EU Legislation, Initiatives, etc.

FCOEU Careers Month started on 7 February 2011 as part of the Foreign Office's campaign to encourage the UK's top calibre graduates to apply for jobs in the EU Civil Service.  The Campaign will include a raft of online information to raise awareness about what working in the EU involves and how to get through the selection process.  Potential applicants will have ready access to blogs, videos and case studies of British staff working in Brussels.
Press release ~ EU Careers Month ~ Britain and the EU
 
EU News: All new types of passenger cars & small delivery vans now have to be equipped with Daytime Running Lights (DRL).  Trucks & buses will follow suit 18 months later, in August 2012. DRL lights are special lamps which automatically switch on when the engine is started.  They are expected to increase road safety as they substantially raise the visibility of motor vehicles for other road users.
Press release ~ Directive 2008/89/EC & more information on DRL ~ Research on DLR ~ Road safety in the EU
 
EU News: Have you ever been annoyed for not being able to borrow a friend's or a colleague's mobile phone charger because it wasn't compatible with your phone?  This era is coming to an end.  A common charger compatible with mobile phones of all brands is the simple idea that the Commission has been pushing for many years.  Thanks to the cooperation between 14 companies and the EC the solution is there: onechargerforall.eu.

New technical standards for data-enabled mobile phones were published on 29 December 2010.  Last week marked the start of an implementation process triggered by the European Commission.  Mobile phone manufacturers can now proceed with required design & testing changes for chargers ensuring compatible phones are safe and interoperable.
Press release ~ One charger for all
 
ScotGov: A meeting between Education Secretary, Michael Russell, and key European officials on the issue of fees for European students has been described as 'productive'. Currently, European law obliges the Scottish Government to pay the fees of students living in non-UK EU countries at a cost of more than £75m a year. 

Costs have surged from £20m in 2000-01 when there were half as many EU students coming to Scotland.  Mr Russell said: “…. we cannot allow our universities to become a cheap option for students who have to pay to study in their home countries”. There will be regular updates about the engagements on Brussels at
www.engageforeducation.com
Press release
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