Category Archives: Europe Direct Aberdeen

International Women’s Day: Event in Aberdeen

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Europe Direct Aberdeen, in association with the European Parliament Information Office in Edinburgh,  will host a panel discussion on gender based violence and consent to mark International Women’s Day.  It will focus on the roles individuals, society and popular culture can play in combating attitudes both about consent and gender based violence.

The panel is made up of speakers from Rape Crisis Grampian, Stella’s Voice and the University of Aberdeen.

This free event will take place at Aberdeen Central Library on the 8th of March at 6pm. Booking is essential and can be done from here.

 

Reminder: Public Meeting-Brexit: What Next for the UK and Scotland?

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Just a quick reminder about the public meeting taking place on Thursday the 9th of February at Aberdeen Central Library to discuss what the issues and options are for both Scotland and the UK.

The event is jointly organised by the Centre on Constitutional Change and Europe Direct Aberdeen.

University of Aberdeen Vice-Principle, Margaret Ross, will chair the event. The speakers are:

Professor Paul Beaumont, University of Aberdeen – What Are the Options for Brexit?
Professor Claire Wallace, University of Aberdeen – Migration and Freedom of Movement
Professor Michael Keating  – Options for Scotland
James Bream, Grampian Chamber of Commerce  – What Does Brexit Mean for Business in North East Scotland.

The event itself will run from 6pm – 8pm and coffee and tea will be available from 5:30pm.

For more information and to register for this free event, go to the Eventbrite page.

Public Meeting-Brexit: What Next for the UK and Scotland?

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On Thursday 9th February there will be a public meeting in Aberdeen Central Library to discuss what is at stake and what the options are for Scotland.

The event is jointly organised by the Centre on Constitutional Change and Europe Direct Information Centre Aberdeen

University of Aberdeen Vice-Principle Margaret Ross will chair the event and the speakers and their specific topics will be as follows:

Professor Paul Beaumont, University of Aberdeen – What Are the Options for Brexit?
Professor Claire Wallace, University of Aberdeen – Migration and Freedom of Movement
Professor Michael Keating  – Options for Scotland
James Bream, Grampian Chamber of Commerce  – What Does Brexit Mean for Business in North East Scotland

The event itself will run from 6pm – 8pm and coffee and tea will be available from 5:30pm.

For more information and to register for this free event, go to the Eventbrite page.

EDIC and ELSA’s ‘EU as a Global Actor’ Event a Success

Draft poster_EDIC_Eu Global ActorTuesday’s Discussion on the Role of EU sanctions was attended by 37 students of both Law and International Relations. The panellists were: Anthonius W. de Vries (a former sanctions coordinator at the European Commission), Professor Michael Smith – (a Politics and IR lecturer here at Aberdeen), and Dr. Paul James Cardwell (from the University of Sheffield).

Daria Shapovalova, Europe Direct Assistant and research postgraduate student here at Aberdeen summed up the flavour of the speeches like this:

The general feeling that we got from the speeches was that the sanctions [don’t] so much change the behaviour of the target States, but rather serve as a signal of disapproval from the EU and that it is important to be critical of this instrument of foreign policy and apply it only when necessary and with utmost care.

The event was organised jointly between Europe Direct Aberdeen and ELSA Aberdeen. If you think you might be interested in future events of this type then have a look at their events pages on Facebook (EDIC & ELSA).

Here are a few photos from the evening:

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Upcoming Panel Discussion Event in the Sir Duncan Rice Library – EU as a Global Actor: The Role of EU Sanctions in Helping Striving Democracies

Draft poster_EDIC_Eu Global ActorOn the 16th of February the Sir Duncan Rice Library will host an event with the objective of provoking students interest in EU foreign policy, with particular focus on the mechanism of sanctions. It has been collaboratively organized by Europe Direct Aberdeen and Elsa (European Law Students’ Association). Here’s what they have to say about it:

In the recent years the European Union has been gaining strength as a global actor: it has been a participant of the peace processes in Middle East, Ukraine, and Philippines. One of the mechanisms the EU uses to influence the behaviour of various foreign actors is the sanctions regime. The event is aimed at shedding light on the mechanism of the EU sanctions, its difference from other sanctions regimes, and its goals and effectiveness. To achieve that we will discuss the EU sanctions following the crisis in Ukraine; EU’s involvement in Iran sanctions lifting process; and the EU sanctions regimes in Uzbekistan and Myanmar. We will analyse the causes and the objectives of adopting the sanctions; whether those causes and objectives shift over time; and whether we can assess the effectiveness of these restrictive measures.

 

To book your place you can email europedirect@aberdeencity.gov.uk or go to the Eventbrite booking page.

For more details see the poster above and the EDIC Aberdeen Facebook page.

Europe Direct ‘Europe Themed’ Christmas Event

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…and Europe Direct Aberdeen are holding ‘A Very European Christmas’ event in the Central Library on Wednesday 2nd December. There’ll be festive treats, games, tree decorating and a chance to learn about Christmas traditions from across Europe. Find out more on the Facebook event page.

In the meantime have a look at this video of some Croatian school children making traditional tree decorations called Licitars:

Useful Online Sources of EU Information in the UK

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There’s so much information out there concerning the EU that it can be tricky to know where to start when you’re looking for something. Here’s three easy to use resources that we find particularly useful. So whether your looking for travel advice, information on policies, the latest developments in the Brexit debate or something else entirely, one of these sources should be able to provide the answers or point you in the right direction.

Europe Direct Aberdeen. Based in the Aberdeen Central Library, they have a great Facebook page if you want to keep up to date with their activities and the service they provide. They post regularly about EU policy, programmes and funding opportunities, as well as information on local and international events. They are also a great source of practical information for anyone travelling in Europe. There are around 16 Europe Direct Centres in cities around the UK. If you don’t happen to be in Aberdeen, click here to find the nearest one to you.


European Sources Online (ESO)
Started and maintained by Ian Thomson of The European Documentation Centre at Cardiff University, this is one of the most comprehensive sources of EU information available. ESO collects information from many reliable sources all over the web and is updated on a daily basis. Find information on:

  • Treaties
  • The Common Agricultural Policy
  • Turkey and the EU
  • NATO and the EU
  • Climate change
  • Europe in the world
  • The ‘Brexit’ debate
  • …and much more

They also provide many useful information guides on the countries of Europe, EU policy and the Institutions of the EU. And just so you don’t miss anything, you can set up a personalised weekly email newsletter.

Info-Europa is a weekly newsletter that collates the latest  information on EU legislation and proposed legislation as well as general news. It is put together by Patrick Overy, who is based at the European Documentation Centre at the University of Exeter. You can see the last four issues on the Europa site or you can sign up to have it delivered to your inbox.

As always, all related inquiries are most welcome in the European Documentation Centre in Taylor Library, whether by phone, email or in person.

Free talk in Aberdeen Central Library – Human Trafficking: A Humanitarian Crisis

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On the 19th August, World Humanitarian Day, Europe Direct Aberdeen are hosting a talk on the problem of human trafficking in the EU. The speaker, Brian Donald, Head of the Office of the Director at Europol (The European Police Office), will speak about how Europol is tackling the issue.

Brian Donald is a former Detective Superintendent for Grampian Police.

The event will take place in the Adult Lending section of Aberdeen Central Library on Rosemount Viaduct at 6pm on Wednesday 19th August. Entry is free and some light refreshments will be provided. For more information and to reserve a place, contact Europe Direct Aberdeen:

email: europedirect@aberdeencity.gov.uk

telephone: 01224 649483

See below for a European Commission video on the issue of human trafficking.