Bridges, Erasmus, and wildlife crime: New Official Publications 05.01.21

Newly published official publications from :

The European Union

General view of the Plenary chamber in Brussels – PHS Hemicycle – Plenary session week 46 2014. © European Union 2014 – Source EP

The link between biodiversity loss and the increasing spread of zoonotic diseases. This analysis covers; the risks associated with zoonotic diseases, the main interactions between biodiversity and zoonotic diseases, and policy options and conclusions.

New psychoactive substances: Global markets, global threats and the COVID-19 pandemic : an update from the EU early warning system.In this update from the EU Early Warning System, the EMCDDA aims to provide insights into what is happening with new psychoactive substances in Europe, based on data from the agency’s early warning and risk-assessment activities. This report covers the period until October 2020.”

Prolonging life time of old steel and steel-concrete bridges (PROLIFE). “With thousands of old European steel and composite bridges, there is a need of rational methods to strengthen existing bridges to compensate not only for their age, but also for higher and more frequent loads. This report is based on three distinctive ideas which each has the potential to reduce strengthening costs as well the environmental impact and traffic disturbance.

Westminster and the UK Government

House of Commons Library (c) Parliamentary copyright images are reproduced with the permission of Parliament

House of Commons Library (c) Parliamentary copyright images are reproduced with the permission of Parliament

The Erasmus Programme. “This House of Commons briefing provides information on the Erasmus+ programme and discusses the future position of the UK with regard to the scheme post Brexit. On 24 December 2020 the Prime Minister announced that the UK would no longer participate in Erasmus+ and would develop its own replacement programme – the Turing Scheme.”

The Government response to the Online Harms White Paper consultation was published last month. “The White Paper proposes establishing in law a new duty of care towards [internet] users, which will be overseen by an independent regulator. Companies will be held to account for tackling a comprehensive set of online harms, ranging from illegal activity and content to behaviours which are harmful but not necessarily illegal.” The consultation ran in the summer of 2019.

Responding to human rights judgments: 2019 to 2020. “This report sets out the government’s position on the implementation of human rights judgments from the European Court of Human Rights and our domestic courts.”

The Scottish Parliament and Government

Scottish Parliament

Image © Scottish Parliamentary Corporate Body – 2012. Licensed under the Open Scottish Parliament Licence v1.0.

Expert views on green recovery from COVID-19, and alignment with Scottish Government plans. “This briefing explores the concept of a ‘green recovery’ from COVID-19, and presents a review of related academic articles and reports published between April and September 2020. It then analyses the extent to which themes in academic studies correspond with the Scottish Government’s Programme for Government 2020-2021, and its Economic Recovery Implementation Plan.”

A series of research findings papers on the use of remote hearings and technology across jurisdictions during the Covid 19 pandemic 2020.

Residential rehabilitation – service mapping: report – 2019 to 2020. “Mapping of residential rehabilitation provision in Scotland for alcohol and drug treatment.”

Official Statistics

Wildlife crime in Scotland: 2019 annual report. This report contains information on the offences relating to wildlife, including statistics on incidences and prosecutions. Wildlife crime policy and enforcement is also covered.

Universal Credit Scotland dashboard: December 2020. “The most recent official statistics (as of December 2020) on people receiving, claiming, and starting on Universal Credit in Scotland.”

Coronavirus (COVID-19): 2020 in charts. “Data from across the UK government and devolved administrations highlight the effects of the pandemic on the economy and society.”

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