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Press Releases 2017

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European Parliament President, Antonio Tajani, delivered a speech at the opening of the European Council meeting today.   Among the subjects touched upon in his address: Dublin Regulation, migration policy and Schengen, digital agenda, security and defence, Brexit, and the future of Europe.
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Parlemeter opinion poll of citizens’ views on European Union and European Parliament. 80 % of Irish Citizens say EU membership is good for Ireland. 
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People and organisations from across EU came to Parliament on 11 October for the Citizen's Prize award ceremony in recognition of their contributions to Europe.
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The European Parliament Information Office together with Seán Kelly MEP hosted a special briefing on "EU Funding Opportunities" last Friday 29 September 2017 in Cork, at which over one hundred people were present to hear a panel of speakers including representatives from the European Investment Bank, the European Commission, Ibec and the Strategic Banking Corporation of Ireland. 
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Progress on EU priorities in the first four rounds of talks with the UK has not been sufficient, says Parliament’s draft resolution
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On a fact-finding mission to Belfast, the border area and Dublin EP coordinator for Brexit, Guy Verhofstadt, said “Ireland is crucial to the Union”  
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"I am here to deliver a message of solidarity.  Of solidarity with the Irish citizens, with the Irish people.  We will never allow Ireland to suffer from the British decision to leave the EU.  That is a commitment from  the European Parliament"   Read more.
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On a fact-finding mission to Dublin, Belfast, the border area, EP coordinator for Brexit, Guy Verhofstadt will meet with political leaders.  
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A high-level conference on tourism organised by the President of the European Parliament is taking place on 27 September 2017 in Brussels.  The conference will discuss "A European strategy to enhance the competiveness of the tourism industry, a key driver for job creation".  The event will also be livestreamed. 
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Applications are now open for traineeships for university graduates in the European Parliament for the period 1 March-31 July 2018.  You can choose from several work places: Luxembourg, Brussels, Strasbourg or an EP Information Office in any EU Member State, including including here in Ireland in our office in Dublin.  This is a great opportunity to learn more about what the European Parliament is and does.  Apply by 15 October (midnight). 
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The European Parliament's DG Communication has adopted a multi-annual work programme for grants in the area of communication covering the period 2016-2019 which is implemented through calls for proposals published on its website. Apply by 15 September 2017 for grants in the events category.
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The Brexit Steering group met Michel Barnier, EU negotiator for Brexit on Tuesday 25 July and issued this common statement after the 2nd round of negotiations between the EU and the UK.
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Three films have been selected to compete  for the 2017 Lux Film Prize. BPM (Beats per minute) by Robin Campillo (France), Sámi Blood by Amanda Kernell (Sweden, Norway, Denmark) and Western by Valeska Grisebach (Germany, Bulgaria, Austria) are the films that will compete for this years' Lux Film Prize. 
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Border Communities Against Brexit is one of the winners of the European Citizen's Prize 2017. The national award ceremony took place in the Garage Theatre, Monaghan Town on Friday 14th July.
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On 27 June 2017, as part of a series of inter-faith dialogues with religious and philosphical organisations, the European Parliament in Brussels will host a dialogue with faith leaders on the future of Europe.  The seminar will be opened by MEP Mairead McGuinness, Vice President of the European Parliament and Commissioner Frans Timmermans, Vice President of the European Commission.  
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Two Irish organisations have been successfully nominated for the European Citizen’s Prize 2017. The youth organisation, Foróige and the campaigning group, Border Communities Against Brexit, are among the 50 winners of the European Citizen's Prize 2017.
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Following news that U.S. President Donald J. Trump intends to withdraw his country from the Paris Agreement on climate change, the President of the European Parliament, Antonio Tajani has asserted that "the Paris Agreement must be respected. It is a matter of trust and leadership.  This Agreement is alive and we will take it forward with or without the US administration"
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On the agenda in this week's plenary session of the European Parliament in Brussels, MEPs considered facilitating the deployment of 5G across the EU, reducting VAT on e-books, the recent surge in anti-Semitism in Europe and new proposals to boost the EU transport sector among other issues. 
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In his speech on the State of the Union this morning at the European University Institute in Florence,  European Parliament President, Antonio Tajani highlighted the results of the latest Eurobarometer survey and spoke about the management of migration flows, security and defence and Brexit.  
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On the occasion of World Press Freedom Day (03/05/2017), read the statement issued by Antonio TAJANI, EP President.
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The April 2017 Eurobarometer survey of public attitudes in Europe shows that the number of people who feel that belonging to the EU is a good thing is increasing.  The survey also identifies areas where citizens want the EU to do more and which countries feel that their voice counts most (and least) in EU decision-making. Results for Ireland, which are largely in line with Europe-wide trends, are included throughout.
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Public Consultation

10-04-2017

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Have you visited Europe House in Dublin to look for information or to attend debates? What do you think is the best way to ask or look for information about the EU?  Thanks for taking the time to fill in this public consultation.  Deadline: 8 May 2017
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We are delighted to announce that Europa International, a project run by students at UCD, has been declared the winner of the Charlemagne Youth Prize for Ireland
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Vote Brexit .
An overwhelming majority of the house (516 votes in favour, 133 against, with 50 abstentions) adopted a resolution officially laying down the European Parliament’s key principles and conditions for its approval of the UK's withdrawal agreement.
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The Conference of Presidents endorsed a motion for a resolution drawn up by the leaders of four political groups and the Constitutional Affairs Committee, which sets out conditions for a final approval by the EP of any withdrawal agreement with the UK.
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Sixty years ago the leaders of the six founding member states gathered in Rome to put their signatures under the agreements that would create a European common market, but also pave the way for a union of peace and prosperity that has come to encompass most of our continent. Leading MEPs will join the anniversary celebrations in Rome this weekend, while heads of state and government will use the opportunity to deliberate on the next steps for the EU.
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Registration is now open to apply for traineeships with the European Parliament for the Autumn period (October 2017-February 2018).     These traineeships are for university graduates (Robert Schuman traineeships).  Deadline for application:  15 May 2017
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"Brexit will be a particular challenge for Ireland and its people," said Parliament President Antonio Tajani after welcoming Irish Prime Minister Enda Kenny to the Parliament on 2 March.  
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 The EU-Canada Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA) was approved by the European Parliament on Wednesday 15.02.2017.
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Political group leaders reacted to President Donald Trump’s recent signing of an executive order banning nationals of seven countries from entering US territory.
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The EU-Canada Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA), aims to boost goods,services trade and investment flows, was approved by the INTA Committee.
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Irish MEP Mairead McGuinness was elected  first Vice President of the European Parliament in Strasbourg on Wednesday January 18th.
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The European Parliament will elect a new President, for the second half of this legislature, on 17 January. Outgoing President Martin Schulz will preside over the election of his successor, who will in turn oversee the election of the 14 Vice-Presidents and 5 Quaestors, on 18 January. For more information click on link below  
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