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Juncker confirmed as European Commission President
On the 15th of July the European Parliament in a plenary session voted in the Jean-Claude Juncker as Commission President by a 422 vote majority. He will take up his post on the 1st of November 2014. Before he was voted in he set out his major priorities for the Commission, find out more ...
How Juncker was elected
- The president of the European Council consulted with the European Parliament on a possible candidate for the presidency of the Commission. This process took into account the results of the European elections.
- The president European Council then proposed a candidate to the European Council.
- The European Council voted on whether to propose this candidate. A qualified majority voted for Juncker to be the proposed candidate.
- European Parliament voted on whether to accept the European Council's proposed candidate. Juncker required 376 votes in order to become Commission President for the next five year term.
Picture: © European Union, 2014
Europe does YouTube
Watch the EU in pictures on EUtube, our featured website of the month. With speeches, debates, documentary films and animation you can find out a wealth of information on all aspects of the EU including your citizens rights. Plus just like all YouTube channels you can comment and have your say, so have a look and see for yourself ...
A Safer Internet for You
Our latest publication from Safer Internet Day earlier in the year is now available to pick up from the EDIC and your local libraries. Or you can view it online here;
German victory in Brasil
Germany won the Fifa World Cup. The first European country to win a World Cup hosted in the Americas but what do you know about Germany? Here are a few select facts:
- Capital City: Berlin
- National Day: 3rd of October (German Unity Day 1990)
- Accession to EU: 1957 (Founding state)
- Food: Famous for spicy sausages "Wurst", bread and various sweet treats such as lebkuchen (Christmas biscuits)
- Music: Germany has a wealth of famous composers from Beethoven to Bach to Schumann and Strauss.
- Famous Germans: Sebastien Vettel (F1) Michael Schumacher (F1), Steffi Graf (Tennis), Boris Becker (Tennis), Miroslav Klose (Football), Stephan Luitz (Skiing) Christoph Waltz (Actor), Claudia Schiffer (Supermodel), Johannes Gutenberg (Inventor of printing press)
- Famous annual events/ attractions: German Christmas Markets, Oktoberfest (Munich)
Picture: © European Union, 2014
As a concrete response to the first successful citizen's initiative Right2Water, the European Commission has launched a public consultation into the quality of drinking water in the EU. It aims to gather the views of citizens on various proposed actions that could be undertaken to improve the supply of high quality water. Have your say ...
Get Energy Smart
School pupils from Bucksburn Academy and students from the University of Aberdeen have created a video aimed at school leavers and students. Energy Smart provides advice and tips on how to live in a sustainable and save money along the way. View the video here ...
This project was funded by Aberdeen City Council and EU Interreg IVB NWE Programme through the Mitigation in Urban Areas: Solutions for Innovative Cities (MUSIC) Project. The MUSIC Project aims to reduce carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions by 50% by 2030 in Aberdeen and 4 other EU partner towns/cities namely Ghent (Belgium), Montreuil (France), Rotterdam (Netherlands) and Ludwigsburg (Germany). The project is in its final year now. To see what else has been achieved visit the dedicated MUSIC project page.
Focus on Albania
On the 27th of June 2014 Albania gained EU candidate status. This means their application for joining has been officially accepted. Albania will not immediately enter into accession negotiations as it still has to meet some key priorities, with particular focus on administration and judiciary reform, fight against corruption and organised crime and fundamental rights. The opening of accession negotiations depends on further concrete and sustainable reforms in Albania; agreement from all EU Member States is also required.
- Known as the land of the eagles its flag has a black double headed eagle motif on a red background.
- The capital of Albania is Tirana.
- Albania has a rich cultural heritage and natural heritage to explore.
- The Albanian language is one of the oldest living languages in the world and a stand-alone branch of the Indo-European language family and is now spoken by close to eight million people around the world.
- For nearly fifty years until 1991 Albania was strictly isolated from the world.
- Albania built over 700,000 bunkers during the communist rule under Hoxha. Citizens from the age of 12 were trained to use rifles to repel any foreign invaders and were expected to man the bunkers. The bunkers never saw any military action.
- Albania became the world's only athiest state in 1967 when under communist rule religious worship was banned in Albania. Since the fall of communism Albanians have been granted religious freedom and there is a peaceful coexistence of those practicing a variety of religious faiths.
- Mother Teresa was of Albanian origin but lived most of her life in India.
Picture: © Ruth Gould, 2014
The European Commission has launched a storyboard competition on the theme of the European Health Insurance Card.
To enter the competition, you should present a story via sketches in a chronological sequence in English, French or German.
Closing date: 17th August 2014.
Three winners will receive 1500, 1000 and 500 respectively. The winning storyboard will be made into a video and used to promote the European Health Insurance Card. You don't need to be a pro script writer or animator to enter the competition all you need is a great, competition winning idea!
Summer Holidays: Make sure you're prepared!
Are you going on or planning a holiday in Europe this summer? Before you go take a look at our fact file on travel for idea and to ensure you're fully prepared ...
Euro Talk Aberdeen Newsletter
The latest Euro Talk Aberdeen Newsletter is available to view below. If you have any suggestions for future editions or would like to be added to the distribution list then please contact email@example.com
Europe Direct Information Centre User Survey - please use this link to give your views.
An independent market research organisation, 'Creative Research' are carrying out a survey to find out about local awareness and usage of Europe Direct Information Centres aross the UK. If you have used the Aberdeen service, with a simple enquiry about the EU, to find a publication or to ask for help/advice, please take a couple of minutes to complete this survey on the service provided. Your contribution is completely anomymous. Many thanks.
European Achievements 2010 - 2014
European Commission 2010-2014: A Record of Achievements is a new booklet published by the European Commission. The booklet sets out the key achievements as chosen by the Commissioners themselves. Each Commissioner had the opportunity to choose three achievements. Their responses ranged from fairer rights for travellers and consumers to fighting youth unemployment and human trafficking to providing assistance to 120 million disaster victims every year. The booklet is worth a look and gives a good overview of the activities that the current Commission have been involved in.
From the Fall of the Berlin Wall to EU-10 enlargement
This video brings together archive film footage highlighting the old division between East and West, the beginning of the removal of the Berlin Wall in 1989, German reunification in 1990 and the accession of Bulgaria, the Czech Republic, Estonia, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Romania, the Slovak Republic and Slovenia in 2004.
The Council of Europe
The Council of Europe is not to be confused with the European Council. The represent 47 member states of which the 28 EU member states are a part of. If you wish to find out more about the work they do watch this informative video.
Is work stressing you out?
Health Workplaces Manage Stress is a new campaign launched by the European Agency for Safety and Health at work. On the campaign's dedicated website you can find information and statistics about stress in the workplace and how to manage it. See how you can get involved by clicking on the banner below.
The Erasmus+ Guide guide explains how grant applications should be prepared, and provides detailed information on how to apply. Erasmus+ aims at boosting skills and employability, along with modernising education, training and youth work. The seven-year programme will have a budget of 14.7 billion, which represents a 40% increase compared to current spending levels. It is expected that the programme will provide opportunities for over 4 million Europeans to study, train, gain work experience and volunteer abroad.
EDIC Aberdeen Fact Files
EDIC Aberdeen regularly produce Fact Files as part of a series of small leaflets allowing citizens to find out about the role of the European Union and their rights in various key areas of European policy. These are available in the EDIC and also in Community Libraries throughout Aberdeen. A selection of these can also be downloaded below;
Press Releases, Current Consultations & Useful Links
Please go to Europe Direct Press Releases & Links
Download the EU Treaties as e-Books
Download and read in e-Book format the Consolidated Treaty on European Union and the EURATOM Treaty.
Available at EU Treaties e-Books
Travelling in Europe
Visit the Your Europe - Travel webpage which is full of useful information for people travelling in the EU. Whether you are on holiday or on business, you will find practical advice and helpful tips on a wealth of subjects, from what documents you need, to getting healthcare and using your mobile phone.
Emergencies in the EU
In the UK 999 remains as the main emergency number. 112 in UK How it works PDF
The Countries of Europe
A new feature on the Europa website is an interactive map and listings of the countries of Europe.
Each of the above links will take you to a map of Europe and a list of countries. Clicking on the name of the country on the map or on the list to the left will bring up a brief overview of that country
Europe for Business
Your Europe - Business A multilingual service providing practical information and online government services for companies looking for business in another EU country.
Provided jointly by the European Commission and national authorities.
Europe for Kids
Discover more about your European neighbours in "The EU: What's it all about?", enjoy the interactive games and quizzes and find out about your rights on the Kids Corner webpage.
Europe for Youth
A gateway to citizenship and mobility for young people in Europe!
The European Youth Portal offers European and national information of interest to young people who are living, learning and working in Europe. The portal covers 31 countries and is available in 25 languages.
EU Events and Initiatives
*NEW* European Citizens' Initiative
You are now able to call on the Commission to make legislative proposals on EU policy. A new website has all the information on how to launch a "citizens' initiative".
Find out more at:
The European Citizens' Initiative page
The European Commission has launched a new website for researchers. EURAXESS - Researchers in motion will provide researchers with easy access to information in four main areas:
EURAXESS Services: information for mobile researchers
EURAXESS Jobs: on-line researcher's vacancies and funding opportunities
EURAXESS Rights: European Researchers' Charter and Code implementation
EURAXESS Links: networking of European researchers abroad and third-country researchers in Europe
At the Euraxess: Researchers in motion page you will find a free one-stop-shop listing research jobs and funding opportunities in Europe.
Researchers: Search for up-to-date vacancies and post your CVs.
Employers: Post your vacancies and find qualified research talent.
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