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 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.
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.
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!
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:
The 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 The August edition highlights some improvements made to the site e.g. legislation results lists now include ‘No longer in force’ and ‘Not yet in force’, in addition to ‘In force’, clarifying the legal status of the documents concerned. They are colour-coded: green – in force; yellow – not yet in force and red – no longer in force.
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.
Eurostat, the statistical office of the European Union, has launched a new section on its website dealing witheconomic 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”.