Important Information: Padron, Residencia and Voting; Are you having problems?

  • 28 Jan 2019 2:53 PM
    Message # 7132831
    Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Hello to all U3A members.

    As part of Michaela Robinson’s new role at the British consulate in Alicante over the next few months, she will be trying her best to keep us all updated with the latest Brexit news and any changes that may happen and of course be there at the meeting on the 20th February in Oliva.

    Michaela has asked if any members who have concerns or issues, or in particular having difficulty trying to register on the padrón, applying for residency or when trying to vote in their local elections, then to please forward information on to her. Collating this material will help her feedback to town halls and departments and seek clarification and advice that she can then share with everyone.

    In case you are not aware of the latest updates with regards to voting rights in Spain, Michaela wants to share the latest information available on their website:

    The UK and Spanish Governments have signed a treaty that secures the rights of British and Spanish citizens to stand and vote in local elections in each other’s countries after the UK leaves the EU.  

    The treaty signed was signed on the 21 January 2019 and means that British citizens living in Spain and Spanish citizens in the UK can continue to participate in local elections in the future.

    The treaty contains transitional provisions, ensuring that UK nationals who are registered to vote in the upcoming local elections in Spain this May, will continue to be able to do so in any Brexit scenario.

    In future, UK nationals will need to have resided in Spain for three years to exercise their rights under this treaty. https://www.gov.uk/government/news/expat-voting-rights-treaty-secured-with-spain

    The deadline to register is 30th January so please pass the message on to your friends and neighbours to register now if they want to vote and haven’t yet registered.

    Guidance on how to ensure you are registered can be found on the Spanish government website. http://www.lamoncloa.gob.es/lang/en/Paginas/index.aspx

    As I´m sure you already know, the best place to find out about the latest updates is on their website https://www.gov.uk/guidance/living-in-spain and remember to sign up for email alerts by clicking on the link: https://www.gov.uk/email-signup/?topic=/world/living-in-spain

    You can either send you concerns or issues to Mick Goy ( mickgoy1@gmail.com ) , who will be happy to pass them on, or if you prefer to talk directly to Michaela then she can be contacted by phone, her direct line is 96 565 14 46 14 Monday to Friday between 08.00-16.00 or by email:  Michaela.Robinson@fco.gov.uk

      Regards 

      Angela Town

      Press and Publicity Officer

      email : press@oliva-u3a.org or Angela_town@hotmail.co.uk


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