Vote for your favourite LIFE green city project.

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On 23 May 2018 the LIFE Awards will celebrate the most successful projects from the LIFE programme, the EU’s financial instrument supporting environmental, nature conservation and climate action projects.

There are four categories: nature conservation and biodiversity, environmental technologies and solutions, climate action, and the people’s choice.

The People’s Choice Award is where you can vote for any of the nominated six green city projects.

The six projects are:

URBANCOWS, Estonia: the project restored the conservation status of boreal Baltic coastal meadows and coastal lagoons, as well as the characteristic species of these habitats, in the Pärnu Coastal Meadow Nature Reserve Natura 2000 network site.

PEHRT, Italy: How can people and goods move within historic towns in a more sustainable way? The PERHT project reduced traffic congestion in small and mid-sized towns like Treviso, for example, by setting up green urban mobility hubs.

Climate Proofing Housing Landscapes, UK: The project worked with local residents to design and implement climate change adaptation measures in London Borough of Hammersmith, making social housing fit for the future.

EKO-LIFE, Austria: Although many people are aware of environmental problems, individual contribution to CO2 emissions remains very high. The project addressed the environmental consequences of global warming and our lifestyles, particularly related to nutrition and mobility.

Clean Air, Austria, Czech Republic, Germany, Denmark, Hungary, Poland: Every day, a person breathes in about 15,000 litres of air. Besides the essential oxygen, a lot of dangerous pollutants end up in people’s lungs. Any reduction in air pollution contributes significantly both to general health and to climate protection – in the end cleaner air means better quality of life.

AIRUSE, Greece, Italy, Portugal, Spain, UK: Air pollution is a major environmental and health problem. The project identified cost-effective measures for ensuring better air quality in southern European cities such as Barcelona (Spain), Athens (Greece), Toscana (Italy), Porto (Portugal) and West Midlands (UK).

The deadline for voting is 25 April 2018.

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eCall Devices Compulsory in all New Cars Sold in EU

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Since the 31st March 2018, a requirement for eCall devices to be fitted in all new cars sold in the EU has come in to effect. The devices automatically contact rescue services in the event of a road accident, relaying the time and location of the crash. This new requirement is a measure designed to reduce the response times of emergency services.

To address concerns about privacy in relation to compulsory tracking devices, the European Commission have released a disclaimer.

 

The EU Open Data Portal

Do you need to find and reuse EU Data for your research?

The EU Open Data Portal  is free and offers a single point of access to a wide range of data held by EU Institutions and bodies. Generally you can reuse the data free of charge, for commercial or non-commercial purposes, provided you acknowledge the source.

One of the advantages of this portal is that it enables you to link data from various sources automatically that can then be used in a new and creative way.

So to find out more about searching, reusing and linking EU data have a look at a new guide entitled Discover the EU Open Data Portal or check out this short tutorial.

Traineeships at the European Court of Auditors

The European Court of Auditors (ECA), based in Luxembourg, audits the European Union’s finances.  The ECA offers both paid and unpaid traineeships lasting from three to five months. Those interested can now apply for traineeships starting in September. For traineeships that begin on:

  • 1 September 2018, applications may be submitted from 1 April–31 May 2018
  • 1 February 2019, applications may be submitted from 1 September–31 October 2018
  • 1 May 2019, applications may be submitted from 1 December 2018-31 January 2019.

Further details and eligibility criteria are available here.

Eurobarometer: EU Public Opinion Surveys

Do you need surveys of public opinion for your research?  Have you heard of Eurobarometer?  It is a series of surveys done across Europe for the European Commission covering attitudes towards the EU, social conditions, health, the economy, citizenship, the environment, IT, security and more. The surveys have been conducted since 1973.

The Standard Eurobarometer is designed to compare and gauge trends over time by keeping the bulk of the survey the same. These surveys are undertaken twice a year.

Special Eurobarometer surveys investigate attitudes to a wide range of topics.  Recent survey have been on attitudes to sport and physical activity and Europeans, Agriculture and the CAP

Flash Eurobarometer surveys are ad-hoc telephone interviews conducted at the request of any part of the European Commission. These produce results fairly quickly and focus on specific groups.  Recent surveys have included fake news and disinformation online and SMEs, resource efficiency and green markets.

Travel with your digital subscriptions

Did you know that you will soon be able to access films, TV series and sports events you have subscribed to while travelling in other EU countries?

An EU regulation on cross-border portability of online content services in the internal market is going to apply from 1 April 2018 enabling anyone who has bought or subscribed to films, TV series, sports broadcasts, online games or e-books in the EU country they live in to access them when travelling across the EU. Further information is available here.

Brexit negotiations: transition period

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The Draft Agreement on the withdrawal of the United Kingdom and Northern Ireland from the European Union and Euratom is available in a coloured coded version, highlighting both where progress has been made and areas still to be agreed.

If you are following the withdrawl process you can find other relevant documents here.

Publications from the UK Department for Exiting the European Union are available here.

EU Graduate Administrators Competition

The EU institutions are looking for talented graduates and young professionals to fill more than 100 new graduate administrator roles.

Applicants need to have a university degree, a good command of two European languages and EU citizenship.

Registration is open now until the 10th of April 2018 at 12:00 CET.

More information is available here.

Brexit and Scotland: What happens next?

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The Scottish Centre on European Relations, an independent and unaligned EU think tank, is holding this event in Dundee on Tuesday, the 27th of March. Further information, including how to register for this evening panel discussion, is available here.

Help using EUR-Lex

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EUR-Lex is the official database for accessing EU law.  Free to use, it is available in 24 languages and includes treaties, legislation, international agreements, preparatory acts, case law and parliamentary questions. It gives direct access to the Official Journal of the European Union.

An e-learning module is available to help you use and get the most out of EUR-Lex.

The module, which takes two hours to complete, can be done as a whole or you can select only the sections that are relevant to you. The module looks at:

  • finding EU law through ‘Quick search’, ‘Advanced search’ and ‘Find results by’ search options on the EUR-Lex homepage
  • discovering ways to edit and refine your searches
  • accessing documents in multiple languages, and finding legal information about documents and legislative procedures
  • accessing the Official Journal, preparatory acts and EU case-law
  • understanding EUR-Lex’s content and structure, including how to form CELEX numbers
  • browsing EU law through the directories of legislation and EuroVoc
  • pointing out the advantages of being a EUR-Lex registered user.

Still having difficulty with EUR-Lex come and see us in the Taylor Library.