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EU adopts contingency plans for no-deal Brexit

BRUSSELS, March 19 (KUNA) -- The European Union's General Affairs Council Tuesday adopted a series of legislative acts as part of its contingency preparations for a "no-deal" Brexit scenario.
The aim of these acts is to limit the most severe damage caused by a disorderly Brexit in specific sectors where it would create a major disruption for citizens and businesses, said the Council, which is meeting in Brussels today.
These measures are temporary in nature, limited in scope and adopted unilaterally by the EU.
The legislative acts adopted today include the social security rights of citizens of EU member states in the UK and UK nationals in the EU, as well as to ensure that those participating in the educational Erasmus+ programme can complete their studies and continue to receive the relevant funding or grants in the event of "no deal".
In order to help mitigate the impact of "no-deal" Brexit on EU fisheries, a new regulation will allow EU fishermen and operators to receive compensation in the event of a sudden closure of UK waters to EU fishing vessels.
The EU has taken temporary measures to ensure basic air transport connectivity and basic road freight and road passenger connectivity in the event of a "no-deal" Brexit.
The Council has also adopted an amendment to the regulation for the export of certain dual-use items to include the UK under the list of low-risk third countries covered by the EU general export authorisations.
Dual-use items are materials, equipment and technology that can be used for both civilian and military purposes.
The legislative acts adopted today will enter into force a day after publication and start to apply the day after the UK's withdrawal in the event of a "no-deal" Brexit. (end) nk.hb