This has been an important year for New Europeans UK during which our grant-funded projects have developed strongly, and in which we have continued to campaign for and conduct research into the rights of EU citizens in the UK and Britons in the EU.

I would highlight five developments that are particularly noteworthy:

First, we made a revised – and successful – application for charitable status.

Second, we launched a dedicated website for New Europeans UK.

Third, we adopted a range of policies based on the principles of integrity, compliance, accountability, capitalisation of good conduct of governance, continuous improvement, and transparency.

A subgroup from the Board worked with the CEO and an outside consultant to develop the policies.  The policies can be viewed on the charity’s site.

Fourth, we relaunched the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Citizens’ Rights, holding several meetings with a particular focus on the EU Settlement Scheme.

Fifth, we achieved regulated status with the Office of the Immigration Services Commissioner so that we can provide advice to EU citizens on EU Settled Status..

It was never going to be an easy task to navigate the post-Brexit environment for EU citizens in the UK and Britons in the EU, but there can be no doubt that New Europeans Association Ltd is continuing to make a powerful and positive impact on the lives of thousands of those affected.

I am grateful to all my colleagues on the board for their dedication and commitment, to Roger Casale, our CEO, Tamara Flanagan OBE and to our teams of consultants, employees, members and volunteers who have all contributed so much to make this year a success.

Dr Ruvi Ziegler Chair, New Europeans UK