August is the peak holiday month for people living in the EU. According to data from recent years, more than three out of four outbound trips from the EU have a main destination in another EU Member State.
In this holiday-themed edition of the Publications Office newsletter you will find useful general and legal publications of interest to any holiday maker in Europe. As always, you will also find a selection of some of the most interesting EU publications on several other topics, including research.
Some of the travel related publications highlighted include:
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.
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!
There is also the very handy “Your Passenger Rights” app – available on Android, iOS (iPhone and iPad) and Windows Phone – for easy access to the right information when you’re in the thick of things. Download here or from your devices app store.
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.
Since 15 June 2017 roaming charges in the EU have been abolished allowing mobile customers to use their network provider’s allowance of minutes, text messages and data throughout the EU and the European Economic Area (EEA) without incurring additional charges.
The abolition of roaming charges will continue to apply in the UK until it leaves the EU.
A new House of Commons Library briefing paper, available here, looks at possible scenarios after Brexit.
The factsheets below, produced by the European Commission, explain the current pre-Brexit situation.
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.
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.