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Patronage is a way for Parliament to associate itself with an event by providing its moral support. A limited number of events will be granted such patronage every year.


To what kind of event does Parliament lend its patronage?

Events such as conferences, debates, seminars, summer schools, awards, competitions, festivals, etc. may receive Parliament’s patronage, provided they meet the following conditions:

  • they must have a clear European dimension
  • the date(s) and place must be confirmed;
  • they must be of limited duration;
  • they must be non-profit events.

Particular attention is paid to the extent to which the event highlights Parliament’s or the European Union’s role in the field concerned.

Special attention is also given to events organised by, or aimed at, young people or relating to disadvantaged social groups.

Patronage does not place Parliament under any financial obligation, nor does it confer a right to use Parliament’s facilities.

For further information on the conditions for patronage please refer to the rules below.

How to apply for patronage

Electronically via the online application form

Requests for patronage should be sent to the President of the European Parliament:

By post, fax or e-mail
  • Martin Schulz
    President of the European Parliament
  • Rue Wiertz 60
    1047 Bruxelles
  • Fax: Brussels: +32 (0) 228 46974
  • Fax: Strasbourg: +33 (0) 3 88 1 74860
  • Fax: Luxembourg: +352 4300 24842

Applications must include the following information:

  • a detailed description of the event;
  • a detailed programme including confirmed dates;
  • any other information you may consider relevant.

Applications must be written in an official language of the European Union.

Time limits

Your request should be submitted at least two months in advance of the planned event.

A reply will be sent by post or email.

Once patronage has been granted

Beneficiaries must clearly mention Parliament’s support in their communications and publicity concerning the event, by stating that the event is ‘under the patronage of the European Parliament’ and by using Parliament’s logo. Communications concerning the event, including web content, should clearly distinguish Parliament’s role as an institutional partner providing moral support from any providers of financial support. Use of Parliament’s logo is subject to a number of conditions (see below).


The President of the European Parliament

"The European Union is made and lives through its citizens, through their enthusiasm, experiences, concerns and ideas. The European Parliament supports the initiatives which aim to deepen understanding, raise awareness and foster dialogue about the European Union, its policies, its institutions and its objectives. The Patronage of the European Parliament is the expression of this support, an instrument that has proved its worth and increased in popularity every year"
  Martin Schulz
President of the European Parliament


The President shall decide whether Parliament is to lend its Patronage to an event.

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