The European Parliamentary Research Service has produced an introduction to EU funding opportunities for regional and local authorities, NGOs, businesses, professionals and citizens. The Guide to EU Funding 2014-2020 is available here and will be updated regularly.
In addition a brief Beginners’ guide to EU funding is available in the EDC in Taylor Library.
The Government has stated in the Explanatory Notes, prepared by the Department for Exiting the European Union, for the European Union Notification of Withdrawal Bill that leaving the EU also means leaving the European Atomic Energy Community (Euratom). The House of House Library has produced a briefing paper examining what Euratom does and the possible implications of leaving for the future of the nuclear industry and nuclear research in the UK. It also looks at the attempts to amend the Bill as it relates to Euratom. You can access the briefing paper here.
A new feature on EUR-Lex will be of interest to anyone following an EU legislative procedure closely. There is a now an option in “My EUR-Lex account” enabling you to follow legislative procedures via RSS. Just click on the “Follow this procedure” button in the “procedure view” to create a custom RSS feed that will alert you whenever a new event has been added.
EUR-Lex accounts are free and easy to set up. Just click on the “Register” button on the top right of the Eur-Lex homepage.
Find out more about RSS feeds on EUR-Lex here or have a look at this short tutorial, but keep in mind that it was produced before the new feature was added.
Europeans will soon be able to fully use their online subscriptions to films, sports events, e-books, video games or music services when travelling within the EU, following an agreement reached by negotiators from the European Parliament, Member States and the European Commission. This is the first step in the modernisation of EU copyright rules proposed by the Commission in its Digital Single Market strategy.
The future regulation will enable consumers to access their online content services when they travel in the EU the same way they access them at home. The new rules will become applicable in all EU Member States by the beginning of 2018, giving the providers nine months to prepare for the application of the new rules.
A factsheet and leaflet on the portability of online content services are available.
If you are interested in how EU environmental policies and laws are put into practice across Europe and seeing where there are implementation gaps, you may wish to have a look at the European Commission’s new tool to improve implementation of EU environmental law called The Environmental Implementation Review.
While the review shows that that environmental policies in general work, it identifies the most pressing implementation gaps across EU Member States are in waste management, nature and biodiversity, air quality, noise and water quality.
Country reports are available showing national strengths, opportunities and weaknesses. Summary national factsheets are also available for each Member State. The one for the UK is available here
The European Commission has produced this short video below.
As the last step towards the end of roaming charges by 15 June 2017, representatives of the European Parliament, the Council and the Commission have agreed on how to set the prices operators charge each other when their customers use other networks when roaming in the EU.
3.2 cents per minute of voice call, as of 15 June 2017
1 cent per SMS, as of 15 June 2017
They also agreed to a step-by-step reduction over five years for data caps, decreasing from €7.70 per GB (as of 15 June 2017) to €6 per GB (as of 1 January 2018), €4.50 per GB (as of 1 January 2019), €3.50 per GB (as of 1 January 2020), €3 per GB (as of 1 January 2021) and €2.50 per GB (as of 1 January 2022). The agreement is the final step to making “roam-like-at-home” work as of 15 June 2017, as foreseen in the Telecom Single Market (TSM) Regulation. It means that when travelling in the EU, consumers will be able to call, send SMS or surf on their mobile at the same price they pay at home. More information is available on the Commission’s Roaming website.