We are testing a new beta website for gov.scot go to new site


This content is no longer being updated. You can find the latest content on Europe on beta.gov.scot.

The EU and You

The EU and You

EU membership delivers numerous benefits evident in the daily life of people in Scotland.

The EU and You

  • Free movement
    EU membership means we are able to move freely in the EU and to live, work and study there. Students from Scotland can train and study in any EU country under the same conditions as that country’s nationals.  Scottish citizens living abroad can receive certain social security benefits in other EU Member States.

  • Employment rights
    You have the right to 20 days paid leave a year, and to work no more than 48 hours a week unless you choose to do so.

  • Justice
    Judicial cooperation in civil matters helps ensure that court judgments in one member state are recognised in another. Judicial cooperation also provides someone living in one part of the EU with assistance to obtain child maintenance from someone living elsewhere in the EU.

  • Consumer protection
    EU citizens are strongly protected when shopping online – you have the right to return products within 14 days if they are unsatisfactory, even when shopping outside Scotland.

  • Air travel
    EU action has enabled budget airlines to enter the market and create wider networks, improving connections across Europe and making air travel more affordable.

  • Mobile phone charges
    From June 2017, mobile roaming charges will be removed across the EU. Since 2000, the cost of a 10 minute call has fallen by an average of 74% in the EU as a result of the abolition of national monopolies for fixed line services.

  • Health
    If you become ill or have an accident anywhere in the EU, you can access the same public healthcare as the residents of the country you are visiting, through the European Health Insurance Card (EHIC).

The same public healthcare as the residents of the country you are visiting