Traineeships at the European Court of Auditors

The European Court of Auditors (ECA), based in Luxembourg, audits the European Union’s finances.  The ECA offers both paid and unpaid traineeships lasting from three to five months. Those interested can now apply for traineeships starting in September. For traineeships that begin on:

  • 1 September 2018, applications may be submitted from 1 April–31 May 2018
  • 1 February 2019, applications may be submitted from 1 September–31 October 2018
  • 1 May 2019, applications may be submitted from 1 December 2018-31 January 2019.

Further details and eligibility criteria are available here.

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Eurobarometer: EU Public Opinion Surveys

Do you need surveys of public opinion for your research?  Have you heard of Eurobarometer?  It is a series of surveys done across Europe for the European Commission covering attitudes towards the EU, social conditions, health, the economy, citizenship, the environment, IT, security and more. The surveys have been conducted since 1973.

The Standard Eurobarometer is designed to compare and gauge trends over time by keeping the bulk of the survey the same. These surveys are undertaken twice a year.

Special Eurobarometer surveys investigate attitudes to a wide range of topics.  Recent survey have been on attitudes to sport and physical activity and Europeans, Agriculture and the CAP

Flash Eurobarometer surveys are ad-hoc telephone interviews conducted at the request of any part of the European Commission. These produce results fairly quickly and focus on specific groups.  Recent surveys have included fake news and disinformation online and SMEs, resource efficiency and green markets.

Travel with your digital subscriptions

Did you know that you will soon be able to access films, TV series and sports events you have subscribed to while travelling in other EU countries?

An EU regulation on cross-border portability of online content services in the internal market is going to apply from 1 April 2018 enabling anyone who has bought or subscribed to films, TV series, sports broadcasts, online games or e-books in the EU country they live in to access them when travelling across the EU. Further information is available here.

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.

EU Graduate Administrators Competition

The EU institutions are looking for talented graduates and young professionals to fill more than 100 new graduate administrator roles.

Applicants need to have a university degree, a good command of two European languages and EU citizenship.

Registration is open now until the 10th of April 2018 at 12:00 CET.

More information is available here.

Brexit and Scotland: What happens next?

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The Scottish Centre on European Relations, an independent and unaligned EU think tank, is holding this event in Dundee on Tuesday, the 27th of March. Further information, including how to register for this evening panel discussion, is available here.

Help using EUR-Lex

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EUR-Lex is the official database for accessing EU law.  Free to use, it is available in 24 languages and includes treaties, legislation, international agreements, preparatory acts, case law and parliamentary questions. It gives direct access to the Official Journal of the European Union.

An e-learning module is available to help you use and get the most out of EUR-Lex.

The module, which takes two hours to complete, can be done as a whole or you can select only the sections that are relevant to you. The module looks at:

  • finding EU law through ‘Quick search’, ‘Advanced search’ and ‘Find results by’ search options on the EUR-Lex homepage
  • discovering ways to edit and refine your searches
  • accessing documents in multiple languages, and finding legal information about documents and legislative procedures
  • accessing the Official Journal, preparatory acts and EU case-law
  • understanding EUR-Lex’s content and structure, including how to form CELEX numbers
  • browsing EU law through the directories of legislation and EuroVoc
  • pointing out the advantages of being a EUR-Lex registered user.

Still having difficulty with EUR-Lex come and see us in the Taylor Library.

 

 

EESC traineeships

Twice a year, the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) offers traineeships for a period of five months to university graduates who are nationals of EU Member States, as well as to a number of university graduates from non-EU countries. (long-term traineeship).

In addition, the EESC can offer short, unpaid traineeships from one to three months to university graduates or university students who are required to complete their degree by undertaking a period of in-service training (short-term traineeship).

Further information is available here. The various traineeship options are also explained in the video below.

The next application deadline is 31 March 2018.

Migration in post-Brexit Scotland

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Scotland has an ageing population and a low birth rate.  With this in mind the Scottish Government looks to attract (and retain) people from the rest of the UK and abroad to come and live in Scotland to help sustain and grow the economy.

A post on the SPice blog, Spotlight, discusses a SPICe and University of Glasgow research project ‘Attracting and retaining migrants in post-Brexit Scotland: is a social integration strategy the answer?’ 

“Developing strategies for attracting and retaining migrants – along with creating an overall positive atmosphere around migration – may be of crucial importance to Scotland’s future”

The study will be based on focus group discussions on:

  • Is a strategy needed?
  • Is it practicable?
  • Would it improve the lives of those who have come to live here?
  • Would it attract other migrants to come to Scotland?
  • Where does the local population stand on this?

A report will be available at the end of June 2018.

You can read the full post on this, as well as other Brexit related topics, on the SPICe blog here.

 

 

 

University of Aberdeen Libraries Early Closing

Please be aware that due to the adverse weather conditions, The Sir Duncan Rice Library, Taylor Library and Medical Library will all be closing at 5pm today.

*The Macrobert Building will be open as normal for anyone wishing to study on campus after 5pm*

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Legal Information Update

Please be aware that due to the adverse weather conditions, The Sir Duncan Rice Library, Taylor Library and Medical Library will all be closing at 5pm today.
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