Type: Archives [short]
End production: 21/02/2011 First transmission: 21/02/2011
On 21 February 2011, the European Commission published the 2010 annual reports on Your Europe Advice and SOLVIT, two services that help European citizens and businesses understand and defend their rights in the EU.
In 2010, SOLVIT helped 1 363 citizens and businesses who ran into difficulties getting their Single Market rights recognised by national public administrations. Of the cases filed in 2010, 34% related to social security issues, 23% were about residence rights and 16% concerned recognition of professional qualifications. 90% of cases were successfully resolved, and the average time for treating a case was 66 days. Such a high success rate achieved under tight deadlines would not be possible under either infringement proceedings or formal judicial procedures, which can take up to several years.
This archive material includes the following items:
- SOLVIT campaign posters;
- Director of a Norwegian airline company requesting authorization to fly between national airports in France;
- Portuguese maritime mechanic wishing to work in Spain;
- Spanish professional diver requesting recognition of a diploma obtained in the UK.
Only the original language version is authentic and it prevails in the event of its differing from the translated versions.
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||Solvit poster with an illustation of an aircraft
||Lars Hogberg, Director of Sundt Air, contacted Solvit because the French customs authorities were of the opinion that his company was not authorised to operate between two French towns and had fined the company, Norway (33 shots)
||Solvit poster with an illustration of a boat
||Solvit were contacted by João Camarada, a Portuguese maritime mechanic. He was unemployed in Portugal, was offered a job by a Spanish shipbuilder, however the Spanish authorities refused to allow him access to this job, Portugal (21 shots)
||Alfredo Losada, a professional diver, contacted Solvit as he wished to gain recognition of a diploma obtained in the UK as the authorities in Valencia were hesitant to do so, Spain (22 shots)