European Union citizens who live in the UK are being urged to check their eligibility to vote in the European Parliament elections which take place between the 23rd to 26th of May next year.
UK citizens will no longer be eligible to vote due to the UK decision to leave the EU on the 29th of March 2019. However, citizens of the other EU Countries living in the UK are eligible to vote, subject to certain conditions. A set of country factsheets, produced by the European Parliament, listing voting conditions and national contact points is available here. While some background information on European Parliament elections is 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.
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.
Every September the President of the European Commission President gives his State of the Union Address to the European Parliament.
On Wednesday Jean-Claude Juncker delivered the State of the Union Address for 2017 and took stock of the achievements of the past year, presented his priorities for the coming year and outlined his vision of how the EU might evolve by 2025.
It is a sad fact that many technological items are manufactured to have deliberately limited life spans in order to force consumers to replace products more regularly. To combat this, the European Parliament wants to set minimum resistance criteria for products so that consumers can have a better idea of how durable the item is. If products are built with better quality components that aren’t completely sealed in they will last longer and be more easily repairable. Over three-quarters of EU consumers would prefer to fix broken products than buy new ones, so the will is there. Have a look at this EuroparlTV video to find out more about the issue.
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.”
Completely fabricated news stories with the deliberate aim of misleading people has become an increasingly common phenomenon on social media making it difficult sometimes to know if what you are reading is fake news.
The European Parliament Research Bureau has produced an infographic called “Five steps to spot fake news” giving tips to help you decide for yourself whether you can trust in the veracity of what you are reading. The full briefing is available here.
As the last step towards the end of roaming charges by 15 June 2017, representatives of the European Parliament, the Council and the Commission have agreed on how to set the prices operators charge each other when their customers use other networks when roaming in the EU.
3.2 cents per minute of voice call, as of 15 June 2017
1 cent per SMS, as of 15 June 2017
They also agreed to a step-by-step reduction over five years for data caps, decreasing from €7.70 per GB (as of 15 June 2017) to €6 per GB (as of 1 January 2018), €4.50 per GB (as of 1 January 2019), €3.50 per GB (as of 1 January 2020), €3 per GB (as of 1 January 2021) and €2.50 per GB (as of 1 January 2022). The agreement is the final step to making “roam-like-at-home” work as of 15 June 2017, as foreseen in the Telecom Single Market (TSM) Regulation. It means that when travelling in the EU, consumers will be able to call, send SMS or surf on their mobile at the same price they pay at home. More information is available on the Commission’s Roaming website.
Want to know who’s in charge of the European Parliament? Here’s a useful infographic with the names of the 14 vice presidents and the 5 quaestors who along with the president make up the bureau’s 20 members:
Following the election of Antonio Tajani as president of the European Parliament, MEPs also selected 14 vice-presidents, who chair debates when the president is not in the chamber and who each have a specific portfolio. In addition, the Parliament has five quaestors, officials responsible for administrative and financial matters. The president, 14 vice-presidents and five quaestors – collectively known as the bureau – are all elected for a period of two-and-a-half years.
Also, if you’d like to know more about what the President of the European Parliament does, have a look at the short explanatory video below: