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.
Do you need to find and reuse EU Data for your research?
The EU Open Data Portal is free and offers a single point of access to a wide range of data held by EU Institutions and bodies. Generally you can reuse the data free of charge, for commercial or non-commercial purposes, provided you acknowledge the source.
One of the advantages of this portal is that it enables you to link data from various sources automatically that can then be used in a new and creative way.
So to find out more about searching, reusing and linking EU data have a look at a new guide entitled Discover the EU Open Data Portalor check out this short tutorial.
The European Court of Auditors (ECA), based in Luxembourg, audits the European Union’s finances. The ECA offers both paid and unpaid traineeships lasting from three to five months. Those interested can now apply for traineeships starting in September. For traineeships that begin on:
1 September 2018, applications may be submitted from 1 April–31 May 2018
1 February 2019, applications may be submitted from 1 September–31 October 2018
1 May 2019, applications may be submitted from 1 December 2018-31 January 2019.
Further details and eligibility criteria are available here.
Do you need surveys of public opinion for your research? Have you heard of Eurobarometer? It is a series of surveys done across Europe for the European Commission covering attitudes towards the EU, social conditions, health, the economy, citizenship, the environment, IT, security and more. The surveys have been conducted since 1973.
The Standard Eurobarometer is designed to compare and gauge trends over time by keeping the bulk of the survey the same. These surveys are undertaken twice a year.
Special Eurobarometer surveys investigate attitudes to a wide range of topics. Recent survey have been on attitudes to sport and physical activity and Europeans, Agriculture and the CAP
Flash Eurobarometer surveys are ad-hoc telephone interviews conducted at the request of any part of the European Commission. These produce results fairly quickly and focus on specific groups. Recent surveys have included fake news and disinformation online and SMEs, resource efficiency and green markets.
Did you know that you will soon be able to access films, TV series and sports events you have subscribed to while travelling in other EU countries?
An EU regulation on cross-border portability of online content services in the internal market is going to apply from 1 April 2018 enabling anyone who has bought or subscribed to films, TV series, sports broadcasts, online games or e-books in the EU country they live in to access them when travelling across the EU. Further information is available here.
The Draft Agreement on the withdrawal of the United Kingdom and Northern Ireland from the European Union and Euratom is available in a coloured coded version, highlighting both where progress has been made and areas still to be agreed.
If you are following the withdrawl process you can find other relevant documents here.
Publications from the UK Department for Exiting the European Union are available here.
The Scottish Centre on European Relations, an independent and unaligned EU think tank, is holding this event in Dundee on Tuesday, the 27th of March. Further information, including how to register for this evening panel discussion, is available here.
EUR-Lex is the official database for accessing EU law. Free to use, it is available in 24 languages and includes treaties, legislation, international agreements, preparatory acts, case law and parliamentary questions. It gives direct access to the Official Journal of the European Union.
Twice a year, the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) offers traineeships for a period of five months to university graduates who are nationals of EU Member States, as well as to a number of university graduates from non-EU countries. (long-term traineeship).
In addition, the EESC can offer short, unpaid traineeships from one to three months to university graduates or university students who are required to complete their degree by undertaking a period of in-service training (short-term traineeship).
Further information is available here. The various traineeship options are also explained in the video below.