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These are external links and will open in a new window. The island is not part of the United Kingdom or European Union, but has the status of 'crown dependency', similar to Jersey and Guernsey, with an independent administration. Its inhabitants are British citizens. The Isle of Man was permanently settled by Celts and fell under Viking control in The Viking legacy is seen in many place names and the title of Tynwald, the parliament, although the Celtic Manx language gaelg predominated until the 19th century, when it started to be replaced by English. Man passed to the Scottish crown in , and then to the feudal lordship of the Stanley family under the English crown. The British crown acquired the lordship in , but never incorporated the island into the United Kingdom.
The Overseas Countries and Territories Association was created to improve economic development and cooperation between the OCTs and the EU,  and includes most OCTs except three territories which do not have a permanent local population. Its Article 51 1 a prescribes only that "the Union shall accord to natural and legal persons of the OCTs a treatment no less favourable than the most favourable treatment applicable to like natural and legal persons of any third country with whom the Union concludes or has concluded an economic integration agreement.
The OCTs are not subject to the EU's common external customs tariffs  but may claim customs on goods imported from the EU on a non-discriminatory basis. The list was since then revised multiple times, and comprised—as noted by the Lisbon Treaty—25 OCTs in Its purpose is to improve economic development in overseas countries and territories, as well as cooperation with the European Union. Natives of the collectivities are European citizens owing to their French citizenship and elections to the European Parliament are held in the collectivities.
As a consequence, their EU status was unclear for a time. While a report issued by the French parliament suggested that the islands remained within the EU as outermost regions,  European Commission documents listed them as being outside the European Community. The change was made to facilitate trade with countries outside the EU, notably the United States,  and was made possible by a provision of the Lisbon Treaty which allows the European Council to change the EU status of a Danish, Dutch, or French territory on the initiative of the member state concerned.
As such, they benefit from being able to have their own export and import policy to and from the EU, while still having access to receive various EU funds i. The inhabitants of the islands are EU citizens owing to their Dutch citizenship, with the right to vote in elections to the European Parliament.
In Junethe Dutch government published a report on the projected effect on the islands were they to join the EU as outermost regions.
BonaireSint Eustatiusand Saba collectively called Caribbean Netherlands are "special municipalities" of the Netherlands proper. The Netherlands Antilles were initially specifically excluded from all association with the EEC by reason of a protocol attached to the Treaty of Rome, allowing the Netherlands to ratify on behalf of the Netherlands in Europe and Netherlands New Guinea only, which it subsequently did.
Greenland joined the then European Community in as a county along with Denmark, but after gaining autonomy with the introduction of home rule within the Kingdom of DenmarkGreenland voted to leave in and left into become an OCT.
The main reason for leaving is disagreements about the Common Fisheries Policy CFP and to regain control of Greenlandic fish resources to subsequently remain outside EU waters. Bermuda originally declined to take advantage of OCT status and did not join the Overseas Countries and Territories Association until having originally declined to join with the other overseas territories in The other two British Overseas Territories: Gibraltar and the British sovereign base areas in Cyprus are dealt with under the Special cases section below.
All citizens of the British overseas territoriesexcept those residing at Britain's sovereign bases in Cyprus which keep their local citizenships from the two governments in Cyprus, while other civil British residents are not permanent residentswere granted full British citizenship by the British Overseas Territories Actand are consequently citizens of the European Union.
While the outermost regions and the overseas countries and territories fall into structured categories to which common mechanisms apply, this is not true of all the special territories. Some territories have ad hoc arrangements in their relationship with the EU. Some of these could be called "protocol territories" [ citation needed ] as their status is governed by protocols attached to their respective countries' accession treaties.
The rest owe their status to European Union legislative provisions which exclude the territories from the application of the legislation concerned. Many were opted out from either the VAT area or the customs union or both. The islands had a separate referendum on accession and like the Finnish mainland voted in favour. The Italian exclave village of Campione d'Italia is enclaved by Switzerland 's Ticino canton as well as Lake Lugano or Ceresioand is a comune in the Province of Comowhilst Livignoa small and remote mountain resort town, is a comune in the Province of Sondrio.
Both comuni are part of the Lombardy region. Although part of the EU, they are excluded from the customs union and VAT area, with Livigno's tax status dating back to Napoleonic times. Ceuta and Melilla are two Spanish cities on the North African coast.
They are part of the EU but they are excluded from the common agricultural and fisheries policies. While nominally part of the Schengen Area Schengen visas are validSpain performs identity checks on all sea and air passengers leaving the enclaves for elsewhere in the Schengen Area. The Bailiwick of Jersey and Bailiwick of Guernsey —which form the Channel Islands —are Crown dependenciesunder the sovereignty of the British monarch.
The islands take part in the EU freedom of movement of goods but not labour, services or capital. They are outside the VAT area, but inside the customs union.
Channel Islanders are British citizens and hence European citizens. However, the islands do not participate in the freedom of movement of labourand as a result their citizens are not entitled to work or reside within the EU unless they are directly connected through birth, or descent from a parent or grandparent with the United Kingdom. After five years continuous residence in the United Kingdomislanders are entitled to participate in the freedom of movement of labour or services throughout the EU.
The Isle of Man is a Crown dependency, under the sovereignty of the British monarch. The island takes part in the EU freedom of movement of goods but not labour, services or capital. Manx people are British citizens and hence European citizens. However, the island does not participate in the freedom of movement of labour, and as a result its citizens are not entitled to work or reside within the EU unless they are directly connected through birth, or descent from a parent or grandparent with the United Kingdom.
After five years continuous residence in the United KingdomManx people are entitled to participate in the freedom of movement of labour or services throughout the EU. Two protocols to the Treaty of Accession —numbers 3 and 10, known as the "Sovereign Base Areas Protocol" and the "Cyprus Protocol" respectively — reflect this complex situation. EU law only applies fully to the part of the island that is effectively controlled by the government of the Republic of Cyprus.
Four months after such a decision has been adopted, new elections to the European Parliament will be held on the island to elect Cypriot representatives from the whole of the island.
Cypriot nationality law applies to the entire island and is accordingly available to the inhabitants of Northern Cyprus and the British sovereign base areas on the same basis as to those born in the area controlled by the Republic of Cyprus. Unlike other British overseas territories, they are not listed as Overseas Countries and Territories under the Treaty of Rome and their inhabitants who are entitled to British Overseas Territories Citizenship have never been entitled to British citizenship.
The sovereign base areas' authorities have also made provision for the unilateral application of directly applicable EU law.
Consequently, the sovereign base areas will become a de facto part of the Schengen Area if and when Cyprus implements it. The base areas are already de facto members of the eurozone due to their previous use of the Cypriot pound before it was replaced by the euro in As pointed out above, inhabitants of the sovereign base areas have never been entitled to British citizenship or to the European Union citizenship that would go with it,  however Cypriot nationality law extends to Cypriots in the Sovereign Base Areas, meaning Cypriot residents, as citizens of the Republic of Cyprus, are entitled to EU citizenship.
Just under half of the population of the sovereign base areas are Cypriots, the rest are British military personnel, support staff and their dependants. Since the situation is regulated in an agreement between Cyprus and the EU, and the bases are not part of the EU, it can be assumed that the situation does not change much with Brexit The United Nations buffer zone between north and south Cyprus ranges in width from a few metres in central Nicosia to several kilometres in the countryside.
The population of the zone is 8, as of Octoberand one of the mandates of UNFICYP is "to encourage the fullest possible resumption of normal civilian activity in the buffer zone".
The Isle of Man is not part of the European Union (EU) in its own right, and is . with the UK seeking some form of access to the Single Market, but attempting to.
Danish citizens residing on the islands are not considered citizens of a member state within the meaning of the treaties or, consequently, citizens of the European Union. However, the islands are part of the Nordic Passport Union and the Schengen Agreement provides that travellers passing between the islands and the Schengen Area are not to be treated as passing the external frontier of the Area. Gibraltar is a British overseas territory located near the southernmost tip of the Iberian Peninsula and overlooking the Strait of Gibraltarsharing a border with Spain to the north.
The special territories of the European Union are 31 territories of EU member states which, for .. The Isle of Man is inside the VAT area and the customs union . .. They are inside the single market (with exceptions) and the Schengen area, but. The Isle of Man is not part of the United Kingdom, but to a large extent its relations with other . order, the residual prerogative power of the Crown could be used to intervene in the internal affairs of the Channel Islands and the Isle of Man. The Isle of Man is in a customs union with the UK, and within the EU As it is not inside the single market, it does not enjoy free trade in.
Article 3 ex Article 4 applies the treaty to "the European territories for whose external relations a Member State is responsible", a provision which in practice only applies to Gibraltar. In Gibraltar voted "remain" in the UK EU membership referendum ; however Gibraltar's membership is not distinct from the UK's and Gibraltar is bound by the overall result of "leave". Owing to a declaration lodged by the United Kingdom with the EEC inGibraltarians were to be counted as British nationals for the purposes of Community law.
This was notwithstanding that they were not, at the time, British citizensbut were British Overseas Territories citizens with the right to be registered as British citizens. It was not until 21 May when Gibraltarians who did not apply for British citizenship were automatically granted British citizenship while still retaining their British Overseas Territories citizenship under the British Overseas Territories Act Children born in Gibraltar after 21 May now also have access to British citizenship under the same rules as UK-born children.
The inclusion was unsuccessfully challenged by Spain before the European Court of Justice. Like the UK, Gibraltar does not form part of the Schengen Area and, as a result, the border between Spain and Gibraltar is an external Schengen border through which Spain is legally obliged to perform full entrance and exit controls.
However Gibraltar does participate in certain police and judicial cooperation aspects of the Schengen acquis in line with the UK's request to participate in the same measures. With respect to the application of EU law to Gibraltar, the governments of Spain and the United Kingdom made the following Declaration which is appended as Declaration 55 to the Treaty on European Union : "The Treaties apply to Gibraltar as a European territory for whose external relations a Member State is responsible.
This shall not imply changes in the respective positions of the Member States concerned. Mount Athos is an autonomous monastic region of Greece. It is part of the customs union but outside the VAT area. A declaration attached to Greece's accession treaty to the Schengen Agreement states that Mount Athos's "special status" should be taken into account in the application of the Schengen rules.
Some have become superfluous thanks to the Schengen Agreement. Finland leases the Under the treaty signed by Finnish and Russian governments, Russian law is in force with a few exceptions concerning maritime rules and the employment of canal staff which fall under Finnish jurisdiction.
The Isle of Man is not entirely free to choose its relationship with the EU. It is not The Isle of Man and the Channel Islands are not part of the single market. The Isle of Man is located in the Irish Sea between Great Britain and Ireland. The island is not part of the United Kingdom or European Union. It is possible to be a member of just the customs union but not the single market ( look at Turkey, Andorra or the Isle of Man). Conversely, it is.
There are also special rules concerning vessels travelling to Finland via the canal. Russian visas are not required for just passing through the canal, but a passport is needed and it is checked at the border. Prior to the year lease renewal coming into effect in Februarythe Maly Vysotsky Island had also been leased and managed by Finland. Since then it has been fully managed by Russian authorities, and is no longer part of the concession territory.
It is not permissible to stop or walk along the road. This area is a part of Russia but is also a de facto part of the Schengen area. Most of these territories seceded before the implementation of the Maastricht treaty in and the following years, meaning that cooperation like the EU citizenship, the VAT union or the Eurozone did not exist, so it made less difference to be a special territory then. Additionally in Europe there were special territories in the past that had different status than their "mainland", because of various reasons, but now are part of a member state.
Some of these territories were as follows:. The following areas are still special member state territories, but have changed their status. See their entries in the article for details. Some European countries are strongly connected to the European Union, through the European Economic Area or similar agreements.
They are inside the single market with exceptions and the Schengen area, but outside the Eurozone, customs territory, and VAT area. Norway and Switzerland have special areas. This table summarises the various components of EU laws applied in the EU member states and their sovereign territories.
Member states that do not have special-status territories are not included as there the EU law applies fully with the exception of the opt-outs in the European Union and states under a safeguard clause or transitional period. Some territories of EFTA member states also have a special status in regard to EU laws applied as is the case with some European microstates. Summary for member states that do not have special-status territories, but do not participate in certain EU provisions as they are either not yet eligible or have an opt-out.
A list of the remaining member states which do not have special-status territories, and participate in all EU provisions:.
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The EU and OECD and their relationship with the Isle of Man. countries should be as free to transact business with each other as residents of a single state. improved rights of access to markets and establishments in OECD member states . IoM businesses enjoy free movement of goods within the EU market as a inside the Single Market (like Norway), negotiating several bilateral. UK Crown Dependencies and Overseas Territories — The impact of Brexit on financial services. Key takeaway: IoM would continue to access Single Market as a.
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Archived from the original on 12 February Retrieved 21 June These are external links and will open in a new window. The island is not part of the United Kingdom or European Union, but has the status of 'crown dependency', similar to Jersey and Guernsey, with an independent administration. Its inhabitants are British citizens. The Isle of Man was permanently settled by Celts and fell under Viking control in The Viking legacy is seen in many place names and the title of Tynwald, the parliament, although the Celtic Manx language gaelg predominated until the 19th century, when it started to be replaced by English.
Man passed to the Scottish crown inand then to the feudal lordship of the Stanley family under the English crown. The British crown acquired the lordship inbut never incorporated the island into the United Kingdom. The last native speaker Manx died in the s, but serious efforts to revive the language, such as the opening of the Bunscoill Ghealgagh Manx-language primary school in and language provision at pre-school and secondary-school level, are yielding significant results.
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The Tynwald parliament was granted autonomy inand steadily advanced to democracy in step with the United Kingdom. Established no later thanit is one of various assemblies that claim to be the oldest parliament in the world.
Tynwald elects the Council of Ministers, presided over since by a chief minister. Most members of Tynwald are independents. Manx-born people make up just under half the population, with the rest almost entirely accounted for by immigrants from the United Kingdom and Ireland.
Tynwald passes its own legislation with the assent of the Crown granted in the Privy Council. The Crown is responsible for defence and diplomatic representation, and acts on the advice of the UK ministry of justice.
The Isle of Man has its own controls on immigration and housing. The Isle of Man has relatively low taxes and this has encouraged a major offshore financial sector that accounts for most of GDP. Over recent years the Manx government has made a concerted effort to cast off the island's reputation as a tax haven, signing tax information exchange deals with over a dozen countries.