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Activities in Scotland
Activities in Scotland
 

European Parliament events 2016

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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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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Euroquiz Final 2016

18/05/2016

2016 Euroquiz final participants
On 17th May 2016, talented P6 pupils from all over Scotland gathered at Heriot-Watt University in Edinburgh to compete to be crowned Euroquiz champions 2016. The teams that took part in the final had already done fantastically well, having each won one of the 31 heats held around the country from January to March. The Euroquiz tests pupils' knowledge of many different aspects of Europe, including history, geography, sport, culture, languages and the European Union. The standard in this year's competition was extremely high, making for a nail-biting final. In the final head-to-head round St. Mary's Primary School from Duntocher, West Dunbartonshire, were crowned champions beating runners up St. Margaret's from Dunfermline in Fife. Well done to all of the competitors - as well as their teachers - for the months of hard work that they have put in!
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Europe Day participants with flags
On 9th May 2016 we celebrated Europe Day, together with consular representatives from the Member States, the European Commission, language institutes and members of the public in a gloriously sunny George Square, Glasgow. Europe Day marks the historic anniversary of the 1950 'Schuman declaration', when Robert Schuman set out his idea for a new form of political cooperation in Europe. In addition to a wide variety of information stalls, there were many musical performances from around Europe. Our stall drew a lot of attention from Glaswegians keen to know more about the European Parliament and the EU more generally.
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Contestants at the Our Europe Final
On 21st March 2016, the Scottish Parliament in Edinburgh played host to an exclusive premiere and awards ceremony that showcased the film-making talents of young people from across Scotland. This was the final stage of the Our Films, Our Europe project run by the Scottish Educational Trust (SEET) and supported by the European Parliament. This exciting project has seen teams of S3-S6 pupils from around the country make short films, with guidance from media professionals, based on how being a European citizen affects them as young people. These remarkable films were screened for the very first time in front of a packed audience before a series of awards were handed out to recognise achievement in film-making, acting, foreign language skills, editing and innovation.
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Audience at the International Women's Day event
We were very pleased to mark International Women's Day 2016, alongside Europe Direct Aberdeen, with a fascinating event at Aberdeen Central Library. A panel of guest speakers and a packed audience came together to discuss the challenges facing female refugees during the ongoing crisis, including gender based violence, trafficking and applying for asylum.
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The Gathering 2016 logo
We took part in the largest third sector event in the UK - The Gathering 2016. It's an annual event organised by the Scottish Council for Voluntary Organisations, which allows people from the third sector to showcase what they do and engage with the general public. At the event we were handing out information materials and talking to people about the work of the Information Office in Edinburgh.
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