The UK Government has published a paper that considers some alternate arrangements for the UK’s relationship with the EU in the event there was a vote to leave in the forthcoming Referendum. Read it here.
Models considered include those used by Norway, Switzerland, Canada and Turkey.
Government Paper Rights and obligations of European Union membership
The 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.
Staff here at the EDC recently attended the EU referendum panel discussion event in the Kings Conference Centre entitled ‘The UK and Europe. In or Out?’ and found it a very good format for exploring and clarifying the issues around the referendum. In the first hour, each of the four panellists, after being introduced, gave a 15 minute speech on a particular aspect of the EU and the UK’s relationship with it. The entire second hour (and a little bit more) was devoted to questions from the audience.
This event was part of The UK in a Changing Europe Initiative which provides and promotes independent research into the complex subject. It is funded by the (ESRC), and based at Kings College, London. Their website has lots of useful facts and figures as well as discussion papers and analysis.
The 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.
*Please note – due to a high level of interest, this event is in the King’s College Conference Centre and not The Sir Duncan Rice Library as previously advertised*
On the 22nd March there will be an EU referendum panel discussion event in the 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:
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.
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.