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If you have any queries about the European Union, you can contact the Europe Direct Contact Centre. You can also find information about the European Union at Aberdeen City Libraries as part of the information service.
Invisible City app
The Invisible City app helps users discover hidden cultural gems next door and around the world. Created with the support of the Creative Europe programme of the European Commission and the European Union National Institutes for Culture (EUNIC), Invisible City is a non-profit, free app that does not require a log in. All venues and events are selected independently on the basis of their cultural merit. Culture lovers around the world can use Invisible City:
- know what's on today in a matter of seconds
- find directions with one click
- save events and see them offline later
- create good habits and become an enlightened individual.
The app also accepts submissions on events for inclusion.
EU Sustainability Energy Awards 2017
The winners of the 2017 EU Sustainable Energy Awards were announced at the Awards Ceremony in Brussels. Twelve projects made it to the Awards shortlist this year, three in each of the four categories: Consumers, Public Sector, Energy Islands, and Businesses. A further award was decided by a public online vote in the weeks leading up to EU Sustainable Energy Week 2017.
The winners are:
- Consumers award: Home Energy Saving Kit by Codema (Ireland). The kit contains specialist tools to help householders identify potential energy savings in the home.
- Public Sector award: CELSIUS project, from Göteborg Energi (Sweden), which supports district heating and cooling in 66 municipalities.
- Business award: SINBIO by Trebišovská energetická (Slovakia), generating power for the town of Trebišov from agricultural and forestry waste.
- Energy Islands award: Tilos project (Greece) for its power station that combines renewables, battery storage and a smart grid for secure energy. Tilos also took the Citizens' Award, chosen from the 12 finalists in an online poll. Over 22,000 votes were cast online, more than double the total in 2016.
The EU Sustainable Energy Awards recognise outstanding innovation in energy efficiency and renewables. Nominees/finalists are chosen from a shortlist of the year's most successful projects for clean, secure and efficient energy. With prizes from an expert jury and European citizens, the Awards highlight new ways to shape Europe's energy future.
The Scottish Centre on European Relations
The Scottish Centre on European Relations a new independent and unaligned EU think tank, based in Edinburgh. It aims to inform, debate, and provide up-to-the-minute, high-quality research and analysis of European Union developments and challenges. It will focus on pan-EU issues as well as having a particular focus on Scotland's EU interests and policies.
On the 25 March 2017 the European Union celebrated its 60th anniversary. Over those 60 years there has been a lot to be proud of not least the fact that it has ushered in the longest period of peace in Europe in written history. You can find out more about the events that marked the 60th anniversary and links to the many milestones in the history of the European Union on the dedicated EU60 webpages.
European Solidarity Corps
The European Solidarity Corps is a brand new EU initiative. It creates opportunities for young people to volunteer or work in projects in their own country or abroad that benefit communities and people around Europe. The projects will cover a wide range of issues, such as helping to prevent natural disasters or rebuild afterwards, assisting in centres for asylum seekers, or addressing different social issues in communities. They will last from two to twelve months and will normally be located somewhere inside the EU. Anyone over 17 can register online although the participation is open only for 18-30 year olds.
Statistics 4 Beginners
At first glance, statistics might be difficult to understand. Eurostat have created Statistics 4 Beginners to make the world of statistics a bit easier both for pupils and students as well as for all those with an interest in statistics.
Statistics can answer questions posed at different occasions in everyday life: Is society heading in the direction promised by politicians? Is unemployment up or down? Are there more CO2emissions compared with ten years ago? How many women have a job? How is my country's economy performing compared to other EU Member States? Statistics 4 Beginners has two workbooks currently to help you understand and use statistics.
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