Monthly Archives: August 2017

Fundamental Rights Report 2017

The European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights published its report for 2017 earlier this year. This coincides with the Agency’s 10th Anniversary.

The EU’s commitment to fundamental rights has grown tremendously during the past decade, but recent developments underscore how quickly progress can be undone. Across the EU, the fundamental rights system is increasingly under attack – dismissed as political correctness gone awry, as benefitting only select individuals, or as hampering swift responses to urgent challenges. This year’s focus section further explores these issues, providing a thorough review of the past decade’s highlights and persisting shortfalls.

The report is available online or call into the European Documentation Centre in Taylor Library for a free copy of the report.

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Roaming in the EU photo competition

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There is still time to enter the Roaming in the EU competition as the entries can be submitted until the 15th of September.

The competition, to highlight the ending of mobile phone roaming charges in the EU in June, invites you to submit a photo showing how you use mobile phone or tablet while travelling in the EU. Three winners will each get two Interrail tickets for a train journey across Europe. Details of the competition are available here.

 

Brexit negotiations

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The European Commission has published documents and position papers on a wide variety of topics since the start of the Article 50 negotiations with the United Kingdom as part of their approach to transparency.

These include:

A full list is available here.

The UK government department responsible for overseeing negotiations for the UK to leave the EU, the Department for Exiting the European Union, has published various position papers including:

A full list of publications is available here.

Consultation on EU (Withdrawal) Bill

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The Scottish Parliament’s Finance and Constitution Committee is calling for views on the impact of the European Union Withdrawal Bill on the devolution settlement.

The committee will consider the Bill, as well as the expected legislative consent memorandum, after the summer recess. The closing date for responses is Friday, 29 September 2017.

(This item originally appeared in the Swop Forum, the blog from the Scottish Working Forum on Official Publications)

 

 

Travelling with a pet in Europe

Travelling with a pet in the EU is easy, as the EuroparlTV video below illustrates. Following the dramatic advances made in the fight against rabies and the adoption of harmonised rules on travelling with animals your pet can enjoy freedom of movement too!  Your pet just needs an EU pet passport, a microchip for identification and to have been vaccinated against rabies. Happy travels!

 

 

Research briefings on Brexit

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The Libraries of the House of Commons and House of Lords and the Parliamentary Office of Science and Technology (POST) produce research briefings on a wide range of issues. Intended to aid the work of members of the Houses of Parliament by providing relevant background material they are also useful to anyone starting to research a current topic.

Recent titles on how leaving the EU will affect different policy areas in the UK include:

Importance of trade with the EU for UK industries: Examines the importance of trade with the EU for the sectors and industries of the UK economy.

Employment of other EU nationals in the UK: Provides statistics on nationals of other EU countries working in the UK.

Brexit: the July negotiations: What happened at the second round of Brexit negotiations?

Brexit negotiations: The Irish border question: One of the three main areas of discussion in the first phase of Brexit negotiations.

Some titles that have recently been updated include:

Brexit: a reading list of post-EU Referendum publications by Parliament and the Devolved Assemblies (updated 8 August 2017) briefing and reports from the UK, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.

The UK’s contribution to the EU budget. (updated 31 July 2017):  how the UK contributes and how much it receives back.

Brexit: the exit bill (updated 31 July 2017): the issues related to the UK’s financial contribution to the EU after Brexit.

Brexit and data protection (updated 27 July 2017): reforms of EU data protection law and what might happen after Brexit.

Eur-Lex Newsletter

eurlexThe latest edition of the EUR-Lex newsletter is now available.  The August edition highlights some improvements made to the site e.g. legislation results lists now include ‘No longer in force’ and ‘Not yet in force’, in addition to ‘In force’, clarifying the legal status of the documents concerned.  They are colour-coded: green – in force; yellow – not yet in force and red – no longer in force.

To keep up-to-date with changes to EUR-Lex you can subscribe to the newsletter. In addition short video tutorials for EUR-Lex are available here.  We have also produced our own short guide.

 

#BeActive Challenge

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Why not get involved in the #BeActive challenge by posting photos or videos of yourself running, skipping, jumping or anything else in between on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter using the #BeActive hashtag for your chance to win prizes? There will be one winner chosen every week between now and the 23rd of September.  More information and the entry form is available here.

This is part of the European Week of Sport  (23rd-30th September 2017) to promote sport and physical activity across Europe.

 

 

 

Travelling in Europe this summer?

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Why not have a look at the holiday-themed August edition of the EU Publications Office Newsletter. The selection of titles include practical tips for anyone travelling in Europe as well as information on EU consumer and passenger rights. Other topics featured are the European Health Insurance Card (EHIC), road safety and bathing water quality.

Call into the European Documentation Centre in Taylor Library for a free copy of the leaflets on the European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) and Travelling in Europe 2017-18.

Eurostat launches new section on economic globalisation

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Eurostat, the statistical office of the European Union, has launched a new section on its website dealing with economic globalisation.

“This dedicated section aims at satisfying the need for information on economic globalisation from the point of view of business statistics and macroeconomic statistics by providing background information, concepts and definitions, statistics, and their proper use, presentation and interpretation”.

Check it out here.