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- EU resources for teachers
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Interested in the Environment? Then our Let's Clean Up Europe Day is for you ...
Europe Direct Aberdeen along with local partners are organising a litter pick for Let's Clean Up Europe Day. We will be cleaning up the coastal path from the Torry Battery to Nigg Bay on Saturday the 10th of May from 10am - 1pm. The event aims to raise awareness of litter on the local environment and wildlife. All equipment will be provided on the day. Any individuals or groups who are interested in taking part should email firstname.lastname@example.org
to sign up. In addition to this anyone who is aged 12 - 25 years will be eligible to do the litter pick as a Saltire Awards Challenge and earn Young Scot Points which will look good on a CV.
Aberdeen's Twin Cities and World War One
On the Friday the 28th of March we were with young people from Aberdeen, Aberdeenshire, Regensburg (Germany), Clermont-Ferrand (France), and Gomel (Belarus) as part of The Impact of WW1 on Aberdeen and its Twin Cities conference. In groups that consisted of a mix of young people from each city topics such as "How has Europe changed since WW1?" were discussed. The event was very successful and everyone seemed to enjoy themselves. It provided the participants a great opportunity to mix with other Europeans and share ideas and perspectives about Europe in the past and Europe now and in the future.
The EU funded two day conference was organised by Amye Robinson as part of Twinning Aberdeen with support from Europe Direct Aberdeen and other various other partners. Europe Direct Aberdeen will be producing a free booklet of the discussion event which will be made available to order and viewable online.
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.
The Future of Europe
Watch a short video of the Citizens Dialogue with Vivienne Reding, Vice President of the European Commission. The debate was on the future of Europe and took place in London on the 10th of February 2014.
European Union good or bad? Make up your own mind ...
Negative press about the European Union is all too common and Europe can seem remote as we go about our daily lives. So what does the EU actually do for us and is it good or bad? To make up your mind visit The EU and Me website. On this site you can learn about how the EU is representing you in a wide range of areas such as:
- Consumer Rights
- Food and the Environment
You can read case studies of where the EU has funded projects in Aberdeen and Scotland as a whole. There is also an EU myths sections where you can see what the EU is not doing. Have a read and make up your own mind.
Erasmus+ Webinars and News
Free Webinars on Erasmus+ available to register for now. The webinars will give organisations an overview of the decentralised funding opportunities available under Erasmus+ and provide tailored application guidance by field. To find out more and to register visit Erasmus+ UK. Here you will also find a range of video and digital resources.
There have been some important changes to the Erasmus+ guidelines for applicants.
The main changes are:
- Advanced project start date for mobility projects in the fields of Higher Education, Vocational Education and Training, School Education and Adult Education (Part B)
- Corrected link to the Participant Portal (Part C)
- Revised selection procedure for Joint Masters Degrees (Annex 1).
Read the updated Erasmus+ Guidelines
The Erasmus+ Guide guide explains how grant applications should be prepared, and provides detailed information on how to apply. Applications can be made online from the end of January 2014. 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.
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
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;
My Europe in Books
Our latest publication from the My Europe in Books project earlier in the year is now available.
Pick up your copy in the Information Centre or read online My Europe In Books
UK European Consumer Centre
The UK European Consumer Centre is part of the European Consumer Centre Network (ECC-Net). There are 30 centres covering Europe, plus Iceland and Norway. The aim of the network is to provide advice and support to consumers who have a dispute with a trader based in a European country outside the UK. The Network will assist consumers in the attempt to resolve the complaint.
UK ECC can provide advice in the following main areas:
- buying goods and services
- online shopping
- internet auctions
- timeshare and holiday clubs
- air travel
If a UK consumer contacts the UK European Consumer Centre in connection with a dispute with a trader outside of Europe, the UK ECC's advisors will transfer the consumer to our sister organisation, the European Consumer Centre for Services. Their advisors are able to give pre-purchasing advice and will do their best to signpost the consumer to a variety of organisations, according to the type of problem, that may be able to assist in case of a dispute with traders within Europe and often outside of Europe. Often it is possible to signpost to consumer bodies in the particular country, however it should be pointed out that these organisations may only assist consumers within that country. It is always best for consumers to get advice before they agree to purchase, particularly on issues such as the best ways to pay in order to give themselves added protection. This pre-contract advice can be obtained from the European Consumer Centre for Services.
UK ECC is co-funded by the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS), and the European Commission. The UK ECC service is delivered by the Trading Standards Institute (www.tsi.org.uk). Consumers can make contact with the UK European Consumer Centre via the website www.ukecc.net or by phone on 08456 04 05 03 weekdays between 10am and 3pm. The European Consumer Centre for Services is funded by the Department for Business Innovation and Skills and delivered by the Trading Standards Institute. Consumers can contact the European Consumer Centre for Services via the website www.ukecc-services.net or by phone on 08456 089494 weekdays between 10am and 3pm.
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.
Press Releases, Current Consultations & Useful Links
Please go to Europe Direct Press Releases & Links
Europe Direct Information Centre - Aberdeen
Tel. 01224 649483
Fax 01224 624118
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