European Parliament at the Festival of Politics
On Tuesday 17 August, as part of the Edinburgh Festival of Politics, the European European Parliament Office in Scotland hosted a debate on Changing Politics in Europe.
The debate took place in the Scottish Parliament and was chaired by James Temple-Smithson, Head of the EP Scotland Office. Almost a hundred people attended.
Speakers from the four main political parties in Scotland, with extesnive experience between them of the European Parliament, the House of Commons and the Scottish Parliament, set out their thoughts on the current state of European politics and what impact they thought the Lisbon Treaty was having. The panellists were:
- Mark Lazarowicz MP (Labour)
- Aileen McLeod (former SNP MEP candidate)
- John Purvis (former Conservative MEP)
- Iain Smith MSP (Liberal Democrats)
There were lots of questions and comments from the audience, on topics ranging from climate change to the EU's translation budget, as well as issues such as control of the EU's budget and the economic crisis in the EUro area and its impact on Scotland. Several people raised questions and ideas about what the European Parliament should do to promote greater engagement.
You can listen to the debate in full here