Monthly Archives: February 2016

EU Referendum panel discussion event in SDRL *UPDATE* venue change


*Please note – due to a high level of interest, this event will now take place in the King’s College Conference Centre.*

On the 22nd March there will be an EU referendum panel discussion event in the Sir Duncan Rice Library Kings Conference Centre entitled ‘The UK and Europe. EU in or out’. The chair is Professor Margaret Ross, the University’s vice principal, and the panelists are:

For more information and to book your free place, click here.

This is part of a series of events entitled ‘The UK in a Changing Europe’ that are happening all over the country. Read more about the series here.

Cardiff EDC has produced a very comprehensive ‘Brexit Information Guide’, which collects a wide variety of sources and opinions on the debate. Updated regularly, here’s the latest version.






Ljubljana Green Capital 2016

green picLjubljana is the 2016 winner of the Green Capital Award. The European Commission has produced a booklet in which you can read about how the city went from being car dominated to being focused on public transport, pedestrian access and cycling networks. You can download this free publication from the EU Bookshop.


EDIC and ELSA’s ‘EU as a Global Actor’ Event a Success

Draft poster_EDIC_Eu Global ActorTuesday’s Discussion on the Role of EU sanctions was attended by 37 students of both Law and International Relations. The panellists were: Anthonius W. de Vries (a former sanctions coordinator at the European Commission), Professor Michael Smith – (a Politics and IR lecturer here at Aberdeen), and Dr. Paul James Cardwell (from the University of Sheffield).

Daria Shapovalova, Europe Direct Assistant and research postgraduate student here at Aberdeen summed up the flavour of the speeches like this:

The general feeling that we got from the speeches was that the sanctions [don’t] so much change the behaviour of the target States, but rather serve as a signal of disapproval from the EU and that it is important to be critical of this instrument of foreign policy and apply it only when necessary and with utmost care.

The event was organised jointly between Europe Direct Aberdeen and ELSA Aberdeen. If you think you might be interested in future events of this type then have a look at their events pages on Facebook (EDIC & ELSA).

Here are a few photos from the evening:



Popular EU Sanctions Discussion event in SDRL Tonight

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This evening’s panel discussion event on the ‘EU as a Global Actor’ is proving very popular. The booking page is now closed so If you’re hoping to attend and have not yet secured a place,  email  as soon as possible to inquire about places.

The objective of the discussion is to provoke students interest in EU foreign policy, with particular focus on the mechanism of sanctions. It has been collaboratively organized by Europe Direct Aberdeen and Elsa (European Law Students’ Association). See our original post for more information.



11/2 is European Emergency Number Day


You may not have been anticipating it but this Thursday is European Emergency Number Day! Not only that, it’s the 25th anniversary of its introduction. In 1991, on the 11th of February, 112 was introduced as the European emergency number. It can be used across all 28 member states including Britain, as well as in many other countries such as:

  • Andorra
  • Iceland
  • Monaco
  • Norway
  • Switzerland
  • Turkey
  • …and more!

Click here to find out more about 112.



Upcoming Panel Discussion Event in the Sir Duncan Rice Library – EU as a Global Actor: The Role of EU Sanctions in Helping Striving Democracies

Draft poster_EDIC_Eu Global ActorOn the 16th of February the Sir Duncan Rice Library will host an event with the objective of provoking students interest in EU foreign policy, with particular focus on the mechanism of sanctions. It has been collaboratively organized by Europe Direct Aberdeen and Elsa (European Law Students’ Association). Here’s what they have to say about it:

In the recent years the European Union has been gaining strength as a global actor: it has been a participant of the peace processes in Middle East, Ukraine, and Philippines. One of the mechanisms the EU uses to influence the behaviour of various foreign actors is the sanctions regime. The event is aimed at shedding light on the mechanism of the EU sanctions, its difference from other sanctions regimes, and its goals and effectiveness. To achieve that we will discuss the EU sanctions following the crisis in Ukraine; EU’s involvement in Iran sanctions lifting process; and the EU sanctions regimes in Uzbekistan and Myanmar. We will analyse the causes and the objectives of adopting the sanctions; whether those causes and objectives shift over time; and whether we can assess the effectiveness of these restrictive measures.


To book your place you can email or go to the Eventbrite booking page.

For more details see the poster above and the EDIC Aberdeen Facebook page.

EU Referendum News – UK EU Draft Deal

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© Dave Kellam. Licensed for reuse and modification under this Creative Commons Licence.

The draft EU deal proposed by Donald Tusk, President of the European Council, is an effort to address all of the concerns raised by David Cameron regarding the UK’s place in the European Union, ahead of the coming referendum. You can read the full text of Tusk’s letter to European Council members, outlining the proposed deal, here. You can also find links to the various draft decisions, statements and declarations that make up the deal as it currently stands.