The August edition of the European Commission Publications Office Newsletter puts a spotlight on holidays in Europe:
August is the peak holiday month for people living in the EU. According to data from recent years, more than three out of four outbound trips from the EU have a main destination in another EU Member State.It appears Europe is an attractive destination for its residents and there are good reasons, other than proximity, for that. Europe offers to travellers a vast diversity of landscapes, traditions, lifestyles, cultural points of interest and historical and natural monuments to explore. Thanks to the EU, enjoying all this diversity within its Member States has become quite seamless and much easier.The days of long queues and delays at the borders are long gone but this is far from being the only thing. Travellers throughout the EU enjoy enhanced and consistent consumer and passenger rights;EU citizens can drive their vehicles, enjoy their insurance coverage, use their mobile phones and enjoy a number of other benefits throughout the EU at no extra cost. And, perish the thought, in case of an emergency they have a single European emergency phone number, available everywhere in the EU, to call free of charge: 112.In this holiday-themed edition of the Publications Office newsletter you will find useful general and legal publications of interest to any holiday maker in Europe. As always, you will also find a selection of some of the most interesting EU publications on several other topics, including research.
- Travelling in Europe 2018-2019
- Travel tips
- European bathing water quality in 2017
- The European Atlas of the Sea
- The future’s bright, the future’s big data (research*eu)
- Large carnivore management plans of protection
The June edition of the European Commission Publications Office Newsletter puts a spotlight on the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR):
With the global population of internet users exceeding 4 billion, the increasing number of data leak and data abuse incidences is worrisome and should not be taken lightly. The European Commission is actively driving increased standards for data protection, a fundamental right of citizens. The general data protection regulation (GDPR), which entered into effect on the 25 May 2018, represents the most comprehensive reform in the field of privacy and data protection since the dawn of the internet. Setting data-protection standards that are now becoming global, it is the result of long preparation and debate among stakeholders and represents a major achievement. By setting a modern context for the protection of data, GDPR increases the trust of individuals in the digital world. The new framework, therefore, benefits not only citizens but also businesses. Find out more about the GDPR in this newsletter!
Other new publications highlighted in the newsletter include:
- A Digital Single Market for the benefit of all Europeans
- The (ir-)revocability of the withdrawal notification under Article 50 TEU
For information on accessing these and other European Commission publications please feel free to contact the European Documentation Centre.
Since the 31st March 2018, a requirement for eCall devices to be fitted in all new cars sold in the EU has come in to effect. The devices automatically contact rescue services in the event of a road accident, relaying the time and location of the crash. This new requirement is a measure designed to reduce the response times of emergency services.
To address concerns about privacy in relation to compulsory tracking devices, the European Commission have released a disclaimer.
Please be aware that due to the adverse weather conditions, The Sir Duncan Rice Library, Taylor Library and Medical Library will all be closing at 5pm today.
*The Macrobert Building will be open as normal for anyone wishing to study on campus after 5pm*
The latest brochure from Eurostat is a useful foot in the door to what they have to offer. Check it out on the EU Publications site and explore the vast range of European statistical information they provide.
Some of the topics they cover include:
- Economy and finance
- Population and social conditions
- Science, technology and digital society
- Energy and environment
- …and much more
The University will be hosting a Consultation on Future European Research and Innovation Policy later this month. The workshop aims to discuss recommendations for the contents and structure of the 9th European Research and Innovation Framework Programme (the successor to Horizon 2020).
In particular, this event will provide a forum to:
- Share your vision and hear from others about what should be prioritised in the next Framework Programme
- Learn about Scotland’s current policy priorities
- Engage with the European Commission about the upcoming consultations
- Learn about the benefits of the current Framework Programme directly from successful applicants
Participation in the consultation process provides the opportunity to contribute to the development of the next European Research and Innovation Programmes (FP9). This will increase the likelihood that the programme will continue to provide suitable opportunities to access European networks. To register for the event, use this link.
Information source: University of Aberdeen Communications
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.
The 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.
The European Law Students’ Association (ELSA) Aberdeen will host a panel discussion event tomorrow (26/10/17) on the topic of ‘Terrorism in the UK’. The event will be held in New Kings (NK6) at 7pm and entrance is free. for more information and to note your interest, visit the ELSA Aberdeen Facebook page.