Monthly Archives: March 2016

General Report of the Activities of the European Union 2015

EU 2015
Cover detail © European Union

The European Commission has published the 2015 edition of the General Report of the activities of the European Union.

Making use of hyperlinks, photos, videos and infographics this publication covers the major events and initiatives of the past year.

A brief summary, The EU in 2015 is also available. Download for free from the EU Bookshop or pick up a free copy from the EDC in Taylor Library.

Natura 2000 Awards Finalists Announced

natura2000The European Commission has announced the 2016 finalists in the Natura 2000 Awards  celebrating and promoting nature conservation in Europe and highlighting the importance of protecting biodiversity. There are 5 categories including the Citizens Award which has 24 finalists, including 4 from the UK, with the winner voted for by the public. Why not have a look and vote now.

If you have not come across Natura 2000 before, it is a network of sites for rare and threatened species and habitats.  Stretching across all 28 EU countries it covers 18% of the EU’s land area and almost 6% of its marine area and is the centrepiece of the EU’s nature and biodiversity policy.

The wildlife, documentary film maker, Jacques Perrin has used 16 different Natura 2000 sites in his latest work, Seasons capturing the lives of 28 mammal and bird species. Watch a trailer for the film (in French) below.

EU Bookshop now searchable through Primo

EUBOOKThe EU Bookshop is an online bookshop, library and archive of publications from the EU institutions and agencies going back to 1952 and includes work produced jointly with partner institutions. Most publications can be downloaded in pdf format free of charge.

If you are familiar with this resource then you may be aware that the site’s search facility can sometimes run a little slow. The good news is that you can now find EU Bookshop material using the ‘All Collections’ tab in Primo. Any EU Bookshop items that appear in your search results can be accessed by clicking the title, which will take you straight through to the Bookshop itself, where you can download a pdf of your document.

If you have any questions about Primo, the EU Bookshop or anything else library related, please get in touch with us by phone, email or in person.

Travelling in Europe 2016-17

Pamphlet detail © European Commission

The latest edition of the European Commission pamphlet Travelling in Europe is out now. It contains practical information on a wealth of topics including:

  • Schengen

    Pamphlet cover © European Commission
  • The Euro
  • Driving
  • Healthcare
  • Time-zones
  • Languages
  • Passenger rights
  • Using your mobile
  • Pet passports
  • and much more…

It also unfolds in to a map.

Download a free pdf copy from the EU bookshop or come and pick one up from the EDC in Taylor Library.


Need an EU Publication?

blurr flagIt used to be the case that the only way to see European Union documents was to come to an EDC such as the one here in the Taylor Library.

While our EDC still receives paper copies of reports, studies, journals and pamphlets on a wide range of subjects from the Publications Office of the European Union and welcomes visits in person, there has been a growing move towards producing freely available online publications as an alternative to providing paper copies. The Publications Office has a number of websites you may find useful:

  • EU Bookshop is an online library and bookshop of publications from EU Institutions and Agencies.

As those of you who have used it will know, the search option can be time consuming, but did you know, as an alternative you can use the British Library Catalogue search facility.

The British Library has taken data from the Publications Office and uses it in its catalogue allowing users to go directly to items on the Publications Office website. Just make sure you select the digital copy and click on “I want this”. This lets you opt to view the online copy.

  • EUR-Lex gives free access to EU law.

We have produced a short guide to help you use EUR-Lex.

See our earlier post from September last year.

  • Ted (Tenders Electronic Daily) is for European public procurement.
  • EU Whoiswho is the official directory of the European Union.
  • CORDIS (the Community Research and Development Information Service) is the public repository used to disseminate information on all EU-funded research projects and their results.

CORDIS produce the research*eu focus and results magazines which we have in paper in the EDC. You can find the latest issues on our recent publications shelves