EU Settlement Scheme – Latest Statistics

EU Settlement Scheme – Latest Statistics

The Home Office have reported on take up of the EU Settlement Scheme for EU citizens living in the UK.
* The EU Settlement Scheme official statistics show that over 900,000 people have already applied to the Scheme. 

Two thirds have been granted settled status

Two-thirds of EU citizens who applied received settled status, generally as they had been resident in the UK for five years or more, with a third being granted pre-settled status.

Those with pre-settled status can stay for as long as they need to build up five years of continuous residence. Then they can apply for settled status.

Get your status today

If you’re an EU, EEA or Swiss citizen, you and your non-EU family members can apply to the EU Settlement Scheme free of charge today.

You will need to complete three key steps – prove your identity, show that you live in the UK, and declare any criminal convictions.

You can find full guidance and start your application at:

Additional support

If you need any additional help to complete the online application, Assisted Digital support is available at over 300 locations, supplemented by a network of over 60 tutors who provide in-home support.

The Home Office has also funded 57 voluntary and community sector organisations across the UK to help us reach an estimated 200,000 vulnerable or at-risk EU citizens and their family members. You can find a full list of these organisations here.

Don’t forget that you are able to receive face to face support from Europe Direct East Midlands (North) at our Walk-in Centre based in Beeston Nottingham. Details of how to access this support are provided below.

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European Commission Political Guidelines 2019 – 2024

European Commission Political Guidelines 2019 – 2024

President-elect Ursula von der Leyen has presented the Political Guidelines for the Next European Commission 2019-2024. This is an important document that sets the headline ambitions for the next five years. They include:

  •  A European Green Deal
  • An economy that works for people
  • A Europe fit for the digital age
  • Protecting our European way of life
  • A stronger Europe in the world
  • A new push for European democracy

You can read and download a copy of the guidelines by following the link below. It’s an interesting read that gives insight into the motivations of President- elect Ursula von der Leye as well as providing some detail on what is behind the headline ambitions.



Beeston Carnival

Beeston Carnival

IMG-20190713-WA0004On Saturday 13th July we attended the Beeston Carnival for the second year running. Once again there was a high attendance, estimated at 5,000 people. Topics discussed during the day long event were citizens rights after Brexit. We were able to provide information about the EU Settlement Scheme being run by the Home Office and direct people to the EDIC Walk-in Centre if they needed help with their applications.

Hot topics were also travel in the EU, some general discussions on trade and the single market and there was much debate surrounding Brexit. We of course remain neutral but were able to help with general information on the Article 50 process.

With many young families present we made people aware of the vast resources provided by EU Publications.

Once again a very productive day at the carnival.



EU – Mercosur Trade Agreement

EU – Mercosur Trade Agreement

*The European Union and Mercosur states – Argentina, Brazil Paraguay and Uruguay, reached on June 28th a political agreement for an ambitious, balanced and comprehensive trade agreement.

The EU is Mercosur’s number one trade and investment partner. EU exports to Mercosur were €45bn in goods in 2018 and €23bn in services in 2017.

The EU is the biggest foreign investor in Mercosur with a stock of €381 billion, while Mercosur’s investment stock in the EU amounts to €52 billion in 2017. While the relationship is very substantial both exporters and potential investors face barriers in Mercosur markets.

The goal of the new EU-Mercosur trade deal is to

  • Remove these barriers and help EU firms – especially smaller ones – to export more
  • Strengthen worker’s rights and ensure environmental protection, encourage companies to act responsibly, and uphold high food safety standards
  • Protect quality EU food and drink products labelled as Geographical Indications from imitations

The agreement represents a win-win for both the EU and Mercosur, creating opportunities for growth and jobs for both sides.

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The UK benefits from trade with the Mercosur area. The image below provides an overview of current trading levels and a link to find out more including some useful fact sheets and video.Mercosur.


Outcome Of The Special European Council Meeting Of 30 June-2 July 2019

Outcome Of The Special European Council Meeting Of 30 June-2 July 2019

The special European Council meeting held between the 30th June – 2nd July has agreed  the following candidates for the high level European positions. The meeting finally agreed on the following candidates:

• Ursula von der Leyen (Germany) for European Commission President;
• Charles Michel (Belgium) for European Council President;
• Josep Borrell (Spain) for High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy
• Christine Lagarde (France) for President of the European Central Bank

The European Parliament is expected to vote on the candidate for Commission President, Ursula von der Leyen, on 16 July. At this stage, her election is not guaranteed, as some political groups have reiterated the European Parliament’s attachment to the Spitzenkandidaten process, under which she was not a candidate.


A full report on the meeting of the Special European Council meeting can be read HERE.

EU Publications

EU Publications

The Publications Office (EU Bookshop) is a great resource, providing information and tools for a range of topics. Whether you’re involved in business, education or a statutory service provider you’ll find a host of valuable publications to help you be successful in what you do, understand key issues, such as the environment and climate change and also navigate your way around EU laws and programmes.

Additionally important information for citizens is also available. Information on travelling in the EU, consumer and social rights are all covered to name just a few.

Start you journey around the EU Bookshop by reading the latest newsletter.