Do you know that since April this year you can access digital services you have paid for in the EU country in which you reside when you are on holiday in another EU country? So this summer you can view films, catch up with a series, enjoy watching sports events, read eBooks, play video games and listen to music you subscribed to at home without the frustration of your services being blocked or costing extra.
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.
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.
An e-learning module is available to help you use and get the most out of EUR-Lex.
The module, which takes two hours to complete, can be done as a whole or you can select only the sections that are relevant to you. The module looks at:
- finding EU law through ‘Quick search’, ‘Advanced search’ and ‘Find results by’ search options on the EUR-Lex homepage
- discovering ways to edit and refine your searches
- accessing documents in multiple languages, and finding legal information about documents and legislative procedures
- accessing the Official Journal, preparatory acts and EU case-law
- understanding EUR-Lex’s content and structure, including how to form CELEX numbers
- browsing EU law through the directories of legislation and EuroVoc
- pointing out the advantages of being a EUR-Lex registered user.
Still having difficulty with EUR-Lex come and see us in the Taylor Library.
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.
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
Where do eggs come from? Bells? Rabbits? Find out this and more with this new video from EuroparlTV:
Happy Easter from Taylor Library and EDC!
Tomorrow (Friday 31st March 2017) the Aberdeen law project will hold a seminar to discuss Brexit and how it will affect smaller organisations and charities. There will be a Q & A session with lecturer Dr. Justin Borg-Barthet.
If you would like to attend, email email@example.com with the number of people and any advance questions you wish to put to Dr Borg-Barthet.
The event will run from 4pm – 5:30pm and will be held in New Kings Room 1.
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.
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.
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.