Category Archives: EU

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

 

Travelling in Europe 2017-18

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Travelling in Europe, a leaflet published by the EU,  has now been updated for 2017-18. It contains lots of useful, practical information about travelling in the EU and includes a fold-out map of the continent.

Topics covered include:

  • Accessing healthcare
  • Driving
  • Money
  • Passenger rights
  • Pet passports
  • Using mobile phones
  • Schengen rules
  • Shopping
  • and much more…

You can download a free copy from the EU Bookshop or come and pick one up from the EDC in Taylor Library.

 

European Investigation Order

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The European Investigation Order in criminal matters which came in to force on the 22nd of May will simplify the work of judicial authorities when they request evidence located in another EU country. This new system allows EU countries to obtain evidence in other EU countries, for criminal cases that involve more than one country.

“Criminals and terrorists know no borders. Equipping judicial authorities with the European Investigation Order will help them cooperate effectively to fight organised crime, terrorism, drug trafficking and corruption. It will give judicial authorities access to evidence quickly wherever it is in the EU. I call on all Member States to implement it as quickly as possible to improve our common fight against crime and terrorism. In June we will also discuss with Member States solutions to facilitate the collection and exchange of e-evidence. It is time to fully modernise the tools available to judicial authorities to conduct investigations.”

More information is available here

 

University offers additional Brexit clinics to EU Staff

blurr flagAll EU members of staff and members of staff with EU dependants at the University of Aberdeen are being offered an appointment with consultants from a law firm.

These additional clinics will take place on the 1st and 8th June 2017.

Further information for staff is available here

 

 

Public Meeting: Brexit: What next for the UK and Scotland?

brexitstarsThis meeting presents a chance to find out more about the issues at stake and what the options are.  There will be short presentations by specialists on Europe, followed by an open discussion.

This event involving the University of the Highlands and Islands, the Centre on Constitutional Change, the European Commission Representation in Scotland & the UK in a Changing Europe will take place at the University of the Highlands and Islands, Executive Office, Ness Walk, Inverness on Wednesday 31st May 2017 – 10:30 am – 12:30pm.

More information on this free event, including how to register, is available here.

For those not able to attend there will be a video conference link available. Please contact iona.macdonald@uhi.ac.uk as soon as possible and at the very latest 48 hours before the event.

 

 

 

European Year of Cultural Heritage

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2018 is to be designated the European Year of Cultural Heritage. Find out more here or have a look at the video below.

“Our cultural heritage is more than the memory of our past; it is the key to our future. A European Year of Cultural Heritage will be an opportunity to raise awareness of the social and economic importance of cultural heritage and to promote European excellence in the sector.”

Scotland and Brexit

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Two recent reports may be of interest:

A research paper entitled The Impact of the United Kingdom’s withdrawal from the European Union on Scotland, Wales and Gibraltar  has been produced at the request of the European Parliament’s Committee on Constitutional Affairs.  It looks at the economic and political implications of Brexit  and at the possible return of  ‘Europeanised’ competencies to  devolved administrations. The paper also considers how Brexit might affect their future relationships within the UK and externally with the EU.

The Scottish Parliament’s SPICe briefing paper: The White Paper on the Great Repeal Bill – Impact on Scotland  looks at how the provisions proposed in the UK Government White Paper  “Legislating for the United Kingdom’s withdrawal from the European Union” may affect Scotland.

As regular readers will know, SPICe also provides a weekly update on the current developments on the United Kingdom’s decision to leave the European Union.  The latest bulletin is available here.

 

 

EU Prize for Literature

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The EU Prize for Literature (EUPL) recognises outstanding new emerging literary talents across Europe, and aims to highlight the wealth of contemporary European literature while drawing attention to Europe’s unique cultural and linguistic heritage.

 

 

 

The winners of the 2017 prize were announced last month and are:

If you are interested you can read excerpts from the winning books both in their original languages and in English or French translations.  A pdf copy is available here.

This year’s winners will receive their awards at a public awards ceremony  in Brussels on 23 May.  The European Prize for Literature is financed under the Creative Europe Programme

 

EU institutions recruiting over 100 new graduates for administrator roles

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The EU institutions are currently recruiting new graduates for over 100 graduate administrator roles.  Those about to graduate can also apply.

Further information is available here.