Category Archives: European Union

Brexit negotiations

European Commission
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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.

These include:

A full list is available here.

The UK government department responsible for overseeing negotiations for the UK to leave the EU, the Department for Exiting the European Union, has published various position papers including:

A full list of publications is 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!

 

 

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.

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

Roaming factsheet detail
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

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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.