Monthly Archives: March 2017

Donald Tusk on the next steps following the UK triggering Article 50

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Donald Tusk, The President of the Council of the European Union, has outlined the EU strategy for Brexit negotiations and argues for a “phased approach” enabling trade talks to start once “sufficient progress” is made on a separation settlement with the UK.

The guidelines have not been officially agreed yet but the BBC has obtained a copy of the draft guidelines which is available here.  The final guidelines are due to be adopted by the European Council on 29 April.

Following a meeting of European centre-right leaders in Malta, Donald Tusk has made further comments today.  See the press release here.

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Article 50 Triggered

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The UK Prime Minister, Theresa May, has now triggered Article 50, the formal notification that signals the beginning of the two-year period within which a withdrawal agreement will be negotiated between the UK and the European Union.

The full text of her letter to the President of the European Council, Donald Tusk, is available here.

The latest version of  “Brexit: a reading list of post-EU Referendum publications by Parliament and the Devolved Assemblies” compiled by the House of Commons Library is available here.

Also of interest may be a report commissioned by the Policy Department for Citizens’ Rights and Constitutional Affairs of the European Parliament’s Directorate-General for Internal Policies of the Union entitled  “The Brexit Negotiations: An Assessment Of The Legal, Political And Institutional Situation In The UK” available here.

60th anniversary of the signing of the Treaties of Rome

EU Flagkings shoppedTomorrow in Rome  EU leaders will celebrate 60 years since the signing of the Treaties of Rome, on the 25th of March 1957. This event is an opportunity for them to reflect on the EU’s achievements, celebrate the Union’s shared values, and look forward to the future of the EU with 27 Member States.

The European Political Strategy  Centre has produced  a publication called “The European Story 60 years of shared progress” to mark the anniversary. It is available here.

Here in Aberdeen to mark the occasion the University of Aberdeen is flying the EU flag and the Principal, Professor Sir  Ian Diamond, hopes “all colleagues will take a moment on the day to reflect on the nature and importance of a global university such as ours”.

Report: together in the EU

together-in-the-euRisk of school segregation, discrimination and restrictions to political participation can form insurmountable barriers to the integration of migrants in EU society, as a new report from the EU’s Fundamental Rights Agency (FRA) shows.

It examines integration strategies across the EU, providing clear evidence of the successes and failures of current policy and recommending changes in order to build a stronger and more cohesive Europe.

An accompanying infographic illustrates some of the main issues when it comes to integrating migrants and their descendants in the EU.

Justice for families, individuals and businesses

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A report by the EU Justice Sub-Committee of the House of Lords looks at the issues arising from the UK’s decision to leave the European Union, and, in particular, remove itself from the jurisdiction of the Court of Justice of the European Union, in relation to European cross border cases in such areas as:

  • Divorce
  • Disputed custody of children
  • A medical negligence claim;
  • Litigation arising out of a car accident abroad
  • Failure to perform a contract
  • An employment dispute

The current legal framework provides certainty about where such cases should be held and  for the automatic recognition and enforcement of judicial decisions and judgments throughout the EU. The report highlights concerns for families, individuals and businesses if  alternative adequate arrangements are not in place when the UK leaves the EU.

The full report is available here:

 

 

NATURE@work – photography competition

What does nature mean to you?  To highlight the important role nature plays in all our lives The European Environment Agency (EEA) is organising a photography competition ‘NATURE@work’, which invites you to capture how nature benefits you.

The  competition is open to all European citizens over the age of 18 and invites them to submit photographs that illustrate any of the following three themes:

  • NATURE provides:
  • NATURE protects:
  • NATURE inspires:

The winners in each category above will be awarded a cash prize. The closing date is 15th August 2017. Find out more here.

16 March: Facebook live discussion with Jyrki Katainen on the future of Europe

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Join the Jyrki Katainen – Vice-President for Jobs, Growth, Investment & Competitiveness – for a Facebook Live discussion on Thursday 16 March at 14h CET.

“We don’t want to dictate what is the #FutureOfEurope. We have to strengthen national ownership to the EU project.” – Jyrki Katainen

Start asking your questions about the Future of Europe, the #CircularEconomy, #investEU, #EUdefence and more.

Article 50 negotiations: Implications of ‘no deal’ – Report

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The European Union (Notification of Withdrawal) Bill has now completed its passage through both Houses of Parliament and, under Article 50(2) of the Treaty on European Union, gives the Prime Minister the power to notify the European Council of the UK’s intention to withdraw from the EU.  With Article 50, likely to be triggered by the end of the month, allowing negotiations to start, this report by the Foreign Affairs Committee of the House of Commons looks at what would happen in the event of no deal being reached.

Some of the implications discussed in the report are:

  • Disputes over the cost of exiting the EU
  •  Uncertainty for EU citizens in the UK and UK citizens in the EU
  • Trading on World Trade Organisation terms
  • The ‘regulatory gap’ and the limitations of the Great Repeal Bill
  • Uncertainty for UK participation in the EU’s common foreign and security policy
  • The sudden return of a ‘hard’ customs border between Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland

The full report is available here

More information about the European Union (Notification of Withdrawal) Bill is available here.

 

EPRS circular economy infographic

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Representation of a linear economy

The European Parliamentary Research Service (EPRS) has produced an interactive infographic to highlight the EU’s journey towards a circular economy and what that entails:

In a circular economy, products and the materials they contain are highly valued. This contrasts with the traditional, linear economic model, which is based on a “take-make-consume-throw away” pattern. – EPRS press release

Explore the concept of a circular economy with the animated infographic here.