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.
The University will be hosting a Consultation on Future European Research and Innovation Policy later this month. The workshop aims to discuss recommendations for the contents and structure of the 9th European Research and Innovation Framework Programme (the successor to Horizon 2020).
In particular, this event will provide a forum to:
Share your vision and hear from others about what should be prioritised in the next Framework Programme
Learn about Scotland’s current policy priorities
Engage with the European Commission about the upcoming consultations
Learn about the benefits of the current Framework Programme directly from successful applicants
Participation in the consultation process provides the opportunity to contribute to the development of the next European Research and Innovation Programmes (FP9). This will increase the likelihood that the programme will continue to provide suitable opportunities to access European networks. To register for the event, use this link.
Information source: University of Aberdeen Communications
University of Aberdeen Vice-Principle Margaret Ross will chair the event and the speakers and their specific topics will be as follows:
Professor Paul Beaumont, University of Aberdeen – What Are the Options for Brexit?
Professor Claire Wallace, University of Aberdeen – Migration and Freedom of Movement
Professor Michael Keating – Options for Scotland
James Bream, Grampian Chamber of Commerce – What Does Brexit Mean for Business in North East Scotland
The event itself will run from 6pm – 8pm and coffee and tea will be available from 5:30pm.
Last May’s European Youth Event (EYE2016) saw 7500 young people from all over Europe and beyond congregate at the European Parliament in Strasbourg to share and discuss ideas, driven by the motto “Together we can make a change”. Topics discussed ranged from space and innovation to climate change, migration and democracy.
Since then a team of young reporters have created a report highlighting 50 ideas for a better Europe. The report also contains interviews, infographics, a political commentary from the European Youth Forum and more. In addition to this there is the EYE2016 ideas tree, a separate document containing all the ideas written by the participants with a handy navigational graphic. Just click on any branch topic to jump to the idea.
French and Germanlanguage versions of the report are also available.
In a referendum held in the UK on 23 June 2016, 51.9% of the participating electorate voted to leave the European Union. The number of legal questions raised by the referendum are breathtaking. This presentation tackles three of them: First, it discusses questions of UK constitutional law involved in deciding to leave the Union, namely the role of referenda, sovereignty of Parliament, the scope of the royal prerogative and devolution. Second, the basic EU law rules concerning the withdrawal process as contained in Art. 50 of the TEU will be presented. These involve issues such as the start of the negotiations, their content, length, how they will be conducted and whether the UK can conclude trade agreements during the Art. 50 negotiations process. Finally, the “fallback” option – the status of the UK in the WTO will be covered.
The event will be held in New Kings (NK1), 6pm-8pm. Booking is not required.
If you have any questions about the event please contact:
Research, Commercial and Events Secretary
Tel: +44 (0) 1224 273421
Saturday the 9th of May saw EDIC Aberdeen hold a dance event in the city library to celebrate Europe Day. It involved demonstrations of Traditional Scottish, Irish and Flamenco dancing with participation very much encouraged. You can look at photos from the event on EDIC Aberdeen’s Facebook page and you can see video footage below. The video nicely incorporates footage from equivalent events in Malta and Lithuania.