Monthly Archives: November 2017

Public Consultation on Fake News

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The European Commission are holding a public consultation on fake news and online disinformation, with the objective being to
“help assess the effectiveness of current actions by market players and other stakeholders, the need for scaling them up and introducing new actions to address different types of fake news.”
There are two questionnaires, one for citizens and one for legal entities and journalists.  The consultation will run from 13 November 2017 until 23 February 2018. Check the page on Europa for more information and for links to the questionnaires.

Public Law Brexit Special Issue

Public law Brexit SpecialThe legal journal Public Law has produced a ‘Brexit Special Extra Issue’ featuring nine articles discussing the constitutional implications of the UK’s withdrawal from the European Union. This special issue is now available for reference in Taylor Library. The Library also has electronic access to Public Law through the Westlaw UK legal database. University of Aberdeen students and staff can access Westlaw UK via Primo.

In the news: The European Medicines Agency

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Yesterday it was announced that the European Medicines Agency will relocate from London to Amsterdam.  The EMA is an agency of the European Union and its role involves the scientific evaluation, supervision and safety monitoring of medicines for human and animal use as well as assisting national agencies authorise medicine sales within the EU single market.

The EMA has to relocate due to the UK decision to leave the EU and the UK Government’s desire to no longer be subject to the jurisdiction of the European Court of Justice.

EMA has been based in London, UK,  since it’s location was secured by John Major’s government in 1995, the year the Agency was established. It currently employs nearly 900 people with a further 36,000 scientists and regulators visiting each year.

A House of Commons Library Research Paper entitled Brexit and medicines regulation looks at how medicines are currently regulated in the UK, the role of the EMA and what the options are post Brexit.

 

In the news: Minimum Unit Pricing for Alcohol

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Today the UK Supreme Court has ruled that Scottish Government can set a minimum price for alcohol, rejecting a challenge by the Scotch Whisky Association and others that it did not comply with European Union law.  The judgment is available here.

In an attempt to reduce both the harm to health and the social consequences arising from the consumption of cheap high strength alcohol, the Scottish Parliament passed  The Alcohol (Minimum Pricing) (Scotland) Act 2012 . This has been the subject proceeding in the Scottish, European Union and United Kingdom courts since 2012.

Further background to the case is available from the UK Supreme Court here and from the Scottish Government here.

In the news: Gender equality

Did you know the average hourly pay of women in Europe is 16.3% lower than that of men?  The 3rd November was designated European Equal Pay Day this year to mark the moment when women effectively stop getting paid compared to their male colleagues, with almost two months of the year remaining.

Find out here how the UK gender pay gap compares to other European countries.

The European Solidarity Corps

 

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Are you looking for an opportunity to volunteer or work for a good cause and help make a difference?  Then why not have a look at the European Solidarity Corps, the European Union initiative which creates opportunities for young people from 18 to 30 to volunteer or work in projects in Europe?

A short guide is available from the European Documentation Centre in Taylor Library or online here.