Category Archives: EU Legislation

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.

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Data Roaming Charges Abolished in the EU

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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

 

EUR-Lex February 2017 newsletter

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The latest edition of the EUR-Lex Newsletter is available now. This issue contains information on the new version of EUR-Lex which went live in January this year . In addition it contains information on the new package on Migration and Security as well as the #EURLextip.

If you’d like to subscribe to the newsletter and receive each issue by email, there is a subscription link within the document.

EUR-Lex have a YouTube channel with several tutorial videos. See playlist below.

Brexit: Environment and Climate Change

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Earlier this week the House of Lords EU Energy and Environment Sub-Committee published its report on Brexit: environment and climate change recommending key actions to ensure the environment is as well protected post Brexit as it is now.

The report discusses how policies and standards relating  to the environment and climate change are deeply embedded in EU Law and points out the complexity and scale of the task ahead.

Aberdeen University staff and students can access the full report on Public Information Online here.

Summaries of EU Legislation

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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.

The library documentation team and the EDC have produced a short information guide to EUR-Lex.

Using EUR-Lex – help is available

EUR-Lex is the official EU database for accessing  EU law.   It is available in 24 languages and includes treaties, legislation, international agreements, preparatory acts,  case law and parliamentary questions. It also gives access to the Official Journal of the European Union.

Help on using the different search options and features on EUR-Lex is available by watching these informative online tutorials.  We have also produced our own guide.

However if you are just looking for someplace where EU is explained for a general audience in a concise and jargon-free language a good place to start is here.

Here is an example of one of the online tutorials.  Why not have a look.

Law Making in the EU

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Here is a short video from the European Parliament explaining how EU laws are made using the ordinary legislative procedure. This procedure, used in 80% of cases, gives equal power to the EU Council representing the member states and the European Parliament representing European citizens.