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Brexit: EU Commission, contingency measures in the event of “no-deal” on Erasmus+, social security and budget

(Brussels) The message is clear: “Given the increasing risk that the United Kingdom may leave the EU on 30 March this year without a deal (a “no-deal” scenario), the European Commission has today adopted a final set of contingency proposals in the area of the Erasmus+ programme, social security coordination, and the EU budget. Yesterday’s vote in the House of Commons has further increased the risk of a no-deal departure. Such a prospect may create serious problems for citizens, businesses, and community projects. Today’s measures would “ensure that in the event of a no-deal scenario young people from the EU and the UK who are participating in the Erasmus+ programme on 30 March 2019 can complete their stay without interruption”. Furthermore, the measures taken today are intended to ensure that “EU Member State authorities will continue to take into account periods of insurance, (self) employment or residence in the United Kingdom before withdrawal, when calculating social security benefits, such as pensions”. Also, those benefiting from EU funding would continue to “receive payments under their current contracts, provided that the United Kingdom continues to honour its financial obligations under the EU budget”.

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