March 2016
Issue No. 32
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CCBS NEWS

CCBS and Cooperation Ireland publish second EU Referendum Briefing Paper



In the run-up to the referendum, the Centre for Cross Border Studies and Co-operation Ireland are publishing a series of briefing papers which aim to inform debate by exploring the potential impacts on Northern Ireland and North-South relations. The first paper in this series provided an overview of the potential consequences of a ‘leave’ vote for future co-operation and peace building across the island. The second paper has now been published and focuses in greater depth on possible constitutional and political impacts. In particular, it considers what implications UK departure from the EU would have for key political and legal instruments underlying the Northern Ireland peace settlement, including the Belfast Agreement itself. It concludes by briefly noting potential impacts on the wider UK devolution regime.

Click here to access the full briefing paper. 
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CROSS-BORDER NEWS

Cross-Border Crime Task Force: First Operation Expected to Take Place in March
 

A new joint task force set up to help tackle cross-border organised and paramilitary crime is expected to mount its first operation before the end of this month. Senior figures from the PSNI, the Garda, Her Majesty's Revenue and Customs Service, the Irish Revenue Commissioners and Immigration Service held their first meeting in Dublin last Friday.

Sources said they ratified a proposal for a joint operation in the border area within a matter of weeks. The taskforce is targeting organised and paramilitary gangs involved in child sexual exploitation, financial and rural crime, human trafficking and drugs. 

It was established as part of the Fresh Start deal agreed in November.

For further details click here.

A Picture of Health: The Knowledge 4 Health 2016 Photo Competition


The Institute of Public Health in Ireland wants you to show us what health and wellbeing means to you by entering the Knowledge 4 Health 2016 Photo Competition. 

Your photographic representations of health and well-being will be judged online by registrants to the forthcoming Knowledge 4 Health Conference 2016 which will be held on 25 May 2016 in the Royal Hospital Kilmainham, Dublin. The top ten photographs will be exhibited at the Conference and the overall winner, to be announced at the event, will receive a €100 voucher.
 
To submit a photograph* and register for the (free) conference, visit the Knowledge 4 Health 2016  website.
 
The closing date for submissions is 31 March 2016. Photographs can be no larger than 5mb and must be in jpeg format.

Click here for more information 

 

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EU NEWS

Commission Launches Public Consultation on Transparency Register

The European Commission believes that citizens have the right to know who is trying to influence the European Parliament, the Council and the Commission in the context of the legislative process. That is why it launched, this week, a public consultation inviting stakeholders, civil society and citizens to put forward their ideas and suggestions in relation to the current regime for registration of interest representatives who seek to influence the work of the EU institutions.

During 12 weeks stakeholders, civil society and citizens are invited to introduce their ideas and suggestions in relation to the current regime for registration of interest representatives who seek to influence the work of the EU institutions.

The consultation is open until 24 May 2016.

Click here for more information.

Europe-wide Mortgage Rules Now Applicable

The European Commission welcomed the entry into force earlier this week of the Mortgage Credit Directive (MCD). The Directive aims to create a Union-wide mortgage credit market with a high level of consumer protection. It applies to both secured credit and home loans.

A European Standardised Information Sheet will allow borrowers to understand better the risks of their mortgage agreement, as well as letting them compare offers and shop around for the best product to suit their needs at the best price.

Click here for more information. 
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OTHER NEWS

Cochrane Fellowships

The 2016 Cochrane Fellowship Scheme for the island of Ireland is now open (application deadline in May). Cochrane Fellowships are an annual scheme that aims to build capacity on the island of Ireland in conducting systematic reviews for inclusion in the Cochrane Library. The scheme is funded for applicants from the Republic of Ireland by the Health Research Board and for applicants from Northern Ireland by the Health & Social Care Research and Development Division, Public Health Agency. Eligible applicants are individuals working in health or social care who are resident in the island of Ireland. As a training scheme, no prior experience and/or structured training in conducting systematic reviews is required. Successful applicants will be funded so that they have protected time to conduct a Cochrane review for up to two days per week for up to two years.

For further details see here.

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EVENTS

Collaboration for Conflict Transformation: University Engagement with Civil Society
University Engagement with Civil Society - Friday 27th May 2016, 9.30am-4pm
6 College Park, Queen’s University Belfast


A PRACTIONER/RESEARCHER WORKSHOP

The imperative on university researchers to ensure their research has a meaningful and useful impact holds particular challenges and opportunities for those working with civil society; this is particularly true in the complex field of conflict transformation. In the wake of ‘A Fresh Start’ (2015) in Northern Ireland, the need for innovation and evidence in addressing perpetual division and conflict remains apparent and urgent. 

This one-day workshop will bring together a wide range of groups and individuals  from civil society and academic organisations to discuss how greater collaboration can be developed to ensure that resources for conflict transformation are used most effectively. This will, in particular, include discussions on how academic research in the broad area of conflict transformation can be most effectively utilised for public benefit.

To book your place, please follow this link.
Registration is free and includes coffee and lunch breaks. 
Places are restricted so early booking is advised. 

 

 

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