It 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.
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Applications have opened for paid traineeships for University graduates at the European Parliament starting on the 1st of March 2017and lasting 5 months. Applications must be submitted by the 15th of October.
The Parliament also offers specialised traineeships for journalists and translators.
A study entitled ‘The Evidentiary Effects of Authentic Acts in the Member States of the European Union, in the Context of Successions’, has been published online by the European Parliament.
The paper is the outcome of a European Parliament funded project undertaken by University of Aberdeen Law School staff Members Prof. Paul Beaumont, Dr. Jonathan Fitchen and Jayne Holliday LLM. It is one of three ongoing projects of the Centre for Private International Law.
A discussion of the study will take place in Brussels in December 2016 with Dr. Jonathan Fitchen in attendance.
For more background information have a look here, and the study itself is available to read here.
The draft EU deal proposed by Donald Tusk, President of the European Council, is an effort to address all of the concerns raised by David Cameron regarding the UK’s place in the European Union, ahead of the coming referendum. You can read the full text of Tusk’s letter to European Council members, outlining the proposed deal, here. You can also find links to the various draft decisions, statements and declarations that make up the deal as it currently stands.
Applications are now open for paid traineeships of five months with the European Commission (or some executive bodies and agencies of the European Institutions like, for instance, the European External Action Service or Executive Agency for Competitiveness and Innovation), starting on 1 October. Successful applicants will receive a monthly grant of around €1,120 and reimbursement of travel expenses. Accident and health insurance can also be provided. Every year, there are about 1,300 places available, which provide selected candidates with hands-on experience in an international and multicultural environment, thus enriching their career prospects. Applications must be submitted online by noon (Brussels time), 29 January 2016.
The European Commission Library is a primary source of information on EU policies, history and integration. Although mainly used by staff working in EU institutions, university students and researchers can use it too. Both the library’s print and online material are catalogued.
Find-eRis primarily of use to university users as a way to identify useful sources, however, some of the online publications are freely available. In addition, in some instances, it may be possible to borrow print material as an inter-library loan through the European Documentation Centre in Taylor Library.