The UK Government has published the first set in a series of technical notes for businesses and members of the public on how to prepare for the possibly the UK leaves the EU without securing a withdrawal agreement. These guidance notes cover importing and exporting, workplace rights, regulating medicines and medical equipment, farming, product safety, EU-funded programmes including Horizon 2020, state aid, studying in the UK or EU, money and tax and civil nuclear and nuclear research. More documents are planned.
The European Commission’s preparedness notices on these and other policy areas also looks at the consequences of the UK’s withdrawal from the European Union under various scenarios.
If you are interested in this from a Scottish perspective the SPICe blog from the Scottish Parliament Information Centre intends to provide analysis on the UK Government’s technical notes over the next month.
Launched by the European Commission in December 2016 the European Solidarity Corps is aimed at 18 to 30 year olds who want to help make a difference by volunteering or working for a good cause. Over 40,000 people from all EU Member States have signed up in the first year with over 2,000 of them starting placements. In August 2017, for example, a group of volunteers went to Norcia in Italy, to help with the on going efforts to repair damage and rebuild social services for the local community affected by the severe earthquakes that had hit the region a year earlier. In other examples participants are working with young people from disadvantaged backgrounds or with special needs, with refugees or with the elderly. If you are interested in participating find out more here.
Are you looking for an opportunity to volunteer or work for a good cause and help make a difference? Then why not have a look at the European Solidarity Corps, the European Union initiative which creates opportunities for young people from 18 to 30 to volunteer or work in projects in Europe?
The EU Solidarity Corps is an initiative announced by Jean Claude Junker in September’s State of the Union (SOTEU) address. He stated:
“There are many young, socially-minded people in Europe willing to make a meaningful contribution to society and help show solidarity. We can create opportunities for them to do so … Solidarity is the glue that keeps our Union together”
Young people aged between 17 and 30 are now able to register for the EU Solidarity Corps through the online portal, which is available in all official languages of the EU. Upon registering participants become eligible for invitation to join a variety of humanitarian, social and environmental projects with in the EU, ranging in length from two to twelve months.
For more information click here. There is also a useful list of FAQs for participants.
New publications are constantly being added to the EU Bookshop on a huge variety of subjects. One such publication that may be of interest to students who wish to go on to work or study in Europe is a new guide to Europass:
Europass is a portfolio of 5 documents developed by the European Commission to support EU citizens’ mobility by making job seekers’ skills and qualifications easily understood in Europe. It includes the Europass CV.