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EU Ambassador to the UK visits the Independent Monitoring Authority

EU Ambassador to the UK, João Vale de Almeida, visited the headquarters of the Independent Monitoring Authority (IMA) in Swansea on Friday 4 March to meet staff and hear about its work.

Sir Ashley Fox (left – IMA Board Chair), João Vale de Almeida (centre – EU Ambassador to the UK) and Dr Kathryn Chamberlain (r – IMA Chief Executive)

Board Chair, Sir Ashley Fox outlined the IMA’s duties to monitor the application of citizens’ rights and promote their effective application before providing examples of some recent issues.

The EU Delegation also heard from operational and legal teams about the IMA’s complaints handling process and current areas of work.

IMA Board Chair Sir Ashley Fox said:

“I was pleased to meet with Ambassador Vale de Almeida and members of the EU Delegation to outline the important work that the IMA has undertaken to date. This has included using our powers to ensure EU citizens continue to receive access to housing, social security and healthcare as they did before Brexit and to clarify their rights. We look forward to continued engagement with the EU Delegation as we carry out our duty to uphold the rights of citizens.”

Ambassador Vale de Almeida said:

“We value the work the IMA is doing to protect the rights of our citizens as enshrined by the Withdrawal Agreement. Despite the good cooperation with the British authorities, we are still picking up many challenges on the ground for our citizens. Our further cooperation will remain of utmost importance.”

For more information about the EU Delegation to the UK, visit their website.

Citizens who feel their rights are not being upheld are also encouraged to report a complaint to the IMA via its portal.