European Year of Cultural Heritage

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2018 is to be designated the European Year of Cultural Heritage. Find out more here or have a look at the video below.

“Our cultural heritage is more than the memory of our past; it is the key to our future. A European Year of Cultural Heritage will be an opportunity to raise awareness of the social and economic importance of cultural heritage and to promote European excellence in the sector.”

Scotland and Brexit

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Two recent reports may be of interest:

A research paper entitled The Impact of the United Kingdom’s withdrawal from the European Union on Scotland, Wales and Gibraltar  has been produced at the request of the European Parliament’s Committee on Constitutional Affairs.  It looks at the economic and political implications of Brexit  and at the possible return of  ‘Europeanised’ competencies to  devolved administrations. The paper also considers how Brexit might affect their future relationships within the UK and externally with the EU.

The Scottish Parliament’s SPICe briefing paper: The White Paper on the Great Repeal Bill – Impact on Scotland  looks at how the provisions proposed in the UK Government White Paper  “Legislating for the United Kingdom’s withdrawal from the European Union” may affect Scotland.

As regular readers will know, SPICe also provides a weekly update on the current developments on the United Kingdom’s decision to leave the European Union.  The latest bulletin is available here.

 

 

EU Prize for Literature

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The EU Prize for Literature (EUPL) recognises outstanding new emerging literary talents across Europe, and aims to highlight the wealth of contemporary European literature while drawing attention to Europe’s unique cultural and linguistic heritage.

 

 

 

The winners of the 2017 prize were announced last month and are:

If you are interested you can read excerpts from the winning books both in their original languages and in English or French translations.  A pdf copy is available here.

This year’s winners will receive their awards at a public awards ceremony  in Brussels on 23 May.  The European Prize for Literature is financed under the Creative Europe Programme

 

EU Referendum campaign leaflets collection available online

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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.

 

EU institutions recruiting over 100 new graduates for administrator roles

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The EU institutions are currently recruiting new graduates for over 100 graduate administrator roles.  Those about to graduate can also apply.

Further information is available here.

Exiting the EU: challenges and opportunities for higher education

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The Education Select Committee of the House of Commons has published a report on the opportunities and challenges for higher education posed by Brexit.

Concerned that the uncertainty surrounding Brexit could cause a “damaging brain drain”

Neil Carmichael MP, Chair of the Education Committee, said:

“Higher education in the UK is a world leader but Brexit risks damaging our international competitiveness and the long-term success of our universities. It’s welcome that EU students have been given some guarantees on their funding and loan access but the Government must act urgently to address the uncertainty over EU staff  and avert the risk of a damaging ‘brain drain’ of talent from our shores. As we leave the European Union we now have the opportunity to reform our immigration system to ensure we reap the full rewards of the ability of our universities to attract the brightest and best students and staff from across the world.”

The full report is available here, a short summary here and the conclusions and recommendations here.

Fake news and how to spot it

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Completely fabricated news stories with the deliberate aim of misleading people has become an increasingly common phenomenon on social media making it difficult sometimes to know if what you are reading is fake news.

The European Parliament Research Bureau has produced an infographic called “Five steps to spot fake news” giving tips to help you decide for yourself whether you can trust in the veracity of what you are reading.  The full briefing is available here.

New independent and unaligned Edinburgh based think tank established

 

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The Scottish Centre on European Relations was launched last month with the stated aim:

“to inform, debate, and provide up-to-the-minute, high quality research and analysis of European Union developments and challenges”

While it focuses on pan-EU issues it has a particular focus on Scotland’s EU interests and policies.

Recent publications include:  “Scotland’s Transition to EU membership”; “What is Really Driving Populism in Europe” and  “Scotland’s Brexit Choices”

You can check out recent publications here.