Find out fact from fiction

Find out fact from fiction

Summaries of EU Legislation

The Summaries of EU legislation inform on the main aspects of the European legislation, policies and activities in a clear, easy-to-read and concise way. These Summaries are intended for a general, non-specialized audience and cover 32 topics corresponding to the activities of the European Union.

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Keep up to date with Brexit

European_Commission.svgToday at the European Summit the EU27 will make a decision on the UK’s request for a further delay in Article 50,  the mechanism by which the UK leaves the European Union. You can keep up to date with the European Unions press statements by following the the dedicated page on Click on the image to follow the link.

In the meantime the latest BBC reports on developments during the Summit can be found below. BBC

Brexit Update

Brexit Update

Whilst the UK Parliament is set for another week of voting on the various options it would prefer the European Commissions position is very much looking to the UK to indicate a way forward before the extended Article 50 deadline of 12th April. In a press statement of 29th March the Commission set out it’s current position:

“The Commission regrets the negative vote in the House of Commons today. As per the European Council (Article 50) decision on 22 March, the period provided for in Article 50(3) is extended to 12 April. It will be for the UK to indicate the way forward before that date, for consideration by the European Council.

A “no-deal” scenario on 12 April is now a likely scenario. The EU has been preparing for this since December 2017 and is now fully prepared for a “no-deal” scenario at midnight on 12 April. The EU will remain united. The benefits of the Withdrawal Agreement, including a transition period, will in no circumstances be replicated in a “no-deal” scenario. Sectoral mini-deals are not an option.”

In the meantime the BBC provide an explanation of the current state of play in the UK Parliament, please follow link below.


Europe Direct East Midlands (North) will be following events and trying to keep you informed as soon as we have more clarity on the situation leading to to the 12th April.

March 2019 newsletter

March 2019 newsletter

Europe Direct East Midlands (North), March newsletter is now available online. We have covered some crucial topics that include the European Council summit, Article 50 extension, European Parliament elections and the latest on the European Settlement Scheme that is fully live on 30th March.

You can access the link to our newsletter below:

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European Media Literacy Week

The European Media Literacy Week is a new initiative by the European Commission to underline the societal importance of media literacy and promote media literacy initiatives and projects across the EU. From 18 to 22 March 2019, various events around the topic of media literacy will take place in Brussels and in Member States.

You can find out more about Media Literacy Week by following the link below:


Brexit – Latest

As we approach another week of the UK Parliament voting on the draft Withdrawal Agreement and an EU Council Meeting you might be forgiven for feeling confused and to be honest, feeling a little ‘Brexit fatigued.’

At this junction we felt that the BBC produced a useful flowchart. It can’t provide any indications of what the outcome is likely to be but at least it describes the possible outcomes.


Digital Europe – funding programme

Digital Europe – funding programme

The EU is supporting the digitisation of its economies and societies by setting up a new funding programme, Digital Europe, for the years 2021 to 2027. In a statement, President of the Council, Alexandru Petrescu said:

“Digital Europe will help European businesses, especially smaller ones, benefit from the vast opportunities of digital transformation, scale up and gain a competitive edge. At the same time, it will have a significant impact on bridging the digital divide so that everybody has the skills and knowledge to participate fully in a digitised society. The programme will also foster greater professionalism taking into account gender balance, especially with regard to high performance and cloud computing, big data analytics and cybersecurity.

A network of European Digital Innovation Hubs will provide access to technological expertise for businesses – in particular SMEs – and public administrations. These hubs will bring together industry, businesses and administrations in need of new technological solutions on the one hand, and companies that have market-ready solutions, on the other. With a broad geographical coverage across Europe, the hubs will play a central role in the implementation of the programme.

Read the full communication and access supporting documents below.