The UK Government has published the first set in a series of technical notes for businesses and members of the public on how to prepare for the possibly the UK leaves the EU without securing a withdrawal agreement. These guidance notes cover importing and exporting, workplace rights, regulating medicines and medical equipment, farming, product safety, EU-funded programmes including Horizon 2020, state aid, studying in the UK or EU, money and tax and civil nuclear and nuclear research. More documents are planned.
The European Commission’s preparedness notices on these and other policy areas also looks at the consequences of the UK’s withdrawal from the European Union under various scenarios.
If you are interested in this from a Scottish perspective the SPICe blog from the Scottish Parliament Information Centre intends to provide analysis on the UK Government’s technical notes over the next month.
The European Commission are holding a public consultation on fake news and online disinformation, with the objective being to
“help assess the effectiveness of current actions by market players and other stakeholders, the need for scaling them up and introducing new actions to address different types of fake news.”
There are two questionnaires, one for citizens and one for legal entities and journalists. The consultation will run from 13 November 2017 until 23 February 2018. Check the page on Europa for more information and for links to the questionnaires.
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”.
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.
The January edition of the European CommissionPublications 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.
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.
Applications 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.
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”
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!