In the news: Minimum Unit Pricing for Alcohol

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Today the UK Supreme Court has ruled that Scottish Government can set a minimum price for alcohol, rejecting a challenge by the Scotch Whisky Association and others that it did not comply with European Union law.  The judgment is available here.

In an attempt to reduce both the harm to health and the social consequences arising from the consumption of cheap high strength alcohol, the Scottish Parliament passed  The Alcohol (Minimum Pricing) (Scotland) Act 2012 . This has been the subject proceeding in the Scottish, European Union and United Kingdom courts since 2012.

Further background to the case is available from the UK Supreme Court here and from the Scottish Government here.

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In the news: Gender equality

Did you know the average hourly pay of women in Europe is 16.3% lower than that of men?  The 3rd November was designated European Equal Pay Day this year to mark the moment when women effectively stop getting paid compared to their male colleagues, with almost two months of the year remaining.

Find out here how the UK gender pay gap compares to other European countries.

The European Solidarity Corps

 

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Are you looking for an opportunity to volunteer or work for a good cause and help make a difference?  Then why not have a look at the European Solidarity Corps, the European Union initiative which creates opportunities for young people from 18 to 30 to volunteer or work in projects in Europe?

A short guide is available from the European Documentation Centre in Taylor Library or online here.

‘Reflections on Terrorism in the UK’ – upcoming panel discussion event

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The European Law Students’ Association (ELSA) Aberdeen will host a panel discussion event tomorrow (26/10/17) on the topic of ‘Terrorism in the UK’. The event will be held in New Kings (NK6) at 7pm and entrance is free. for more information and to note your interest, visit the ELSA Aberdeen Facebook page.

European Statistics Day

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As today is European Statistics Day why not have a look at a new digital and interactive publication produced by Eurostat called ‘The life of women and men in Europe – a statistical portrait’  which includes an interactive quiz.

The publication is divided into 3 parts. Here are some findings from each part:

 

“Living, growing, ageing: In all member states, women leave their parental home earlier than men. In the UK, women leave their parental home at the age of 23 on average while men leave at 25 (2 years earlier for both compared with the EU average).

Learning, working, earning: On average, women earn 16% less than men in all member states. However this gender pay gap varies. The largest differences are observed in Estonia, the Czech Republic, Germany, Austria and the UK, all above 20%.

Eating, shopping, surfing, socialising: A larger share of men than women in the EU drink alcohol on a weekly basis. For the different member states this share varies from 21% in Latvia to 52% in the UK for men, and from 5% in Romania and Lithuania to 40% in the UK for women”.

The EDC in Taylor Library receives publications in hard copy from Eurostat.  Two recent acquisitions are: Monitoring social inclusion in Europe and Smarter, greener,  more inclusive?

In addition the University of Aberdeen is recognised as a ‘research entity’ by Eurostat. This allows researchers at the University of Aberdeen to request access to microdata , the units of data that aggregate statistics are compiled from, by submitting research proposals to Eurostat.

In the news: OECD Report on the UK Economy

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The latest Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development Economic Survey of the United Kingdompublished yesterday, attracted a lot of press coverage of its assessment of the challenges posed to the UK economy following the decision to leave the European Union, and in particular, of its claim that the UK needs to maintain close ties with the EU to meet these challenges.

University of Aberdeen staff and students have access to the full report through OECD i-Library.  Access is through Primo on campus, just remember to log in. If you are working on your own computer outwith the university network, access is via the VDI (Virtual Desktop Infrastructure).

The University of Aberdeen Library’s subscription to OECD iLibrary allows access to the publications and datasets  from the OECD,  International Energy Agency (IEA), Nuclear Energy Agency (NEA), PISA (Programme for International Student Assessment), and International Transport Forum (ITF). Subjects include agriculture and food, development, economics, education and skills, emerging economies, employment, energy, environment and sustainable development, health, historical economic statistics, migration, national accounts, social issues, taxation and transport. Coverage is from 1998 to the present day.

The European Commission Library and e-Resources Centre

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The European Commission Library and e-Resources Centre has a wealth of  information on EU integration, law and policies.  Although primarily used by staff working in EU institutions, the library’s search tool Find-eR is a great way for university staff and students to identify useful sources for their research. Find-eR searches the library’s collection of books, open access papers and e-journals. Some of the online material is freely available with some more available to University of Aberdeen staff and students through our own library’s electronic subscriptions.

In addition, in some instances, it may be possible for UoA staff or students to borrow print material as an inter-library loan through the European Documentation Centre in Taylor Library.

It is also possible to request access to the reading room in Brussels or Luxembourg.

Why not check it out …..

ESO (European Sources Online)

ESO logo newJust a quick reminder about the online database and information service, European Sources Online (ESO) produced by our EDC colleagues at Cardiff University. It provides access to information on the institutions and activities of the European Union, European countries and regions.  It is updated on a daily basis making the news and analysis section particularly useful.

2017 MacCormick European Lecture

 

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The EU Commissioner for Research, Science and Innovation, Carlos Moedas, will speak at the Royal Society of Edinburgh on the Future of EU Research and Innovation on Monday, 16 October 2017 at 6:00pm.   He will give his perspective on the future of research and innovation in Europe. Mr Moedas manages Horizon 2020 the EU Research and Innovation programme. Further information is available here.

“With the discussions on the design of the next framework programme underway, we find ourselves at a critical stage for research and innovation in Europe. Recently, European Commission President Jean Claude Juncker launched his White Paper on the future of Europe. Therein he illustrated five scenarios for the future, and in each he noted the integral role of research and innovation. However, these are not without their challenges. Notably, how to create an ecosystem in Europe that is research and innovation-friendly, and how to successfully bring our innovative ideas to market”.