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:

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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.

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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.

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UK Parliament to Vote on Withdrawal Agreement.

UK Parliament to Vote on Withdrawal Agreement.

As the UK Parliament prepares to vote on the Withdrawal Agreement the next few days will be crucial in determining the future relationship of the European Union and UK.

Last minute discussions between the EU27 and UK have resulted in Interpretative Declarations to clarify the situation around the Irish backstop. The EU’s communication on the discussions and interpretative Declarations can be read below.

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We will try to keep the news up to date and don’t forget that on the 21st March we will be holding a drop-in information session in Nottingham with the latest information on Brexit and what we know from the events of this week.

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The BBC have produced a useful guide to how a no deal Brexit might impact you. The link is shared below.

In a separate move MEP’s voted to limit the negative impacts of Brexit in a no-deal scenario upon citizens.

To ensure the least possible disruption, MEPs on Wednesday vote on travel, transport, Erasmus, social security and fisheries measures.

At the request of the European Parliament and the Council, the European Commission proposed urgency measures to mitigate the effects of a withdrawal of the UK from the EU without an agreement.

These measures include legal safeguards for current Erasmus students and teachers in or from the UK to complete their ongoing learning activity abroad, continued funding of EU programmes building cross-border and cross-community relations in Ireland and Northern Ireland and provisions for maintaining basic air and road freight and bus services between the EU and the UK. They should furthermore enable EU and UK fishing vessels to temporarily continue to operate in EU and UK waters.

Contingency measures do not replicate the benefits of membership or of a transition agreement. They are limited in time and adopted unilaterally by the EU. Some are adopted under the condition that the UK adopts similar measures (reciprocity).

Read the full communication here.

10 ways you could be affected by no-deal

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Travelling with pets in the EU after Brexit.

Travelling with pets in the EU after Brexit.

The Government have issued guidance on the EU Pet Passport scheme if there is no deal after Brexit. Any new requirements will depend on what status the UK is granted after 29th March in a no-deal scenario.  Basically there are three possibilities:

Listed – Part 1

Should the UK become Part 1 listed, the rules on pet travel will barely alter from the current system – the existing timescales and health preparations in place under the EU Pet Passport Scheme will remain similar.

Listed – Part 2

If the UK is given Part 2 listed status, there would be some extra requirements for travelling pets and owners post-Brexit. These would require an additional visit to the vet and some additional papers to be carried but would not prevent you from enjoying your trip.

Although this is the same procedure as the current EU Pet Passport Scheme , under Part 2 Listed status this document would be valid for only ten days from the date of issue for entry into the European Union, and for four months’ onward travel within the EU. These health certificates would need to be issued prior to each individual trip from the UK to the EU.

Under Part 2 Listed status, owners travelling with their pet will also be required to report to a Travellers’ Point of Entry (TPE) upon arrival in an EU country.

Unlisted

If the UK is given unlisted, third country status, by the EU from 29th March 2019, owners who wish to travel with their pets from the UK to EU nations will need to discuss their specific preparations and requirements with an Official Veterinarian at least four months prior to their desired travel date.

Although general guidelines for pet travel in the event of a no deal Brexit are helpful, it is pet policiesalways advisable to discuss your pet and its unique requirements with an Official Veterinarian in good time before 2019 travel in the EU. Official Veterinarians will be armed with the latest updates and protocols as the realities of Brexit unfold, so please do go to straight to them to get a more accurate and up-to-date picture of pet travel as it is relevant to you and your animal(s).

More information can be found at GOV.UK

*SAVE THE DATE* ‘Brexit- What Now?’ THURSDAY 21st MARCH 2019

Europe Direct East Midlands North is a project delivered by Citizens Advice Broxtowe in Nottinghamshire. We provide free, impartial and independent advice on a diverse array of topics, including citizens’ rights for after Brexit, EU citizens applying to the ‘Settled Status’ Scheme, going on holiday in 2019 and beyond, and doing business in the EU.

As the 29th March 2019 deadline approaches quickly, we are providing a free information drop-in service at Nottingham CVS on Thursday 21st March, between 10am-1pm.

At previous events of this nature, attendees have included charities, community groups, advice providers that work with ‘early arrivals’ into the UK, EU and UK citizens, and the general public. Therefore, everyone is welcome!

We welcome those who have specific enquiries but also those who want to find out more information about Europe Direct East Midlands and other support networks available for after Brexit day.

There is no sign-up required- all you need to do is drop in at a convenient time for you across the morning.

There will be free fact sheets, resources and publications that you can take away with you. You will also have the opportunity to request some additional copies (free of charge!)

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to get in touch with the Europe Direct team! We are based at the Citizens Advice office in Eastwood; however, you can also contact us by:

Telephone: 01773 532291

Email: europedirect@broxtowe.cab.org.uk

Thank you very much, looking forward to meeting you on the day.

Europe Direct East Midlands North

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Nottingham city event- March 2019

On Thursday 21st March 2019, Europe Direct East Midlands North will be delivering a drop-in information event. We will be based at the ‘Ash Room’ in Nottingham CVS, ideally located in Nottingham city centre in close proximity to the bus and tram network.

Our event is open to the general public who may have specific EU-related enquiries, such as living, working and studying in the UK/EU after Brexit. Also, you are more than welcome to come along if you are wanting to get some general information about Europe Direct, and other support networks available in the East Midlands vicinity.

At previous events of this nature, we have had attendees from a numerous range of advice providers, council members, charities and community groups that support early arrivals into the UK. These include EU citizens and UK nationals.

The event is FREE of charge- no sign-up is required beforehand- come along at a time convenient for you.

We will be on hand to assist you in the morning, from 10am-1pm. There will be a diverse range of EU publications, resources and fact sheets available on the day which you are more than welcome to take away with you (as many copies as you wish).

If you have any further questions, please do not hesitate to get in contact with the Europe Direct East Midlands North team!

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