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  • Welcome to the Irish SOLVIT Centre - Solvit
    out of court solutions to your problem This video explains how SOLVIT works what to do to use it and what assistance you can expect from SOLVIT Latest News Your Europe Advice will be hosting a Facebook chat answering questions on cross border healthcare in the EU The chat will take place on 17th November 2015 and questions can already be submitted to the Facebook event page For news on recent press and promotional events please click here Travel Notice The Irish SOLVIT Centre regularly gets requests for urgent help in relation to travel issues Visas over the Summer holidays and other holiday periods Non EU family members of EU citizens should make enquiries with the Embassy of the Member State they intend visiting in good time before finalising their plans Please note SOLVIT can only act where there has been a misapplication of EU law by a public body and cases can take up to 10 weeks to resolve Therefore it is often not possible for SOLVIT to assist with such complaints There are SOLVIT Centres in each EU country and in Iceland Liechtenstein and Norway SOLVIT aims to solve people s problems within a 10 week deadline As SOLVIT represents an informal approach to problem solving the SOLVIT system would not be used in situations where Legal proceedings are under way The problem relates to a legal obstacle e g where the problem concerns an obstacle which results from a legal provision of national law In this situation it is unlikely that an informal system such as SOLVIT will be able to provide redress Where deadlines under national law need to be respected The Irish SOLVIT Centre is not an information service If you require further information please click on the external links to relevant organisations and bodies

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  • About Us - Solvit
    e g where the problem concerns an obstacle which results from a legal provision of national law In this situation it is unlikely that an informal system such as SOLVIT will be able to provide redress Where deadlines under national law need to be respected The Irish SOLVIT Centre is not an information service If you require further information please click on the external links to relevant organisations and bodies on the left of our home page Please also note that the Centre is not a public office Please note that the disclosure of citizens businesses details and documentation by the Irish SOLVIT Centre are in almost every case essential to the handling and resolution of the problem How to Submit a Complaint Complaints should be submitted through the European Commission SOLVIT website complaint form Before submitting a complaint you should ensure that you have gathered all supporting documentation so that it can be uploaded to the complaint database SOLVIT does not provide an advice service Should you need information on your EU rights you should first consult the Your Europe website where you can find information on your EU rights including practical information on moving around the EU for

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  • Success Stories - Solvit
    the Irish Department who could then process the citizens claim in the usual way Solved within 3 weeks Professional Qualifications Concerning a Polish occupational therapist who applied for recognition of her qualifications in Ireland The Irish authorities refused her Polish diploma as it was not recognised by the World Federation of Occupational Therapists The citizen contacted the Polish SOLVIT Centre who determined that there is no obligation to be approved by this Federation under the EU Directive on Professional qualifications and they sent the case to the Irish SOLVIT Centre to look into We contacted the Department of Health and asked them to justify their policy of only recognising qualifications that are approved by this Federation Following discussions with the Department of Health the Association of Occupational Therapists agreed to examine the application and confirmed to us that the requirement to be approved by the Federation of Occupational Therapists would be removed from their application forms and website The Polish national was free to submit her application for recognition Solved in 14 weeks due to the complexity Visa A UK national living in the Philippines with his Philippine wife who had applied for a visa to travel to Ireland The Irish Embassy refused the visa stating that the EU national must already been resident in Ireland before his wife could join him here The Embassy also sought excessive documentation such as evidence of employment proof for funds and evidence of the relationship history The UK SOLVIT Centre considered the response of the Irish Embassy to be a breach of the EU Directive on free movement for EU nationals and their non EU family members The Irish SOLVIT Centre contacted the Department of Justice who contacted the Irish Embassy in the Philippines The Department of Justice confirmed that under the EU

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  • EU Treaty Rights Information - Solvit
    to leave Ireland on a short journey and return to the State What other changes result from the Regulations Permanent Residence EU citizens and their family members may apply respectively for a Permanent Residence Certificate or Permanent Residence Card after they have resided for a continuous period of 5 years in Ireland Residence Card for Children A particular feature of the Regulations is that non EEA nationals of whatever age who are family members of EU citizens resident in Ireland should apply for the appropriate Card Prior to the introduction of the Regulations children under 16 years of age were specifically excluded from the requirement to register their presence in Ireland Partners of EU citizens The Regulations allow for the facilitation of the admission of the partner of an EU citizen where they are in a durable relationship which is duly attested The permission granted to such partners for the purposes of admission and residence in the State does not involve the recognition of such partnerships for other purposes It will be noted from the Application Form that documentary evidence is required to establish that the partnership has existed for a reasonable duration The Irish Naturalisation and Immigration Service INIS would expect that clear evidence be provided that the partnership has existed for at least 2 years prior to the application in order to issue the relevant card In examining an application INIS is obliged to undertake an extensive examination of the personal circumstances of such relationships End of information taken from the Department of Justice website 28 July 2008 The European Court of Justice ECJ ruled on Friday 25th July 2008 in the case of Metock and Others V the Minister for Justice Equality and Law Reform The Department of Justice Equality and Law Reform is currently considering the judgement and its implications and expect to be in a position to provide information shortly Any such information will be posted on their website http www inis gov ie ECJ Press Release pdf document 437kb ECJ Judgement 25 July 2008 EU Commission welcomes Metock case clarification on free movement of citizens by ECJ January 2008 New rules on Bulgarian and Romanian nationals with regard to employment permits have been issued Further information can be found at http www entemp ie labour workpermits High Court Judgment Kumar Case 28 05 07 this will open a page on the Irish Courts website click the back button to return here What happens now if an application for a Residence Card under EU Treaty Rights has been refused according to Regulation 3 2 If the applicant was legally resident in the State at the time of the application and had one of the following Stamps in their passport Stamp 1 Issued to non EEA nationals in possession of a work permit and to persons granted permission to engage in business in the State Stamp 2 Issued to full time students Stamp 3 Issued to visitors tourists spouses of work permit holders persons receiving medical

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  • Avoiding cross border problems in the EU - Solvit
    Civil Registration Act 2004 No 3 of 2004 If you require further information please click on the link to the Civil Registration Act 2004 The Irish SOLVIT Centre suggests that any EU citizen who has got married in a foreign embassy in Ireland should obtain legal advice regarding the issue Travel The Irish SOLVIT Centre regularly gets requests for urgent help in relation to travel issues over the Christmas holidays or other holiday periods Non EU family members of EU citizens who require a visa should contact the Embassy of the Member State they intend visiting in good time before finalising their plans Please note SOLVIT can only act where there has been a misapplication of EU law by a public body and cases can take up to 10 weeks to resolve Property If you decide to purchase lease or sell real property for example a house or apartment or land in another country the purchase lease and sale of the property are regulated by the laws of the country where the property is situated You should obtain independent professional advice relating to the legal financial and taxation aspects of the purchase lease or sale in the country where the

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  • Living and working in the EU - Solvit
    other EU countries If your EU rights are not respected by public authorities then SOLVIT can help SOLVIT will contact the authorities to find informal out of court solutions to your problem This video explains what kind of problems SOLVIT can help with such as getting your qualifications recognised in another EU country obtaining residence papers for non EU relatives or claiming benefits how to get help from SOLVIT Please also find links below to information on Your Europe Citizens a European Commission website which provides information to citizens on exercising their rights on living and working in the EU The information provided below includes information on travel work vehicles residence education family health and shopping in the EU Information on travel on Your Europe Citizens website Information on work on Your Europe Citizens website Information on vehicles on Your Europe Citizens website Information on residence on Your Europe Citizens website Information on education on Your Europe Citizens website Information on health on Your Europe Citizens website Information on family on Your Europe Citizens website Information on shopping on Your Europe Citizens website Contact Points for Citizens Please find link below on Your Europe s website to further contact points

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  • Doing business in the EU - Solvit
    an EU country it should be able to sell or buy goods or provide services freely in other EU countries If you face obstacles because a public authority does not respect EU law then SOLVIT can help SOLVIT will contact the authorities to find informal out of court solutions to your problem This video explains what kind of problems SOLVIT can help with marketing products providing services or obtaining VAT returns for products bought in another EU country how to get help from SOLVIT Please also find links below on Your Europe Business a European Commission website which provides information on doing business in the EU The information provided below covers the following areas starting a business managing a business expanding your business benefitting from the EU market research and innovation the environment and the formalities in exiting a business in the EU Start ups Managing a business Expanding your business EU Market Research and innovation Responsible business Exit strategy Please find links below to other European Commission websites which provides information on doing business in the EU Information portal for SME s The European Small Business Portal Support contact points for SME s on doing business in the EU

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  • Annual Reports - Solvit
    at 83 and the average case handling time decreased slightly from 63 to 58 days Romania and Bulgaria joined the S0LVIT network in January 2007 and these two new S0LVIT centres achieved very good results in their first year of operation The European Parliament confirmed its strong support for S0LVIT by creating a special budget line for promotion and development of the network When S0LVIT was launched five years ago there was a lot of scepticism about its chances of success Today it is generally praised not only as a successful problem solving tool but also as a model for administrative cooperation between Member States Between July 2002 and December2007 1 805 problems submitted by citizens and businesses were solved by S0LVIT which represents 80 of all problems accepted by the system During its first year of operation S0LVIT attracted around 12 new cases per month In 2007 the network accepts to handle 68 new cases on average every month SOLVIT 2006 Annual Report Development and performance of the SOLVIT Network in 2006 Press Release for 2006 Report Main Developments in 2006 After three years of rapid expansion growth in SOLVIT case flow has come to a halt in 2006 SOLVIT handled the same number of problems in 2006 as in 2005 This does not indicate that the system has reached its full potential but that the lack of sufficient staff in several SOLVIT centres has become a bottleneck to further expansion Most SOLVIT centres report that they would like to spend more time on awareness raising but do not have enough human resources for this On the positive side resolution rates have remained high at an average of 82 and case handling speed has increased significantly from an average of 74 days for all cases resolved and unresolved in 2005 to an average of 55 days in 20064 Half of all SOLVIT centres Cyprus Czech Republic Denmark Germany Greece Italy Latvia Malta Netherlands Poland Portugal Slovakia Spain and Sweden have continued to pursue more structural problems to ensure that national legislation or official guidelines were adapted to comply with EU law These so called SOLVIT cases are beyond the official mandate of SOLVIT but they demonstrate a growing capacity and willingness of national administrations to bring national rules in line with EU law without being prompted by the Commission Romania and Bulgaria have joined the SOLVIT workshops in 2006 to prepare for the opening of their SOLVIT centres on 1 January 2007 SOLVIT 2005 Annual Report Development and performance of the SOLVIT Network in 2005 Press Release for 2005 Report Main Developments in 2005 SOLVIT case flow continued to grow over the last year In 2005 63 more cases were submitted to the SOLVIT database as compared with 2004 In the first full year after accession the ten new Member States accounted for 27 of all cases submitted Resolution rates have remained high at 77 and case handling time is stable at an average of 62 days for resolved

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