Category Archives: EU

EESC traineeships

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.

The next application deadline is 31 March 2018.


University of Aberdeen Professor gives evidence to Scottish Parliament on Brexit

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Professor Paul Beaumont gave evidence on aspects of Private International Law with regards to Brexit at a meeting of the Scottish Parliament Justice Committee on 29th January 2018. The Committee was taking evidence on “Brexit and family law” and “Brexit and civil, commercial and consumer law.

University of Aberdeen staff and students can read what Professor Beaumont and the other contributors had to say in the report of the meeting through Public Information Online accessed through the “find databases” tab on  Primo or from the Scottish Parliament website.


Brexit and Ireland


Interested in how Brexit will impact Ireland?  Then some recent publications available through the EU Bookshop maybe of interest.

UK withdrawal (“Brexit”) and the Good Friday Agreement

Brexit and Ireland: Legal political and economic considerations

The impact and consequences of Brexit on Northern Ireland

The EU Bookshop is an online bookshop, library and archive of publications from the EU institutions and agencies going back to 1952 and includes work produced jointly with partner institutions.  Most publications can be downloaded in pdf format free of charge.

Aberdeen University users can also find EU Bookshop material using the ‘All Collections’ tab in Primo.  Any EU Bookshop items that appear in your search results can be accessed by clicking the title, which will take you straight through to the Bookshop itself, where you can download a pdf of your document.

Consultation on Future European Research and Innovation Policy

The University will be hosting a Consultation on Future European Research and Innovation Policy later this month. The workshop aims to discuss recommendations for the contents and structure of the 9th European Research and Innovation Framework Programme (the successor to Horizon 2020).

In particular, this event will provide a forum to:

  • Share your vision and hear from others about what should be prioritised in the next Framework Programme
  • Learn about Scotland’s current policy priorities
  • Engage with the European Commission about the upcoming consultations
  • Learn about the benefits of the current Framework Programme directly from successful applicants

Participation in the consultation process provides the opportunity to contribute to the development of the next European Research and Innovation Programmes (FP9). This will increase the likelihood that the programme will continue to provide suitable opportunities to access European networks. To register for the event, use this link.


Information source: University of Aberdeen Communications

Public Law Brexit Special Issue

Public law Brexit SpecialThe legal journal Public Law has produced a ‘Brexit Special Extra Issue’ featuring nine articles discussing the constitutional implications of the UK’s withdrawal from the European Union. This special issue is now available for reference in Taylor Library. The Library also has electronic access to Public Law through the Westlaw UK legal database. University of Aberdeen students and staff can access Westlaw UK via Primo.

In the news: Gender equality

Did you know the average hourly pay of women in Europe is 16.3% lower than that of men?  The 3rd November was designated European Equal Pay Day this year to mark the moment when women effectively stop getting paid compared to their male colleagues, with almost two months of the year remaining.

Find out here how the UK gender pay gap compares to other European countries.

‘Reflections on Terrorism in the UK’ – upcoming panel discussion event


The European Law Students’ Association (ELSA) Aberdeen will host a panel discussion event tomorrow (26/10/17) on the topic of ‘Terrorism in the UK’. The event will be held in New Kings (NK6) at 7pm and entrance is free. for more information and to note your interest, visit the ELSA Aberdeen Facebook page.

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.

European Cyber security month

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Cyber security is a shared responsibility!

The EU’s annual awareness campaign on cyber security is taking place this month with the aim of raising awareness of cyber security threats and promoting cyber security.

Find out more on the ECSM website  and then test your knowledge in the quiz.

Further information about the European Commission’s response to cyber attacks, including links to legislation, reports and factsheets, is available here.

Research briefings on Brexit

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The Libraries of the House of Commons and House of Lords and the Parliamentary Office of Science and Technology (POST) produce research briefings on a wide range of issues. Intended to aid the work of members of the Houses of Parliament by providing relevant background material they are also useful to anyone starting to research a current topic.

Recent titles on how leaving the EU will affect different policy areas in the UK include:

Importance of trade with the EU for UK industries: Examines the importance of trade with the EU for the sectors and industries of the UK economy.

Employment of other EU nationals in the UK: Provides statistics on nationals of other EU countries working in the UK.

Brexit: the July negotiations: What happened at the second round of Brexit negotiations?

Brexit negotiations: The Irish border question: One of the three main areas of discussion in the first phase of Brexit negotiations.

Some titles that have recently been updated include:

Brexit: a reading list of post-EU Referendum publications by Parliament and the Devolved Assemblies (updated 8 August 2017) briefing and reports from the UK, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.

The UK’s contribution to the EU budget. (updated 31 July 2017):  how the UK contributes and how much it receives back.

Brexit: the exit bill (updated 31 July 2017): the issues related to the UK’s financial contribution to the EU after Brexit.

Brexit and data protection (updated 27 July 2017): reforms of EU data protection law and what might happen after Brexit.