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
Travelling in Europe, a leaflet published by the EU, has now been updated for 2017-18. It contains lots of useful, practical information about travelling in the EU and includes a fold-out map of the continent.
As the last step towards the end of roaming charges by 15 June 2017, representatives of the European Parliament, the Council and the Commission have agreed on how to set the prices operators charge each other when their customers use other networks when roaming in the EU.
3.2 cents per minute of voice call, as of 15 June 2017
1 cent per SMS, as of 15 June 2017
They also agreed to a step-by-step reduction over five years for data caps, decreasing from €7.70 per GB (as of 15 June 2017) to €6 per GB (as of 1 January 2018), €4.50 per GB (as of 1 January 2019), €3.50 per GB (as of 1 January 2020), €3 per GB (as of 1 January 2021) and €2.50 per GB (as of 1 January 2022). The agreement is the final step to making “roam-like-at-home” work as of 15 June 2017, as foreseen in the Telecom Single Market (TSM) Regulation. It means that when travelling in the EU, consumers will be able to call, send SMS or surf on their mobile at the same price they pay at home. More information is available on the Commission’s Roaming website.
Applications are now open for paid traineeships of five months’ duration starting on 1 October with the European Commission and some executive bodies and agencies of the European Institutions such as the European External Action Service or Executive Agency for Competitiveness and Innovation. Successful applicants will receive a monthly grant of around €1,120 and reimbursement of travel expenses. Accident and health insurance can also be provided. Every year, there are about 1,300 places available, which provide selected candidates with hands-on experience in an international and multicultural environment, thus enriching their career prospects. Applications must be submitted online by noon (Brussels time), 31 January 2017.
EU Aid Volunteers is a European Commission initiative that brings volunteers together with aid organisations from across the world, opening up opportunities for EU citizens to provide support to a variety of humanitarian aid projects. Training is provided and there are opportunities to work both in the field and online.
Applications are now being accepted and you can browse a list of vacancies here.
For lots more information have a look at the official page. In the meantime though here is a video testimonial from a former volunteer in South Sudan:
Going on holiday soon? This handy leaflet from the EU Bookshop has lots of useful information and tips for those planning a trip in Europe. Topic covered include driving, taking your pet, using your mobile phone and accessing healthcare. Free PDFs are available in over 20 different European languages.
Update: We have some physical copies of the leaflet in the EDC office so if you’re in the vicinity of Taylor Library, pop up and pick one up!