EU – Japan Economic Agreement comes into force.


On the 1 February 2019 the EU-Japan Economic Partnership Agreement entered into force. It will create an open trading zone covering 635 million people and almost one third of the world’s total GDP. The Strategic Partnership Agreement is the first ever bilateral framework agreement between the EU and Japan. It will 1280px-Flag_of_Japan_svgremove the vast majority of the €1 billion of duties paid annually by EU companies exporting to Japan, as well as a number of long-standing regulatory barriers, for example on car exports. It will also open up the Japanese market of 127 million consumers to key EU agricultural products and increase EU export opportunities in many other sectors. In addition, the agreement will strengthen cooperation between Europe and Japan in a range of areas, reaffirm their shared commitment to sustainable development, and include for the first time a specific commitment to the Paris climate agreement.

A video about the agreement is available Here.

Upcoming Drop-in service at Sunny hill Community Centre in Derby

We will be delivering an evening information ‘drop-in’ service at Sunnyhill Community Centre on Tuesday 19th February from 7pm-9pm.

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Please do come along and visit us if you have enquiries on Brexit, including your rights to live and work in the UK/or in another EU country after the 29th March 2019. This event is primarily aimed at EU citizens and advice providers who work with early arrivals into the UK; however, anyone is welcome! We have a diverse array of resources (e.g children’s beginner guide to the EU, and travelling in Europe in 2019).

This information service is FREE, and you will not be required to sign up. Just drop by with your questions, and we will endeavour to help answer them! You can also collect as many information packs and resources as you wish for you and your family/community/organisation.

The venue’s full address is here:

Sunnyhill Community Centre, Coleridge St, Derby, DE23 8AF

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Speeches by President Juncker and Chief Negotiator Michel Barnier at the Plenary session of the European Parliament on the occasion of the debate on the United Kingdom’s withdrawal from the EU

Following Tuesday’s amendment votes to the Withdrawal Agreement in the UK House of Commons, President Juncker (EU Commission) and chief negotiator Michael Barnier delivered a speech in Brussels.

Click on the image below to read their full speech. It outlines the EU’s current position in negotiations, and necessary steps to avoid a hard border in Ireland.

If you reside in Nottinghamshire, Lincolnshire or Derbyshire, and have any queries about the EU, and its future relationship with the UK, please do not hesitate to get in touch with the Europe Direct East Midlands North team.


February 2019 Event- Derby city

On the 27th February 2019, there is an EU Citizens’ rights event in Derby, delivered by ‘the 3 million’ and the ‘Multi Faith Centre-Roma Community Care’ at the Pakistan Community Centre.

Free advice will be administered on the ‘settled status’ scheme, in addition to a Q&A session for any Brexit-related queries on EU citizens’ rights after Brexit, including living, studying and working beyond the 29th March 2019. 

More information on this event can be found HERE

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The event is free of charge- sign up via EventBrite- places will be allocated on a first-come first-serve basis.

Stay tuned for more announcements on upcoming events across Derbyshire, Nottinghamshire and Lincolnshire via the Europe Direct East Midlands North website!

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21 January 2019-Applications for the Settlement Scheme are now free of charge for EU citizens

On 21 January, the Prime Minister announced that there will be no fee when the Settlement Scheme opens fully on 30 March 2019.

Anyone who has applied already, or who applies and pays a fee during the test phases, will have their fee refunded. Details of the refunds process will be published in due course. If you want to apply now, the fee (which will be refunded) is:

  • £65 if you’re 16 or over
  • £32.50 if you’re under 16   

Currently, Apple devices cannot be used to complete the online application. For a comprehensive summary of all you need to know regarding the Settlement Scheme and how to apply, explore GOV.UK’s dedicated Settlement Scheme section HERE   

The Settled Status application will be discu ssed in much more depth at the EU citizen’s rights information sessions hosted by the European Commission in the UK over the months leading up to Brexit (29th March 2019) and beyond. See our previous post for current information dates

The EU Citizens’ rights & Brexit page on Facebook help to promote upcoming events of this nature. Take a look at their page by clicking on the image below!

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European Commission in the UK upcoming events

Europe Direct East Midlands North are yet to finalise their scheduled events for 2019.

However, there are various other events happening across the UK, some of which are delivered by the European Commission Representation in the U.K. These include:

  1. 31 January Canterbury

  2. 5 February Glasgow

These events are free of charge, and tickets will be allocated on a first-come first-serve basis.

Key topics include the rights of EU citizens living in the United Kingdom, access to healthcare, education and benefits, and how to apply for pre-Settled or Settled status. 

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You can follow the European Commission representation in the UK on Twitter HERE