On Friday, December 8th, the European Commission recommended to the European Council that sufficient progress has been made in the first phase of the Article 50 negotiations with the United Kingdom. The European Council meeting on December 15th will formally decide if this is the case, allowing negotiations to proceed to the second phase. The European Commission recommendation follows the Joint Report agreed by the European Commission negotiation team led by Michel Barnier and the United Kingdom Government.
The European Commission believes sufficient progress has been made in the three priority areas of citizen’s rights, Ireland and the financial settlement as laid out in the European Council Guidelines of 29th April 2017. You can read details of the Commission’s assessment at the state of progress of the negotiations here. Related documents are also available.
You may also be interested in: the statement made by the Irish Taoiseach, Leo Varadkar, following the recommendation made by the European Commission.
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.
Yesterday it was announced that the European Medicines Agency will relocate from London to Amsterdam. The EMA is an agency of the European Union and its role involves the scientific evaluation, supervision and safety monitoring of medicines for human and animal use as well as assisting national agencies authorise medicine sales within the EU single market.
The EMA has to relocate due to the UK decision to leave the EU and the UK Government’s desire to no longer be subject to the jurisdiction of the European Court of Justice.
EMA has been based in London, UK, since it’s location was secured by John Major’s government in 1995, the year the Agency was established. It currently employs nearly 900 people with a further 36,000 scientists and regulators visiting each year.
A House of Commons Library Research Paper entitled Brexit and medicines regulationlooks at how medicines are currently regulated in the UK, the role of the EMA and what the options are post Brexit.
The publication is divided into 3 parts. Here are some findings from each part:
“Living, growing, ageing: In all member states, women leave their parental home earlier than men. In the UK, women leave their parental home at the age of 23 on average while men leave at 25 (2 years earlier for both compared with the EU average).
Learning, working, earning: On average, women earn 16% less than men in all member states. However this gender pay gap varies. The largest differences are observed in Estonia, the Czech Republic, Germany, Austria and the UK, all above 20%.
Eating, shopping, surfing, socialising: A larger share of men than women in the EU drink alcohol on a weekly basis. For the different member states this share varies from 21% in Latvia to 52% in the UK for men, and from 5% in Romania and Lithuania to 40% in the UK for women”.
In addition the University of Aberdeen is recognised as a ‘research entity’ by Eurostat. This allows researchers at the University of Aberdeen to request access to microdata , the units of data that aggregate statistics are compiled from, by submitting research proposals to Eurostat.
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.
Just a quick reminder about the online database and information service, European Sources Online (ESO) produced by our EDC colleagues at Cardiff University. It provides access to information on the institutions and activities of the European Union, European countries and regions. It is updated on a daily basis making the news and analysis section particularly useful.
The Department for Exiting the European Union has produced a paper setting out the British Government’s ideas on the post-Brexit relationship between the UK and the EU in the scientific field entitled Collaboration on science and innovation: a future partnership paper.
University of Aberdeen staff and students can access this paper through the Public Information Online database here. Public Information Online is a one stop shop for information from the UK and Scottish Parliaments; the Northern Ireland and Welsh Assemblies; the Scottish Government and other non-Parliamentary publications. Material is available from 2006/07 onwards. Access for UoA users is through the Find Databases tab on Primo. A Shibboleth/UK Federation log-in is required off campus.
This paper is also available on the DEEU website here.
The EU’s commitment to fundamental rights has grown tremendously during the past decade, but recent developments underscore how quickly progress can be undone. Across the EU, the fundamental rights system is increasingly under attack – dismissed as political correctness gone awry, as benefitting only select individuals, or as hampering swift responses to urgent challenges. This year’s focus section further explores these issues, providing a thorough review of the past decade’s highlights and persisting shortfalls.
The January edition of the European CommissionPublications Office Newsletter puts a spotlight on the Data economy:
A thriving data-driven economy is essential for innovation, growth, jobs and European competitiveness, as well as for a functional digital single market.
This month the European Commission published a Communication on Building a European data economy in which it sets out the policy context and a first analysis of the problem drivers in this area. At the same time it has also published two legislative proposals and a communication concerning personal data protection.
As background information, in its latest newsletter the EU Publications Office presents a selection of recent publications and products related to this subject.