The European Commission presents the contingency measures that will be taken in case the Brexit is resolved under a scenario without agreement

On January 30, the European Commission issued a press release that includes a series of contingency proposals within the scope of the Erasmus program, the coordination of social security and the EU budget, given the increasing risk that the United Kingdom can leave the EU on March 30 without an agreement (“scenario without agreement”)

This gives continuity to the calls of the European Council (Article 50) of November and December 2018 to intensify the preparation work at all levels, and the adoption, on December 19, 2018, of the Contingency Action Plan of the Commission, including several legislative measures, as well as contingency proposals for fisheries in the EU issued on 23 January. They come to join the extensive preparatory work that the Commission has undertaken since December 2017.

In a “scenario without an agreement”, the measures adopted in this communication will guarantee that:

– young people from the EU and the United Kingdom who participate in the Erasmus + program on 30 March 2019 can complete their stay without interruption;

– the authorities of the EU Member States continue to take into account periods of insurance, employment or residence in the United Kingdom before the date of withdrawal when calculating social security benefits such as pensions;

– UK beneficiaries of EU funding continue to receive payments under existing contracts, provided that the UK continues to meet its financial obligations from the EU budget. This issue is independent of the financial settlement between the European Union and the United Kingdom.

The European Commission will work closely with the European Parliament and the Council to ensure the adoption of the proposed legislative acts, so that they are in force by 30 March 2019 at the latest. The Commission also draws the attention of the European Parliament and the Council on the importance of the entry into force as soon as possible of delegated acts.

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