Central Library, The Arts Space
Come and join us at this free event!
Taster sessions in a variety of languages
Meet local colleges and language providers to find out more about language courses
Meet the Interpreting and Translation Team
Join the Language Exchange Scheme at Central Library
Win a prize, enter the Language quiz
Books and music to borrow in other languages
Is English not your first language? Find out about online resources to improve your English and try the Citizenship Test
Naric – find out about overseas qualifications comparability
Visit our Europe Direct Centre
Light refreshments will be provided
Free event, no booking required. Everyone welcome.
Central Library, The Arts Space
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Want to compare your country with other European countries and to see in one glance the differences among them? Take a look at Eurostat’s new infographic: My country in a bubble.
How do EU countries compare? To help citizens visualise the similarities and differences between their country and others, Eurostat has produced a new online infographic tool called My country in a bubble. The application enables comparisons to be made in about 50 indicators for EU member states and EFTA countries. The indicators are grouped into the following themes: economy and finance; population and social conditions; industry, trade and services; agriculture and fisheries; international trade; transport; environment and energy, and, science and technology.
The EU supports entrepreneurs and businesses with a wide range of programmes providing ﬁnancing through local financial institutions. Every year the EU supports more than 200,000 businesses. Funding is available for startups, entrepreneurs and companies of any size or sector. A wide range of financing is available: loans, guarantees, equity funding and other.
But how can businesses access EU funds that are made available via local financial institutions? The Access to Finance website is a database set up for that purpose, to help users locate banks or venture capital funds that provide finance supported by the EU.
The Access to finance webportal helps you to finance your projects with EU funds. It is easy, complete and up-to-date.
Do you need further advice free of charge?
You can also contact one of our 600 Enterprise Europe
Network offices where experts can help you find international business partners, give advice on EU law
and guidance on how to access EU funding. Find your local branch here: http://een.ec.europa.eu/
InnovFin Programme (Horizon 2020)
- Loans and guarantees to innovative businesses
- Financing of research & development projects
- Equity (early and start-up phase)
- Guarantees to small and medium-sized enterprises for loans
mainly up to €150,000
- Equity (growth and expansion stage)
European Structural and Investment Funds (ESI funds)
- Loans, guarantees, equity fi nancing or grants to businesses.
Support is provided from multi-annual programmes
co-financed by the EU.
Programme for Employment and Social
- Microloans up to €25,000 to micro-enterprises and to vulnerable
persons who wish to set up or develop a micro-company
- Equity up to €500,000 to social enterprises
One website with access to over €100 billion of
finance from various EU programmes:
How does the European Union contribute to fostering an understanding of its history and diversity? And how does it attempt to boost EU civic participation? As this brief from the European Parliament Research Service explains, Europe for Citizens is an EU programme aimed at encouraging direct participation in EU policies by citizens, and promoting dialogue between the EU institutions, civil society organisations and municipalities. With over five million citizens (directly or indirectly) involved in the programme, and €185.5 million available for the period 2014-2020, Europe for Citizens has earmarked funding for two main areas. One is called “European remembrance”, which this year looks at crimes against humanity during the Second World War; and the consequences of the war for Europe’s architecture.
European remembrance- the EU as a peace project
The programme supports initiatives which reflect on the causes of the totalitarian regimes that blighted Europe’s modern history, look at its other defining moments and reference points, and consider different historical perspectives.
The other area, entitled “Democratic engagement and civic participation”, focuses on debating the future of Europe in 2015.
Democratic engagement & civic participation- getting citizens involved
1. Town twinning
Projects will bring together citizens from twinned towns to debate issues from the European political agenda. They will develop opportunities for societal engagement and volunteering at EU level.
2. Networks of towns
Towns are encouraged to cooperate with other towns on a long‑term basis to explore particular topics or themes, share resources or interests, gain influence or face common challenges.
3. Civil society projects
These projects give citizens an opportunity to participate concretely in the EU policy-making process. They stimulate debates to propose practical solutions through cooperation at European level.
Natural disasters, wars, and conflicts can have devastating effects on civilians, depriving them from the basics of subsistence like food or electricity, sometimes overnight. Humanitarian aid ensures the very survival of the affected populations after a crisis hits by responding to basic needs such as food, shelter, clean water or physical protection. European humanitarian aid is unconditional. It is there for anyone who needs it, regardless of race, ethnicity, religion, gender, age or political beliefs. It is about human dignity, not about politics.
ECHO : http://ec.europa.eu/echo
EU Aid Volunteers
Humanitarian aid and civil protection
Humanitarian aid and civil protection – Helping victims of disasters and conflicts, and protecting those at risk (2014)
‘European humanitarian aid makes a true difference for thousands and thousands of people who know that Europe is a force which stands for those universal values that are so essential to make the world a better place to live in.’ This brochure is part of the series ‘The European Union explained’ that explains what the EU does in the fields where it has powers, why it does this and what it achieves.
Falsified medicines are a major threat to public health and safety. The illegal sale of medicinal products to the public via the internet by retailers operating outside the law is a serious danger as falsified medicinal products may easily reach the public in this way.
As part of an EU-wide initiative to help patients avoid online sellers of fake medicines, as of 1 July 2015 all online pharmacies or retailers legally operating in the EU should display a common logo.
As this leaflet (pdf) explains, the logo has a two-step verification process to ensure maximum protection from falsified medicines, which are usually ineffective, substandard and dangerous. The logo, which consists of a white cross and a striped green background, links to the website of the national competent authority listing all legally operating online pharmacies/retailers.
National websites are listed with the European Medicines Agency.
UK national website www.gov.uk/mhra
By simply clicking on the logo, a potential online purchaser of the medicine will be sent to the entry of the pharmacy on that national list, thus completing the verification process. A quiz, poster (pdf) and animation explaining the purpose of the new logo are also available.
The European Commission has announced the 17 finalists for the RegioStars 2015 awards which honour Europe’s most inspirational and innovative regional projects supported by EU Cohesion Policy Funds.
An independent jury selected the finalists from 143 entries on the basis of four key criteria: innovation, impact, sustainability and partnership. These projects should serve as best practices examples for other regions and cities, illustrating the kind of investments that the Commission wants to see more of in the future.
The finalists come from regions and cities in 15 Member States: Austria, Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Denmark, France, Greece, Hungary, Italy, Ireland, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Spain, Sweden and the United Kingdom.
The four winners in each category – Smart Growth, Sustainable Growth, Inclusive Growth and CityStars – will be announced during the 2015 Open Days event in Brussels from 12 to 15 October 2015.
UK finalists are:
Category 1 – SMART GROWTH: Unleashing SME growth potential for a digital economy
-Digital Tourism (Wales, UK)
Category 2 – SUSTAINABLE GROWTH: Mobilizing investments in energy efficiency for the benefit of citizens and society
-London Green Fund (UK)
Category 3 – INCLUSIVE GROWTH: Integrating in society those at risk of social exclusion
-Fit for Work (Wales, UK)
What do a bandurria and a laúd have in common? They are both stringed instruments similar to a lute and they both originate in Spain.
Tim Moon was on hand to demonstrate these and dozens of other musical instruments from around Europe at this year’s Our Big Gig in the Library.
This is the third year running when the Central Library has blown away the cobwebs and rocked it to the rafters as part of the annual national music festival.
Our Big Gig is a community music celebration which takes place across England in July each year. The events aim to bring communities together to celebrate their local musical talents and get more people involved in music making.
The Leeds Youth Percussion Ensemble, led by their teacher and conductor Nic Shipp, drew an appreciative audience to the ArtSpace while the Art Library basked on the gentler sound of the North Leeds String Orchestra led by conductor Amy Levene.
Both groups are part of Leeds ArtForms which offers music learning opportunities in schools and in the community through its network of music centres.
If you are thinking of taking up a new musical challenge (or revisiting an old one) the Music & Preforming Arts Library has information about these, and other opportunities to get involved.
European Commission’s Drop’pin website aims to help young people eager to improve their skills
There are many unemployed young people in Europe who are eager to get a foot on the employment ladder but don’t know how to take the first step. Perhaps they don’t have enough confidence or they don’t have all the skills they need. Led by the European Commission, Drop’pin is a new platform to help bring young people looking to better their knowledge, skills and abilities closer to organisations offering opportunities to improve them. Drop’pin is not a job-matching site but it lists apprenticeships, traineeships, training programmes, e-learning courses, language training, mentoring and coaching schemes, as well as various social services (such as assistance with housing), across a range of sectors. It enables organisations such as large corporations, SMEs and NGOs to promote youth-oriented opportunities to a ready and willing pool of young people. It also facilitates networking and collaboration across Europe with the aim of forming partnerships to create programmes to improve young people’s employability and develop the hard-to-find skills that businesses need.
Do you want to increase your chances of finding a job by upgrading your skills?
Don’t know where to begin?
Drop’pin is the place for you. This new online platform is where you can discover opportunities
to improve your employability, and bridge the gap between education and a
future career. Whatever kind of opportunity you’re looking for to improve your chances of
finding a job in Europe, Drop’pin has something for you.
With apprenticeships, traineeships, training programmes, e-learning courses, language
training, mentoring and coaching schemes in a range of sectors, as well as support for
moving to another country, Drop’pin is the place to find youth opportunities in Europe.
By signing up to Drop’pin, you will increase your chances of finding a job in the future that
links to your interests and skills, whatever sector you hope to work in.
Sign up for Drop’pin today and
make yourself more employable!
Are you looking to take your first
steps into the world of work?
Discover hundreds of opportunities, free of charge, for boosting your employability
Find out more about and follow a range of organisations across Europe who are
looking to invest in young people like you
Learn about the support available to upgrade your skills in other European
Get advice and information on your personal and professional development
Connect with other young Europeans and share your experiences