Monthly Archives: June 2015

GoingAbroad: new road safety app for the European Union

Road trippin in Europe
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Planning to hire a bike or car on holiday this year? Want to know more about road travel in your destination? Then it might be worth having a look at the free GoingAbroad road safety app from the European Commission. This app enables you to look up all sorts of road safety information, specific to 31 different European countries, such as the rules regarding:

  • Seat belts
  • Traffic lights
  • Alcohol limits
  • Influence of drugs
  • Mobile phones
  • …and more

You can also easily compare regulations between different countries and even play a couple of road safety themed educational games.

Have a look at the app in detail here:

There is also loads of information on road safety available through the Europa site.

As always If you’re looking for EU related information, whether or not you’re affiliated with the University, do get in touch with us!

European Voice becomes Politico – Europe Edition

Brussels – Politico’s second home. © Image Copyright Frank Friedrichs and licensed for reuse under this Creative Commons Licence.

The European Voice newspaper was recently bought over and re branded as Politico – Europe Edition. We receive a physical copy of the weekly edition (as we did European Voice) and the latest issue is always on our current periodicals display shelf. All the content is also available online on the Politico website. This includes a ‘pagesuite‘ view option, which is a straight facsimile of the print edition.

Based in Brussels, Politico Europe covers everything you would expect from a political paper, has opinion and feature columns, and on the website you can access their ‘In the Loop‘ podcast (languages include Italian, Spanish, Polish and English) as well as a growing collection of videos.

Politico began in Virginia in the United States in 2007. Read about it here, and the origins of European Voice here.

Parliamentary Library publications: a place to start your research

House of lords library
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The House of Commons Library has recently compiled a bibliography entitled: “The UK and the EU: reform, renegotiation, withdrawal? A bibliography” listing books, specialist publications and press articles.

The Libraries of the House of Commons and House of Lords and the Parliamentary Office of Science and Technology (POST) produce research briefings on a wide range of issues. Intended to aid the work of members of the Houses of Parliament by providing relevant background material they are also useful to anyone starting to research a current topic.

They can be searched by date or topic here.

Recent briefing papers on the EU include:

EU exit: impact in key UK policy areas

Exiting the EU: UK reform proposals, legal impact and alternatives to membership

In brief: UK-EU economic relations

European Union Referendum Bill 2015-16

EU budget 2014 – 2020

Reforming the EU: UK plans, proposals and prospects

EU obligations: UK implementing legislation since 1993

Need an EU publication but can’t find it on Primo?

Book total perspective vortex
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The European Documentation Centre (EDC) in Taylor Library receives studies, reports, journals and pamphlets on a wide range of subjects from the Publications Office of the European Union as part of its contract with the European Commission.  All material received in hard copy is catalogued and added to Primo. However in addition to providing hard copies to EDCs the Publications Office also provides free access to material electronically via the EU Bookshop.

Increasingly, there is a move to electronic only publishing so there are thousands of titles freely available on the EU Bookshop which do not appear on Primo. Subjects include the economy, energy, the environment, law, trade and transport.

Check it out.

If however you still can’t find what you are looking for – do it the old fashioned way and visit us in person at the EDC Office and we’ll help you find the material you need.

Track the EU Referendum Bill on PIO

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The Government presented the European Union Referendum Bill to Parliament on the 28th of May. The purpose of the Bill is to enable a referendum to be held on whether the UK should remain a member of the European Union.

The Bill is expected to have its second reading, where the general principles of the bill will be debated, in the House of Commons on the 9th of June.

The progress of the Bill can be followed on the Bill Tracker section of Public Information Online. This database, available to UoA staff and students, can be accessed through Primo. Off campus UoA users will be prompted to log in via Shibboleth.