Europe Direct Information Centre

Europe Direct Edinburgh is here to help you, your business and your family. We are here to inform you about your rights and to find practical tips to help you move and work around the EU. We are part of a network of 17 centres in the UK, 500 across Europe which act as an interface between the EU and its citizens at local level.

The information centre is located within the Edinburgh Chamber of Commerce office at 40 George Street. We display and hold materials on a variety of topics on the European Union, which explains what the European Union does, and why it is relevant to the people of Edinburgh and the UK.

The European Commission focuses its work around 10 key priorities, which can be found here. Our aim is to help you understand how these effect you. European Commission also works to help member states with their public spending ensuring citizens money is used for the best possible ends.

I am Mayan Grace (image below) and I am the EDIC Edinburgh Manager who is here to help you with any enquires on Europe. My colleagues Alexia Haramis and Sophie-Lou Arcese Le Nir can also help with your questions. Please get in touch via e-mail: europedirect@edinburghchamber.co.uk or facebook or twitter, or call 0131 221 2999 (option 5) or visit our office at 40 George Street, Edinburgh (opening hours 9.00am - 5pm Monday - Thursday and 9.00am - 3.30pm Friday).

Highlights

EU Youth Employment Initiative

Launched in 2013, the Youth Employment Initiative provides financial support to regions struggling with high rates of youth unemployment. It supports job placements and helps Europeans under 25 in need of qualification to further their education. The aim is to act within four months of ending their studies, or becoming unemployed.

EU and Japan finalise Economic Partnership Agreement

Trade Commissioner Cecilia Malmström and Japanese Foreign Minister Taro Kono today announced the successful conclusion of the final discussions on the EU-Japan Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA). Building on the political agreement in principle reached during the EU-Japan Summit on 6 July 2017, negotiators from both sides have been tying up the last details in order to finish the legal text. This process is now finalised.

Modernising VAT for E-commerce

EU Member States have agreed on practical new measures to support the digital economy when it comes to VAT compliance, which can currently place heavy burdens on small companies operating online. The new rules should help to accelerate growth for online businesses, in particular startups and SMEs.

Guide to EU funding 2017

A useful guide to EU funding. EU funding opportunities prove the added value of the EU budget in a number of fields, from research, employment, regional develoment and cooperation to education, culture, environment, humanitarian aid and energy, among others. Signification support is available to small and medium-sized businesses, non-governmental and civil society non-profit organisations, young people, researchers, farmers and public bodies, to name a few.

The Juncker Plan in the United-Kingdom

The Juncker Plan invested €3.246 billion under the European Fund for Strategic Investments. Find which sectors received the most support from the European Commission.

Brexit negotiations

Access all the news and documentation on the Brexit negotiations.

Videos:

This video highlights young person's experience of a recent internship in Edinburgh from Germany:

Eva from Spain talks about her European Voluntary Service experience in Edinburgh

 

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