50 Letter

© Number 10. Licensed for reuse under this Creative Commons Licence.

The UK Prime Minister, Theresa May, has now triggered Article 50, the formal notification that signals the beginning of the two-year period within which a withdrawal agreement will be negotiated between the UK and the European Union.

The full text of her letter to the President of the European Council, Donald Tusk, is available here.

The latest version of  “Brexit: a reading list of post-EU Referendum publications by Parliament and the Devolved Assemblies” compiled by the House of Commons Library is available here.

Also of interest may be a report commissioned by the Policy Department for Citizens’ Rights and Constitutional Affairs of the European Parliament’s Directorate-General for Internal Policies of the Union entitled  “The Brexit Negotiations: An Assessment Of The Legal, Political And Institutional Situation In The UK” available here.

Justice for families, individuals and businesses

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A report by the EU Justice Sub-Committee of the House of Lords looks at the issues arising from the UK’s decision to leave the European Union, and, in particular, remove itself from the jurisdiction of the Court of Justice of the European Union, in relation to European cross border cases in such areas as:

  • Divorce
  • Disputed custody of children
  • A medical negligence claim;
  • Litigation arising out of a car accident abroad
  • Failure to perform a contract
  • An employment dispute

The current legal framework provides certainty about where such cases should be held and  for the automatic recognition and enforcement of judicial decisions and judgments throughout the EU. The report highlights concerns for families, individuals and businesses if  alternative adequate arrangements are not in place when the UK leaves the EU.

The full report is available here:

 

 

NATURE@work – photography competition

What does nature mean to you?  To highlight the important role nature plays in all our lives The European Environment Agency (EEA) is organising a photography competition ‘NATURE@work’, which invites you to capture how nature benefits you.

The  competition is open to all European citizens over the age of 18 and invites them to submit photographs that illustrate any of the following three themes:

  • NATURE provides:
  • NATURE protects:
  • NATURE inspires:

The winners in each category above will be awarded a cash prize. The closing date is 15th August 2017. Find out more here.

EPRS circular economy infographic

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Representation of a linear economy

The European Parliamentary Research Service (EPRS) has produced an interactive infographic to highlight the EU’s journey towards a circular economy and what that entails:

In a circular economy, products and the materials they contain are highly valued. This contrasts with the traditional, linear economic model, which is based on a “take-make-consume-throw away” pattern. – EPRS press release

Explore the concept of a circular economy with the animated infographic here.

Your Europe Quiz

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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!