Newly published official publications from :
The European Union
Demographic outlook for the European Union 2019. “This paper is the second in a series that EPRS (European Parliamentary Research Service) is producing on the demographic outlook for the European Union (EU). The economy, labour market, healthcare, pensions, the environment, intergenerational fairness and election results – they are all driven by demography.”
Automated tackling of disinformation : Major challenges ahead – Study. “This study maps and analyses current and future threats from online misinformation, alongside currently adopted socio-technical and legal approaches. Drawing on and complementing existing literature, the study summarises and analyses the findings of relevant journalistic and scientific studies and policy reports in relation to detecting, containing and countering online disinformation and propaganda campaigns. It traces recent developments and trends and identifies significant new or emerging challenges. It also addresses potential policy implications for the EU of current socio-technical solutions.”
Westminster and the UK Government
A report has been published by the Scottish Affairs Committee into the relationship between the UK and Scottish Governments in the years since devolution in 1998, through the change in governing parties, both at Holyrood and Westminster, and during, and subsequent to, the independence and EU referendums.
Investigation of former Armed Forces personnel who served in Northern Ireland. The specific focus of this briefing paper is the investigation, and in some cases prosecution, of former British Armed Forces personnel who served in Northern Ireland during The Troubles. It does not look at the wider issues raised in the recent consultation on addressing Northern Ireland’s past; nor does it discuss the political situation in Northern Ireland or the wider issue of combat immunity.”
The National Audit Office report into Departments’ use of consultation to support preparations for EU Exit. “Departments have been undertaking work to prepare for the UK’s exit from the European Union (EU Exit). In doing so, they have drawn on the services of consultants. This investigation examines the extent to which departments have used consultants in their work to prepare for exiting the EU.”
The Scottish Parliament and Government
Scottish greenhouse gas emissions for the years 1990 to 2017. “The Scottish Greenhouse Gas Inventory is the key data source for understanding the origins and magnitudes of the emissions. Data are reported by source sector (such as energy supply) and by greenhouse gas (such as carbon dioxide). The inventory is also used to report data against targets as required under the Climate Change (Scotland) Act 2009.”
The Human Tissue (Authorisation) (Scotland) Bill – Stage 3 Proceedings : “The Human Tissue (Authorisation) (Scotland) Bill sets out proposals to change the system for authorising organ and tissue donation in Scotland. Most notably, it proposes to introduce a system of ‘deemed authorisation’ (often known as presumed consent). This briefing summarises the proposals in the Bill, the findings and recommendations of the Health and Sport Committee”, and the bill amendments.
A new Scottish Government consultation on proposals to designate four Marine Protected Areas in Scottish waters opened on the 7th of June. “The sites under consultation are;
- North-east Lewis
- Sea of the Hebrides
- Shiant East Bank
- Southern Trench
The proposed protected features of these sites include basking shark, minke whale, Risso’s dolphin, as well as seabed habitats and geological features. Whales and dolphins, collectively known as cetaceans, as well as basking sharks are protected wherever they occur throughout Scottish waters. The four possible MPAs would offer additional levels of protection to locations important for the various life stages of these species.”
The consultation closes on 30th August 2019.
Persistent poverty in the UK and EU: 2017. “Comparisons of persistent poverty between UK and other EU countries.”
High streets in Great Britain. “Mapping the location and characteristics of high streets in Great Britain, working with experimental Ordnance Survey High Street extents and Office for National Statistics data.”
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