Jean Claude Juncker and Miguel Arias Cañete, (respectively, President of the European Commission, and the Commissioner for Climate Action and Energy) will participate in the conference, With Arias Cañete speaking of “governments’ shared sense of urgency and political determination to make Paris the beginning of a new chapter in climate action”.
In June we told you that the House of Commons Library had published an impartial list of relevant publications on The UK and the EU: reform, renegotiation, withdrawal. The list, including books and specialist journal articles and papers has now been updated.
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.
Creating new EU legislation involves several stages, including multiple readings by both the Parliament and the Council. It is a naturally complicated process, due to the nature of the EU. If you’re after a simple breakdown and explanation of what the process entails, then have a look at this new interactive infographic from the European Parliament. It also has all the information in a text format, and you can find links to the section of the Lisbon Treaty that deals with new legislation, as well as a useful glossary. In addition to this, there are pdf versions of all the information, so you can save or print for offline consultation.
You can also have a look at the video below from europarltv.eu for an animated explanation of how European laws are passed.
Having provided access to both the old and new versions since the new one was rolled out earlier this year, EUR-lex have recently announced that the old version will be taken down permanently on 31st December 2015. Any links to the old site will not work after that date.
Organised by the European Parliament, the European Youth Event (EYE) is an opportunity for people between the ages of 16 and 30 to gather in Strasbourg and raise and discuss important issues with European decision makers. If you’re interested in attending EYE 2016, which will take place on 20th-21st May next year, go to the EYE website, their Facebook page or check out the Twitter feed to find out more. In the meantime, have a look at the video below to get a quick flavour of what it’s all about.