Category Archives: United Kingdom

Take control of your data

The EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) enters into force today and updates data protections principles established 20 years ago. The GDPR reinforces the rules by which all organisations and companies  providing services in the EU must abide. The GDPR gives us better ways to say what our data can be used for, to retract our consent, to transfer our data or to ask for it to be erased so we can now shop, share and surf with more confidence online.

To find out more, read: Its your data- take control: a citizen’s guide to data protection in the EU here.  Or watch this video from the UK’s Channel 4 News.

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Brexit discussion event in Aberdeen

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An event, entitled Brexit: Scotland, the UK and EU27: Key Issues, organised by the Scottish Centre on European Relations takes place in Aberdeen at the Central Library on May 23rd.  Organised with the support of the European Commission in Scotland the panel will consider how, with less than a year to go, the Brexit talks are developing and the implications this has for Scotland.  There will be time for questions and answers.

The Speakers are:

Prof Claire Wallace, University of Aberdeen

Liam Smyth, Aberdeen and Grampian Chamber of Commerce

Dr Craig McAngus, University of the West of Scotland

and the Chair is:

Dr Kirsty Hughes, Scottish Centre on European Relations

The event, which starts at 6.00pm on May23rd is free but you need to register in advance.

Brexit and the Norway Model

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The Centre on Constitutional Change, which is based at the University of Edinburgh and includes academics from the Universities of Aberdeen, Cambridge, Cardiff, Stirling, and University College Cork, has issued an invitation to the launch of a new book Squaring the Circle. Could the Norway Model Work?  The launch event takes place in Edinburgh on the evening of Thursday 31st May.  Booking details for this free event are available here.

“As the UK Government and opposition parties struggle to define their vision of Brexit, attention has turned back to the European Economic Area or ‘Norway model’, which allows access to the European Single Market without membership of the European Union.

Professor John Erik Fossum (University of Oslo) will present the findings of his new book with Hans Petter Graver: Squaring the Circle. Could the Norway Model Work?

The book provides an overview of the Norway model, an assessment of the likelihood that the UK will adopt (parts of or all of) this model. It draws some lessons for the UK, and some reflections on the possible effects on Norway.

There will be a response by Dame Mariot Leslie (former UK Ambassador to Norway)”

Brexit negotiations: transition period

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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.

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.

 

Brexit: latest documents

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.

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.

In the news: The European Medicines Agency

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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 regulation looks at how medicines are currently regulated in the UK, the role of the EMA and what the options are post Brexit.

 

In the news: Gender equality

Did you know the average hourly pay of women in Europe is 16.3% lower than that of men?  The 3rd November was designated European Equal Pay Day this year to mark the moment when women effectively stop getting paid compared to their male colleagues, with almost two months of the year remaining.

Find out here how the UK gender pay gap compares to other European countries.

ESO (European Sources Online)

ESO logo newJust 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.