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Public Consultation on Fake News

Fake News (Puck)
© Stuart Rankin. Licensed for reuse under this Creative Commons Licence.

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.

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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.

‘Reflections on Terrorism in the UK’ – upcoming panel discussion event

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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.

EU Renewable Energy Post 2020 – Discussion Event

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A discussion event will take place in the Sir Duncan Rice Library this month entitled EU Renewable Energy Post 2020 – Can We Promote Renewable Energy In Europe Without Binding Targets?

Speakers include Olivia Woolley (School of Law University of Aberdeen) and Morag McCorkindale (Aberdeen Renewable Energy Group (AREG))

Here’s an excerpt from the description on the Facebook event page:

Currently, under the 2009 Renewable Energy Directive, EU Member States have binding targets to meet for renewable energy development. These targets expire in 2020, and any further policy framework is non-binding as of now. The past experience with non-binding renewable energy targets (2001 Renewable Electricity Directive) has demonstrated limited effectiveness. However, the binding targets form renewables may hamper other low-carbon energy developments, such as nuclear energy or CCS (carbon capture and storage).

The event will be held on Wednesday 25th October in the Sir Duncan Rice Library at the University of Aberdeen from 5pm – 7pm.

The event is free but booking is advised to avoid disappointment.

Explorathon 2017

Explorathon 2017

Explorathon returns to Aberdeen for the fourth time this Friday (29th September). A variety of events will take place in venues around the city, including:

  • A screening of the classic Arnold Schwartzenegger film Total Recall preceded by a talk on psychiatric controversies
  • A discussion on the real science and history behind Game of Thrones with comedian Helen Keen
  • A talk on how crude oil is turned in to plastic bags
  • An exploration of the importance of Aberdeen Bay for community well-being
  • and much more!

To view a complete list of what’s going on, have a look at the programme of events.

Explorathon is funded by the European Commission under the Marie Sklodowska-Curie Actions Programme

Passenger rights in the EU

Cancelled flights
© Copyright Sean O’Neill and licensed for reuse under this Creative Commons Licence.

Delays and cancellations while travelling are always frustrating, but what can passengers do when it happens? The European Parliament has produced https://yt.europarltv.europa.eu/embed.min.html?id=6089&lang=en“>this video to explain passenger rights.

There is also the very handy “Your Passenger Rights” app – available on Android, iOS (iPhone and iPad) and Windows Phone – for easy access to the right information when you’re in the thick of things. Download here or from your devices app store.

New EU Parliament video: Combatting planned obsolescence

obsolescenceIt is a sad fact that many technological items are manufactured to have deliberately limited life spans in order to force consumers to replace products more regularly. To combat this, the European Parliament wants to set minimum resistance criteria for products so that consumers can have a better idea of how durable the item is. If products are built with better quality components that aren’t completely sealed in they will last longer and be more easily repairable. Over three-quarters of EU consumers would prefer to fix broken products than buy new ones, so the will is there. Have a look at this EuroparlTV video to find out more about the issue.

 

Data Roaming Charges Abolished in the EU

Roaming factsheet detail
Factsheet detail © European Commission

As of today, (15th June 2017) data roaming charges for all travellers in the European Union have been abolished, as part of the wider project to create a Digital Single Market. The European Commission has produced a couple of useful factsheets (see links at bottom of article) on what this entails. However, as this BBC article explains, customers are still liable for extra charges if they exceed their contractually agreed data usage limits.

As the BBC article also points out, once article 50 has been fully implemented, it will be the up to a future UK Government to decide as to whether the UK adopts these pricing restrictions or not.

Roaming factsheet: TechnicalroamingfactsheetEN

Roam Like at Home FAQs: RoamLikeatHomeEN

 

University offers Brexit Clinics to EU staff

blurr flagAll EU members of staff at the University (and members of staff with EU dependants) are being offered an appointment to discuss issues and concerns about the effect of Brexit.

The clinics will take place on 26th April and 4th May 2017, in the Room 120 of University Office.

To arrange an appointment contact sacha.nicol@abdn.ac.uk