Issue 1

European Elections 22nd May

On 22nd of May people across the UK cast their ballot in the European Elections.

 The voter turnout in Scotland was 33.5%, which represented an increase of 4.9% compared to the last European elections in 2009. The total amount of votes cast was over 1,345,000 meaning that a further 236,000 voters exercised their democratic right. This increase is equivalent to the whole population of Aberdeen.

We want to thank all citizens that voted and contributed to this very significant increase in voter participation.

The MEPs elected for Scotland are: Ian Hudghton (SNP), David Martin (Labour), Dr Ian Duncan (Conservative), Alyn Smith (SNP), Catherine Stihler (Labour) and David Coburn (UKIP).  

The European Parliament Information Office in Edinburgh extends its warm congratulations to the newly elected MEPs and welcomes them to the European Parliament.


Recent Events in Scotland

European Election Night

On the last night of the European Elections, more than 50 guests took part in the Election night event in Hemma Bar and Restaurant. They followed the incoming results from across Europe via a live stream and enjoyed a selection of European food, jazz music and a quiz. 

For more information: http://www.europarl.org.uk/en/office_edinburgh/activities/events/night.html

Parley on the concept of "home"

The European Parliament hosted a Parley discussion organised by local citizens in the Holyrood area on the concept of "home". More than 25 people working or living near the European Parliament Office in Edinburgh gathered for an engaging discussion expressing many different views and opinions. The European Parliament is delighted to host discussions of this kind between citizens about matters that concern them in their everyday lives.

Euroquiz Final

The European Parliament supported the Scottish European Educational Trust in organising the final of the Euroquiz competition in the Debating Chamber of the Scottish Parliament. This competition pitted primary schools (primary 6 pupils) from all across Scotland (31 out of 32 council areas) against each other to see who would be the 2014 Euroquiz winner. After an exciting final, Crossford Primary from Dunfermline in Fife came out victorious. The quiz tested participants' knowledge of European languages, geography and EU Institutions. The questions about the EU institutions were presented by Struan Stevenson MEP

For more information: http://www.europarl.org.uk/en/office_edinburgh/activities/events/euroquiz.html

Europe Day

The European Parliament Office in Edinburgh had a stall at the Europe Day event organised in Glasgow by the European Commission Office in Scotland. The successful event gave the EP team the opportunity to engage with hundreds of members of the public and to distribute information materials about what the European Parliament does and the importance of the European elections.

For more information:

International Women's Day

On the eve of International Women's Day, Scottish Women's Aid and the European Parliament organised an event to raise awareness of domestic abuse. Per Johansson, Head of Office, outlined the scale of domestic violence across the EU in his introductory remarks. Audrey Gillan's radio play "A Firm Hand" was then aired, which touches upon football and domestic violence. The event concluded with a panel discussion and a Q&A from the floor.

For more information:http://www.europarl.org.uk/en/office_edinburgh/activities/events/1234.html

Has the EU helped or hindered Scottish culture?

In order to highlight the upcoming European Elections, the European Parliament held a panel discussion on whether the European Union has helped or hindered Scottish culture on the eve of Burns' Night at the Scottish National Gallery. The event was organised with the support of the European Commission Office in Scotland. Andrew Neil, Scottish journalist and broadcaster, was joined by three distinguished guests and representatives of Scottish culture, both on a local and international level: Professor Richard Demarco, Dr Donald Smith and Dr Margaret A Mackay.

For more information: http://www.europarl.org.uk/en/office_edinburgh/activities/events/react.html


Per Johansson, new Head of Office

On 16th January, Per Johansson took up his duties as Head of Office of the European Parliament in Edinburgh. A native of Sweden, he grew up in the western region of Värmland and studied law, psychology and German at the University of Göteborg before moving to Germany to complete a post-graduate programme at the European Institute of Saarland University.

Having started his career as a trainee Judge in the Swedish courts he moved to Brussels where he worked as an EU-affairs consultant before joining the European Civil Service. After 5 years in the European Commission and the European Data Protection Supervisor he was delighted at the opportunity to work for the European Parliament in Edinburgh as the Head of Office.


Key dates in the European Parliament's calendar

Royal Highland Show
19/06 - 22/06/2014

The European Parliament Office in Edinburgh will be represented at the Royal Highland Show, alongside the European Commission, to promote the work of the EU in the field of agriculture.

Start of the new parliamentary term

Scotland's six newly-elected MEPs will take their seats in the European Parliament and begin their five-year term.

LUX Prize 2014
04/07 - 12/07/2014

The LUX Prize 2014 Official Selection will be unveiled during the Karlovy Vary International Film Festival. Learn more about the prize here: http://www.luxprize.eu/

Scottish Learning Festival
24/09 - 25/09/2014

The European Parliament Office in Edinburgh will have a stand at the Scottish Learning Festival  to distribute information and relevant materials to teachers, and to publicise the opportunities available for students and young people in Europe.