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Welcome to the blog of the Library of the General Secretariat of the Council of the EU, an information service for staff and delegates at the Council.

Event report
An overview of a conference attended by a team member of the Library.
Library note
Documented food for thought.
New books
An overview of the latest books acquired by the Library.
Reading suggestion
A reading worth sharing.
Think tank review
A monthly selection of EU-related papers published by think tanks across the world.

Latest posts

Les défis actuels et à venir de l'Europe de la défense

Les défis actuels et à venir de l'Europe de la défense

L'ambassadeur Pierre Vimont était présent au Press Club Brussels Europe pour évoquer les défis actuels et à venir de l'Europe de la défense. 

Celebrating 30 years of the Erasmus Programme

Celebrating 30 years of the Erasmus Programme

This year the Erasmus Programme is celebrating its 30th anniversary. The Erasmus Programme has helped millions of young people and education professionals to travel abroad, study, and gain experience and skills.

British Library metadata experts present RDA at the Council Library and Research Sector

British Library metadata experts present RDA at the Council Library and Research Sector

British Library metadata experts presented a new content standard, Resource Description and Access, at the Library and Research Sector.

Europe: A Nietzschean Perspective by Stefan Elbe

This blog post was written by our guest blogger Slaven Lendić, a trainee in the Croatian translation unit. for whom the book is quite unique as it is not standard practice to explicitly connect philosophers with the European Union. This book is a positive exception to that rule.

Portugal’s government solution: an inspiration for the European left

Portugal’s government solution: an inspiration for the European left

The Library and Research team attended an event at the Foundation for European Progressive Studies (FEPS) about the Portuguese government solution, an inspiration for the European left.

The historical evolution of EU-UK relations

The historical evolution of EU-UK relations

Dr Julie Smith came to the Council to give a lecture on the historical evolution of relations between the UK and the EU. She is the author of the well-received book The UK's Journeys into and out of the EU which analyses UK's long-term relations with the European Communities and the European Union.

New books added to the Library collection - June 2017

New books added to the Library collection - June 2017

There are new titles available on the Library shelves. As usual, the list includes a link to the catalogue and a short abstract.

The Search for Relevance – Strategic Thinking for Library Innovation

The Search for Relevance – Strategic Thinking for Library Innovation

The Library and Research team attended an event organised by the European Commission on strategic thinking for library innovation. The presentation was given by Kenn Bicknell, who had transformed a small library into an information hub, which has attracted considerable media attention and 13 million views of its online photos in just a few years.

Think Tank Review - Issue 46/2017

Think Tank Review - Issue 46/2017

Welcome to issue 46 of the Think Tank Review. It references papers published in April 2017 and includes a rich selection of analyses on France, Germany and Portugal.

The Common Agricultural Policy, soy and deforestation

The Common Agricultural Policy, soy and deforestation

The Library and Research team attended an event on the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP), soy and deforestation co-hosted by the European Parliament and FERN.