miércoles, 21 de junio de 2017

23/06: EUROCITIZENS MEETING ON THE ANNIVERSARY OF BREXIT



Tomorrow is the anniversary of the Brexit referendum and a year later we're still completely in the dark about our futures. So it's a good time to take stock of what has happened and to discuss our objectives for the crucial next few months.

It's also time for a last push before the summer break, as we won't be holding meetings in July and August. Some people have requested a change of time from the habitual Saturday morning meeting, so we've organised it for Friday 23 June at 7pm in the Centro Gallego C/ Carretas, 14 Metro Sol. It's in a different room this time (Aula 1). 
We have a lot to talk about. Firstly, we'll update members on the successful Spanish lobbying that we've been doing since February. We'll give you a report on our meeting with junior minister for Europe, Jorge Toledo. 
A lot has been happening too with the coalition British in Europe in which we are taking an active part. The focus is now on UK lobbying throughout the early rounds of negotiations which began on Monday. It's going to be important to keep pressure on the UK government who will be announcing their 'generous' offer on citizens' rights today. 
There also will be updates from the education and concert groups. The latter has done great work to produce an amazing lineup of artists for the concert on Saturday 24 June (Sala El Sol 22h). Now we just need people to fill the club. 
Please do everything you can to support the concert!
Buy your tickets here: https://www.ticketea.com/entradas-concierto-musica-sin-fronteras-eurocitizens

UN AÑO DESPUÉS DEL BREXIT, EUROCITIZENS ORGANIZA 'MÚSICA SIN FRONTERAS' PARA REIVINDICAR LOS DERECHOS DE LOS CIUDADANOS

El sábado 24 de junio, tres músicos jóvenes y cosmopolitas (John Grvy, Rob Picazo y Alex Roddom) tocarán en la mítica Sala El Sol de Madrid en un concierto organizado por la asociación EuroCitizens. Además de ofrecer las actuaciones de tres intérpretes con enorme talento, el concierto reivindicará los derechos de los españoles en el Reino Unido y de los británicos en España afectados por el Brexit y llamará la atención sobre el impacto negativo de la salida de Gran Bretaña de la UE en el sector de la música.

Estamos en un momento clave para los derechos de la ciudadanía. El jueves 22 de junio la primera ministra, Theresa May, revelará su 'generosa' oferta para los ciudadanos europeos en el Reino Unido y, por la naturaleza recíproca de cualquier acuerdo, tambíen para los ciudadanos británicos en la UE. El viernes 23 es el aniversario del referendum del Brexit en el que la mayor parte de los europeos residentes en Gran Bretaña y de los británicos en la UE no pudieron votar. El sábado 24 hace un año de los resultados en los que ganó por la mínima la decisión de salir de la UE, algo que ha resultado en doce meses de gran ansiedad e incertidumbre para la ciudadanía.
En los siguientes meses se enfocarán las negociaciones que empezaron el lunes en la 'factura de divorcio' del Reino Unido, sobre la frontera en Irlanda y sobre los derechos de los ciudadanos. Las asociaciones como EuroCitizens, British in Europe y Españoles en el Reino Unido tendremos que aumentar aún más la presión sobre los políticos para asegurarnos de que el acuerdo alcanzado garantice todos los derechos actuales que disfrutamos y que esté blindado de las demás negociaciones.
Comenzamos una nueva campaña con este concierto.

Más información y entradas en:
https://www.ticketea.com/entradas-concierto-musica-sin-fronteras-eurocitizens/

lunes, 19 de junio de 2017

COMIENZAN LAS NEGOCIACIONES DEL BREXIT: YA ES HORA DE QUE EL GOBIERNO BRITÁNICO ESCLAREZCA SU POSTURA SOBRE LOS DERECHOS DE LA CIUDADANÍA

Michel Barnier y David Davis  Foto: Ben Stansall AFP
Madrid, lunes 19 de junio

La coalición British in Europe y la asociación EuroCitizens desean al ministro David Davis todo lo mejor en las negociaciones con la UE que comienzan hoy. Le recordamos que él y el gobierno británico tienen el deber de representar los intereses de los 1,2 milliones de ciudadanos británicos que actualmente residen en la UE.  Llevamos un año esperando el comienzo de estas discusiones, sufriendo gran incertidumbre sobre nuestro futuro. Esperamos que el ministro cumpla con la promesa de Theresa May de garantizar que los derechos de la ciudadanía tenga la prioridad absoluta sobre cualquier otro asunto.

Mientras que el gobierno se ha ocupado de activar la Clausula 50 y convocar nuevas elecciones, nuestra coalición ha mantenido una serie de reuniones con el equipo negociador de la UE que ha consultado con nosotros antes de formular las directrices negociadoras y tomando en cuenta muchas de nuestras reivindicaciones.

Jane Golding, la coordinadora de British in Europe ha declarado hoy: 'como  resultado de estos contactos, la UE nos ofrece casi todo lo que pedimos y admite el principio básico de que los derechos de los ciudadanos, vigentes antes del Brexit, no cambien. Ademas la UE ha demostrado una admirable transparencia en este asunto. En contraste, durante los últimos doce meses, Theresa May se ha negado a lanzar una oferta unilateral a los tres milliones de ciudadanos de la UE en el Reino Unido. Dice que no lo ha hecho para proteger los derechos de los 1,2 millones de británicos en la UE, una postura que no entendemos. La oferta actual de la UE, de forma detallada, garantiza casi todos nuestros derechos. Ahora todo depende de cómo responde Gran Bretaña y esperamos que, conforme al principio de reciprocidad, sea capaz de hacerlo con la misma generosidad.'

Fiona Godfrey, portavoz de la coalición de British in Europe en Luxemburgo, añadió: 'No se puede utilizar como moneda de cambio ni los 1,2 millones de británicos ni los 3 milliones de europeos en el RU. Animamos al ministro Davis y al negociador Barnier a blindar el acuerdo sobre los derechos de la ciudadanía y separarlo de otros aspectos de las negociaciones. La falta de blindaje solo puede prolongar la incertidumbre de estos cinco millones de ciudadanos.'


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domingo, 18 de junio de 2017

TIME FOR THE UK TO MAKE CLEAR ITS POSITION ON CITIZENS' RIGHTS


24/06 -MÚSICA SIN FRONTERAS: CONCIERTO CON JOHN GRVY, ROB PICAZO Y ALEX RODDOM

Concierto con John Grvy, Rob Picazo y Alex Roddom para EuroCitizens
Sala El Sol
, Madrid
sábado 24 junio 22:00
 
EuroCitizens defiende los derechos de la ciudadanía europea de los españoles en el Reino Unido y los británicos en España y trabaja por una Europa abierta. Por esta razón, y por la amenaza que genera el Brexit a los músicos de ambos países, vamos a usar la música y la diversión para defender aquello en lo que creemos. Porque la música no conoce fronteras, porque la música nos une. 
"Soy de madre inglesa y padre español, pero tengo nacionalidad española.” 
comenta el músico Rob Picazo. “Al igual que otros músicos, la salida del Reino Unido de la Unión Europea podría limitar las oportunidades de desplazarme entre UK y el resto de Europa. Como sugiere el nombre del concierto, la música debería ser una fuerza de unión, que rompa barreras y no las edifique.”

Por ello, os presentamos MÚSICA SIN FRONTERAS, un concierto que tendrá lugar el sábado 24 de junio en la Sala El Sol (Calle Jardines, 3, Madrid) a las 22:00. Si tú también compartes estos valores y quieres apoyarlos a la vez que disfrutas de una noche de fiesta y diversión, no dudes en venir. Te lo pasarás genial en compañía de tres músicos excepcionales:
 
 
 
Mas información
Tel: Mark Kitcatt, everlasting popstock, 609060782
Puedes seguir a EuroCitizens en Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/Euro CitizensSpain/) y apoyar esta iniciativa en https://fastfor.ms/14CAD

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rRnT6FXL3lQ&authuser=2

miércoles, 14 de junio de 2017

BREXIT'S NEGATIVE IMPACT ON THE MUSIC INDUSTRY WILL WEAKEN THE UK'S SOFT POWER

Mark Kitcatt
Mark Kitcatt is CEO and part owner of independent music company Everlasting Popstock and has a long and successful track record in the music industry. Based in Madrid since the 1990s, Mark is concerned about the impact of Brexit on music and musicians, as well as its effect on the citizens' rights of UK nationals living in the EU like himself. A member of the association EuroCitizens, he is organising 'Música sin Fronteras'. This concert on Saturday 24 June, exactly a year after the results of the Brexit referendum, will be held in the mythical venue Sala El Sol with three talented and cosmopolitan young musicians: John Grvy, Alex Roddom and Rob Picazo.

EuroCitizens: How is Brexit going to affect the music industry?

MK: I came to Spain in the early nineties, before EU directives on free movement came into force. That changed the whole music business. Suddenly, bands could move around freely, play concerts anywhere in the EU and sell their merchandise with no problems. Since then, for UK bands, virtually all Europe has been an open market. It costs the same for a group to play in Milan as in Manchester, or in Alicante as in Aberdeen. The single market has thus given British music a huge competitive advantage.

EuroCitizens: So what will happen with a hard Brexit and the UK's departure from this single market?

MK: All these advantages will be lost overnight and we may go back to the bad old days of visas and work permits. This will dramatically hit touring which is now the main source of income for most
musicians, since the increase in piracy. Of course, the impact on young artists who are starting out will be even harder. The UK will also suffer as a destination for creators from Spain and the rest of Europe if barriers to free movement go up.

EuroCitizens: You are a member of independent music associations such as IMPALA, UFI and WIN. Have you had any reaction from the UK government about your concerns?

MK: Frankly, they just don't seem to know what is going to happen and we have received no clear answers. As with their dealings with citizens' groups like EuroCitizens and British in Europe, all our contacts with them have been cloaked in secrecy. Things are not looking good.

EuroCitizens: As a UK national living in the EU, are you worried about your own future?

MK: I'm married to a Spaniard and my children have Spanish nationality, so I'm not worried about my personal future in this country. I always have the option of applying for Spanish nationality. However, since Brexit my eldest son has decided not to study at a UK university due to the uncertainty that has arisen. I also know several young Britons in Spain who have not lived here very long and who may have to go back to the UK after Great Britain leaves the EU.

EuroCitizens: Do you think Brexit will have any other impact?

MK: Yes, it will dramatically reduce the UK's 'soft power', the influence it gains through pop music as well as through films and TV. English is the lingua franca of music and this enables Britain to have an enormous cultural impact in Europe. On top of that, the essence of modern music is of reaching across cultures and the mixing of different cultures. It is universal, is the antithesis of putting up barriers, walls and borders. Unfortunately, that is what the UK and the USA seem to be trying to do at the moment, to retreat from the world.
 

That's why we decided to call our concert on 24 June 'Música sin Fronteras'!

jueves, 8 de junio de 2017

LAS ELECCIONES EN EL REINO UNIDO: EL RECHAZO DEL BREXIT DURO DA ESPERANZAS PARA LOS DERECHOS DE LA CIUDADANÍA

Theresa May vota el 8 de junio
      Después de convocar unas elecciones nacionales para reforzar su postura de un Brexit duro, con el planteamiento de que 'ningún acuerdo' es mejor que un 'mal acuerdo', Theresa May ha sufrido una gran derrota, después de una campaña desastrosa afectada por otros temas como la seguridad y la austeridad. La primera ministra esperaba sacar una gran mayoría de más de cien diputados, pero parece seguro que el Partido Conservador quedará sin mayoría absoluta, con la necesidad de pactar con los unionistas de Irlanda del Norte para gobernar.
     ¿Qué significa esto para los 4,5 millones de europeos en el Reino Unido y británicos en la UE? La Comisión Europea ya ha publicado con bastante detalle su plan para garantizar los derechos de los ciudadanos afectados por el Brexit de forma vitalicia. Sin embargo, el gobierno de Theresa May, después de asumir los postulados anti-inmigrantes del partido xenófobo UKIP, ha mantenido una estudiada ambiguedad sobre este tema, algo que ha comprobado EuroCitizens y la coalición British in Europe en sus reuniones con funcionarios y un cargo político del ministerio para la salida de la UE.
     De ahora en adelante, EuroCitizens espera que haya un Brexit menos dogmático y una postura menos agresiva del Reino Unido hacía los 27 en las negociaciones que comienzan el 19 de junio sobre el futuro de la ciudadanía. Con la clara postura de la UE, la pelota está en el tejado del nuevo primer ministro británico (que probablemente no será Theresa May). EuroCitizens y British in Europe enviaremos un mensaje claro en nuestro próximo encuentro con el gobierno del Reino Unido: queremos mantener todos nuestros derechos de ciudadanía europea de forma vitalicia y con un acuerdo blindado y separado del resto de las negociaciones. 

24/06: CONCERT IN MADRID - 'MÚSICA SIN FRONTERAS'


For the freedom of movement of musicians and citizens' rights for Spaniards and Britons affected by Brexit.


Did you know that Brexit will have an extremely negative impact on British and Spanish musicians? After the UK's departure from the EU, organising concerts between the two countries will probably become extremely complicated, due to the end of free movement of people. Above all, this will affect young artists. Brexit also endangers the rights of nearly a half a million UK and Spanish nationals who live in the respective countries.


On Saturday 24 June (Sala Sol, Madrid 22h) EuroCitizens is organising a concert to demand no restrictions on the movement of musicians and to reject any reduction in citizenship rights.  Three young and cosmopolitan artists will be performing: John Grvy (chillwave, electronic, indie), resident in Madrid but with roots in Nigeria; Alex Roddom (rockmetal, folk, country), a Briton who has lived in Spain all his life; Rob Picazo (blues/soul), a Spaniard who lives in the UK.

All three artists are enormously talented and it promises to be a fantastic gig! Don't miss it!

24/06: CONCIERTO ORGANIZADO POR EUROCITIZENS- 'MÚSICA SIN FRONTERAS'



Un concierto por la libertad de movimiento de los músicos y los derechos de la ciudadanía

¿Sabes que el 'Brexit' tendrá un impacto profundamente negativo sobre los músicos españoles y británicos? Después de la salida del Reino Unido de la UE, viajar entre los dos países se complicará, algo que será especialmente duro para los intérpretes jóvenes. También el Brexit afectará los derechos de casi medio millon de españoles y británicos que viven en el Reino Unido o España.
El sábado 24 de junio (Sala Sol 22h), la asociación EuroCitizens organiza un concierto reivindicativo en contra de la restricción sobre el movimiento de los músicos y para rechazar cualquier merma de los derechos ciudadanos.

Tocarán tres intérpretes jóvenes y cosmopolitas: John Grvy (chillwave, electronic, indie), afincado en Madrid pero con raíces en Nigeria; Alex Roddom (rockmetal, folk, country), un británico que ha vivido en España toda su vida; Rob Picazo (blues/soul), un español que reside en Gran Bretaña.


Son tres artistas con enorme talento. ¡No te lo pierdas! 

martes, 30 de mayo de 2017

EUROCITIZENS SE REUNE CON JORGE TOLEDO, EL SECRETARIO DE ESTADO PARA LA UNIÓN EUROPEA

El secretario de estado Jorge Toledo   Foto: bolsamania
   El 26 de mayo EuroCitizens, en representación de los cuatro grupos en España de la coalición British in Europe (Bremain, ECREU, Europats y EuroCitizens) se reunió con Jorge Toledo, Secretario de Estado para la Unión Europea, y su equipo en el Ministerio de Asuntos Exteriores y de Cooperación en Madrid. 
   Conforme con la postura ya establecida por la Unión Europea, el Secretario de Estado expresó su apoyo por la conservación de los derechos actuales de los españoles en el Reino Unido y los británicos en España. Subrayó la importancia de la reciprocidad de cualquier acuerdo y advirtió que las negociaciones van a ser complejas. 
     Los representantes de EuroCitizens salieron reconfortados por la posición clara y constructiva en defensa de los ciudadanos españoles y británicos por parte del gobierno español. Esperamos mantener un diálogo fluido y continuo con el gobierno durante las próximas negociaciones, que decidirán el futuro de medio millón de españoles y británicos en ambos países.

martes, 23 de mayo de 2017

REPORT ON EUROCITIZENS MONTHLY MEETING (20/05/17)

On Saturday 20 May, EuroCitizens held its seventh monthly meeting in the Centro Gallego in central Madrid. Since we started the group last autumn, we have made huge steps forward. Not only has our membership base grown, but we have put ourselves on the map in terms of the media and made important progress in lobbying politicians both in Spain and, through the coalition British in Europe, in Brussels and Westminster.

    We began with an update on recent lobbying. EuroCitizens has met with senior politicians from the four major Spanish parties and last week a representative gave evidence at the Comisión Mixta on Brexit in the Spanish parliament, where our cause met a very sympathetic reception. This week (26/05) we will be meeting the Secretario de Estado para Asuntos Europeos in Madrid, another major breakthrough. As members of the coalition British in Europe we have met UK government officials and a junior minister. BiE has also had talks with MEPs and held a meeting with EU chief negotiator, Michel Barnier. In all these encounters, we have presented our demands: a ring-fenced agreement guaranteeing full lifetime EU citizenship rights for all European residents in Britain and UK nationals in the UK.   After briefly discussing voter registration and tactical voting in the UK general election, there were reports from our two sub-committees. The concert group (Música sin Fronteras) has secured a magnificent venue in central Madrid on June 24 (an emotive date) and the next step will be to sign up bands to perform. We are particularly looking for musicians that will appeal to a younger audience. After university exams finish, the education group will begin work on videos about the impact of Brexit on Spanish and British students.
   We are pleased to announce that EuroCitizens is now a legally registered association, an important milestone. We have a healthy bank balance but, with the concert and the videos, will have considerable outgoings, so any contribution is welcome. We reminded members of how our association works, with a committee that will come up for renewal at the end of this year. We aim to increase our numbers, and we would like to encourage our members to get other people to join, even friends and family members in the UK. There is no membership fee and any contributions are voluntary. We will be distributing flyers at upcoming events in Madrid such as the next performance of the Madrid players.
    
   Our key objectives for the next few months are 1) to work closely in the British in Europe coalition on UK and EU lobbying 2) to continue contacts with Spanish politicians and government 3) to increase awareness of the plight facing UK nationals in Spain and Spaniards resident in Britain 4) to widen our membership base
    It is clear that securing a good agreement on citizens' rights is not going to be easy and will not be resolved soon, so we must be ready for a long, hard struggle to avoid becoming the sacrificial victims of Britain's departure from the EU.


jueves, 18 de mayo de 2017

EUROCITIZENS INFORMA A LA COMISIÓN MIXTA SOBRE EL COSTE HUMANO DEL BREXIT


MADRID, 17 de mayo 2017: EuroCitizens, una asociación de ciudadanos británicos que viven, trabajan y estudian en España, y la coalición British in Europe, informaron hoy a los diputados del Congreso español sobre el gran impacto que puede tener el Brexit sobre las vidas de cientos de miles de personas. EuroCitizens transmitió a la Comisión Mixta que el papel de España es crítico dado el gran número de ciudadanos británicos residentes en el país. Los senadores y diputados expresaron su preocupacion por los derechos de la ciudadania y su apoyo unánime al labor de EuroCitizens.

 El informe:

miércoles, 17 de mayo de 2017

EUROCITIZENS WARNS SPANISH PARLIAMENTARY COMMISSION OF POTENTIALLY 'CATASTROPHIC' LOSS OF CITIZENS' RIGHTS AFTER BREXIT

MADRID, May 17, 2017: EuroCitizens, an association of British citizens who live, work, and study in Spain and member of the coalition British in Europe, today told Spanish parliamentarians of the huge impact that Brexit could have on the lives of hundreds of thousands of people. Representatives of all of the political parties at the parliamentary committee hearing expressed their support for EuroCitizens' work and stressed that reciprocity should be to the benefit of people and that a "zero-sum game" of bargaining chips should be avoided at all costs.
 

Report of the hearing:

lunes, 8 de mayo de 2017

EUROCITIZENS AT THE INTERGENERATIONAL DEBATE ORGANISED BY THE EUROPEAN COMMISSION

On Monday 8 May, the European Commission organised an intergenerational debate around the future of Europe at its Madrid Headquarters. Two representatives of EuroCitizens were invited to attend together with fifty-eight Spanish citizens drawn from all over Spain. The debate was moderated by the journalist María Ramírez with regular input from Jaume Duch, Spokesperson for and Director-General of Communication of the European Parliament.

   
   The audience was divided into two groups, one for the under-thirties and the other for older citizens, mainly 60+. In the event, there seemed little difference between the points made by both groups, with all their attention on the future of the Union and very little reminiscing about the past. However, it was clear that the older group’s opinions were clearly tinged by their experience of pre- and post-Accession Spain.

   All were enthusiastic about the European Union while quite open about its shortcomings. However, their focus was clearly on fixing the Union rather than leaving it. One of the problems the Union faces is that people are not always aware of which problems can be tackled by the EU and which ones are purely the responsibility of their own national governments, even though Brussels often ends up getting the blame when expectations are disappointed.

   There was a clear consensus that the EU needed to get closer to its citizens, possibly by working at the municipal level, through schools and through twinning projects. Indeed, this debate was organised with a view to reaching a more typical audience than more traditional events aimed at civil servants and politicians – “the same old faces”.

   Brexit was mentioned several times. It seemed that, while it was regretted, it had already been discounted and people want to get on with developing the European project. Jaume Duch made a point which was echoed by several other speakers: while people were initially worried by a domino effect post-Brexit, it has, in fact acted as a vaccine, making people aware of the true magnitude of a decision to leave the EU and less inclined to gamble away their future for reasons often not related to Europe at all. 
    One of the EuroCitizens representatives explained our demands to retain full citizenship rights and the need for any agreement to be ring-fenced. This elicited a very detailed response from Jaume Duch with a re-statement of the Commission’s point of view that an agreement on citizen’s existing rights was their first priority (although it takes two to tango). And that existing rights should be protected “until the end of their lives”.
The debate was streamed on youtube and can be found at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NjPGHaerD_w&list=PLNmP33ynWrSQZXyF7576s7-6TjMItTxTH&index=1&shuffle=169
. To see the debate from the very beginning, fast-forward ten minutes. To see Camilla Hillier Fry’s intervention and Jaume Duch’s reply go to 1h 20’30”

 Camilla Hillier-Fry of EuroCitizens (centre) with Dani Méndez of the Instituto Andaluz de Juventud, Erasmus at the University of Lancaster, and Clara Fajardo, of La Vanguardia and Café Babel, la revista europea de Sevilla
  
John Carrivick of EuroCitizens after the event 











EUROCITIZENS NEWSLETTER 09/05: WILL THIS BE OUR PENULTIMATE 'EUROPE DAY'?

   Today is Europe Day, a time to celebrate what the EU has done for Europe and its people. It is of particular relevance to the 1.2 million Britons in EU27 countries in danger of losing their European identity and rights. Last Europe Day, most of us paid little attention, as we took our citizenship for granted. This year, after the Brexit referendum in which most of us could not vote, we must take stock of what we have to lose from the UK's departure from the EU. And we must be ready to fight for our rights..... 
After that preamble, here is the EuroCitizens newsletter explaining what we have been up to and what our plans are: 
  Though the frenetic press activity around Clause 50 has died down, the last two or three weeks have been very busy. Perhaps the most important development has been the full incorporation of EuroCitizens into the British in Europe Coalition, with whom we are now in close touch via email, a document-sharing site and weekly conference calls. We reported how, after the 20 April with the Foreign Office and DExEU, the groups got together to plan future action together, particularly at a Spanish level. In many ways, the four Spanish groups are complementary. For example, Bremain has a large presence on the coast where most UK nationals live. They are particularly focused on UK lobbying and have mounted an effective campaign for voter registration and tactical voting in the 8 June General Election. EuroCitizens has a smaller member base with a different demographic, but our location in Madrid means that we are well located for lobbying of the Spanish government and national politicians as well as working with the national media.
  In the last few days, we have contacted and held meetings with senior politicians from the PP, PSOE and Ciudadanos (we are still working on Podemos). We have received a very sympathetic response from these three political parties who firmly back our campaign to maintain citizens' rights for both Spanish and British citizens. We have also received useful help from MEPs, in particular from Beatriz Becerra (ALDE). Our next aim is to meet government ministers and we have sent a letter to the foreign minister Alfonso Dastis.
  EuroCitizens is involved in the celebrations in Madrid around Europe Day (May 9). On Monday 8 May, two representatives took part in a debate organised by the European Commission and brought up issues related to citizens' rights and the need for the ring-fencing of any agreement in this area. Today another member of the group will participate in a round table about the challenges facing the EU.
  Our most important event this month will be our appearance on May 17 at the select committee in the Congreso de los Diputados dealing with the impact of Brexit. We will explain to senators and MPs the concerns of our members: the insecurity we have faced for nearly a year as well as the feeling that we are being used as bargaining chips. We will demand the maintenance of full citizenship rights for all Europeans and Britons legally resident before the UK's departure from the EU and for any agreement to be ring-fenced.
  At an internal level, two sub-committees have been set up. The education group is working on the impact of Brexit on education. The other group is looking into the possibility of organising a concert in late June or July, in order to raise awareness of our cause and of the threat to the music industry posed by Brexit (Música Sin Fronteras). Our next full-group meeting will be held on Saturday 20 May in the Centro Gallego (12h). We hope you can come.
 We would like to thank all members and sympathisers who have made financial contributions to the association (our paperwork is slowly wending its way through the appropriate bureaucratic channels) as well as those who have given their time and appeared in the media. Remember that, if you do have any time to give, please get in touch. We need all the help we can get to fight for our rights - which have been endangered by the actions of our own government.
    May we wish you a very happy.....  EUROPE DAY!  Let's hope that it's not the penultimate one we celebrate as Europeans.


lunes, 24 de abril de 2017

21/04: EUROCITIZENS MEETS MEP BEATRIZ BECERRA IN MADRID

Camilla Hillier-Fry (EuroCitizens) and Beatriz Becerra MEP (ALDE)
   Last Friday 21 April, EuroCitizens met Beatriz Becerra, MEP (ALDE) and member of the European Parliament task force for Brexit. We had a productive meeting in which we shared information and identified how we can work to help each other. Beatriz is also in close contact with The3Million and Españoles en el Reino Unido.
   The European Parliament task force is made up of various MEPs, from the UK, Spain and other countries, though they emphasise that their duty is to represent all European citizens and defend their rights. The EP task force has reported infractions of European citizens’ rights and discrimination by the UK government and has a newsletter which you can subscribe to by sending a mail to eucitizenstaskforce@gmail.com.
   Two key events organised by the Brexit task force are happening in May, and we have been invited (along with British in Europe, the pan-European association we work with) to participate if possible:
   On 11 May there is a EU citizens hearing in the European Parliament, organised by the commissions of Employment, Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs and Petitions. The hearing will be streamed, nevertheless there will be the opportunity for members of the public to ask questions.
   On 23 May the Spanish MEP is visiting London. Beatriz Becerra will be travelling by EuroStar to London and meeting with Liberal Democrats, the Spanish Chamber of Commerce and Españoles en el Reino Unido (and the Spanish Ambassador the next day).

jueves, 20 de abril de 2017

'BRITISH IN EUROPE' GROUPS MEET UK GOVERNMENT REPRESENTATIVES IN ALICANTE

After the meeting in Alicante Photo: Europats
Early on Wednesday morning, several of the groups in the British in Europe coalition met with high-level government representatives in the British Embassy in Madrid, including Spanish associations Bremain, ECREU and EuroCitizens. This was followed by an afternoon meeting between UK officials and local groups and citizens in Alicante, attended by representatives of two coalition members, ECREU and Europats.
The issues dealt with were as follows: reciprocal healthcare; the automatic updating of UK state pensions; aggregated pensions (for people who have worked in different EU countries); the freedom of movement after Brexit; the mutual recognition of qualifications; the recognition of wills; the possibility of EU citizenship; votes for life for disenfranchised UK nationals abroad; dual nationality for Britons in Spain; residency issues and passports; the future of political rights for UK nationals in Spain.

Government representatives were optimistic about obtaining Votes for Life, but that this would take time and not be ready for the next election. They underlined that they were committed to helping UK citizens retain their existing rights and that both the Spanish and British governments had citizens' rights as their number one priority.

REUNIÓN EN MADRID ENTRE LA COALICIÓN DE BRITÁNICOS EN LA UE Y EL GOBIERNO DEL REINO UNIDO

Representantes de la coalición de británicos en la UE después de la reunión
La coalición más grande de británicos en Europa se reúne en Madrid con representantes del gobierno británico para hablar de los problemas y derechos de más de 4 millones de ciudadanos afectados por el Brexit


La coalición de "British in Europe", que agrupa a una docena de asociaciones de ciudadanos de toda Europa, se ha reunido este miércoles en Madrid con representantes del más alto nivel del gobierno británico para tratar los "derechos posBrexit" de los 1,2 millones de ciudadanos de su país que viven en la Unión Europa. EuroCitizens Spain forma parte de esta coalición.

La coalición - que es la más grande de su naturaleza en Europa - informó al gobierno de las dificultades que sufren tanto europeos en el Reino Unido como británicos en Europa, y exigió que se respetasen los derechos actuales; la agrupación está presentando "casos reales" que ilustran el factor humano del conjunto indivisible de derechos de los que gozan los ciudadanos europeos.

"British in Europe" pide al gobierno británico - igual que a otros gobiernos de países de la Unión Europea - que respete los principios fundamentales del Libro Blanco Alternativo, lo que implica dar prioridad absoluta a las personas y llegar un acuerdo para que "la salida de la Unión Europea por parte del Reino Unido no tenga efectos retroactivos sobre las personas" y que "todos los ciudadanos británicos que residen en la Unión Europea así como los 3 millones de ciudadanos europeos que viven en el Reino Unido mantengan los mismos derechos que tenían antes del Brexit".

Otro objetivo para la coalición es convencer al equipo negociador de la Unión Europea y los gobiernos de los países miembros para acceder a un acuerdo que salveguarde los derechos de los tres millones de ciudadanos europeos que viven en el Reino Unido, además de los británicos en Europa, independientemente de otros aspectos sujetos a negociación. Si no fuera así, según la coalición "las personas seríamos los rehenes de la negociación, ni más ni menos que moneda de cambio".

miércoles, 19 de abril de 2017

MADRID MEETING BETWEEN CITIZEN GROUPS AND HIGH-LEVEL UK GOVERNMENT REPRESENTATIVES

Representatives of the UK citizen groups after the meeting
EuroCitizens is a member of British in Europe, a coalition of a dozen citizen groups of UK nationals throughout the EU. The coalition is pleased to have had high-level contact with the UK government to discuss the post-Brexit rights of more than one million UK citizens living in the EU. At a meeting in Madrid on Wednesday 19 April, British in Europe representatives informed the government of the difficulties faced by many people as a result of Brexit and urged it to support our call for all current rights to be conserved. 
 
We will continue to exchange information and put forward case studies that illustrate the extremely complex and intertwined nature of the rights we currently enjoy. We were very pleased to have opened what should now become a constant dialogue between the government and the largest coalition of UK citizens groups in the EU.
British in Europe urged the government to abide by the governing principle contained in our Alternative White Paper, which asks all sides in the upcoming negotiations to first agree that “the UK’s withdrawal from the EU should not have retrospective effect on individuals” and that “UK citizens currently resident in the EU and EU citizens currently resident in the UK should be expressly treated as continuing to have the same rights as they had before Brexit”. 
British in Europe also called on the government to explicitly promise UK pensioners living in the EU that those pensions will continue to be updated after Brexit. This is a unilateral matter for the UK government and we are hopeful that it will soon publicly state its position on this matter. Hundreds of thousands of UK pensioners have been left to worry about this for too long. We will also be increasing pressure on EU negotiators and governments to change their position so that an agreement on our rights – and those of 3 million EU citizens in the UK – can be ring-fenced and will stand if there is no wider agreement. Refusal to go down this road amounts to using us all as bargaining chips.
With elections now on the horizon, British in Europe is calling for all parties to include the governing principle for Brexit negotiations in their manifestos. This reads: “The UK’s withdrawal from the EU should not have retrospective effect on individuals. UK citizens currently resident in the EU and EU citizens currently resident in the UK should be expressly treated as continuing to have the same rights as they had before Brexit. This is not confined to a right of continued residence but extends to all related rights such as the acquisition of citizenship, the right to continue to work, whether employed or self-employed, or run a business, recognition of qualifications, right to study, right of equal treatment, right to move between and work freely across all EU countries without loss or change of any existing EU rights, the right to healthcare, pensions, social benefits/social assistance etc. In short, the full complex of indivisible EU citizenship rights that they currently have should be guaranteed for these individuals.”