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2017 MacCormick European Lecture

 

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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”.

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EU Commission presents five scenarios for Europe

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Earlier this week the European Commission presented a White Paper on the Future of Europe, which forms the Commission’s contribution to the forthcoming Rome Summit to be held on the 25 March which marks 60 years since the Treaties of Rome established a common market.

The scenarios in the white paper are:

Scenario 1: Carrying On

Scenario 2: Nothing but the Single Market

Scenario 3: Those Who Want More, Do More

Scenario 4: Doing Less, More Efficiently

Scenario 5: Doing Much More Together

Read the full press release and access the full report and the annex  here.

EU Publications Office newsletter: Spotlight on the Data Economy

po-newsletter-jan17The January edition of the European Commission Publications Office Newsletter puts a spotlight on the Data economy:

A thriving data-driven economy is essential for innovation, growth, jobs and European competitiveness, as well as for a functional digital single market.
This month the European Commission published a Communication on Building a European data economy in which it sets out the policy context and a first analysis of the problem drivers in this area. At the same time it has also published two legislative proposals and a communication concerning personal data protection.
As background information, in its latest newsletter the EU Publications Office presents a selection of recent publications and products related to this subject.

Other publications featured in the issue include:

The EU and Jobs, Growth and Investment

and

PANORAMA – An Urban Agenda for the EU

both of which are also available on paper in the European Documentation Centre within the Taylor Library.

New European Commission interactive infographic: cleaner air for all

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The European Commission have released a new infographic highlighting the causes and consequences of air pollution and the steps the Commission proposes to take in order to tackle the issue. See the explanatory text from the Commission below and click here to view and interact with the infographic.

Every year, more than 400,000 people in the EU die prematurely due to the consequences of air pollution: this is more than 10 times the toll of road traffic accidents. Another 6.5 million people fall sick as air pollution causes diseases such as strokes, asthma and bronchitis. Air pollution also harms our natural environment, impacting both vegetation and wildlife: almost two-thirds of Europe’s ecosystems are threatened by the effects of air pollution. This interactive infographic explains how the European Commission proposes to address air pollution in Europe. Among others, the infographic explains what the main air pollutants and their effects are, where air pollution comes from, what action needs to be taken and what the benefits would be. All the graphics included in the infographic can be downloaded as image files.

Traineeships with the European Commission

traineeships_0Applications are now open for paid traineeships of five months’ duration starting on 1 October with the European Commission and some executive bodies and agencies of the European Institutions such as the European External Action Service or Executive Agency for Competitiveness and Innovation. Successful applicants will receive a monthly grant of around €1,120 and reimbursement of travel expenses. Accident and health insurance can also be provided. Every year, there are about 1,300 places available, which provide selected candidates with hands-on experience in an international and multicultural environment, thus enriching their career prospects. Applications must be submitted online by noon (Brussels time), 31 January 2017.

Chester gets EU award for enhancing access to tourist sites for disabled people

The UK city of Chester is this year’s winner of the Access City Awards.  An honour recognising the work and achievements of European cities in improving access and opportunities for people with disabilities.

Presenting the award Marianne Thyssen, Commissioner for Employment, Social Affairs, Skills and Labour Mobility said:

“Chester’s efforts to make its historical and cultural heritage fit for persons with disabilities deserve the highest praise. People with a disability should be able to participate in all aspects of life without limitations: social, cultural, economic, touristic, and more. I would like to congratulate Chester for leading the way in making life more accessible for all”

Watch three YouTubers interview President Junker

junOn 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.

Watch the event on EUTube.

 

 

(text taken from Europe Direct Intranet)

Explorathon 2016

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Explorathon 2016 programme detail

Explorathon 2016 will take place on the 30th of September with simultaneous events running in Aberdeen, Edinburgh, Glasgow and St. Andrews.

It will be the third and largest of the Explorathon events so far, so if you’re inspired by science, or want to be, do have a look to see what’s on offer. Separate programmes of events are now available for each location:

Aberdeen

Edinburgh

Glasgow

St. Andrews

Some events will doubtless prove to be very popular, so booking may be required in order to avoid disappointment.

Explorathon is funded by the European Commission under the Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions programme

Check out Explorathon’s Twitter and Facebook feeds for more info!

World Humanitarian Summit in Istanbul

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the first ever World Humanitarian Summit commences today in Istanbul.

Today, some 125 million men, women and children worldwide are in need of humanitarian aid. At this critical time, the international community will come together at the World Humanitarian Summit in Istanbul from 23-24 May to rethink the way relief aid is delivered. As a major humanitarian donor and key policy-setter, the EU has an important role to play and has agreed with its Member States on a common vision for how to reshape the global humanitarian system.

You can follow live coverage of the event at the official WHS website.

Check out the video below for a short summary on the role the EU will play at this global event.