The 9th of May is Europe Day. Marking the anniversary of the Schuman declaration, it is a celebration of the effort to bring about peace through a new form of political cooperation between the nations of Europe. In 1950, French Foreign Minister Robert Schuman proposed the creation of an institution to manage the production of coal and steel across the nations, a move that is considered to be a major step towards the formation of the European Union that we know today.
For more information, have a look at the Europa page on Europe Day 2019, which also details some of the Open Day’s that will occur in various European cities over the course of the month.
Several Aberdeen Alumni networking events have been organised to coincide with Europe day, with events taking place in several European cities. See the Current and Upcoming Events page for more information.
Tomorrow (Friday 31st March 2017) the Aberdeen law project will hold a seminar to discuss Brexit and how it will affect smaller organisations and charities. There will be a Q & A session with lecturer Dr. Justin Borg-Barthet.
If you would like to attend, email firstname.lastname@example.org with the number of people and any advance questions you wish to put to Dr Borg-Barthet.
The event will run from 4pm – 5:30pm and will be held in New Kings Room 1.
FRA, the European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights, has published a handbook on access to justice which is now available in 22 EU languages. The handbook summarises key European legal principles in the area of access to justice, focusing on civil and criminal law. It is designed to serve as a practical guide for lawyers, judges and other legal practitioners involved in litigation in the EU, as well as for individuals who work for non-governmental organisations and other entities that deal with the administration of justice.
On 15 September, fresh from his State of the Union address and live on YouTube/EUTube, Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker took part in an hour-long interview with three young YouTubers, Laetitia Birbes (France, Le corps La Maison L’esprit), Jonas Ems (Germany, JONAS) and Lukasz Jakobiak (Poland, 20m2).
The President spoke to the three young opinion formers – all extremely active on social media – about their concerns related to the future of Europe.
Aside from their own questions, the YouTubers also asked a sample of those sent by web users on social media using the hashtag #AskJuncker.
Shining Stars of Europe is a video competition for anyone who’d like to share their ideas for the future. All you need to do is submit a short video (no more than two minutes). Winning participants will get the opportunity through travel and project grants to put their ideas in to practice, so get your thinking/director caps on! The deadline for submissions is 18 September 2016. For all the information you need to get started go to the official website. In the meantime, you can have a look at last year’s winning entries below. Good luck!
Here is a short video from the European Parliament explaining how EU laws are made using the ordinary legislative procedure. This procedure, used in 80% of cases, gives equal power to the EU Council representing the member states and the European Parliament representing European citizens.
ESO (European Sources Online) is a comprehensive source of European information which is updated on a daily basis by the hard working people at Cardiff EDC. Check out their News and Analysis section to keep informed about all things EU.
Here’s a few recent UK House of Commons publications dealing with different aspects of Brexit, brought to our attention by ESO:
Do you need to stay up to date on the work of the Court of Justice of the European Union? This handy app provides easy access to the latest decisions of the Court of Justice, the General Court and the Civil Service Tribunal, as well as the latest press releases.