Brexit flextension due to be agreed by the EU

Brexit flextension due to be agreed by the EU

We are expecting formal notification Tuesday or Wednesday that the EU has agreed the UK’s request for an extension of Brexit. In a tweet this morning President of the European Council explained that a ‘flextention’ was due to be agreed formally by a written procedure. This means that the request to extend Brexit until the 31st January 2020 is approved or until such time as the UK Parliament agree a deal with the EU.

In his Tweet Donald Tusk posted:

“The EU27 has agreed that it will accept the UK’s request for a #Brexit flextension until 31 January 2020. The decision is expected to be formalised through a written procedure.”

In the meantime the UK Parliament are due to vote today on setting a date for a general election. A BBC report this morning explains:

“It comes as (UK) MPs prepare to vote on proposals by Boris Johnson for an early general election on 12 December. The SNP and Lib Dems have also proposed an election on 9 December.”

We are Europe Direct East Midlands (North) will endeavour to keep you up to date with developments.

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October Newsletter

October Newsletter

The Europe Direct East Midlands (North) October newsletter has now been published. It includes an update on Brexit, details of EU funding calls in the East Midlands and a report on the Europe Direct Information Centres annual general meeting held earlier this month in Prague.

The report includes details of the political guideline of the European Union until 2024.

You can read the newsletter below:

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Latest calls for ESF in Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire

Latest calls for ESF in Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire

D2N2 the Local Economic Partnership covering Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire, including the two cities of Nottingham and Derby have issued the latest call for funding under the Active Inclusion Fund.

Under the call there are two themes:


  1. Multiple Disadvantage
  2. Progress towards Work


In total £4,500,000 is available and the deadline is 8th January. An overview of the call is available on D2N2’s Technical Assistance page;


There will be a number of workshops being held for organisations interested in responding to the call. These are due to be published on D2N2’s events page:


MEPs vote to make funds available to the UK in 2020

MEPs vote to make funds available to the UK in 2020

A contingency plan has been approved by the European Parliament to ensure EU funds are fully available to UK researches, students and farmers during 2020, if the UK leaves the European Union without a deal. This is of particular reassurance to the East Midlands with many of our institutions and students benefiting from Horizon 2020 and Erasmus + funding including the Universities of Nottingham and Lincoln.

The draft recommendations rely on the UK continuing to make contributions and acceptance of essential controls and audits.

In a press release by the European Parliament the stated aim of the move is to;

“minimise any negative impact that the UK’s withdrawal may have on beneficiaries of EU funding and on the European Union budget in the case of a no-deal scenario. The measure includes programmes such as Horizon 2020, Erasmus+ and agriculture and regional policies.”

Christine Lagarde appointed President of the European Central Bank

Christine Lagarde appointed President of the European Central Bank

The European Council appointed Christine Lagarde to be the President of the European Central Bank (ECB) Appointments to the President of the ECB are for a non-renewable term of 8 years.

The ECB is the central bank of the 19 European Union countries which have adopted the euro. Our main task is to maintain price stability in the euro area and so preserve the purchasing power of the single currency. The Eurosystem – which consists of the ECB and the national central banks of the euro area – carries out a number of tasks to maintain price stability. These include:

  • defining and implementing monetary policy
  • conducting foreign exchange operations
  • holding and managing the euro area’s foreign currency reserves
  • promoting the smooth operation of payment systems

The ECB carries out specific tasks in the areas of banking supervision, banknotes, statistics, macroprudential policy and financial stability as well as international and European cooperation.

Christine Lagarde will replace the outgoing President, Mario Draghi, as of 1 November 2019.

On 2 July 2019, the European Council considered Christine Lagarde to be the appropriate candidate for President of the European Central Bank. The Council (Economic and Financial Affairs) then issued a formal recommendation on 9 July 2019. The European Parliament and the European Central Bank delivered their opinions to the European Council, respectively on 17 September 2019 and on 25 July 2019.

Read the full press release HERE.


Brexit News

Brexit News

The European Commission and the UK have recommended an agreement reached today over Brexit including a new protocol for the island of Ireland. In a press release earlier the EU’s chief negotiator Michel Barnier said:

“We had difficult discussions over the past days. We have managed to find solutions that fully respect the integrity of the Single Market. We created a new and legally operative solution to avoid a hard border, and protect peace and stability on the island of Ireland. It is a solution that works for the EU, for the UK and for people and businesses in Northern Ireland.”

In addition to solutions to avoid a hard boarder and maintain peace and stability on the island of Ireland the main change to the Political Declaration is the to the future economic relationship between the EU and UK. The UK government have opted for a model based on a  Free Trade Agreement (FTA).

The next stage is to get the agreement ratified by the EU and UK.

More details are available on including a letter from Donald Tusk, the revised protocol for Ireland/Northern Ireland, the revised political declaration and questions and answers.