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Travelling in Europe is the European Union's official website for people travelling in the 28 countries of the European Union. Whether you are on holiday or business, you will find practical advice and helpful tips on a wealth of subjects, from what documents you need to getting healthcare and using your mobile phone.
There is so much for the traveller to discover and all this has been made much easier thanks to the European Union. You can move freely from country to country in Europe. Due to the Schengen Agreement, it is possible to cross many borders within the EU without being checked. What's more, the introduction of the Euro in 18 countries has eliminated the cost and inconvenience of having to exchange currencies.
There are 39 countries, including Canada, whose nationals do not need a visa to visit the EU for a period of up to three months.
*** Travel update: Changes to the validity of travel documents required to enter the EU/Schengen area***
Effective 19 July 2013 for travellers to the EU Schengen/area who are not subject to the (short-stay) visa requirement, their travel documents must remain valid until at least three months after the intended date of departure from the territory of Member States. This obligation may be waived in a justified case of emergency and on a case by case basis.
In addition, travel documents must have been issued within the previous 10 years. Travellers with passports which do not meet these criteria will be denied entry at the border. There is no transitional period provided for the entry into force of this provision.
For more information on Schengen Visa policy.
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EUCEs promote the study of EU institutions and policies as well as EU-Canada relations. The interdisciplinary teaching and research programmes attract academics with a variety of interests and approaches, creating greater ties across the Atlantic.
The EUCEs are:
Carleton University EUCE is the Network and Outreach Coordinator, promoting cooperation and sharing best practices within the Canadian EUCE network.
The Jean Monnet programme will incorporate Centres of Excellence providing even more opportunities for universities to offer EU studies.
Recognising outstanding journalistic talent among young Canadians, since 2001 three candidates have been selected every year to participate in a week-long study tour to experience EU institutions, the Canadian Mission to the EU, and media outlets in Brussels.
All expenses are paid for by the European Union Delegation to Canada.
Prior to the trip, winners will be invited to an awards ceremony co-hosted by the Office of the Speaker of the House of Commons and the Canadian Association of Journalists (CAJ) in Ottawa. Winners also benefit from a one-year CAJ membership or renewal.
The Fellowship seeks to reinforce links between Europeans and Canadians and to raise awareness of the EU among a new generation of Canadian students and journalists.
The award is generally launched in early March with submissions due in early May. The study tour takes place in the fall.
Submissions are now open for young Canadian leaders to participate in the 2017 EU Visitors Programme offering five to eight-day, tailor-made visits to Brussels to gain insight into the institutions and workings of the EU.
The EUVP is jointly supported and administered by the European Parliament and the European Commission. Visits take place during the year following the successful application, with the EUVP covering travel, hotel and daily costs.
The application form (with the additional documents outlined on the form) should be emailed to the EUVP Liaison Officer, Gabriel Gonzalez (Tel.: +01 (613) 563-6355) with the subject line ‘EUVP 2016 Application’:
The deadline for the 2017 programme was 31 March 2016 with final selection by a Brussels panel and results usually available by the end of the year.
Higher Education Institutions may apply for funding to join consortia of European partners to offer:
Replacing EU Centres of Excellence, Erasmus+ provides funding to support the teaching and research of EU studies worldwide.
Erasmus+ provides opportunity for Canadian organisations and participants to get involved in joint projects with their European counterpart to achieve ‘cooperation for innovation and the exchange of good practices’.
Among the programme actions are:
Enabling transnational non-formal learning (such as youth exchanges and the European Voluntary Service) while being integrated with education systems and the labour market.
Partnerships lasting between 6 and 36 months and addressing a broad range of topics such as cooperation between regional authorities and encouraging the active participation of young people in society.