Europe Direct Information Centre

Europe Direct Edinburgh is for 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 16 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.

My name is Mayan Grace and I am the Project Manager who is here to help you with any enquires on Europe. Please get in touch via europedirect@edinburghchamber.co.uk or facebook.

We provide free phone access to the Europe Direct telephone information services and web access the Europe website. The centre is accessible during normal business hours, Monday – Thursday 9am to 5pm and Friday, 9am to 3pm. You can drop into the centre, or contact us by phone or e-mail. Tel – 0131 221 2999 or email – europedirect@edinburghchamber.co.uk

Highlights

International Business Opportunities with Romania and Bulgaria event on 23rd of February

Come along to this unique event in the UK and listen to a panel of distinguished speakers on the international opportunities for Scottish businesses to invest and trade with Bulgaria and Romania. to listen to business opportunities in Romania and Bulgaria. Dr Alasdair Allan MSP, Minister for International Development and Europe will open the event and our speakers include His Excellency Dan Mihalache, the Ambassador of Romania and Ms Tanya Koicheva, Minister Plenipotentiary, Economic and Commercial at the Embassy of Bulgaria of the EU. To book onto this complimentary event click here.

Italy at a glance: why investing internationally is good for business on 17th of March

Italy is a land of extraordinary beauty, taste and talent, but it is also one of the world’s top economies, with a GDP of over €1.6 trillion and a population of more than 60 million. Our distinguished speakers include Leonardo Simonelli Santi, President of the Italian Chamber of Commerce and Industry for the UK will briefly introduce Italy, the work of the Italian Chamber of Commerce and Industry for the UK and the Italian Trade Commission. We will also hear from Fortunato Celi Zullo , Director of the Italian Trade Commission (ITA) in London and Emanuele Serafini, Director Foreign Direct Investment Desk at the ITA who will highlight why Italy continues to succeed both in Europe and globally. To book onto this complimentary event view here.

Economic growth expected across EU but uncertainty high, says EC forecast

For the first time in almost a decade, the economies of all EU Member States are expected to grow for three consecutive years (2016-2018) according to the European Commission's Winter Forecast published today. The UK economy is forecast to see lower growth of 1.5% in 2017 and 1.2% in 2018, compared to 2% in 2016. View here for further information.

Public called to contribute to virtual library of EU history

What does it mean to be a European? European history is not just about great leaders: everyone is part of this history and has a valuable role to play in preserving this common heritage and identity. With this in mind, the My House of European History project seeks to become a virtual library of testimonials and stories from people across Europe.

Agreement on portability of online content services in EU

Europeans will soon be able to fully use their online subscriptions to films, sports events, e-books, video games or music services when travelling within the EU, following an agreement reached by negotiators from the European Parliament, Member States and the European Commission. This is the first step in the modernisation of EU copyright rules proposed by the Commission in its Digital Single Market strategy. 

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