EU Sustainable Energy Week 17th – 21st June

EU Sustainable Energy Week 17th – 21st June

he EU Sustainable Energy Week 2019 will take place from 17 to 21 June 2019 including the Policy Conference (18th – 20th June). Sessions taking place will be web streamed. A full programme can be downloaded HERE.

Of particular interest to organisations in the East Midlands may be:

Ending energy
poverty: how
EU citizens are taking

energy systems:
models for a modern
EU economy

Empowering and
financing sustainable
energy projects

Life after the Clean
Energy Package:
unleashing the power
of renewable energy
for citizens and

Please follow the link below to view the EU Sustainable Energy Week website with links to the Conference pages.


European Union Prepares for No-deal

European Union Prepares for No-deal

Ahead of the June European Council (Article 50), the European Commission has taken stock – in its fifth Brexit Preparedness Communication – of the European Union’s Brexit preparedness and contingency measures, particularly in light of the decision taken on 11 April by the European Council (Article 50), at the request of and in agreement with the United Kingdom, to extend the Article 50 period to 31 October 2019.  

In the communication of 12th June 2012 the Commission states:

In light of the continued uncertainty in the United Kingdom regarding the ratification of the Withdrawal Agreement – as agreed with the UK government in November 2018 – and the overall domestic political situation, a ‘no-deal’ scenario on 1 November 2019 very much remains a possible, although undesirable, outcome.”

The communication includes:

  • Citizens residence and social security entitlements.
  • Medical products, devices and chemical substances.
  • Customs, indirect taxation and boarder inspections.
  • Transport.
  • Fishing activities.
  • Financial services.

The full communication can be read below:



June Newsletter

June Newsletter

Our June 19 newsletter is now published. It includes details of the Nottingham Walk-in Centre, EU elections and what happens now and the latest ESF funding calls available in Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire. As usual there are plenty of useful links to help you navigate directly to the information sources.

Subscribe through the pop-up box on our website or email, to receive your regular updates from Europe Direct East Midlands (North).

Just click on the link below to view the June news:


Informing on EU Topics – May Data

Informing on EU Topics – May Data

It is the expressed aim of Europe Direct East Midlands (North) to keep the public informed about EU topics. We are independent and impartial and, whilst being co-funded by the European Union, we stick to factual information and do not speak on behalf of any European institutions.

In order to achieve this we communicate through various channels to improve access to information and support. Our commitment is demonstrated by the opening of our new walk-in centre in Beeston Nottingham and we continue to produce a monthly newsletter, provide email information and run a telephone information line. We run an annual information event and participate in events. On the 13th July we shall be attending the Beeston Carnival.

Our Website

Traffic on our website has increased significantly during 2019, possibly reflecting the growing interest in European Union topics. We have recently reviewed the data for May 2019. There were 693 individual visitors to the site with 919 page views. The vast majority (634) were from the UK but there were a significant number of views from across the EU and also some from outside the EU.

The post that attracted most interest related to UK’s EU Settlement Scheme (530). Clearly this is an area that EU citizens residing in the UK are following closely.

On our web pages and blogs we aim to provide information in an understandable way that include links to relevant resources.

If you wish to be alerted to EU topics and important developments sign up for our newsletter by using the online subscription form on our website or by email to:

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The winners of the second WiFi4EU call announced

The winners of the second WiFi4EU call announced

14 UK cities benefited from the second round of Wifi4EU. Applications took place from 4 to 5 April 2019. During this call, more than 10,000 municipalities across Europe have applied for a WiFi4EU voucher worth EUR 15,000 to set up Wi-Fi hotspots in public spaces.

While based on a “first-come, first-served” principle, all participating countries were nevertheless guaranteed a minimum of 15 vouchers, provided they had sufficient numbers of applicants. In light of the huge interest in the initiative, for this call the maximum number of vouchers per participant State has been raised to 510.

There will be another round later this year and we are encouraging cities in the East Midlands to apply. More details are available on the link below.



European Mobility Week

European Mobility Week

European Mobility Week will be held between 16 – 22nd of September 2019.

Towns and cities can register their participation in EUROPEANMOBILITY to showcase their commitment to clean and sustainable urban transport. Registration is open to all towns and cities.

Europe Direct East Midlands (North) are encouraging all towns and cities in Derbyshire, Nottinghamshire and Lincolnshire to shout about what they are doing  to test out new forms of clean mobility and progress towards more sustainable mobility.

Click on the tram below to find out more about the initiatives that are taking place.

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Towns and cities can register here.

Additionally Businesses, NGOs and schools can also register, here.


If you’re doing something to promote the idea of sustainable urban mobility, EUROPEANMOBILITYWEEK want to hear about it! By registering your MOBILITYACTION on the website, you can become a part of the EUROPEANMOBILITYWEEK campaign.

Once registered, your steps to promote sustainable urban mobility will be displayed on a list of MOBILITYACTIONS. Whether you’ve decided to cycle to work with your neighbours, or you’re an employer taking concrete action to encourage your employees to use public transport, we’re eager to help you share your success story.

As the long as the action you’re doing promotes a behavioural shift towards a more sustainable urban mobility culture and is of a promotional rather than a technical nature (i.e. technical innovations themselves will not be recognised), you’re eligible.

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As part of the EUROPEANMOBILITYWEEK the European Commission is launching its Social Biking challenge across Europe. The Social Biking challenge aims to encourage cycling as a social habit. The challenge promotes physical activity, the use of a sustainable transport mode (the bicycle!), and also aims to increase the modal share of cycling by creating a network of cyclists. Follow the links to find out how to get involved.


Click on the image below to watch a short video explaining the ‘Walk With Us’ campaign.01 EMW Smart Pedestrian Female



Open Calls for ESF Funding

Open Calls for ESF Funding

The Local Economic Partnership for Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire, D2N2 has published the four open calls for investment under the European Social Fund. The current priorities are:

Digital Skills for the Unemployed: Supporting unemployed and inactive participants to develop digital skills currently in demand in the D2N2 labour market. Deadline 18th July.

Digital Skills for the Employed: Improving the digital skills of the existing SME workforce to aid productivity growth and competitiveness. Deadline 18th July.

Careers and Employability Hub: Coordinating meaningful interactions between employers and schools to improve young people employability. Deadline 1st August.

Skills Access Hub: Providing coordinated support for SMEs to access the skills they need for productivity growth. Deadline 1st August.

Full details are available on the D2N2 website by following the link below.