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  • Internet access to EU websites
  • EU resources for teachers
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  • Information on your rights when travelling in the EU
  • EU Facts and Figures


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Women in Research and Innovation

Women remain largely under-represented in the fields of Science, Technology, Engineering and Research – something which the EU is attempting to address by inviting young women to consider the great opportunities they may be missing. Tuesday 4th November marked the occasion of Europe Direct Aberdeen's Women in Research and Innovation event, held at the Council Chambers in the city's Townhouse. An enthusiastic group of teenage girls travelled from schools throughout the City and the Shire to hear our seven speakers recall their experiences across a range of scientific disciplines, many of which have not traditionally been career paths trodden by women.

Among the many issues addressed by our speakers were, the opportunities to distinguish oneself in pioneering new scientific fields, the possibility of exciting and varied travel options, the necessity of confidently seizing opportunities when they arise, and combining career and family life. Numbered among the speakers was eminent Forensic Anthropogist, Sue Black of Dundee University's Centre for Human Anatomy and Identification, who provided an enthralling account of her experiences in Kosovo and Iraq in the service of HM Government.

At the end of the evening, the girls had a chance to put questions to the speakers and an informal mingling session presented the occasion for career advice and further discussion of a multitude of previously unconsidered avenues that a career in science may open up to young women. You can take a look at the programme for more information on our speakers and for useful weblinks.

  Women in Research and Innovation ED


EU Entrepreneur

The 17th - 21st November 2014 is Global Entrepreneur Week. To mark this we have drawn up the following list of useful European programmes, publications and resources for budding entrepreneurs.

  • Entrepreneurship 2020 Action Plan - for all you need to know about the EU's programme to support entrepreneurial activity.
  • Erasmus for Young Entrepreneurs - a cross-border exchange programme which gives new or aspiring entrepreneurs the chance to learn from experienced entrepreneurs running small businesses in other Participating Countries.
  • 5 Years of Erasmus for Young Entrepreneurs - booklet available to download on the Erasmus for Young Entrepreneurs programme.
  • Building Entrepreneurial Mindsets and Skills in the EU - booklet available to download and to be picked up in hard copy from the EDIC about how entrepreneurship can be further supported in the member states.
  • net-innov future - magazine featuring a number of EU-funded initiatives and projects, some trends and a glimpse not only of the 'what' but a little of the 'how' and 'why', and even 'what next' so that you can see how 'net innovation' can make a difference to you, your organisation and your community.
  • Watify - online platform to help stimulate digital entrepreneurship, helping to remove doubts from starting your own business to digitising it.  
  • Policy brief on senior entrepreneurship - policy briefing paper examining a range of different initiatives and schemes that could be implemented to promote business start-ups by older people
  • Social Enterprise - Make it happen! - leaflet outlining different social enterprise projects.


If this is an area of interest and you have an idea, Aberdeen City Library has recently launched Intellectual Property clinics where you can come along and get free confidential advice from a registered patent attorney. For more information contact

"We are INSEPARABLE - Eat, Buy and Sell Sustainable Fish"

The European Union is a world leader in fisheries management and aquaculture standards. Over the last decade, EU policies have had a positive impact in places such as the North-East Atlantic where more and more stocks are caught sustainably but there is a lot more work to be done. Our upcoming booklet "EU Marine Animals; Their Life in Your Hands" explores this topic and others that are threatening our marine animals. Buying sustainable fish is one way in which you can help. Find out more via:


Humanitarian Aid Special

The European Commission's Humanitarian aid and Civil Protection department (ECHO) aims to save and preserve life, prevent and alleviate human suffering and safeguard the integrity and dignity of populations affected by natural disasters and man-made crises. EU assistance, amounting to one of the world's largest, is enshrined in the Treaty of Lisbon. If you want to find out about how the EU is assisting in current humantiarian crises such as the situation in Syria, the Ukraine, and the ongoing Ebola outbreak visit the European Commission's  Humanitarian Aid and Civil Protection pages.

Who's Who in the new European Commission?

The new European Commission took office last week, but who are they? What has each member of the new commission done before? What are their areas of responsibility in the new Commission? To find out the answer to these questions and more you can:


The European Economy Explained

Our highlighted website for this month is about the European economy. For a topic that is often hard to come to grasp, The European Economy Explained provides simple bite size explanations of topics such as economic growth, how the European economy is monitored and the economic crisis.

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


Euro Talk Aberdeen Issue 26 Sept Oct 2014

Ever wanted to create an App?

Or create your own computer game? If you can code or even understand a little bit about coding it can help you can create and innovate in the digital world. Digital tools are changing our world from home to work to our hospitals, knowing about coding can help you get ahead. It is even being introduced to the school curriculum. The European Commission is encouraging young people to get involved in coding during EU Code Week from the 11th to 17th of October. For more information and some activities you can try have a look at the  European Code Week resources.     

ERASMUS+ changes lives ...

For students Erasmus can really be life transformational. Did you know for instance that 27% of former ERASMUS students met their life partner during their time abroad and 40% compared to 23% of non-Erasmus students moved to another country following graduation? For more statistics take a look at the infographic. Fancy a year studying abroad find out more at Erasmus+ UK or the main European page ERASMUS+...    

Taste of Europe

European Day of Languages Photos We celebrated European Day of Languages in style at the Beach Ballroom. We had a wonderful mix of people from across Aberdeen who came and enjoyed our Taste of Europe evening cafe with us. Of those in attendance we had speakers of Croatian, Danish, Estonian, Finnish, French, German, Irish, Latvian, Portuguese, Spanish and Swedish. At the cafe they were able to: 

  • Learn about the various language learning opportunities and support available through Europe Direct and Aberdeen City Libraries.
  • Try out the EU Language Tombola learning the words for objects like a bag, a cow and a bear in French, German, Swedish, Spanish and Gaelic (Scottish).
  • Play various matching games including our match the dish to the country game.
  • Tests their wits with our prize quiz.
  • Sample the food and chat to one another about languages.

We overheard and took part in a number of conversations about the similarities between different languages and the origins of words. A winner for the prize will be drawn on the 10th of October. Good luck to all who entered. Find out more about European Day of Languages here ...   

RGU Freshers

Europe Direct attended RGU Freshers Fair again this year. It was a good afternoon and we were able to provide students with a variety of information on RGU Freshers Feedback chart the EU and how it is relevant not only to their studies but also their day to day lives. As you would expect there was particular interest in travel, studying abroad and jobs in Europe but as the chart below indicates there was a wider interest in EU rights and the environment. If you would like more information on any of the topics in the chart or another matter relating to the EU please get in touch.  




New Notes on the Horizon

10 euro bank note new A new €10 bank note entered circulation on the23 September 2014. This is the second in a new series of bank notes being introduced. The new €5 note was introduced last year. Like the first series there will be 7 denominations in the series from €5 to €500. The new notes are being introduced to increase security and reduce the risk of counterfeiting. Technology has moved on greatly since the first notes were developed over 10 years ago and this new series should help to ensure the currency's integrity for the years ahead.

So how are they more secure? There is a portrait of Europa in both the watermark and the hologram. The number is in emerald and reflects the light when you tilt the note. The second series note are more durable so should last longer which is good for the environment. Don't worry if you have notes from the first series these will be circulating in tandem with the second series until further notice at which point you will be able to exchange them in the euro area for an unlimited time. Find out more about the Euro...

There's a new EU Commission in town

Juncker The new EU Commission structure under President-elect Juncker has been unveiled. The new structure aims to deliver change and has been streamlined to focus on tackling the big political challenges Europe is facing including employment and stabilising the banks and the economy. Jean-Claude Juncker who was elected by your vote in the European Parliament Elections has personally interviewed all the Commissioners-designate and is confident in the team's ability to work to put Europe back on the path to jobs and growth. He has taken great care in assigning the different portfolios balancing gender and political allegiences to achieve a what is hoped to be a balanced political structure. On his Facebook page he states that he has taken the European Parliament Elections slogan "This time it's different" to heart and is dedicated to making this commission different. They will do less but what they do do will be focused and more effective.  

Some Key Facts about the New Commission

  • There are 7 Vice Presidents in the the new structure.
  • 1/3 of the new Commission (9/28) including the President-elect, campaigned in this year's European elections.
  • Juncker insisted upon female candidates for his Commission. there are 9 female and 19 male Members of the Juncker Commission and 3 of the 7 Vice-Presidents are women.
  • The VPs will steer and co-ordinate the work of a number of different groups of Commissioners. The composition of these groups are flexible to the needs of projects and changing priorities. This should help to breakdown silos and move away from static structures of old.
  • The new Financial Stability, Financial Services and Capital Markets Union portfolio will be under the British Commissioner-designate, Lord Jonathan Hill.

The dedicated Toward the Juncker Commission webpages have a wealth of information relating to the new commission and how it has been formed including diagrams of the new structure and also information about each of the 10 priorities

Our latest publication

The Great War impacted on all walks of life in Europe from 1914 to 1918 and beyond. As part of the centenary commemorations ourselves and the Local Studies Department of Aberdeen City Libraries have worked collaboratively to compile this booklet which aims to capture the shared experience of war in Aberdeen, Regensburg, Clermont-Ferrand and Gomel. Copies are available to pick up at the EDIC and an electronic version can be viewed below.

The Impact of the Great War on Aberdeen and Its Twin Cities

A Safer Internet for You

Learn all about how to stay safe whille surfing the internet with our publication Safer Internet Day. Pick up a copy from the EDIC or contact us to request to pick up a copy from your local library in Aberdeen. Or you can view it online here;

Safer Internet Day; Making the Internet a Better Place


Europe for Business 

Our featured website this month is: Your Europe - Business. It is a multilingual service providing practical information and online government services for companies looking for business in another EU country.


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. 

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 ...

Fact File 4 - Quick Guide to Travelling in the European Union
To request any of the materials highlighted in our fact file contact us

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.

Continue to Survey 

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.  

  Healthy Workplaces Manage Stress Banner


For guidance on what funding is available and how to apply for Eramus+ funding visit Erasmus+ UK or the main European page ERASMUS+. Alternatively have read the Erasmus+ Guidelines here.

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;

Fact File No. 13 Welcome Croatia                    Fact File No.14 Protected Food Names

Fact File No. 15 Languages in the EU               Fact File No. 16 Tackling Discrimination in the EU

Fact File No. 17 Waste Aware Europe              Special Edition Fact File European Parliament Elections 2014 

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

112 in UK Banner 112 in UK Childrens Banner
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 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

ED Youth Portal
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

European citizens Initiative

*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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