European Parliament President Elected

European Parliament President Elected

After two rounds of voting Italian, David Sassoli, has been elected as the new President of the European Parliament. Mr Sassoli, a member of the European Socialists and Democrats  has been an MEP since 2009. Before his political career he was a TV journalist.

Read the Parliament’s news for more information, videos relating to the election procedure and a full list of committees.


European Structural and Investment Funds – Open Calls

European Structural and Investment Funds – Open Calls

D2N2 have announced the latest calls for funding.

Promoting research and innovation.

The call is looking to:


  • Enhance research and innovation infrastructure and capacities to develop research and innovation excellence, and promote centres of competence, in particular those of European interest
  • Promote business investment in research and innovation.

The call is looking to:

Supporting progression into the food and drink manufacturing sector

This call seeks to develop a comprehensive package of support for unemployed and economically inactive residents to gain skills to secure employment in the Food and Drink manufacturing sector in the D2N2 LEP area.


The call is looking to:


  • Extending broadband deployment and the roll-out of high-speed networks and supporting the adoption of emerging technologies and networks for the digital economy.
  • Developing Information and Communications Technology products and services, e-commerce, and enhancing demand for Information and Communications Technology.

Enhancing the competitiveness of SMEs

The call is looking to:

  • Promote entrepreneurship, in particular by facilitating the economic exploitation of new ideas and fostering the creation of new firms, including through business incubators
  • Support the creation and the extension of advanced capacities for products, services and development
  • Support the capacity of small and medium sized enterprises to grow in regional, national and international markets and to engage in innovation processes

Low carbon

The call is looking to:

  • Promote the production and distribution of energy derived from renewable resources
  • Promoting energy efficiency and renewable energy use in enterprises
  • Supporting energy efficiency, smart energy management and renewable energy use in public infrastructure, including in public buildings, and in the housing sector
  • Promoting low-carbon strategies for all types of territories, in particular for urban areas, including the promotion of sustainable multimodal urban mobility and mitigation-relevant adaptation measures
  • Promoting research and innovation in, and adoption of, low-carbon technologies

Find our more:

Follow the D2N2 link below for find out more about all these opportunities.



EU Settlement Scheme

EU Settlement Scheme

The Home Office have produced the latest data on applications to the EU Settlement Scheme (EUSS).  We have reproduced and extract from the report below:

“Number of applications received

The number of applications received in May 2019 was 166,900.
Overall, the total number of applications received up to 31 May 2019 was 788,200.

Number of applications concluded

Concluded applications may relate to an application made in a prior month, and applications received in the latest month may not be concluded until a later month. Therefore, applications concluded are not directly comparable with applications received for the same period.

The number of applications concluded in May 2019 was 223,000. Of these, 64% were
granted settled status and 35% were granted pre-settled status.

Overall, the total number of applications that have been concluded, as of 31 May 2019, was 668,000. Of these, 66% were granted settled status and 34% were granted pre-settled

Number of applications received in England, Scotland, Wales and Northern

Applications have been received from across all constituent parts of the United Kingdom.
In total, as of 31 May 2019, the majority of applications were received from England
(726,700), with an additional 39,700 from Scotland, 11,800 from Wales and 8,700 from
Northern Ireland.”

Help is on hand

Help is on hand in Broxtowe. Our Walk-in Centre is now open Details are available on our website:

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Additional Help for Vulnerable Applicants

Charities and voluntary organisations across the UK are being funded to provide help and information to vulnerable EU, EEA and Swiss citizens applying to the EU Settlement Scheme.

Practical support is available for a range of needs including disabled people, those with severe mental health conditions, victims of human trafficking or domestic abuse, those without a permanent address and those who are elderly or isolated.

The 57 organisations are located across the UK to ensure services are available to those who most need it and a list has been published by the Home Office, below:

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There is still much work to be done encouraging EU citizens who wish to continue to live in the UK to register under EUSS. Deadline for applications will depend on whether or not the EU and UK approve a deal for the UK’s departure. In a no-deal scenario the cut off point is likely to be 31st December 2020.

Tell us about youryour #EUBeachCleanup in Lincolnshire

Tell us about youryour #EUBeachCleanup in Lincolnshire

Preparations for 2019 #EUBeachCleanup campaign are well underway. The campaign will be held in September.

In 2018 around 70 countries who took part worldwid and the campaign is hoping to beat that figure this year! With the help of the Smurfs, and your continued enthusiasm!

Within our region Lincolnshire has some of the finest beaches in the UK and Europe Direct East Midlands (North) are interested to hear about campaigns that are taking place in the Lincolnshire coast of the East Midlands.

If you have not already done so you can find out more and register your campaign you need to email by the 28th June.

Email us with a description of what is taking place and pictures from you event and we’ll publish them here and in our newsletter.

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Special meeting of the European Council, 30/06/2019

Special meeting of the European Council, 30/06/2019

A special meeting of the European Council will be held on 30th June to discuss the European Unions top jobs after there was no majority for any single candidate.

The European Council plays a major part in appointing high-profile EU-level roles. In 2019 it will elect the European Council President, nominate a candidate for the President of the European Commission, appoint the High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy and decide on the President of the European Central Bank. They will all take office before the end of the year.

Read more, including the timetable by following the link below:


Know your passenger rights.

Know your passenger rights.

It’s holiday season and if you are going on holiday in the European Union you have passenger rights that are common across the EU. If you experience delays or cancellations as an air, rail, ship or bus passenger, you have rights when travelling that are set in law. These apply in the following circumstances:

EU air passenger rights apply:

  • If your flight is within the EU and is operated either by an EU or a non-EU airline
  • If your flight arrives in the EU from outside the EU and is operated by an EU airline
  • If your flight departs from the EU to a non-EU country operated by an EU or a non-EU airline
  • If you have not already received benefits (compensation, re-routing, assistance from the airline) for flight related problems for this journey under the relevant law of a non-EU country

Rail passenger rights

Your rights as a railway passenger generally apply to all rail journeys and services within the EU.

Bus and coach passenger rights

Your other rights as a bus or coach passenger mainly apply to regular long-distance (the scheduled distance of the service (not your individual trip) is 250 km or more) bus and coach services starting or finishing in an EU country. Some of these rights also apply to all regular services.

Ship passenger rights

Apply if you are:

  • leaving a port in the EU with any carrier
  • arriving in a port in the EU with any carrier

Find out what you rights are

Your rights include how much you can be charged and what compensation you can get if your journey is cancelled or delayed.  Follow the link below to find out about your rights in more detail.


European Council Meeting

European Council Meeting

The European Council meet today and tomorrow. The European Council meetings bring together the heads of state or government of all EU Member States, the European Council President and the President of the Commission. It adopts conclusions identifying issues of concern and further actions to take.

On the agenda will be the EU’s strategic agenda for 2019-2024. The aim of the strategic agenda is to set out the main priorities that will guide the EU’s work during the next institutional cycle. It will be used to plan the work of the European Council, and will form the basis for the work programmes of the other EU institutions. The new strategic agenda focuses on four main priorities:

  • protecting citizens and freedoms
  • developing a strong and vibrant economic base
  • building a climate-neutral, green, fair and social Europe
  • promoting European interests and values on the global stage.

Lastly, it sets out how to deliver on those priorities.

Also on the agenda are nominations for the next leaders for the top positions in the EU. That alone makes this a landmark Council meeting.

Also on the agenda is:

  • Multi-annual Financial Framework (MFF)
  • Climate change
  • Disinformation
  • External relations

To find out more and download documents please follow the link below: