Category Archives: Single Market

Brexit and the Norway Model

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The Centre on Constitutional Change, which is based at the University of Edinburgh and includes academics from the Universities of Aberdeen, Cambridge, Cardiff, Stirling, and University College Cork, has issued an invitation to the launch of a new book Squaring the Circle. Could the Norway Model Work?  The launch event takes place in Edinburgh on the evening of Thursday 31st May.  Booking details for this free event are available here.

“As the UK Government and opposition parties struggle to define their vision of Brexit, attention has turned back to the European Economic Area or ‘Norway model’, which allows access to the European Single Market without membership of the European Union.

Professor John Erik Fossum (University of Oslo) will present the findings of his new book with Hans Petter Graver: Squaring the Circle. Could the Norway Model Work?

The book provides an overview of the Norway model, an assessment of the likelihood that the UK will adopt (parts of or all of) this model. It draws some lessons for the UK, and some reflections on the possible effects on Norway.

There will be a response by Dame Mariot Leslie (former UK Ambassador to Norway)”

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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.

Brexit negotiations: transition period

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The Draft Agreement on the withdrawal of the United Kingdom and Northern Ireland from the European Union and Euratom is available in a coloured coded version, highlighting both where progress has been made and areas still to be agreed.

If you are following the withdrawl process you can find other relevant documents here.

Publications from the UK Department for Exiting the European Union are available here.

In the news: The European Medicines Agency

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Yesterday it was announced that the European Medicines Agency will relocate from London to Amsterdam.  The EMA is an agency of the European Union and its role involves the scientific evaluation, supervision and safety monitoring of medicines for human and animal use as well as assisting national agencies authorise medicine sales within the EU single market.

The EMA has to relocate due to the UK decision to leave the EU and the UK Government’s desire to no longer be subject to the jurisdiction of the European Court of Justice.

EMA has been based in London, UK,  since it’s location was secured by John Major’s government in 1995, the year the Agency was established. It currently employs nearly 900 people with a further 36,000 scientists and regulators visiting each year.

A House of Commons Library Research Paper entitled Brexit and medicines regulation looks at how medicines are currently regulated in the UK, the role of the EMA and what the options are post Brexit.

 

Facebook chat on professional qualifications

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Are you considering working in another EU country?  Do you know what EU and national rules apply, or what documents you’ll need or whether your qualifications will be recognised automatically?

For all these questions and more ask EU experts in a Facebook chat on Monday 9 October 2017 between 11.00-13.00 CET.

Further information on the recognition of professional qualifications and on the European Professional Card is available on the European Commission website.

 

Brexit negotiations

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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.

Malta takes over the EU Council presidency

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Malta will hold the rotating EU Council presidency from January to July 2017.  This is the first time Malta has held the presidency. More information on what the role involves is available here. The six priorities identified by the Maltese government for its presidency are:

  • Migration
  • Single market
  • Security
  • Social inclusion
  • Europe’s neighbourhood
  • Maritime security

A briefing note from the European Parliament Think Tanks looks at these priorities and at other ongoing issues the European Parliament will need to address during this time.

You can follow the Maltese presidency on Facebook.