Category Archives: In the news

In the news: OECD Report on the UK Economy

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The latest Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development Economic Survey of the United Kingdompublished yesterday, attracted a lot of press coverage of its assessment of the challenges posed to the UK economy following the decision to leave the European Union, and in particular, of its claim that the UK needs to maintain close ties with the EU to meet these challenges.

University of Aberdeen staff and students have access to the full report through OECD i-Library.  Access is through Primo on campus, just remember to log in. If you are working on your own computer outwith the university network, access is via the VDI (Virtual Desktop Infrastructure).

The University of Aberdeen Library’s subscription to OECD iLibrary allows access to the publications and datasets  from the OECD,  International Energy Agency (IEA), Nuclear Energy Agency (NEA), PISA (Programme for International Student Assessment), and International Transport Forum (ITF). Subjects include agriculture and food, development, economics, education and skills, emerging economies, employment, energy, environment and sustainable development, health, historical economic statistics, migration, national accounts, social issues, taxation and transport. Coverage is from 1998 to the present day.


EU Referendum panel discussion event in SDRL *UPDATE* venue change


*Please note – due to a high level of interest, this event will now take place in the King’s College Conference Centre.*

On the 22nd March there will be an EU referendum panel discussion event in the Sir Duncan Rice Library Kings Conference Centre entitled ‘The UK and Europe. EU in or out’. The chair is Professor Margaret Ross, the University’s vice principal, and the panelists are:

For more information and to book your free place, click here.

This is part of a series of events entitled ‘The UK in a Changing Europe’ that are happening all over the country. Read more about the series here.

Cardiff EDC has produced a very comprehensive ‘Brexit Information Guide’, which collects a wide variety of sources and opinions on the debate. Updated regularly, here’s the latest version.






EU Referendum News – UK EU Draft Deal

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The draft EU deal proposed by Donald Tusk, President of the European Council, is an effort to address all of the concerns raised by David Cameron regarding the UK’s place in the European Union, ahead of the coming referendum. You can read the full text of Tusk’s letter to European Council members, outlining the proposed deal, here. You can also find links to the various draft decisions, statements and declarations that make up the deal as it currently stands.

European Commission Joint Statement on Paris Attacks

In the wake of the terrorist attacks in Paris on Friday, the European Commission released this joint statement from the Government leaders or Heads of State of the EU countries.

Please find below some links to a selection of news and commentary articles on these tragic events, found via the ESO News and Analysis page.

Paris Attacks Come at a Dangerous Moment for Europe – from Chatham House

Paris attacks: Why France must avoid viewing its Muslim population as a security threat – from The London School of Economics and Political Science

Brussels connection under spotlight after Paris killings – from

Any students or staff affected by these events can contact for advice and support.

The rotating presidency of the Council of the EU

Council leafletsToday is the official launch of the Luxembourg Presidency of the Council of the European Union.

The presidency of the Council rotates among the EU member states every 6 months. The Luxembourg presidency will organise and chair the meetings in the Council until the end of December.

More information about the Presidency of Council of the European Union is available in the EDC where we have lots of reading material on the subject, on the Luxembourg presidency site or on the Council of the European Union site.