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.
Events such as conferences, debates, seminars, summer schools, awards, competitions, festivals, etc. may receive Parliament’s patronage, provided they meet the following conditions:
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.
Requests for patronage should be sent to the President of the European Parliament:
Applications must include the following information:
Applications must be written in an official language of the European Union.
Your request should be submitted at least two months in advance of the planned event.
A reply will be sent by post or email.
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).
“Patronage is a way for the European Parliament to grant its moral, non-material support to a selected number of non-profit quality events with a clear European dimension. The European Parliament is the only EU institution directly elected by citizens. And the citizens of the EU are directly represented at Union level in the European Parliament, as stated in the Lisbon treaty. Patronage is a valuable instrument to foster this intertwined relationship and to bring Europe’s Parliament closer to its citizens.”
President of the European Parliament
The President shall decide whether Parliament is to lend its Patronage to an event.
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