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Activities in Scotland
Activities in Scotland

COSLA Discussion

27/03/2014

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Per Johansson gave a talk to COSLA about the importance of the upcoming European Elections.
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EU Elections discussion with Per Johansson and Linda Cunningham
Per Johansson visited Benbecula to have a discussion about the upcoming European Elections.
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Illegal film still
The European Parliament Information Office hosted a screening of the movie "Illegal", winner of the LUX Prize 2010, in partnership with Just Festival.
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International Women's Day, hands coming together
The European Parliament, in association with Scottish Women's Aid, hosted an event to raise awareness about domestic violence on International Women's Day.
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With European Parliament Eelections in May, these free CPD sessions that took place at IET Glasgow provided teachers with up-to-date knowledge and free teaching resources for use in the classroom.
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Homeless World Cup

26/02/2014

Homeless World Cup participants
The Homeless World Cup took place in Edinburgh and was promoted by the European Parliament Information Office and the Scottish Parliament.
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EP hemicycle in session
Europe Direct Aberdeen hosted a panel debate on the upcoming European Parliament Elections on Wednesday 19th February in the Council Chamber, Aberdeen Town House.
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The European Parliament Information Office in Edinburgh held a REACT-style event on 24 January 2014, on the eve of Burns' Night, at the Scottish National Gallery.
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Ahead of the next European Parliamentary elections taking place between 22nd and 25th May 2014, the Scottish Youth Parliament and the European Parliament Office in Edinburgh held the Audio Europa competition, designed to give young people across Scotland the chance to share their views on why it is important to vote.
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The European Parliament's Sakharov Prize for Freedom of Thought is awarded annually to honour exceptional individuals who combat intolerance, fanaticism and oppression. There was a panel discussion for nominees in Glasgow.
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EPIO in Edinburgh distributing info material ath the Modern Studies Association Conference
The European Parliament Information Office in Edinburgh was present at Glasgow Caledonian University Saturday 2 November for the annual Modern Studies Association Conference.
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With the European Elections coming up next year, the European Parliament Office in Edinburgh decided to sit down with some experts and see what is at stake for Scotland.
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Looking back at the United Kingdom's 40 years in the European Union, the European Parliament Office in Edinburgh asked professionals in the field what this has meant for Scotland.
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Following the success of last year's event, we participated in the Opportunity Europe Fair and Exhibition for schools and colleges again this autumn. The event targeted an invited post-primary schools/colleges audience.
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At a ceremony at the European Parliament Office in Edinburgh on 19th August, Professor Richard Demarco CBE was presented with the 2013 European Citizen's Medal by Scottish MEP Struan Stevenson.
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Recent Events in Scotland

 
On 14 July, we hosted a panel discussion at the 24th International Conference of Europeanists, at the University of Glasgow, to explore the challenges (and possible solutions) faced by governments (national and devolved), businesses and citizens around the issue of borders as Brexit negotiations get under way. The panel consisted of Catherine Stihler MEP, Mark Drakeford AM, Welsh Government Cabinet Secretary for Finance and Local Government; Dr Alasdair Allan MSP, Scottish Government Minister for International Development and Europe; Dr Katy Hayward, Queens University Belfast; and Francis Jacobs, former Head of Office at the European Parliament Information Office in Dublin.
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On 31 May, we welcomed the Hansard Society scholars to our office and shared some of our information materials with them. They met experts for a series of talks on Scotland's history, economy, and politics. During their visit, the scholars also went to the Scottish Parliament to meet with MSPs and observe First Minister’s Questions.
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We continued with our series of "Meet your MEP" events in May, this time bringing the concept to an audience at the Centre for Contemporary Arts (CCA) in Glasgow. David Martin MEP met with the public and discussed his role as one of Scotland's elected representatives. He gave a presentation on his current work in the European Parliament and he explained three key issues in the Brexit negotiations: citizen’s rights, the Irish border and settlement of rights and obligations, before answering questions from the audience.
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On 15 May, talented pupils from across Scotland gathered at the Scottish Parliament to compete to be crowned Euroquiz Champions 2017. Euroquiz, organised by the Scottish European Educational Trust (SEET) annually, sees teams of four children working together to broaden their knowledge of European history, geography, sport, culture, languages and the European Union.
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As part of our of Europe Day celebrations, we also held our annual pub quiz at the Canons’s Gait Pub on the Royal Mile in Edinburgh. In partnership with the European Movement in Scotland, teams from across the country fought for the coveted trophy by answering tough questions about European history, culture, geography, music and sports.
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On 9 May we celebrated Europe Day, together with consular representatives from the Member States, the European Commission, language institutes and members of the public at the Castle Street in Edinburgh. The people of Edinburgh, students, school pupils and tourists came to enjoy musical performances from around Europe and visited our stall to learn more about our work and also to discuss issues around Brexit.
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On 4 May, we were happy to welcome students from Handelsakademie 1 international, an Austrian Commercial College, to our office. We gave them a presentation on the structure of the European Parliament, its role as the democratically-elected institution of the EU and the activities of the Scottish MEPs.
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On 22 June, members of the Centre for Scottish Public Policy (CSPP) and Youth European Movement (YEM) Edinburgh organised a discussion on the concerns of European citizens residing in the UK over Brexit. The event, hosted in our office, drew a full house with attendees coming to explore how to address legal challenges likely to arise for EU citizens in the future, by hearing from a distinguished panel and taking part in an engaging Q&A.  
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  On 28 March, we welcomed twenty Scottish journalists to our office for a workshop on the Brexit process and the next steps for withdrawal from the EU, from the European Parliament's perspective. We highlighted the resources available and provided key contacts for the latest information on the negotiations as they develop. Journalists were interested to hear about what is likely to be achieved within the two-year timeline as well as aspects of the process that may elicit particular involvement from the European Parliament and MEPs.
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  On 27 March, we attended the première and awards ceremony of Our Films, Our Europe in the Scottish Parliament. In this film making project, run by the Scottish European Educational Trust (SEET), S3-S6 pupils from secondary schools across Scotland are invited to make a short video about the idea of European citizenship.
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The Scholars meet Johann Lamont MSP
  On 15 March, we were happy to welcome the Hansard Society scholars to our office for a series of talks on Scotland's history, economy, politics and relationship with the EU. We gave a presentation on the structure of the European Parliament, its role as the democratically-elected institution of the EU and the activities of the Scottish MEPs. The presentation was followed by a Q&A session, during which the scholars heard about the role of the Presidents of the EU institutions and the Parliament's legislative powers in light of current events.
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 To mark this year’s International Women’s Day, we partnered with Europe Direct Aberdeen to organise a panel discussion centred on tackling gender based violence. The event drew a full house, with attendees coming from throughout Aberdeen and beyond to explore how to address troubling attitudes that contribute to the continuance of violence against women across the EU.
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On 22 February we hosted a discussion at The Gathering, the UK's largest third sector event, in Glasgow with Alyn Smith MEP; Alison Cairns, Head of European Unit at SCVO; and Shelley Talbot, Programme Manager at Xchange Scotland, to explore how the sector should approach the challenges likely to be faced following the UK's decision to withdraw from the European Union.
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The third segment of the Conscious Film Screening series organised by the European Parliament Information Office in Edinburgh in partnership with Just Festival, Le Silence de Lorna won the 2008 LUX Film Prize, Best Screenplay at the 61st Cannes Film Festival and Best French Language Film at the 2008 Lumiere Awards.
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Csak a szél film still.
The European Parliament Information Office in Edinburgh's partnership with Just Festival continued with a free screening of the film Csak a szél. There are an estimated 10-12 million members of the Roma community living across Europe, 6 million of whom are EU citizens. Despite their deep historical connection to the continent - their presence in Europe dates back to the 13th century - the Roma people have had to face oppression and persecution. To this day their lives continue to be affected by prejudice and suspicion, perpetuated by cultural ignorance and a negative portrayal in the media.
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The second film to be screened as part of the series organised by the European Parliament Information Office in Edinburgh in partnership with Regional Screen Scotland, As I Open My Eyes (2015) is a French-Tunisian drama directed by Layla Bouzid.
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Macondo film still
We continued the Conscious Film Screening series organised in partnership with the Just Festival with a free screening of the 2014 LUX Film Prize-nominated Macondo. The film tells the story of Ramasan, an 11-year-old Chechen refugee living in a tough ethnic neighbourhood in the suburbs of Vienna. Forced to look after his younger sisters while his mother works long hours to support them all, Ramasan struggles to accept the absence of a fatherly figure in his life until the arrival of Isa, a former brother-in-arms of his deceased father.
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Catherine Stihler MEP at the Meet your MEP event held at the EPIO in Edinburgh
On Friday 18 November, 2016 the European Parliament Information Office in Edinburgh held a "Meet your MEP" event with Catherine Stihler MEP. She discussed her role in the European Parliament and the implications of the EU referendum result before answering questions from the audience on Europe and her role as an MEP. Stihler focused on her role as Vice Chair of the Committee on the Internal Market and Consumer Protection, talking about the overall work of the Committee and about the proposals that are currently being discussed on matters related to copyright and firearms control.
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Following the repeated success of the collaboration with Regional Screen Scotland, the European Parliament Information Office in Edinburgh supported a series of LUX Film Prize screenings on the Orkney Islands with the Screen Machine.
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MSc student presenting the case for Lamiya Aji Bashar and Nadia Murad
Students on the MSc Human Rights and International Politics course at the University of Glasgow hosted, with the support of the European Information Office in Edinburgh, a debate on the 2016 Sakharov Prize finalists.
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Ian Duncan MEP headshot
On Friday 28 October, 2016 Ian Duncan MEP talked at our "Meet Your MEP" event in Edinburgh. He discussed his role in the European Parliament and the changes it will be subjected to following the Brexit vote. Duncan, member of the Environment, Public Health and Food Safety Committee, focused the discussion on the effects Brexit will have on the environment, and the energy sector. The talk was followed by a Q&A session with the public.
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2016 Sakharov finalists collage
On Thursday 27 October, LLM Human Rights students at Queen’s University Belfast, in partnership with the European Parliament Information Office in Edinburgh, hosted a discussion on the 2016 Sakharov Prize finalists. The European Parliament's Sakharov Prize is awarded annually to honour exceptional individuals who combat intolerance, fanaticism and oppression.
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Mediterranea film still
On 21 October the EPIO in Edinburgh partecipated, with Just Festival, Lux Prize and and the University of Edinburgh Al Waleed Centre, in the screening of the 2015 Lux Prize-nominated Mediterranea by Jonas Carpignano. In addition to running for the Lux Prize, Mediterranea was also nominated for the Critics Week Grand Prize at Cannes Festival in 2015, and won both the Golden Pyramid and Best First Film at the Cairo and Stockholm Film Festivals respectively.
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Leaflet for the screening of LUX Prize nominated film IDA
On 23rd May, we participated, together with Just Festival, in the screening of the the winner of the 2014 Lux Film Prize, Pawel Pawlikowski's 'Ida'. In addition to winning the Lux Prize, 'Ida' has won many other awards including the BAFTA and the Oscar for best foreign language film. You can view the trailer here. The screening drew an impressive crowd despite the perfect weather outside!
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