As the last step towards the end of roaming charges by 15 June 2017, representatives of the European Parliament, the Council and the Commission have agreed on how to set the prices operators charge each other when their customers use other networks when roaming in the EU.
3.2 cents per minute of voice call, as of 15 June 2017
1 cent per SMS, as of 15 June 2017
They also agreed to a step-by-step reduction over five years for data caps, decreasing from €7.70 per GB (as of 15 June 2017) to €6 per GB (as of 1 January 2018), €4.50 per GB (as of 1 January 2019), €3.50 per GB (as of 1 January 2020), €3 per GB (as of 1 January 2021) and €2.50 per GB (as of 1 January 2022). The agreement is the final step to making “roam-like-at-home” work as of 15 June 2017, as foreseen in the Telecom Single Market (TSM) Regulation. It means that when travelling in the EU, consumers will be able to call, send SMS or surf on their mobile at the same price they pay at home. More information is available on the Commission’s Roaming website.
The EU Publications office has produced a special edition of their regular newsletter, focusing on human rights. Publications highlighted include The 2016 edition of The Book of Sakharov Prize Laureates, EU Action Plan on Human Rights and Democracy 2015-2019 and The Frozen Conflicts of the EU’s Eastern Neighbourhood and Their Impact on the Respect of Human Rights. Look at the full newsletter here (or click on the image to the right) from where you can link through to each publication page on the EU Bookshop.
FRA, the European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights, has published a handbook on access to justice which is now available in 22 EU languages. The handbook summarises key European legal principles in the area of access to justice, focusing on civil and criminal law. It is designed to serve as a practical guide for lawyers, judges and other legal practitioners involved in litigation in the EU, as well as for individuals who work for non-governmental organisations and other entities that deal with the administration of justice.
The Scottish Government has published a paper detailing “proposals to keep Scotland in the European Single Market, retain freedom of movement, and to equip the Scottish Parliament with the powers it needs to serve Scotland’s interests post-Brexit” as explained on the Scottish Government website. You can read the full paper in html or pdf formats by following the appropriate links on this page . There is a link to the pdf at the end of this post.
LIFE is the EU’s financial mechanism supporting environmental, nature conservation and climate action projects in the EU. The successful projects for last year fall into four categories. Click on the links below to find out more.
Last May’s European Youth Event (EYE2016) saw 7500 young people from all over Europe and beyond congregate at the European Parliament in Strasbourg to share and discuss ideas, driven by the motto “Together we can make a change”. Topics discussed ranged from space and innovation to climate change, migration and democracy.
Since then a team of young reporters have created a report highlighting 50 ideas for a better Europe. The report also contains interviews, infographics, a political commentary from the European Youth Forum and more. In addition to this there is the EYE2016 ideas tree, a separate document containing all the ideas written by the participants with a handy navigational graphic. Just click on any branch topic to jump to the idea.
French and Germanlanguage versions of the report are also available.
The UK and Ireland have unique historical, economic, cultural and social ties and indeed share a land border. How will Brexit impact on the Common Travel Area, on trade, on the border, on the peace process and on citizens rights? In a report published today The House of Lords European Committee looks at all these issues and calls on all parties to the forthcoming Brexit negotiations, to give:
Aberdeen University users can access this report as well as other UK Parliament, Scottish Parliament, Northern Ireland Assembly and the National Assembly for Wales publications on Public Information Online.
The EU Publications Office maintains a Summaries of EU Legislation page on the EUR-Lex site. It provides straight-forward and easily navigable explanations of the main aspects of EU legislation, policies and activities. Included in the 32 topics covered on the site are: agriculture, education, environment, human rights and justice. There is a search function allowing you to search within summaries. Currently there is a short user survey being run for those interested in providing some feedback.
This is what the Supreme Court will be considering today in a case expected to last 4 days. Follow it live here.
The case is about prerogative powers, defined by the High Court in the original case as “the residue of legal authority left in the hands of the Crown” however as the UK has a sovereign parliament it is argued that prerogative powers cannot be used to overrule legislation. The government argues, however, in does have the prerogative power to “make and unmake treaties” allowing it to launch the process without requiring an Act of Parliament.
The Scottish Government is also involved in this case. The Lord Advocate’s intervention proposes that triggering article 50 requires an Act of the UK Parliament and as a result requires a Legislative Consent Motion of the Scottish Parliament as matters devolved to them are involved.