Category Archives: European Union

Brexit negotiations: transition period

European Commission
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The Draft Agreement on the withdrawal of the United Kingdom and Northern Ireland from the European Union and Euratom is available in a coloured coded version, highlighting both where progress has been made and areas still to be agreed.

If you are following the withdrawl process you can find other relevant documents here.

Publications from the UK Department for Exiting the European Union are available here.


EU Graduate Administrators Competition

The EU institutions are looking for talented graduates and young professionals to fill more than 100 new graduate administrator roles.

Applicants need to have a university degree, a good command of two European languages and EU citizenship.

Registration is open now until the 10th of April 2018 at 12:00 CET.

More information is available here.

Help using EUR-Lex

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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.




In the online #euFilmContest, participants are asked to recognise films or other audiovisual works that received support from the Creative Europe MEDIA programme. The most successful ten participants will get a chance to win a trip to the 71st Film Festival in Cannes (8–19 May 2018). The deadline for entries is 18 March 2018.  Why not have a go!

The Scottish Parliament and Brexit

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Earlier this month the Scottish Parliament’s Finance and Constitution Committee stated it could not recommend legislative consent to the UK Government’s European Union Withdrawal Bill in its present form. The Committee believes clause 11 of the Bill is incompatible with the devolution settlement.  Their interim report is available here.  A final report will be produced on the Bill prior to the final amending stage in the House of Lords.

The Scottish Parliament Information Centre (SPICe), which provides impartial, factual, information and analysis to Members of the Scottish Parliament, has produced a briefing paper explaining what legislative consent is and its legal and political status.

The Scottish Government has indicated it may introduce its own EU Continuity Bill to prepare Scotland’s laws for Brexit. A guest post on the SPICe spotlight blog, by Professor Sionaidh Douglas-Scott, discussing this possibility is available here.  Guest blog posts, of course, reflect the views of the author not SPICe or the Scottish Parliament.





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

Scotland after Brexit

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What will the economic impact of the UK leaving the European Union be to Scotland?  A new analytic paper, produced by the Scottish Government, looks at the impact on trade, productivity and migration of different types of future relationships and concludes that Scotland’s best interests are served by continued membership of the European Single Market.  The full report entitled Scotland’s Place in Europe: People, Jobs and Investment is available here.


The European Solidarity Corps is 1 year old.

©  European Union

Launched by the European Commission in December 2016 the European Solidarity Corps is aimed at 18 to 30 year olds who want to help make a difference by volunteering or working for a good cause. Over 40,000 people from all EU Member States have signed up in the first year with over 2,000 of them starting placements. In August 2017, for example, a group of volunteers went to Norcia in Italy, to help with the on going efforts to repair damage and rebuild social services for the local community affected by the severe earthquakes that had hit the region a year earlier.  In other examples  participants are working with young people from disadvantaged backgrounds or with special needs, with refugees or with the elderly. If you are interested in participating find out more here.


Scottish Parliament Information Centre Research Briefings

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The Scottish Parliament Information Centre (SPICe) produces research briefings on a wide range of issues, including on EU and International Affairs. These are intended to aid Members of the Scottish Parliament (MSPs) by providing relevant impartial up-to-date background material on topics relevant to their work. However, the briefing papers are useful to anyone starting to research a current issue.

SPICe also produce a blog which has a section devoted to the UK decision to leave the European Union. A  useful feature is the weekly update on current developments following on from the decision to leave.

The latest update from the 30th of November 2017 is available here.

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.