February 12, 2019

What it does

What has the EU ever done for us?

For Students:

  • As an EU citizen, you have the right to study in any University in any other EU Country, under the same conditions as the nationals of that EU Country.

For workers:

  • Under EU law, it is illegal to make an employee work for an average of more than 48 hours a week.
  • When the EU Working Time Directive was introduced in 1998, all employers were forced to offer paid holiday for the first time to their employees.

Our Money:

  • If a bank fails, the savings of its customers are not lost. The EU ensures that every customer of a bank in the EU gets their money back, laying down standards for the ‘deposit guarantee’. The rules were tightened up during the financial crisis.

The EU Single Market:

  • Since the European single market came into being in 1993, the range and diversity of products on offer has grown. As a result of increased competition and the end of national monopolies, many goods and services are cheaper than before.
    For example, the price of phone calls, electricity and air travel has fallen significantly. The single market — a border-free area for 510 million Europeans
  • No Roaming Charges-For years the EU has been working to change this and it’s achieved results. From 15 June 2017 all Europeans will be able to travel in the EU without having topay roaming charges.
  • Today, thanks to competition between airlines, nothing could be easier. Prices have come tumbling down in recent years because of the liberalisation ordered by the European Commission. At the same time Brussels has strengthened passengers’ rights.

What exactly is in your orange juice? How many calories are there in a granola bar? Thanks to EU rules, as a consumer you can get the answers immediately — by looking at the packaging. If you suffer from allergies and go to a restaurant, you can be sure of what is in the food you order. And you can count on food being safe, containing neither salmonella nor other hazardous substances.