FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS and USEFUL LINKS

Groups of Web links

GREEN

UK Green
International Green

 

EUROPE

General EU Info
News relating to the EU
European Institutions' Websites
European Legislation & Policy updates
General Info on the European Union
How do I get EU funding?
Advice and Guidance for EU Citizens

 

ISSUE-BASED LINKS

Movement of Peoples (non-EU)
Human Rights, Democracy & Civil Liberties

Ilisu Dam and Export Credit Agencies
Kurds
Asylum and Immigration
Human Rights, Peace and Disarmament
Anti-discrimination
Environment & Sustainaibility
Animal Welfare
Peace, Nuclear Weapons and Disarmament
Enlargement


UK GOVERNMENT

UK Government departments

 

Other Useful links


DTI Postgraduate Employment Research Scholarship scheme
www.dti.gov.uk/employment/research-evaluation/data

Current Affairs databases
International elections information

 

 

Current Favourites

 

 


Green Links

Green Party of England and Wales

Scottish Green Party

Caroline Lucas MEP

Greens/EFA Group in the European Parliament

European Federation of Green Parties

Green Movement
Information and news about Green Parties around the world


General EU Info

European Information Network in the UK
www.europe.org.uk
A gateway to Europe Information for the UK regions, including contacts, news, links…

Eurodesk
www.eurodesk.org.uk/
A Europe wide network providing information on EU funding and mobility opportunities for young people and those who work with them.


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EU Institutions

Main EU Website www.europa.eu.int
The homepage of the EU, acting as a gateway to the sites of all the EU institutions, news, information on the history and functioning of the EU, links to official documents and press agencies…

European Parliament www.europarl.eu.int
The Parliament's homepage - from here you can get to the homepages of the political groups, news from the Parliament, information about MEPs…

European Parliament UK Offices www.europarl.org.uk

Fact sheets on the European Parliament www.europarl.eu.int/facts/

European Commission europa.eu.int/comm/

European Commission's UK representation www.cec.org.uk
A very useful source of information about all aspects of the EU, including news, how to get funding, policy briefs, discussions about the future of Europe, jobs in the EU…

European Commission website called "Your voice in Europe"

europa.eu.int/yourvoice
Shows citizens, consumers and businesses how they can be actively involved in the Commission's policy-making process. This is part of the Commission's Interactive Policymaking Initiative.

European Court of Justice

Council of the European Union

Local Government International Bureau (LGIB)

lgib.gov.uk/eis/index.htm

 


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EU News

EU Observer www.euobserver.com
Easy-to-read online newspaper covering EU affairs. Includes links to national newspaper articles

Agence Europe http://www.agenceeurope.com/EN/GobalFrameset.html
Daily, detailed news of developments in all policy areas

European Parliament Press Service http://www.europarl.ep.ec/press/index_en.htm
- click on 'publications' for extra news
The latest news from Parliament

European Commission Press Service http://www.europa.eu.int/comm/press_room/index_en.cfm
Press Releases and more

European Voice
www.european-voice.com
Weekly Brussels newspaper covering EU events (and gossip!) It also contains job adverts.


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European Legislation
& Policy summaries

EU Legislative Observatory - search for EU legislation by key word
wwwdb.europarl.eu.int/dors/oeil/en/search.shtm

Summaries and legislative follow-up to European Union Policies
www.europa.eu.int/scadplus/scad_en.htm


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How to get EU Funding

EU Commission Guide http://www.cec.org.uk/work/funding.htm

ECAS Funding Guide http://www.ecas.org/default_1.asp?section=1
ECAS' funding guides are designed to help the non-profit sector - local trade unions, NGOs, SMEs or even individuals…

The European Commission Representation in the UK
This guide gives an overview of EU funding programmes, references to legislation and contact names in the UK and Brussels for further information.
http://www.cec.org.uk/info/pubs/funding/contents.htm

Eurodesk
www.eurodesk.org.uk/
A Europe wide network providing information on EU funding and mobility opportunities for young people and those who work with them.

Further Information on EU Funding
europa.eu.int/comm/secretariat_general/sgc/info_subv/index_en.htm


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UK Government Contacts

Addresses for Ministers and Government Departments http://www.parliament.uk/commons/lib/hmgdept.htm#Depts

Main UK Government website
www.open.gov.uk

Department for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs
www.defra.gov.uk/

Foreign and Commonwealth Office
www.fco.gov.uk

Department for Work and Pensions
www.dwp.gov.uk/

UK Government website for sustainability
www.sustainable-development.gov.uk/


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Current Affairs Databases

Guardian Unlimited www.guardianunlimited.co.uk
One of the most extensive databases of articles and links on everything you can think of!

BBC Online www.bbc.co.uk
Another good source of information about all sorts of issues


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Advice and Guidance for Citizens

European Citizens Action Service (ECAS) www.ecas.org
ECAS is a non-governmental organisation providing services to EU citizens, including funding guidance for NGOs and civil society, freedom of movement and citizens' rights, and transparency and access to documents


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Democracy and Civil Liberties

Statewatch www.statewatch.org
News and database covering issues of the state, civil liberties and openness. Statewatch's work covers, for example, freedom of information, security and intelligence, the law and the European courts, etc


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Ilisu Dam and Export Credit Reform

Friends of the Earth www.foe.co.uk/pubsinfo/briefings/html/19991008172758.html
FoE briefing on the role of Export Credit Agencies in realising infrastructure projects outside the UK. Briefing also includes recommendations on reforming the ECA system, in order to promote and sustain an ethical UK foreign policy.

Ilisu Dam Campaign www.ilisu.org.uk/
UK-based organisation promoting a wide-ranging view on the construction of the Ilisu Dam in Turkey, including displacement of populations and environmental impact. Also highlights the role of the UK government in financially supporting companies in the realisation of this project

Turkish Embassy www.turkishembassy-london.com/new_page_44.htm
Official comments from the Turkish Embassy in London on the overall project of which the Ilisu dam is a component part, and the potential benefits the (Southeastern Anatolia) project will bring, both regionally and nationally

International Rivers Network www.irn.org/wcd/ilisu.shtml
Response to the Ilisu Dam project in Turkey and also to other dam projects around the world. Addresses alternative dam-construction methods, which would be more likely to assimilate into particular river patterns and local environmental characteristics, with less disturbance to local natural processes and habitats


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Kurds


Kurdish Academic Network
UK-based organisation of academics, giving background information of Kurdish struggles, past and present, and promoting education at all levels for Kurds in Iraq. Includes links to Kurdish universities

Kurdish Library
Site supported by the Swedish government and the City of Stockholm, giving access to Kurdish literature (with translations) and recent worldwide Kurdish news


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Asylum and Immigration


United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) www.unhcr.ch
The UNHCR website provides detailed country by country information on the situation of refugees and asylum seekers throughout the world. It also contains news, statistics, in-depth reports on relevant issues and information on UNHCR programmes

European Council on Refugees and Exiles (ECRE) www.ecre.org
Resource covering everything to do with refugees and asylum-seekers in 28 countries in Europe, including legal aspects, links to member organisations, policy…

Refugee Net www.refugeenet.org
A resource related to the integration of refugees in Europe, this is a useful database of information on themes such as education, employment, vocational training, health, housing and community integration

UK Home Office http://www.ind.homeoffice.gov.uk/
UK government website, detailing government policy on dealing with asylum and immigration, and including updates on recent concerns brought forward by members of the public and organisations. Links to government White Papers

Amnesty http://amnesty.spanner.org/action/camp/refugees/whitepaper.pdf
Official Amnesty International response to the UK government White Paper on Asylum and Immigration. An in-depth report, dealing with procedural measures concerning asylum and immigration


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Human Rights

Amnesty International www.amnesty.org
A mine of information about human rights throughout the world. News and reports on issues including the death penalty, women's rights, the right to a fair trial, torture..

National Campaign on Dalit Human Rights www.dalits.org
Information and campaign on the situation of the Dalit (untouchable) caste in India - 260 million people denied basic human rights

Dalit Solidarity Network-UK www.dsn-uk.org


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Peace and Disarmament

International Alert http://www.international-alert.org/
Organisation promoting non-violent resolution of conflict and addressing some catalysts of violent conflict- such as arms trading- and human rights violations (individual and collective) subsequent to violent conflict


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Anti-discrimination

Campaign Against Racism and Facism http://www.carf.demon.co.uk/
Independent UK organisation providing information and support on race issues


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Environment

Greenpeace http://www.greenpeace.org.uk/
Greenpeace campaigns on current issues affecting the environment on all scales. Offering campaign advice and access to research articles on alternative development possibilties. It also campaigns for world peace.


National Trust Environment & Conservation
www.ntenvironment.com/
UK National Trust website for the conservation of places of historic interest or natural beauty. Also information on current environment issues, such as agriculture in Britain and sustainable development. Details and reports on current and past projects


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Animal Welfare

Compassion in World Farming www.ciwf.co.uk/
Organisation campaigning to end intensive and inhumane farming practices. Providing information on alternative farming methods and the damage/risk of present methods

RSPCA www.rspca.org.uk/
Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals. Campaigns for exactly this. Extends to agricultural sector, domestic animals and wild animals. Reports and information available


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Enlargement

Enlargement DG of the European Commission europa.eu.int/comm/enlargement

European Commission London Office
www.cec.org.uk/info/pubs/bbriefs/bb11.htm provides an easily-disgestible summary of the situation

European Parliament
www.europarl.eu.int provides lots of excellent links


 

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Current Favourites

Boycott ESSO www.foe.org.uk/campaigns/energy_and_climate/stopesso.html
'Friends of the Earth' campaign to boycott ESSO products, following the ESSO-supported rejection of the Kyoto Treaty by the United States government


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Elections Information

www.electionworld.org
Parliamentary election results from around the world

ElectionResources.org
Internet election resources. Mainly links to national/regional election results sites.

www.ifes.org/eguide/elecguide.htm
Election dates, results and information from around the world.