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.
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.
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 EU Commissioner for Research, Science and Innovation, Carlos Moedas, will speak at the Royal Society of Edinburgh on the Future of EU Research and Innovation on Monday, 16 October 2017 at 6:00pm. He will give his perspective on the future of research and innovation in Europe. Mr Moedas manages Horizon 2020 the EU Research and Innovation programme. Further information is available here.
“With the discussions on the design of the next framework programme underway, we find ourselves at a critical stage for research and innovation in Europe. Recently, European Commission President Jean Claude Juncker launched his White Paper on the future of Europe. Therein he illustrated five scenarios for the future, and in each he noted the integral role of research and innovation. However, these are not without their challenges. Notably, how to create an ecosystem in Europe that is research and innovation-friendly, and how to successfully bring our innovative ideas to market”.
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 House of Lords European Union Committee has today published a report looking at the technically complex and politically contentious impact of Brexit on the UK’s devolution settlements and to the fundamental constitutional challenges presented to the United Kingdom as a whole.
“the devolution settlements are built upon UK membership of the EU.
Brexit will remove one of the foundations of the devolution settlements, with potentially destabilising consequences”. (Para. 2)
The report considers whether Scotland could have different Brexit arrangements from the rest of the UK in some areas; the need to protect the Welsh agricultural and manufacturing sector and the distinctive geographical and political issues that Brexit presents to Northern Ireland.
Since 15 June 2017 roaming charges in the EU have been abolished allowing mobile customers to use their network provider’s allowance of minutes, text messages and data throughout the EU and the European Economic Area (EEA) without incurring additional charges.
The abolition of roaming charges will continue to apply in the UK until it leaves the EU.
A new House of Commons Library briefing paper, available here, looks at possible scenarios after Brexit.
The factsheets below, produced by the European Commission, explain the current pre-Brexit situation.
The British Library and the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE) Library have collected a sample of leaflets from organisations, political parties and individuals both from the “Leave” and the “Remain” side in last June’s Referendum. The collection also includes material collected by National Library of Wales. You can view this revealing collection, via the LSE Digital Library, here. The digital library also has leaflets from the 1975 Referendum allowing you to compare the two campaigns.