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Winter Festival 2015

Published on November 27, 2015 by in blog, slider

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The European exchange programme for entrepreneurs

Published on November 17, 2015 by in blog
Erasmus for Young Entrepreneurs is a cross-border exchange programme which gives new or aspiring entrepreneurs the chance to learn from experienced entrepreneurs running small businesses in other Participating Countries. Read more at http://erasmus-entrepreneurs.eu/

Become a host entrepreneur :

You want to expand your business,or enter other European markets

You want to get in contact with other entrepreneurs

You wonder how to get some fresh ideas for your business

Need further information? Contact the Erasmus for Young Entrepreneurs Support Office:









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The EU in your high street

Published on November 13, 2015 by in blog

In our vast single market of over 500 million people across 28 Member States, much is made of the freedom for people and businesses to move and trade freely across borders within the EU. It is an accomplishment that the European Commission is very proud of. But the single market also brings benefits to all of us, in our daily lives at home. It is clear how it benefits the Spanish nurse seeking to get her qualifications recognised for a job in Finland, or the Erasmus student heading off for a year in a foreign university. But it is equally a boon for the home-owner, who wants a cheaper energy bill each month, or the online shopper, who wants a seller to replace a faulty purchase. And what of the bank customer, nervous about the financial crisis? She, too, benefits from single market rules that enhance financial stability. The single market, patiently built over decades – and still evolving – benefits all of us. We all have something to gain from it. This is why we wanted to draw the map of all the benefits you can find in the single market, in your own home, and just beyond your doorstep. Take a look around. See what’s in it for you!


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Theme of the Month – November #eyd2015-Sustainable Development and Climate Action

Published on November 1, 2015 by in blog

European Year for Development

Sustainable Development and Climate Action  – November

Since the Millennium Development Goals were set in 2000, the world has made great progress in reducing poverty. But great challenges remain in all areas, and one – climate change – is among the gravest. If left unchecked, it threatens to undo development achievements of recent years and undermine future progress. It’s a particular threat to developing countries, as their economies often depend on climate-sensitive natural resources. But we are all in this together.

The Sustainable Development Goals and the international climate agreement to be adopted in 2015 are expected to engage all countries in action to fight and adapt to climate change along with tackling other development challenges. The future of our planet depends on our actions now, and together we can find solutions.



Check out the EU bookshop:


Climate action


Building a world we like, with a climate we like

The EU has consistently set the pace in tackling climate change and encouraging moves towards a low-carbon economy. Its efforts in this area date back to 1990 when the EU committed to stabilising its carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions at that year’s levels by 2000, a target which it met. Since then, the Union has put in place a whole series of policy measures to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, many through the European climate change programme set up in 2000. In addition, Member States have taken specific national action. EU leaders have set some of the most ambitious climate and energy targets for 2020 and the EU is the first region in the world to have passed binding legislation to ensure these are achieved. In October 2014, EU leaders strengthened their commitment to make the European Union’s economy and energy system more competitive, secure and sustainable by adopting the 2030 climate and energy framework. For the longer term, the EU has fixed ambitious emissions targets for 2050. This publication is a part of a series that explains what the EU does in different policy areas, why the EU is involved and what the results are

Our planet, our future:


Sustainable development in the European Union: key messages


LIFE and climate change mitigation


Climate Action: http://ec.europa.eu/clima/

Sustainable development: http://ec.europa.eu/environment/eussd/

Climate Change – Leeds

Tackling climate change is one of the strategic priorities for Leeds City Council.  Reducing damaging carbon emissions can save us all money and preparing for likely changes to weather patterns means that we can protect everyone’s quality of life.


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Know Your Rights – protection from discrimination

Published on October 28, 2015 by in blog

Protection from discrimination

This guide sets out your rights under EU law, which only provides a minimum level of protection. Most Member States provide wider protection against discrimination under national legislation


It explains what rights you have and what to do if you think that you have been subjected to discrimination.

The prohibition of discrimination is a fundamental principle of the European Union.

The EU adopts legislation against discrimination on grounds of sex, racial or ethnic origin, religion or belief, disability, age or sexual orientation.

This legislation does not prohibit discrimination in all areas of life, but in a number of specified key areas such as employment.

EU Member States have an obligation to implement EU law in their national legislation and to apply it correctly.

Discrimination on the grounds of nationality is also prohibited under EU law, but is not covered in this brochure. More information on your rights is available on the Youreurope portal:


This guide sets out your rights under EU law, which only provides a minimum level of protection. Most Member States provide wider protection against discrimination under national legislation.

Download the guide here: http://bookshop.europa.eu/en/know-your-rights-pbDS0415271/?CatalogCategoryID=EBOep2IxR4UAAAEuqdFhSE3Z


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Trading Standards workshop

Published on October 20, 2015 by in blog

The Consumer Rights Act 2015 came into force on 1st October.

West Yorkshire Trading Standards delivered a workshop at Leeds Central Library on 19th October to inform consumers about the recent changes and where to go for help. Participants learned about Trading Standards truths and myths, focusing on the rights consumers have when buying goods in a shop and issues regarding faulty and misdescribed goods.

Trading Standards provided practical tips on shopping whilst on holidays in European Countries and where to get an advice if there are any problems with goods. There was an opportunity to ask questions in the end of the workshop.


Contact your nearest European Consumer Centre(ECC) http://ec.europa.eu/consumers/solving_consumer_disputes/non-judicial_redress/ecc-net/index_en.htm

UK – http://www.ukecc.net/

The Citizens Advice Consumer Service

provides free, confidential and impartial advice on consumer issues in England, Wales and Scotland

visit http://www.adviceguide.org.uk

Helpline: 08454 04 05 06

Consumer Right Act 2015 – https://www.citizensadvice.org.uk/about-us/how-citizens-advice-works/citizens-advice-consumer-work/the-consumer-rights-act-2015/

Bookshop Europa – many leaflets that contain information about your rights as a European Citizen can be found here: http://bookshop.europa.eu/en/home

Action Fraud: Uk’s national fraud and financially motivated internet crime reporting centre where you should report fraud if you hve been scammed, defrauded or experienced cyber crime. they have useful unformation on their website about fifferent types of fraud and news of the latest scams. http://www.actionfraud.poilice.uk Tel: 0300 123 2040

Timeshare association: TATOC run by timeshare owners for timeshare owners exists to safeguard and enhance the timeshare holiday experience for existing and prospective users and to be the voice of owners.

http://www.tatoc.co.uk tel: 0845 2302430


some fake goods:

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The European Movement in Yorkshire & the Humber

Published on October 14, 2015 by in blog

The European Movement in Yorkshire & the Humber
SATURDAY 14th NOVEMBER 2015, 7pm for 7.30pm
The Metropole Hotel, King Street, Leeds

For more information, please follow the link http://euromove.org.uk/event/alan-johnson-mp-speech-and-dinner-leeds/

Please note that this event is not organised by Europe Direct Leeds.

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The Light Night Quiz 2015*

Published on October 9, 2015 by in blog

*just for fun, the quiz was won and the prize collected 14/10/15

Light Night Leeds 9th Oct 2015

Light Night is an annual ​multi-arts and light festival which takes over Leeds City Centre on one Friday night in October.



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Leeds2023 – the European Capital of Culture bid

Published on October 9, 2015 by in blog

Encouraged by the broad public support and the enthusiastic engagement of Leeds citizens, work has started to get Leeds ready to bid for European Capital of Culture 2023. It seems a long way off, but bidding closes in mid-2017 and cities need to register their interest by the end of next year already.

Leeds2023 Bid Steering Group

The title European Capital of Culture is awarded to two European cities each year that are best able to demonstrate their cultural richness and diversity. So competing to be European Capital of Culture is not just about what Leeds is, but what Leeds can become and which visions it can achieve. While the artistic programmes of previous European Capitals of Culture deserve great admiration for their ingenuity and creativity, they also invest the confidence in Leeds as a city that it can live up to the honour of the title and the expectations raised by the bidding criteria.

During the bidding period and the period leading up to 2023, Leeds will attract national and international attention, enrich its art scene and explore its yet dormant potentials, only to grow stronger as a city and a cultural centre. Even if Leeds didn’t win, the energy that goes into developing the bid can help foster urban regeneration, raise the city’s international profile and generate cultural, social and economic benefits for Leeds.


If you would like to read more about Leeds2023 and to follow the bidding process, please visit http://www.leeds-2023.co.uk/

or join us on https://twitter.com/Leeds_2023 and https://www.facebook.com/2023Leeds.

You can also email Leeds2023@leeds.ac.uk for any further questions.

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Trading Standards Workshop 19th Oct

Published on October 8, 2015 by in blog
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