The Europe Direct information centres in the United Kingdom are no longer active

The Europe Direct information centres in the United Kingdom are no longer active

For information on the European Union, please consult the following links:

Europa: https://europa.eu/

EU call centre: https://europa.eu/european-union/contact_en

Telephone 00 800 6 7 8 9 10 11 from anywhere in the EU, weekdays 09:00 – 18:00 CET (Central European Time) in any EU language. This number will also continue to be available for callers from the UK at least to the end of the transition period.

Publications: https://op.europa.eu/en/web/general-publications/publications

From 1 February 2020 there will be an EU Delegation in place of the European Commission Representation in the United Kingdom (link will be available in due course)

EU nationals: Please consider contacting the embassy for your country.

EU citizens’ rights: https://www.eurights.uk/

December Newsletter

December Newsletter

Our December, and probably final newsletter is now ready to view online. Europe Direct East Midlands (North) will cease to operate from 31st December 2019. In addition to news from the European Union we have included alternative sources of information for EU citizens living in the UK from 1st January 2020 and beyond.

We would like to take this opportunity of thanking all our subscribers over the last two years. We hope that you have found the information provided useful. Whilst we do not speak on behalf of the European Commission we would very much wish to convey that the European Union continues to work on behalf of EU citizens living across the world including the UK.

Click on the image below to access our newsletter.

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European Commission move to protect its trade interests as WTO remains in Crisis

European Commission move to protect its trade interests as WTO remains in Crisis

The European Union has made a move to increase the focus on compliance and enforcement of the EU’s trade agreements by the creation of the position of Chief Trade Enforcement Officer.

The move comes as the World Trade Organisation remains in crisis as the US remains apposed to the commencement of the selection procedure for appointing new judges to the appeal court (the Appellate Body) that adjudicates on trade disputes. The BBC reported in more detail earlier in the month.

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President of the European Commission, Ursula von der Leyen, said: “A stronger Europe in the world implies efficient EU leadership on global trade and appropriate powers to ensure that international trade rules are respected. For that reason, I start my mandate by taking swift action to strengthen our trade toolbox. Today’s proposals will let us defend our interests in these particularly uneasy times for international trade. As many European jobs are at stake, the EU needs to be equipped to ensure that our partners respect their commitments and that’s what this proposal aims for.”

By creating the position of Chief Trade Enforcement Officer the European Commission intends to protect its trade interests despite the paralysis of the multilateral dispute settlement system in the World Trade Organization.

You can read more about this announcement directly on europa.eu.

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Romanian Event Nottingham

Romanian Event Nottingham

On Sunday we attended a Christmas event focused on Romanian culture that took place in Nottingham. It is estimated that the event was attended by more than 200 people, mainly Romanian who enjoyed traditional dancing, singing and food.

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Europe Direct East Midlands (North) were on hand to provide information on a range of EU topics, discuss the new political priorities of the European Commission, provide information on the EU Settlement Scheme and other issues affecting Romanian nationals and other EU citizens living the the UK after Brexit.

We were also there to communicate that the European Union is here to support EU nationals whether they live in or outside the European Union on 31st January.

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Talent Without Boarders Event

Talent Without Boarders Event

Europe Direct East Midlands (North) were pleased to attend a packed event that included a talent show for children of EU nationals. The delightful event, including singers, dancers, guitarists and pianists all under 12 years of age was attended by over 200 people from all corners of the EU with a real family atmosphere. Opening the afternoon’s entertainment the Sheriff of Nottingham explained the importance and vibrancy of the diverse community in Nottingham and how EU nationals have contributed to the community.

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During the afternoon the Europe Direct stand provided information resources for EU citizens and to explain the EU Settlement Scheme (EUSS). Whilst most of the families we spoke with have already applied to the EUSS, questions included concerns for EU nationals who were difficult to reach due to various vulnerabilities, concerns were also expressed about partners and relatives who are currently living in their EU nation state but whom may wish to join them at a later date.

There was a lot of interest in EU publications, especially from those who are involved in education. We were able to explain to visitors to the stall that even after Brexit the European Union was still there for EU citizens if the UK was no longer an EU member.

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Next week we shall once again be at the Hyson Green Youth Club at a Christmas event for the Romanian community.

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Royal Association for Deaf people – EUSS Support

Royal Association for Deaf people – EUSS Support

The Royal Association for Deaf people are providing assistance to EU citizens who are deaf and require help applying to the EU settlement scheme. Assistance is provided face to face via a series of roadshows and also from their offices in London and Essex.

Remote Support

In additiona to face appointments RAD provide remote support through webcam appointments and the very useful videos on their website that are provided in both British and International Sign Language.

Click on the image below for find out more about the locations and services provided for EU citizens by RAD.

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