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  • Elections & MEPs : All the relevant information you need on your MEPs and the upcoming European Elections in 2019.
    • European Elections : At the moment the Parliament boasts 751 seats, which is the maximum number allowed by the EU treaties. Following the UK's referendum, 27 of the UK's 73 seats will be redistributed to other countries, while the remaining 46 seats will be kept for future enlargements. This means the number of MEPs to be elected will be 705.     Here is the overview of the 2014 European elections and how they work in the UK. European elections are held every 5 years.     The next election will be between 23 to 26 May 2019. Watch this space for more information.
      • Election Results 2014 : The new UK MEPs elected in May 2014 are listed here. They will take up their seats on 1st July 2014. European elections were held in all EU member states Member States in the period 22nd - 25th May 2014. In the UK they were on 22nd May. Turnout in the UK was 35.4% which was up from 34.5% in 2009.
      • Can I vote? : In the UK British citizens and EU or Commonwealth citizen resident in the UK can vote in European parliamentary elections. If you are a British citizen living abroad you can vote at general elections and European elections for up to 15 years after you have left the UK. As an EU citizen resident in the UK you are also allowed to vote at local government and devolved legislature elections...
      • Reasons to vote in European Elections : Spokespeople from some of the wide range of industry groups, trade associations, and civil society organisations which now liaise with the European Parliament and MEPs as a matter of course. They are experts in their own spheres who understand how the Parliament affects the way the UK operates. Contact details are also provided and those mentioned are happy to speak to the media.
      • The Voting System : In England, Scotland and Wales the voting system for the European elections is the d'Hondt system of proportional representation - regional closed list. In Northern Ireland the system is Single Transferable Vote.
      • UK Candidates 2014 : Lists of candidates in each of the UK European electoral regions. Ballot papers listed all the parties standing in the region. Voters select one party. Each UK region elects several MEPs using proportional representation.
      • Previous Election Results : The European Parliament was directly elected for the first time in 1979. The last election was on Thursday 4 June 2009. Here are detailed results of these elections.
        • 7 May 2009
        • 10 June 2004
        • 10 June 1999
        • 9 June 1994 : In 1994 Labour won 62 seats with over 44% of the vote, while the Conservatives slipped to 18 seats with 27.8% of the poll. The Liberal Democrats gained 2 seats to give them MEPs for the first time, polling 16.7% of the vote. In Scotland the SNP took 2 seats with over 32% of the vote; Plaid Cymru in Wales failed to get a seat despite winning 17% of the Welsh vote.
        • 15 June 1989 : The third direct elections saw Labour top the poll with 39% of the vote, gaining 13 seats at the Conservative's expense. While Labour jumped to 45 seats, the Conservatives fell to 32. The 1989 elections also saw a spectacular outcome for the Green Party which took over 14.5 per cent of the overall vote, though the first-past-the post system denied them any seats.
        • 14 June 1984 : The second direct elections saw the Conservatives take 39% of the vote but lose 15 of the 60 seats it had won in 1979. With nearly 35% of the vote, Labour won 32 seats, compared with just 17 in 1979. Once again, Mrs Winnie Ewing won the Highland and Islands seat for the SNP.
        • 7 June 1979 : The first direct elections to the European Parliament took place in 1979: up to then the Parliament was composed of members appointed by and from national parliaments. The United Kingdom returned 81 MEPs.
      • This Time it's Different : In the second biggest democratic exercise in the world, 400 million people can cast their vote for a new European Parliament. The 751 MEPs taking up their seats in July will not only set the course of European policies for the next five years but also elect the leader of the EU's executive body, the European Commission President.
      • European Elections 2014: Frequently Asked Questions : When are the elections taking place and how will they work? I'm not sure if I'm registered to vote, how do I find out? When can I register to vote? When do postal applications need to be returned? ...
    • Your Members in the European Parliament : Find your MEPs here. There are 73 UK MEPs. They are elected in Great Britain and Northern Ireland. Other EU member states elect MEPs from their countries. Elections take place every 5 years. The next elections will be in 2019.
    • What do MEPs do? : Your MEPs are your elected representatives in the EU and they represent your interests and those of your city or region in Europe. They listen to people with local and national concerns, interest groups and businesses. They can question and lobby the Commission and the Council of Ministers.
    • Printable MEP Contact Details : Download a printable A4 page showing contact details for all the MEPs for each UK region.
    • Former MEPs 2014-2019 : The following MEPs stood down during the 2014-2019 parliamentary term.
  • News & Events : Information for journalists and all the latest news and press releases from the European Parliament.   EP news is going on a summer break. We will be back at the end of August. Enjoy the summer!
    • Latest News & Press Releases : Your one-stop-shop for all the latest news from the European Parliament.
      • 2018
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      • 2015
        • jan15
          • European Parliament President Martin Schulz responds to the Gun attack on French magazine Charlie Hebdo : President Schulz speaks first in French then in English then in German.
          • European Parliament pays tribute to victims of Paris terrorist attacks : “Violence with Kalashnikovs will not make us downgrade our European values”, promised Parliament President Martin Schulz, naming the 17 people killed in last week’s attacks on Charlie Hebdo and a Jewish supermarket. After a minute’s silence, Parliament’s political groups paid their tributes too. Several saw the outpouring of solidarity demonstrated by millions of citizens across Europe and worldwide as a renaissance and reaffirmation of Europe’s core values.
          • Trade committee debate on new recommendations for TTIP talks : The European Parliament must use its influence on framing the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) rules to ensure that they serve all EU citizens, not just a few economic players and must therefore insist that the talks are more democratic and more transparent, said trade committee chair, Bernd Lange (S&D, DE), on Wednesday
          • Food safety MEPs call for country of origin labelling of meat in processed foods : Meat used as an ingredient in processed foods, such as lasagne, should be labelled by country of origin as is already the case for bovine fresh meat, said Environment, Public Health and Food Safety Committee MEPs on Wednesday. They call on the European Commission, which published a report on the issue in late 2013, to come up with legislative proposals in order to rebuild consumer confidence in the wake of the horsemeat scandal and other food fraud cases.
          • Money laundering: company owner lists to fight tax crime and terrorist financing : The ultimate owners of companies will have to be listed in central registers in EU countries, open both to the authorities and to people with a "legitimate interest", such as journalists, under a Parliament/Council deal endorsed by the Economic and Monetary Affairs and Civil Liberties committees on Tuesday. The new anti-money laundering directive aims to help to fight money laundering, tax crimes and terrorist financing. New rules to make it easier to trace transfers of funds were also approved.
          • Capping card payment fees: economic affairs MEPs back deal with Council : The fees that banks charge retailers for processing shoppers’ payments would be capped under draft EU rules endorsed by Economic and Monetary Affairs Committee MEPs in a vote on Tuesday. The vote confirms an informal deal struck with the Council in December. The cap would apply to both cross-border and domestic card-based payments and should cut costs for card users.
          • TTIP: spotlight on the sensitive issues at EP public hearing : EU-US negotiations on the TTIP free trade agreement are continuing. The deal which is expected to create new jobs and boost economies on both sides of the Atlantic touches upon sensitive issues, not least rules for the investor-state dispute settlement (ISDS). On 27 January the international trade and legal affairs committees held a joint public hearing to shed light on the issues at play.
        • feb15
          • MEPs call for country of origin labelling of meat in processed foods : Meat used as an ingredient in processed foods, such as lasagne, should be labelled by country of origin as is already the case with bovine fresh meat, said MEPs on Wednesday. They call on the European Commission, which published a report on the issue in late 2013, to come up with legislative proposals in order to rebuild consumer confidence in the wake of the horsemeat scandal and other food fraud cases.
        • mar15
          • MEPs put an end to opaque card payment fees : The fees that banks charge retailers to process shoppers’ payments will be capped, under uniform EU-wide rules, further to a vote in Parliament on Tuesday. The cap, which will apply to both cross-border and domestic card-based payments, should result in lower costs for card users.
          • Cars will dial emergency services automatically after a crash : All new car models sold in the EU are to be equipped with eCall technology from 31 March 2018 under draft EU rules endorsed by Internal Market and Consumer Protection Committee MEPs on Tuesday.This technology uses the 112 emergency number to call rescue services automatically, enabling them to reach crash scenes faster and thus save lives and reduce the severity of injuries.
        • apr15
          • UK Winner of European Parliament/Charlemagne Youth Prize: EurVoice : EurVoice, the outreach scheme of the European Youth Parliament UK, have won the UK national heat of the European Parliament/CYP competition. This youth project will go forward as the UK's entry in the competition held across all 28 Member States of the European Union.
        • may15
          • TTIP Seminar for Journalists : The European Parliament hosted a two-day seminar on Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership in Brussels on 12-13 May. .
        • jun15
          • Carole Roberts, Jaffer Hussain and Tina Ellen Lee named winners of the EU Citizens' Prize in the UK : Three inspiring Brits have been selected as winners of this year's EU Citizens' Prize, alongside 44 laureates from across the European Union. The prize, which has been run by the European Parliament since 2008, recognises the efforts of EU citizens who promote understanding and co-operation across international borders, integration between EU citizens and the EU values of democracy and human rights.
        • jul15
          • The three films competing for the 2015 LUX Film Prize : Today, at the press conference of the Venice Days (Giornate degli Autori), the First Vice President of the European Parliament Mr Antonio TAJANI and the President of the Committee on Culture and Education, Mrs Silvia Costa, announced the 3 contending films to run for the 2015 LUX Film Prize.
        • sept15
          • EP wants animal cloning ban extended to offspring and imports : Parliament beefed up the Commission’s initial proposal to ban animal cloning to include the cloning of all farm animals, their descendants and products derived from them, including imports into the EU, in a vote on Tuesday.
          • MEPs approve first emergency rules for distributing asylum seekers in the EU : Parliament backed temporary emergency rules to relocate an initial total of 40,000 asylum seekers from Italy and Greece to other EU member states over two years in a vote on Wednesday. In the migration debate on Wednesday, most MEPs welcomed the Commission's new proposals outlined by Juncker in his state of the Union speech, stressing that more contributions to solidarity will be needed.
          • Sakharov Prize: nominations for 2015 unveiled : The nominations for Parliament´s 2015 Sakharov Prize have been announced on Thursday 10 September. The prize is awarded every year to honour exceptional individuals who combat intolerance, fanaticism and oppression.The nominations will be formally presented on Monday 28 September during a joint meeting of the foreign affairs and development committees and the human rights subcommittee. The winner will be announced in October.
          • MEPs give go-ahead to relocate an additional 120,000 asylum seekers in the EU : An emergency proposal to relocate 120,000 asylum seekers from Italy, Greece and Hungary among EU member states was backed by Parliament on Thursday. The first temporary emergency rules for relocating an initial 40,000 over two years from Italy and Greece only were approved by Parliament on 9 September.
          • Anti-torture rules: Trade MEPs call for bans on goods marketing and EU transit : Goods or substances that may be misused for torture or execution should not be promoted for export, so as to prevent their spread, said the International Trade Committee, voting on Tuesday to strengthen EU “Anti-torture” rules. MEPs want to widen today’s EU ban to include services, e.g. marketing in expos or online catalogues, but also finance, transport and insurance. They also want to ban transit of prohibited goods via the EU and add a “catch-all” clause to allow checks on dubious new ones.
        • oct15
          • Car industry: MEPs debated manipulation of exhaust emission tests with the Commission : MEPs debated the unfolding Volkswagen exhaust emissions scandal on Tuesday, on the basis of a parliamentary question. They asked Commissioner Elżbieta Bieńkowska to clarify whether emission test manipulation took place in Europe.
            • Opening up the online payments market, so as to reduce fees and fraud risks : Updating EU rules on payment services will cut the cost of paying bills, by enabling new market players to use mobile and online tools to make payments on a client’s behalf, said MEPs voting a law to this end on Thursday. These rules, informally agreed by MEPs and ministers last May, also aim to make online payments safer, by laying down data protection and liability rules for all online payment service providers.
          • Environment MEPs oppose national GMO import bans proposal : A draft EU law that would enable any member state to restrict or prohibit the sale and use of EU-approved GMO food or feed on its territory was opposed by Environment Committee MEPs on Tuesday. Members are concerned that the proposal might prove unworkable and lead to the reintroduction of border controls between pro and anti-GMO countries. The recommendation will be put to a vote by Parliament as a whole at the 26-29 October plenary session in Strasbourg.
          • Migration challenges are best tackled at EU level, says new Eurobarometer poll : Immigration and terrorism are EU citizens’ fastest-growing concerns, according to the latest Eurobarometer poll, commissioned by the European Parliament and published on Wednesday.
          • Launch of the 2016 European Charlemagne Youth Prize : The competition for next year's European Charlemagne Youth Prize was launched on Thursday, 15 October. Now in its ninth year, the prize is awarded to young people who have developed projects to foster understanding between people from different European countries. The deadline for submissions is 25 January 2016.
          • Finalists of the Sakharov Prize 2015 announced : Saudi blogger Raif Badawi, the Democratic Opposition in Venezuela and the Russian opposition politician Boris Nemtsov are the three finalists for this year's Sakharov Prize for Freedom of Thought. They were chosen in a vote during a meeting of the foreign affairs and development committees and the human rights subcommittee at the European Parliament. The laureate will be decided by Parliament's president and political group leaders on 29 October and the award ceremony will be held in Strasbourg on 16 December.
          • Verdicts on Starbucks (NL) and Fiat Finance (LUX) tax rulings show need for transparency and strong role for Commission, say key Tax Rulings Committee MEPs : Following this morning's announcements of the verdicts of Competition Commissioner Margrethe Vestager on the Dutch tax deal with Starbucks and the Luxembourgish tax agreement with Fiat Finance and Trade, key MEPs on taxation issues gave the following statements.
          • Fairer corporate taxes: Special Committee on Tax Rulings votes recommendations : Parliament’s Special Committee on Tax Rulings recommended measures to make corporate taxes in the EU fairer and more transparent, after eight months of fact finding, in a vote Monday evening in Strasbourg.
          • End in sight for mobile phone “roaming” fees and unequal internet access : A complete ban on roaming charges for using mobile phones abroad in the EU will take effect in June 2017 and clear rules on the right to internet access will become law following Parliament's final adoption of the new telecoms package on Tuesday.
          • MEPs adapt package travel rules to the digital age : Package holidays, consisting of a flight, hotel or car-hire and purchased online for an all-in price or through linked webpages, will get the same protection as packages bought in travel agencies under rules voted by MEPs on Tuesday. MEPs ensured that travellers will have more options to cancel a contract and get clear advance information on who is ultimately responsible if something goes wrong.
          • Parliament rejects national GMO bans proposal : A draft EU law that would enable any EU member state to restrict or prohibit the sale and use of EU-approved GMO food or feed on its territory was rejected by the European Parliament on Wednesday. Members are concerned that the law might prove unworkable or that it could lead to the reintroduction of border checks between pro- and anti-GMO countries.
          • Air quality: MEPs approve new national caps on pollutants : EU Commission plans for more ambitious national caps on emissions of six key pollutants, including NOx, particulates and sulphur dioxide, were endorsed by Parliament on Wednesday. Air pollution causes about 400,000 premature deaths in the EU yearly, and the plans could save up to €40bn in air pollution costs by 2030.
          • Raif Badawi - Winner of the 2015 Sakharov Prize for freedom of thought : Raif Badawi is the laureate of this year's Sakharov Prize for Freedom of Thought, following an October 29 decision by EP President Martin Schulz and the political group leaders. Badawi is a blogger from Saudi Arabia currently serving a 10-year prison sentence for insulting Islam on his website promoting social, political and religious debate. The Sakharov award ceremony will be held in Strasbourg on 16 December.
        • nov15
          • EP elections: "Spitzenkandidaten", mandatory thresholds, right to vote abroad : European elections should be fought with formally endorsed, EU-wide lead candidates (“Spitzenkandidaten”) for the Commission presidency, Parliament said on Wednesday in a formal proposal for a change to EU electoral law. It says these candidates should stand for election to the EP themselves, and be formally nominated at least 12 weeks before the elections.
          • Meet your MEPs’ breakfast meetings in Wales : “What does an MEP do?” “Is Wales dependent on the EU budget?” “Why is Britain disenchanted with the EU politics?” Those were only some of the questions the MEPs had to answer during the breakfast meetings organised by the UK European Parliament Information Office in Cardiff. With BBC Wales journalist Jamie Owen as moderator, the series of events aims at providing a meeting point between the public and Welsh MEPs.
          • Commemorative ceremony Paris attack victims at European Parliament Tuesday : Members of the European Parliament will gather today at 2pm in the plenary chamber for a brief commemorative ceremony in honour of the victims of the terrorist attacks in Paris and to express solidarity with French citizens and authorities.
          • Mustang is the winner of this year's LUX film Prize : President Martin Schulz announced that Mustang had won the 2015 European Parliament LUX Prize for cinema at a ceremony in the Chamber in Strasbourg at noon on Tuesday. Mustang tells the story of five sisters who have been promised to husbands through forced marriages but who, determined to live their own lives, break the yoke of tradition.
          • Parliament calls for corporate tax makeover : Parliament sets out its ideas on how to make corporate taxes fairer across Europe in a resolution voted on Wednesday. MEPs urge EU member states to agree on mandatory country-by-country reporting by multinationals of profits and taxes, a common consolidated corporate tax base, common definitions for tax terms and more transparency and accountability with regard to their – so far secret - national tax “rulings” for companies.
        • dec15
          • Brits are increasingly interested in EU affairs, new Eurobarometer poll shows : Interest in EU policies increased recently according to the new Eurobarometer commissioned by the European Parliament and published on Monday 30th November.
          • Decision on Special Committee on Tax Rulings II, "The Sequel", approved : The work of Parliament’s Special Committee on Tax Rulings will be continued under a new mandate for six months, starting on 2 December. This was decided unanimously at Wednesday’s Conference of Presidents and endorsed by Parliament as a whole, by 561 votes to 69 with 5 abstentions. The committee's work will focus on harmful corporate tax regimes and practices at European and international level.
          • Parliament and Council close to a deal on EU Passenger Name Record (PNR) directive : A provisional deal on EU rules regulating the use of air passengers' data to fight terrorism and serious crime came within sight at the fifth "trilogue” (three-way talks between Parliament, Council and Commission negotiators) on Wednesday afternoon.
          • COP21 climate change talks: MEPs in Paris to push for 2°C target : A delegation of 15 MEPs will take part in the UN climate conference in Paris, France, from Monday to Friday. The European Parliament says that the 2015 Protocol must be legally binding and ambitious from the outset, with five-year commitment periods. In a resolution voted in October, MEPs also proposed that a share of revenues from the EU carbon market allowances should be earmarked for climate finance, and that aviation and shipping sectors should initiate measures to curb their emissions.
          • EU Passenger Name Record (PNR): Civil Liberties Committee backs EP/Council deal : The provisional deal reached by Parliament and Council negotiators last week on an EU directive regulating the use of Passenger Name Record (PNR) data for the prevention, detection, investigation and prosecution of terrorist offences and serious crime was endorsed by the Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs Committee on Thursday by 38 votes to 19, with 2 abstentions. The draft directive will be put to a vote by Parliament as a whole early next year.
          • Protecting trade secrets – MEPs strike a deal with Council : New rules to help businesses obtain legal redress against the theft or misuse of their trade secrets were informally agreed by Parliament and Council negotiators on Tuesday. MEPs ensured that freedom of expression and information will be protected and that the new rules will not restrict the work of journalists.
          • MEPs debate EU summit topics: UK membership, migration and security : EU leaders meeting on 17 and18 December should support the creation of European border and coast guard and cooperate more closely over counter-terrorism, said MEPs in Wednesday’s debate with Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker and Nicolas Schmit for the Council Presidency. Some MEPs stressed the need to see what could be done to keep the UK in the EU.
          • Sakharov Prize award ceremony: "Raif Badawi was brave enough to say no to their barbarity" : "Raif Badawi was brave enough to raise his voice and say no to their barbarity. That is why they flogged him," said Ensaf Haidar, the wife of jailed Saudi human rights activist Raif Badawi, accepting the 2015 Sakharov Prize for Freedom of Thought on his behalf in Strasbourg on Wednesday 16 December. Badawi was honoured by the European Parliament for his fight for freedom of speech and thought in Saudi Arabia.
          • "Dieselgate": Parliament sets up inquiry committee : Parliament decided to set up a 45 member inquiry committee to investigate breaches of EU rules on car emission tests and alleged failures by EU member states and the European Commission to enforce EU standards. The committee will present an interim report within 6 months, and a final report within 12 months, of starting its work.
          • Data protection package: Parliament and Council now close to a deal : A “strong compromise” on how to ensure a high level of data protection across the EU was agreed by Parliament and Council negotiators in their last round of talks on the data protection package on Tuesday. It is now up to member states to give a green light to the agreement. The two draft laws in the package - a regulation and a directive - are scheduled for a confirmation vote in the Civil Liberties Committee on Thursday morning.
      • 2014
        • jan14
          • Cigarette smuggling: experts urge MEPs to confront tobacco industry : The illicit trade in tobacco products costs EU countries €10 billion a year in lost tax revenues, according to estimates by the European Commission. Experts and MEPs met on 22 January to discuss how to tackle the issue and the role played by major tobacco producers. “The idea that we are winning the battle against smuggling is perhaps not quite true,” said Green Belgian MEP Bart Staes, vice-chair of the budgetary control committee, which helped to organise the hearing.
          • British MEP Claude Moraes on NSA reform : Reacting to US President Obama's proposed changes to NSA surveillance practices, British MEP Claude Moraes said on Friday, "We need the US authorities to put an end to current discrimination whereby European citizens have lower levels of privacy rights than US citizens, including less privacy protection in US courts. It would have been good to have a more reassuring message on these issues with more clarity on future reform".
          • Wildlife crime: MEPs call for tougher penalties : Tougher penalties, mandatory destruction of illegal ivory and better training of police and prosecutors are needed to combat trophy hunting and the organised criminal killing of rhinos, elephants and other wildlife for profit, say MEPs in a resolution voted on Wednesday 15th January 2014.
          • MEPs back tool to help EU firms compete for public contracts in third countries : Plans for a tool to allow EU countries to prevent non-EU firms from bidding for public procurement contracts worth €5 million or more unless their home countries reciprocate by allowing EU firms to do likewise were approved by Parliament on Wednesday 15th January.
        • feb14
          • Migrants: MEPs endorse search and rescue rules to prevent further deaths at sea : Binding rules on search and rescue to clarify how border guards serving in Frontex sea operations should deal with migrants and where they should disembark them were approved by the Civil Liberties Committee on Thursday. The rules were informally agreed by Parliament and Council negotiators on 11 February.
          • €3.5 billion aid for most deprived backed by European Parliament : The EU's poorest citizens will continue to get food, basic material assistance and social welfare from the Fund for European Aid to the Most Deprived (FEAD) from 2014 to 2020, under a deal with Council endorsed by Parliament on Tuesday. MEPs succeeded in maintaining its budget of €3.5 bn. They also secured Council's agreement that the fund will be fully operational immediately.
          • NSA snooping: MEPs table proposals to protect EU citizens' privacy : The European Parliament should withhold its consent to an EU-US trade deal unless it fully respects EU citizens’ data privacy, says an inquiry report on US National Security Agency (NSA) and EU member state surveillance of EU citizens, approved by the Civil Liberties Committee on Wednesday. It adds that data protection rules should be excluded from the trade talks and negotiated separately with the US.
          • Ukraine: Further bloodshed must be avoided at all costs, says European Parliament President Martin Schulz : The Ukrainian authorities are about to lose all legitimacy. The current authorities in Ukraine need to make space for a transitional government of national unity and early elections in order to bring back the legitimacy of national authorities. Further bloodshed must be avoided at all costs.
          • Schulz: Switzerland faces many negotiations if it limits freedom of movement : Switzerland risks having to renegotiate its agreements with the EU, warned EP President Martin Schulz after voters backed the introduction of quotas for migrants in a referendum.
          • European Elections - This Time it's Different : In the second biggest democratic exercise in the world, 400 million people can cast their vote for a new European Parliament. The 751 MEPs taking up their seats in July will not only set the course of European policies for the next five years but also elect the leader of the EU's executive body, the European Commission President.
        • mar14
          • UK Winner of Charlemagne Youth Prize : Inspired Impressions : Bite the Ballot, a UK campaigning organisation for getting the youth vote out at elections, have won the UK Charlemagne Youth Prize with their project Inspired Impressions.
          • MEPs push for common charger for all mobile phones : A common charger should be developed for all mobile phones sold in the EU, to reduce waste, costs and hassle for users, said MEPs voting on an update to EU radio equipment laws on Thursday. This draft has already been informally agreed with the Council of Ministers.
          • US NSA: stop mass surveillance now or face consequences, MEPs say : Parliament's consent to the EU-US trade deal "could be endangered" if blanket mass surveillance by the US National Security Agency (NSA) does not stop, MEPs said on Wednesday, in a resolution wrapping up their six-month inquiry into US mass surveillance schemes. The text also calls on the EU to suspend its bank data deal with the US and the “Safe Harbour agreement” on data privacy. The fight against terrorism can never justify secret and illegal mass surveillance, it adds.
          • MEPs vote to extend protection for package holiday travellers : Holidaymakers putting together their own package holidays from travel services sold on the internet or elsewhere need extra protection, as they are unlikely to get the same all-in cover as those buying from traditional travel agents, say MEPs. A draft law voted on Wednesday aims to ensure that travellers are not stranded if an airline or tour operator goes bankrupt, protect them against sharp price increases or flight time changes and specify their rights in unforeseen circumstances.
          • European Parliament calls on Russia to withdraw military forces from Ukraine : Russia must immediately withdraw all its military forces from Ukrainian territory, say MEPs in a resolution passed on Thursday. They condemn its "act of aggression in invading Crimea" as a breach of international law, declare Crimea’s plans to hold a referendum on its accession to Russia to be illegal and warn that Russia’s actions pose a threat to the security of the EU.
          • Transport MEPs push for safer, more environmentally-friendly trucks : Draft truck design rule changes, to allow designers to make it easier for drivers to see pedestrians and cyclists and improve bodywork streamlining to cut pollutant emissions, were backed by Transport Committee MEPs on Tuesday. The rules would allow designs to exceed current maximum length and weight limits in order to improve performance in these areas.
          • President Schulz of the European Parliament on the banning of Twitter in Turkey : "Freedom of expression and information are enshrined in our most basic fundamental rights instruments, be it at EU or at the Council of Europe level. The European Parliament strives to firmly uphold freedom of expression, and the freedom and pluralism of the media within the Union and beyond. As a Member of the Council of Europe and as an EU candidate country, Turkey is no exception. The Said President of the European Parliament Martin Schulz after the ban of Twitter in Turkey.
          • Chinese President Xi Jinping visits European Parliament : “EU-China relations are key for the stability and prosperity of the world economy,” EP President Martin Schulz said, welcoming Chinese president Xi Jinping during his official visit to the European Parliament on 31 March.
        • apr14
          • Russia and Ukraine to top this Parliament’s last debate with Catherine Ashton : EU action vis-à-vis Russia in response to recent events in Crimea, its aid to Ukraine and the need to better coordinate EU foreign policy are set to top this Parliament’s last pre-election plenary debate with EU foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton on Thursday. This debate, starting at 8:30, will be followed by another, with Greek Deputy Foreign Minister Dimitris Kourkoulas, on the EU’s future strategy towards Iran, against the backdrop of ongoing talks on its nuclear programme.
          • The sky is the limit? Europe’s aviation market takes off : Beyond the grey bulk of the Isle of Arran, 5,000 kilometres of Atlantic Ocean separate Britain from Northern America. Just a few hundred metres inland in Prestwick, Western Scotland, the Oceanic Area Control Centre (OACC) controls the airspace over the eastern half of the North Atlantic, from the Azores to a boundary with Iceland, getting airline passengers to and from Europe safely. It’s at the forefront of a revolution making flights in Europe shorter, greener and cheaper.
          • MEPs endorse deal on promoting EU farm produce : A deal with the EU Council of Ministers on measures to boost sales of EU farm produce within the EU and abroad and to restore consumer confidence in the event of market disruptions was approved by the Agriculture Committee on Monday.
          • LIVE TV DEBATE - 15th May - Presidential candidates for the European Commission : Candidates for the presidency of the European Commission went head-to-head in a live TV debate just one week before the European elections.
          • Student Journalist Competition Winners Announced : Capture any aspect where the UK’s membership of the European Union has impacted on the lives of British citizens in a 3-5 minute video. This was the brief we gave to today's journalism students to mark the 40th anniversary of the UK joining the European Community in 1973.
          • Basic bank accounts for all : Anyone legally residing in the EU would have the right to open a basic payment account, and no-one could be denied this right on grounds of nationality or place of residence, under a new law passed by European Parliament on Tuesday. This law should also ensure that fees and rules for all payment accounts are transparent and comparable and make it easy to switch to another payment account that offers better terms.
          • Members of the European Parliament clamp down on wasteful use of plastic carrier bags : EU countries would have to reduce the use of the most common and most polluting plastic bags by at at least 80% by 2019, under draft rules backed by European Parliament on Wednesday. MEPs recommend using taxes and levies, marketing restrictions or bans. Plastic carrier bag litter is a major environmental problem, known to pollute water bodies and aquatic eco-systems in particular.
          • Drugs: Members of the European Parliament back rules to take harmful “legal highs” off the market faster : Draft rules to ensure that harmful psychoactive substances, known as "legal highs", are withdrawn rapidly from the EU market were approved by European Parliament on Thursday. MEPs sought to protect the health and safety of young people from these drugs, whilst ensuring that trade in lower risk substances for industrial and commercial uses is not hindered. Criminals who breach the ban on the most harmful substances could face up to ten years in jail.
          • European Parliament: The end of the 7th term - what happens next? : The end of the EP's seventh term will be followed by a presidential debate, election night, the formation of new political groups and the constitution of the new Parliament.
        • may14
          • European Youth Event 2014 : The moment thousands of young people have waited months for has finally arrived. This weekend the Parliament building in Strasbourg will host the European Youth Event 2014 (EYE 2014), a unique opportunity for the next generation to generate ideas, discuss opinions and set the agenda for tomorrow’s Europe! In addition a mobile app will help participants to get around to the hundreds of performances and workshops being hosted in and out the European Parliament buildings.
          • Young Europeans set policy goals to new European Parliament : Quality jobs for European youth, the recognition of informally acquired skills and ending the exploitation of interns and forced mobility were some of the goals the participants at the European Youth Event (EYE) set at the end of three days of discussions in the European Parliament in Strasbourg. The around 5000 young people also called for uniform EU election rules, better education about EU affairs and the support of digital innovation.
          • European Parliament the old and new in facts and figures : The old European Parliament passed its last laws in April, making a total of over 1,000 in 2009-2014. The new one, elected on 22-25 May, takes office on 1 July. Here is a brief overview of some of Parliament’s work over the past five years and what it will need to do in the next five.
          • European Parliament UK Office - activity in the run-up to the election : In the coming days, millions across the UK will cast their votes in the world's second largest democratic election. With the law-making role of the European Parliament much bigger and turnout traditionally low, engaging with every community and ensuring they can make an informed choice has never been so critical.
          • Danish young people win Charlemagne Youth Prize 2014 with "Our Europe" : Our Europe, a Danish travel project, was awarded first prize at the 2014 Charlemagne Youth Prize ceremony in Aachen University on 27 May. The second prize went to the JouwDelft & Co youth congress from The Netherlands and the third to the Employment4U, a training project from Cyprus. The European Charlemagne Youth Prize is awarded annually to projects that foster a shared sense of European identity and integration among young people.
        • june14
          • Martin Schulz on the 70th anniversary of D-Day : "Today, we commemorate a remarkable event which was the beginning of the end of a tragic World War. Seventy years ago, the Western Allied armada launched an offensive that helped lead to the defeat of the Third Reich and liberate Europe from horrifying Nazi occupation. This extraordinarily detailed planned military assault went down in history...
          • New MEPs on the block : In this short film clip we follow newly elected Members of Parliament as they are walked through their first tasks, reflect on the electoral campaign and think ahead to their work to come.
          • Gianni Pittella to be acting European Parliament President until 1 July 2014 : Martin Schulz has today been elected as group leader of the Socialists and Democrats and steps down as European Parliament President.
          • Get to know Philippe Lamberts : Philippe Lamberts, a Belgian member of the Green party, is the new co-chairman of the Greens group in the European Parliament alongside Germany's Rebecca Harms. Elected on 11 June, he succeeds Daniel Cohn-Bendit, a Green party member elected in France. Find out more about Lamberts and his political platform in our interview.
          • Introducing Manfred Weber, the new EPP Group chairman : Manfred Weber , German member of the CSU party, is the new Chairman of the European People's Party group at the European Parliament. He was elected on 4 June and succeeds French member Joseph Daul (UMP) at the helm of the biggest political group in the EP. Born in 1972 in Lower Bavaria, Manfred Weber is an engineer by training. Watch our video interview.
          • Pittella: "Juncker's proposal to be next Commission President marks a turning point for European democracy" : Acting President of the European Parliament Gianni Pittella made the following statement on the proposal by the European Council today in Brussels of Jean-Claude Juncker to be the next European Commission President:
        • July14
          • Composition of parliamentary committees set for the new term : The numbers of MEPs to sit in Parliament’s twenty committees and two sub-committees for the new legislative term, reflecting the political balance of the House, were approved in a vote on Wednesday. The committee’s membership lists were approved on Thursday.
          • Martin Schulz re-elected President of the European Parliament : MEPs re-elected Martin Schulz as President of the European Parliament on Tuesday morning for another two and a half year term. The 58-year old German MEP will lead Parliament until January 2017. He won 409 out of 612 valid votes cast in the first ballot.
          • British MEP Syed Kamall: new leader of European Conservatives and Reformists : British MEP Syed Kamall is the new head of the European Conservatives and Reformists, the Parliament's third largest political group. Watch our video to learn more about him and his views on the Parliament and European politics.
          • Lux Prize for European Cinema - 10 finalists revealed : The European Parliament awards an annual "LUX Prize" for European cinema to help promote cinema, make films accessible to larger audiences and encourage debate about values and social issues across Europe. The three finalists will be announced at the end of July.
          • Parliament elects Jean-Claude Juncker as Commission President : With 422 votes in favour, the European Parliament elected Jean-Claude Juncker in a secret ballot on 15 July as President of the new European Commission to take office on 1 November 2014 for a five-year term. The minimum number of votes required was 376.
          • Juncker presents his programme : "You are the first Parliament to elect the Commission President", said Jean-Claude Juncker in a final debate with Parliament's political group leaders before its vote on his election on Tuesday. MEPs enthusiastically applauded many of Mr Juncker's aims and reassurances.
          • 28 July 1914: the day an isolated crisis turned into a global conflict : Exactly 100 years ago Austria-Hungary declared war on Serbia, triggering a conflict that would soon spread throughout Europe and the world and become known as the Great War. “Remembering this lesson is the best way to honour those who fought and died”, EP president Martin Schulz said ahead of the sad anniversary.
        • aug14
          • World Humanitarian Day: honouring those who help others : Little attention is paid to volunteers, but their tireless and sometimes dangerous work helps to make a difference to the millions of victims of natural and man-made disasters. Every year World Humanitarian Day is held on 19 August to honour the people who dedicate their lives to making a difference. Read on to find out what the EU, the world´s largest humanitarian aid donor, is doing to support their work.
          • The European Parliament's Calendar Explained : The European Parliament's short summer recess is over next week, so it's back to business. The Parliament's calendar is colour coded. The colours of the show what's on MEPs' schedule that day. Here we decode it for you!
          • On the election of Polish Prime Minister Donald Tusk as President of the European Council : The President of the European Parliament Martin Schulz has made the following reaction to the results of the European Council.
        • sept14
          • New European Commissioners announced : Today Jean-Claude Juncker, President elect of the European Commission, announced the names of the proposed Commissioners. There are 28 in total, one from each of the Member States, and each has their own portfolio. The British Commissioner is Lord Hill of Oareford who has the newly created Financial Stability, Financial Services and Capital Markets Union portfolio. The next steps are for the European Parliament to have hearings and then vote on the appointment of the proposed Commissioners.
          • Meet the Political Groups in the European Parliament : The European Parliament is a political institution where different ideas on issues are hotly contested. Political groups play an essential role in this clash of ideas, as they bring together like-minded representatives from across Europe, giving them a voice in the decision-making process.
          • Historic vote: EU–Ukraine agreement signed in Strasbourg and Kiev : The signing of agreements is rarely accompanied by applause, shouting and the flashing of victory signs, but this one was years in the making and responsible for a major change in European affairs.
          • Sakharov Prize 2014: Meet the nominees : They have different backgrounds - rapper, gynaecologist, religious leader, journalist – but they all share a commitment to defending human rights. The nominations for the Parliament’s 2014 Sakharov Prize for Freedom of Thought are:
        • oct14
          • Scrutiny time: a recap of the first week of commissioner hearings : The vetting of president-elect Jean-Claude Juncker's team by Parliament's committees commenced on Monday 29 September. 21 of the 27 commissioners-designate have now been heard by MEPs who had the opportunity to quiz the candidates on their competence and expertise for the portfolios assigned to them. Read our summary here of what has happened thus far.
          • Ebola: from local outbreak to global epidemic : What started as an Ebola outbreak in West Africa has evolved into a world-wide threat, with the first European case having been reported in Spain. Members of the European Parliament labelled the outbreak "a global security challenge" in a resolution adopted on 18 September and said that the international community has underestimated the crisis. According to the World Health Organization, 4,447 people have already died because of Ebola.
          • Denis Mukwege: winner of Sakharov Prize 2014 : Denis Mukwege is the laureate of the Sakharov Prize for Freedom of Thought 2014, following today's decision by EP President Martin Schulz and the political group leaders. Mukwege will be invited to Strasbourg on 26 November to receive the award during the plenary session.
          • European Parliament elects new European Commission : MEPs approved the new college of 27 Commissioners, as presented by its President-elect Jean-Claude Juncker on Wednesday morning. The new Commission now needs to be formally appointed by EU heads of state or government, including David Cameron.
        • nov14
          • Northern Ireland peace process: MEPs urge all parties to restart stalled talks : The European Parliament called on all parties to join talks to restart the stalled Northern Ireland peace process in a resolution voted on Thursday. MEPs stressed the need to combat low pay and unemployment, so as to halt violent and criminal efforts to undermine the process. Talks broke down in December 2013 due to disputes over issues such as welfare spending, flags and emblems, and parading.
          • Pope Francis delivers a message "to all the citizens of Europe" at the European Parliament : Safeguarding human dignity was a key theme of the formal address delivered by Pope Francis to Members of the European Parliament on Tuesday. Immigration, protecting the environment, and promoting human rights and democracy were among the topics stressed in a speech that enjoined "Europe to rediscover the best of itself".
        • dec14
          • Employment and trade MEPs quiz TTIP experts : Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) negotiators and experts were quizzed on safeguards for labour standards and public services, and how a TTIP deal could help to create high-quality jobs, at a joint public hearing held by the Employment and International Trade committees on Tuesday.
          • European Parliament resolution on recognition of Palestine statehood : The European Parliament supports "in principle recognition of Palestinian statehood and the two state solution, and believes these should go hand in hand with the development of peace talks, which should be advanced", it says in a resolution passed on Wednesday. To support EU diplomatic efforts in the Middle East peace process, it also decided to launch a “Parliamentarians for Peace” initiative to bring together MEPs and MPs from the Israeli and Palestinian parliaments.
      • 2013
        • Malala Yousafzai - winner of the Sakharov Prize 2013 : Pakistani campaigner for girls' education Malala Yousafzai is the laureate of the Sakharov Prize for Freedom of Thought 2013, following today's decision of the Conference of Presidents (EP President and political group leaders). She will be invited to receive the award at a ceremony in Strasbourg on 20 November.
        • One year to go to the 2014 European elections - Economic and social part : As the 2014 European Parliament elections draw near, so do crucial decisions on 2014-2020 financial matters. The Eurobarometer survey provides insight into Europeans' perceptions on the current economic and social situation as well as upcoming reforms.
        • The Citizens' Agora 2013 : The European Parliament’s Citizens’ Agora on Youth Unemployment aims to gather young people from all over Europe to discuss the current challenges in Europe’s employment market. Two 18-30 year olds from each EU country will be invited to this conference - one who is employed and one who is unemployed...
        • European Charlemagne Youth Prize 2014 Launched : The competition for next year's European Charlemagne Youth Prize was launched on Thursday, 24 October. Now in its seventh year, the prize is awarded to young people who have developed projects to foster understanding between people from different European countries. The deadline for submissions is 20 January 2014.
        • European Elections 2014 Launched : The official run-up to the 2014 European elections started on 10 September, when the European Parliament launched its awareness and information campaign. This campaign will continue beyond the elections themselves, until the newly-elected Parliament elects the next European Commission President.
        • New European Ombudsman : Following her election by the European Parliament in July, Emily O'Reilly steps down as Irish Ombudsman and begins work as European Ombudsman on 1 October 2013.
        • EP reveals finalists for 2013 LUX Film Prize : The finalists for this year's LUX Prize have been announced: Belgian film “The Broken Circle Breakdown”, British film “The Selfish Giant” and “Miele”, an Italian and French coproduction, will be battling it out for the top honour. The LUX Prize is awarded by the European Parliament every year to films that promote European cinematography, values and social issues. The winner will be determined by a vote by MEPs.
        • President Schulz visits UK and awards Citizens Prize : During the G8 Speakers meeting in London last week Martin Schulz, President of the European Parliament meet with Ed Milliband and made time for a courtesy call on the Houses of Parliament Lord Speaker Baroness D'Souza and Commons Speaker John Bercow MP.
    • Accreditation & Resources : The European Parliament provides many services and resources for media professionals - from day press passes to media archives, we have listed the most useful resources below.
    • Euromyths : Never let the truth get in the way of a good story
      • Who do you call a “eurocrat” and will the European Parliament have a say on Brexit? : Yet again the press came out in force this week to inform us about the recent activities of “eurocrats”. This time we are told one of the members of this vast, faceless and mysterious group caused “fury” when he suggested that the European Parliament will have a final say on Brexit.
      • Daily Express: Shelve this £1.6m EU history lesson : The Daily Express claims today (16 July 2013) the EU is to spend thousands of pounds on a "giant set of shelves" for European House of History. A quick reality-check, here are the facts:
      • Shock, horror! The European Parliament wants to know what people think : On 3/2/2013 the Daily Telegraph publishes a story online entitled "EU is to set up euro-election 'troll patrol' to tackle Eurosceptic surge'. The article goes on to say that the European Parliament is to spend almost £2 million on press monitoring and trawling Eurosceptic debates on the internet for "trolls" with whom to debate in the run-up and during euro-elections next year amid fears that hostility to the EU is growing.
      • CAP reform : complex yes, secretive er...no. : A Daily Telegraph opinion piece by Andrew Gilligan published on 26 January gives the impression that important debates and votes about the future of the CAP currently going through the European Parliament are somehow taking place in a clandestine way. Nothing could be further from the truth. The information, tonnes of it, has always been out there (click on the image to read more)
      • A sinister conspiracy to inform : 12/03/2013 Welcome to the brave new world of EU reporting at the Daily Express, where information is bad, transparency is dictatorship, civic rights are forms of oppression and checking facts makes you blind.
      • April Fools? : We enlisted the help of the Great British media to showcase some of the outrageous stories about us that really ought to have been published on April Fool's Day. Apparently we want to criminalise gardeners, ban the word "bankrupt" and ban cheese and yogurt in schools.
      • No, we're NOT banning British car number plates! : Reports in the media that the EU is banning British number plates are completely untrue.
      • What's the real story of MEPs' "pay and perks"? : There has recently been much confusion in the media about the pay and entitlements of our elected Members of the European Parliament (MEPs).
      • Bendy Bananas - the Myth to end all Myths : The EU trying to ban straight & bendy bananas is perhaps the most well-established Euromyth of them all. Is Brussels really meddling in what our beloved bananas should look like?
      • Daily Express: ‘Now EU “Crackpots” demand gypsy MPs’ : Another entirely misleading article published by the The Daily Express on September 30th claims the EU could impose quotas of Roma MPs in the UK. The article states if a resolution from the European Parliament becomes law “all the political parties in the UK will have to impose female gypsy candidates on the electorate and get them into Parliament."
      • The lights are on but someone is home : A recent article on the Daily Express website may have left you believing that the European Parliament is not only "deserted" in the summer but also has the cheek to leave the lights on “burning money”. This isn't true.
      • An army of inaccuracies - Express Online on European Defence Union : Reading the Express Online you might be forgiven for believing that the European Parliament will vote this week on the creation of an EU army, to be paid for by the British taxpayer. And you would be wrong, for this is another example of "fake news".
      • Breaking: public institution provides public information : A couple of weekend papers claimed that the European Parliament has signed a contract which will help fund "propaganda" on Brexit for broadcasters in the U.K.
      • Tabloids score own-goal with EU flag story : Despite the reports in a couple of tabloids today, the European Union is not demanding its flag to be displayed at sporting events.
      • How not to construct a story : For you it may be the long, warm evenings but for us a clear sign of summer coming is the papers’ interest in EU infrastructure. Summer must be here if articles popping up are as full of inaccuracies as you might want your pitcher to be with Pimm’s.
      • Express derails itself spectacularly : The European Parliament is not giving away free InterRail passes. Not to 18 year olds, not to 80 year olds. Not to anyone. Earlier this year, the European Commission addressed the question when launching a youth mobility initative marking the 30th birthday of the Erasmus+ programme: "This kind of funding is currently not available."
    • Journalism students : We run a student journalist visitors' programme which helps cover the costs of travel and accommodation for groups of students of journalism visiting the Parliament.  
    • EP Newsletter : The UK office helps guide you through what's happening in the European Parliament this forthcoming week. Sign up for our weekly newsletter!   EP news is going on a summer break. We will be back at the end of August. Enjoy the summer!
    • Forthcoming Events : The headquarters of the European Parliament and the European Commission in London hosts regular exhibitions that are open to the public. Please visit the 12 Star Gallery website to find out about the exhibitions coming up in Europe House.
      • EU Citizens' Rights & Brexit Events : Brexit has created uncertainty in the lives of EU27 citizens in the UK. The Law Centres Network, supported by the European Commission Representation in the UK are facilitating a series of factual, non-political information sessions looking at EU citizens’ rights in the UK in the context of Brexit and the 2019 European Parliament elections.
    • Past Events : A history of public events hosted by the European Parliament Office in the UK
      • European Parliament Events 2018
      • U3A European Parliament Information Seminars : The European Parliament Information Office in the UK has been invited to address U3A monthly meetings. These meetings are open to members of the U3A and their guests. Should you wish to book a speaker for your U3A please contact Elisabeth.Sweeney@ep.europa.eu or tel 0207 227 4328.
      • LUX Prize Screening at Institut Francais : Ciné Lumière opens its doors to European youth with a programme of three coming-of-age films, including the LUX Prize 2017 winner - Sami Blood by Amanda Kernell.
      • European Parliament Past Events 2017
      • European Parliament Past Events 2016
        • "Uncertain Future: Rights and Citizenship in post-Brexit Britain" : Brexit is throwing up myriad pressing questions, not least among them the residence and citizenship rights for EU nationals in the run-up to withdrawal and after. As things stand, it is unclear what criteria may be applied to determine who will be allowed to stay, on what basis and with what guarantees. The same applies to UK citizens living in other parts of the EU.
        • Britain's European vote: The outcome and implications of the UK referendum on EU membership - London, 30 June 2016 : In a special seminar organised by Nuffield College, Oxford, in association with the European Parliament Information Office in the UK, a panel of leading academic experts and commentators shared their analysis of the outcome of the June 2016 referendum on British membership of the European Union, and the implications of the vote for the future of UK and European politics.
        • Meet your MEPs - Newcastle, 18 November 2016 : What are the implications of Brexit? What should the UK’s priorities be in the negotiations leading to it? How will your region be affected? Join the debate with two of your North East Members of the European Parliament.
        • Meet your MEPs - Birmingham, 18 November 2016 : What are the implications of Brexit? What should the UK’s priorities be in the negotiations leading to it? How will your region be affected? Join the debate with two of your West Midlands Members of the European Parliament.
        • LUX Film Prize Cinema Screenings 2016 : The official selection of the European Parliament's film prize, the LUX Prize 2016, is: 'As I Open My Eyes' by Leyla Bouzid; 'My Life as a Courgette' by Claude Barras and 'Toni Erdmann' by Maren Ade. Every year the LUX Film Days bring the 3 finalist films to more than 40 cities across the 28 EU Member States. Each film is subtitled in the 24 official languages of the EU. Join us between the 14th-18th November in London and Leeds for the screenings of the LUX Prize 2016 finalists.
        • Meet your MEPs: What kind of Brexit do you want? : What are the implications of Brexit? What should the UK’s priorities be in the negotiations leading to it? Don't miss the opportunity to discuss this with your MEPs.
        • LUX Film Prize: Mustang Screening - London, 10 October 2016 : The 2015 LUX Prize winner, Mustang by Deniz Gamze Erguven, was screened simultaneously in theatres of the Europa Cinemas network all around the European Union’s 28 countries as part of the 10th anniversary celebrations of the European Parliament's Film Prize. The UK screening took place at the Barbican and was followed by a live satellite Q&A with director Deniz Gamze Ergüven.
        • British Press Coverage of the Referendum - London, 20 September 2016 : Was press reporting of the referendum campaign fair? Did Leave and Remain get equal and due coverage? The Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism at Oxford has teamed up with media insight specialists, PRIME Research, to examine the output of the 9 national newspapers across the 4 months of the highly charged and divisive campaign.
        • "Enjoy, it's from Europe": helping to promote European farm produce - Taunton, Somerset, 11th March 2016 : The European Commission has recently adopted 33 new promotional programmes to help European producers find new markets and promote consumption inside and outside the EU. Under the new rules, the available EU budget for promotion will increase gradually to €200 million (around £150 million) by 2019. The objective of this focused strategy is to help consumers discover more about the merits of European farm produce and about its quality control and standards.
        • Meet your MEPs - London, 2016 : The UK has 73 MEPs in the European Parliament. In 2015 we arranged "Meet Your MEPs" breakfast meetings in London, Wales, Northern Ireland and Scotland. In 2016 we shall continue to organise these events for you to meet your MEPs and discuss EU-related topics.
        • Scrutinising diplomacy: the roles of the European Parliament and the US Congress - London, 20th May 2016 : This conference aims to examine the challenge posed for scrutiny by the changing nature of diplomacy in general, and responses to the challenge. Within this context, it will explore the framework for scrutiny of diplomacy in the EU and the US, concentrating on the European Parliament and the US Congress, evaluate the effectiveness of scrutiny in a range of recent cases, and compare EU and US perspectives on the nature and effectiveness of scrutiny.
        • Double Jeopardy: Woman Refugee, 4th March 2016 : According to the U.N. Refugee Agency the number of displaced people across the world has surpassed 50 million for the first time since World War II. Last year news and social media have been dominated by images of the plight of the Syrian refugees and their arrival in Europe. But there is one side of the refugee crisis story that has been talked about rarely: women refugees and the challenges specific to their asylum seeking. What dangers do women refugees face? How can the challenges be met? Should we be doing more?
        • Getting to grips with the refugee crisis: a Permanent Relocation Mechanism under the Dublin System - London, 19th February 2016 : EU citizens are seeing at first hand how the 2008 Dublin system has been straining to cope with the unprecedented number of asylum seekers and migrants striving to reach the European Union. To tackle this humanitarian crisis and help those Member States that are struggling with it the most, the Commission has presented a 'Permanent Relocation Mechanism' to complement the Dublin regulation.
      • European Parliament Past Events 2015
        • Meet your MEPs - Wales, 2015 : The UK has 73 MEPs in the European Parliament, four of whom represent Wales. In September-October we will be hosting a series of small breakfast meetings for you to meet them and discuss the big EU-related topics ahead of the forthcoming referendum on the UK's membership of the EU.
        • "The Refugee Crisis: too little compassion or too much?" : Images of children washed up on a beach, newly erected border fences, and citizens welcoming arriving refugees in train stations have been populating our screens. They appeal to our compassion, but they also raise warnings of a populist backlash. This year’s Sakharov debate looks at Europe’s refugee crisis, and the response of the EU and its Member States to it. What remedies have been sought and why has an adequate response proved so elusive? Why and how have our various governments, and societies reacted so differently? How can one member state take in 1.5 million people and others next to none? What arguments are being made in favour of helping, or not helping, refugees from the Middle East and elsewhere?
        • Meet your MEPs - London, 2015 : The UK has 73 MEPs in the European Parliament. In January-February we arranged small breakfast meetings for you to meet them and discuss the big EU-related topics ahead of the general election.
        • Digital Single Market - London : Research suggests that a fully functioning digital single market (DSM) could add up to £375 billion a year to the EU economy and many governments as well as the European Commission see it as one of the key planks of the reforms needed to boost competitiveness, growth and jobs. But the EU's digital markets remain very fragmented, with low levels of cross-border e-commerce. What new laws are required to capitalise on this potential? How should data protection and intellectual property be safeguarded? How should the EU go about establishing a single area for online payments or better protecting consumers in cyberspace?
        • TTIP - facts, fiction and the future - London, 16th February 2015 : The European Commissioner for Trade, Cecilia Malmström, was in town to give the latest update on the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Treaty negotiations currently under way between the EU and US.
        • Who won the UK general election, how, why, and with what implications for Britain and Europe? - London, 14 May 2015 : A seminar organised by Nuffield College, Oxford, in partnership with the London office of the European Parliament
        • "We are facing the fight of the century." The Battle to stem climate change - London, 6th November 2015 : The European Parliament has just overwhelmingly adopted the mandate for its delegation to COP21, the UN climate-change conference in December. In a resolution authored by MEP Gilles Pargneaux, the EP calls for a 40% cut in greenhouse gas emissions; 40% better energy efficiency and a 30% target for renewables by 2030.
        • Legal highs: public protection versus public freedom? - London, 30 March 2015. Hosted by Dr Christian from "Embarrassing Bodies" : The EPIO was holding a public event on new EU proposals to enforce quicker bans on so-called legal highs from being sold to the public. The UK is the joint second highest consumer of legal highs in the EU, with 10% of 15-24 year olds having tried them at least once.
        • Parliament Week 2015 : We hosted a number of events and activities for young people in November as part of Parliament Week - a UK Parliament initiative that connects people across the UK with parliaments and democracy.
        • Lux Film Prize cinema screenings 2015 : Since 2007, the European Parliament LUX FILM PRIZE casts an annual spotlight on films that go to the heart of European public debate. The European Parliament believes that cinema, a mass cultural medium, can be an ideal vehicle for debate and reflection on Europe and its future. When the European Parliament created the LUX FILM PRIZE, it decided to focus on distribution because it believes that this is “the Achilles heel of European cinema”. Unlike the largely unified North American market, the film industry in European countries faces huge organisational and economic difficulties which are worsened by language barriers. The LUX FILM PRIZE has become a quality label backing European film productions. Its winning films have become hits within the EU and beyond. It has helped publicise films that might have otherwise been seen and discovered by few people and has put the spotlight on urgent topical issues.
        • Personal Data Protection - London, 17 April 2015 : The EPIO held a public event on new EU proposals to protect the rights and freedoms of the individual in respect to the protection of personal data. The proposals would also ensure the exchange of personal data between competent authorities in the EU.
        • The Regent's Report- The UK and Europe: Costs, Benefits, Options-Friday, 4th September 2015 Europe House : Regent's University London has revised its original 2013 report, "The UK and Europe: Costs, Benefits, Options" in light of the upcoming referendum on continued UK membership of the EU and the significant implications the result will have on the UK and the EU as a whole. The updated and abridged report seeks to make a comprehensive, independent and non-political contribution to the debate, by exploring the policy areas at the heart of the relationship between the UK and the EU. The report's eminent academics and practitioners span a broad range of policy areas: from energy to migration, higher education to financial services and fisheries to foreign and security policy.
        • Consumer Product Safety: "Product safety rules: keeping us safe or more red tape?" - London, 21 April 2015 : Perhaps you've bought something online and are unsure where it comes from. Or maybe you read about the horse meat scandal in 2013 and grew concerned about the provenance of food. How do we know that the products we're using or eating in our homes are safe?
        • Beyond the referendum - Europe's place amid three revolutions - Tuesday, 1st September 2015 Europe House : The transformative pace of globalisation continues at breakneck speed, throwing up existential questions for decision-makers. The authors of “Global trends to 2030: Can the EU meet the challenges ahead?” by the inter-institutional European Strategy and Policy Analysis System (ESPAS) identify three on-going global revolutions - economic and technological; social and democratic, and geopolitical - and seek to distil how they and five big trends within them will shape the governance, markets and society of tomorrow.
        • Wales's future: jobs, services and the TTIP – Cardiff, 18 June 2015 : TTIP is one of the most eagerly scrutinized partnership agreements ever to make its way through the EU law-making machinery, with both passionate supporters and opponents. Its fans see it as a potentially monumental opportunity for small and midsize businesses to expand and for Europe to play to its commercial strengths, while those against see it as a full frontal assault on democracy and an attack on the European model that would lead to rule by corporations.
      • European Parliament Past Events 2014
      • European Parliament Events 2013
        • Sakharov Debate 2013 : The 2013 Sakharov Debate aims to critically examine the state of LGBT rights in Europe, with a particular focus on the role of the EU in promoting same-sex equality among EU member-states and in states outside the EU. As in previous years, this event is organised jointly by the European Parliament UK Office and the UCL European Institute.
        • Will the EU get a social media election? #EP2014UK - London 25 November 2013 : As we head towards the European Parliament elections in 2014, how will social media affect the outcome? Is there a European digital space or is social media divided on national lines?
        • How to get your voice heard in Europe - London, 14 November 2013 : This AGE UK workshop for voluntary and community organisations will help you share your skills to develop a better understanding of how the European Parliament functions, how its decisions affect our daily lives and how we can help to shape policy by working with our MEPs.
        • LUX Prize Finalist Film Screenings - 11, 12 & 13 November 2013 : This year we teamed up with the UK Film Festival in London to screen the three finalists' films as part of the festival on 11th, 12th & 13th of November. The films were screened at the The Aubin Cinema in Shoreditch. Thank you to everyone who attended!
        • The financial impact of immigration on Britain - London, 18 October 2013 : Britain has always been a champion of enlarging the EU towards the East. Putting words into action, the UK has been among the first countries to fully open its labour market after the 2004 EU enlargement. This increased inflow of EU migrant workers into Britain was matched by an outflow of British citizens, who live in other EU countries. Our event will look at the economic impact and social/political consequences of this migration.
        • Germany after the elections - what the result means for the British and EU economy - London, 14 October 2013 : "Germany’s election is no longer primarily a national affair: depending on the outcome, residents in other member states of the European Union and especially in the eurozone might feel the economic, social, and political impact of the result even more keenly than German voters themselves." (Ulrike Guerot )
        • EU in the World : The debate addressed the following issues: What are the prospects for getting better trade deals with countries such as the US, India, China and Brazil outside the EU? How would the UK's global commercial position be affected if it left the EU? Does negotiating international trade agreements as a 28-country strong bloc help or hinder the UK?
        • Britain and the Single Market - real impact and future prospects, London, 14 October 2013 : Membership of the common market has been a crucial argument for the UK's accession to the European Economic Community in 1973. Moreover, it is frequently argued that the UK has punched far above its weight in creating and shaping the Single European Market that we have today. But it is frequently also argued that the Single Market has been more of a problem than an advantage to the British economy, and that it has stifled rather than facilitated growth.
        • Active Citizens Information Seminar at Probus - W. Sussex, 10 October : Probus clubs operate nationwide for business and professional retirees. The European Parliament Information Office has been invited as a speaker in October. For further information contact Elisabeth.Sweeney@ep.europa.eu
        • Parliament Talks Food - Bradford, Friday 4 October 2013 : Interested in food production and distribution? Concerned about food safety and sustainability? Join us for a free event that will look at how the UK and European Parliaments examine and influence food policy in the UK and highlighting how parliamentarians hold the government to account and examine policy issues relating to food, from its production to healthy eating.
        • The 2014 European Elections: why this time will be different, London Wednesday 2 October 2013 : A panel discussion hosted by The LSE European Institute and VoteWatch Europe, in partnership with the European Parliament Information Office in the United Kingdom.
        • British media reporting the EU - London, 6th September 2013 : Do some of the most widely circulated British dailies approach the EU with a negative bias and a pre-fabricated agenda? Does the British press reflect or create popular attitudes on the EU?
        • Britain and Europe. Past. Present. Future? - London, 18th July 2013 : How much legislation comes from Brussels and how much from Westminster? Different people give different answers. What is the relationship between the British constitution and the EU legal framework? By looking at the past and the present can we understand what Britain's future can be in the European context?
        • Sitting at the Top Table? The Future of the UK in European Financial Services - London, 12 July 2013 : The EU has undertaken an impressive overhaul of its rulebook on financial services in recent years. Given the size of financial services industry in the UK and the heated debate around EU regulations, we brought to Europe House the key players and influencers for a morning of debate:
        • Why bother about the European elections? - London, 10 July 2013 : Elections to the European Parliament are in May 2014. What can civil society and education do to help people know what the elections are about? This event was for everyone concerned about democracy and any aspect of the EU and those involved in adult or community education, or working with communities.
        • New EU rules for car and van emission targets in the making - Sunderland, 28 June 2013 : What road to take on the issue of car and van emissions? The EU rules for car & van emissions are being negotiated between the European Parliament and the EU 27 Member States' Governments. Will the proposed new rules lead to lower CO2 emissions, lower fuel costs and spur innovation and employment in high tech manufacturing? Or will a revision of the rules, halfway to 2020, hurt the UK automotive industry and the 700,000 jobs that are dependent on it?
        • How the EU works - Accrington Town Hall, 21 June 2013 : The European Parliament Information Office in the UK gave a workshop on "How the EU Works" for local authority democratic service officers, councillors and students of politics from around the surrounding area.
        • Young People and the Constitution - Launch event with John Bercow, Speaker of the House of Commons - London, 13 May 2013 : Mr Speaker will be delivering a talk on the role of Parliament in the British constitution. Young People and the Constitution is The Constitution Society's initiative to inform today's young people and tomorrow's leaders on the workings of the British constitution and the arms and levers of our state. Bringing young people from a broad range of experience and backgrounds together with key figures in the workings of the British constitution, we aim to better prepare the politicians and civil servants of tomorrow. Over 150 young people have registered to attend the event and registration is now closed. Date 13 May 2013 Time 17.00-19.00 Venue European Parliament Information Office (32 Smith Square, London SW1P 3EU) Hosted by The Constitution Society, the European Parliament and the UK Parliament
        • The Future of the EU - London, 3 June 2013 : With less than a year to go till the European Parliament elections, high-level politicians and senior academics came together at Europe House to discuss the future of the EU Institutions from 2014 and the impact of these changes on Britain's relationship with the EU. Speakers: Martin Callanan MEP, Leader European Conservatives & Reformists Guy Verhofstadt MEP, Leader Alliance of Liberals and Democrats in Europe Emma Reynolds MP, Shadow Europe Minister Professor Simon Hix, Head, Dept of Government, LSE, Founder of Votewatch.eu Professor Anand Menon, European Politics, King's College London The debate was moderated by Benedicte Paviot, UK Correspondent, France 24 and live tweeted using #EU2014.
        • The UK/EU 40 Years - in partnership with the Welsh Assembly - 1 May 2013 : To mark the 40th Anniversary of UK Membership of the EU the European Parliament invited you to a public debate on Wales in Europe hosted by the Presiding Officer Rosemary Butler AM. The debate was preceded by a reception kindly hosted by the European Commission Office in Wales. I nodi pen blwydd 40 aelodaeth y DU o'r UE, mae Senedd Ewrop yn eich gwahodd i ddadl gyhoeddus ar Gymru yn Ewrop wedi ei chynnal gan y Llywydd, Rosemary Butler AC. Bydd derbyniad cyn y ddadl gan Swyddfa'r Comisiwn Ewropeaidd yng Nghymru.
        • Chamber 200 EU Panel Debate - Plymouth : City College, Plymouth. Lunch included. "There is a huge appetite for debate and discussion about our future within the EU and some real concerns from Business about the consequences of any potential exit" Julie Girling, MEP for the South West Plymouth Chamber of Commerce hosted a panel discussion on EU Legislation as part of their 200th Celebrations with: • Julia Girling MEP • Alison Seabeck MP • Tim Jones Chair of the Heart of the South West LEP • Adam Marshall Policy (Director of British Chamber of Commerce) It was introduced by John Bercow, Speaker of the House of Commons Cost: Free Date: 19 April 2013 Time : 11.30 - 14.00
        • Funding the EU and EU Funding in Wales : Photos from Funding the EU and EU Funding in Wales
        • Social-mediatisation of politics - London : Some politicians have more followers on Twitter than the number of votes received- how does this change the way we see and do politics? Social media and the changing trends of news consumption are remaking politics. How does this change political career-paths and the level of control political parties have over their members? How can parties adapt to this change, both vis-à-vis their members and their voters?. But it's not only traditional political parties that must rethink their communication, but also public institutions. Is there a democratic obligation for public institutions to be on social media? If yes, how does that change policy making and traditional boundaries between transparency and confidentiality?
        • Europe Day - 9 May 2013 : On 9th May 1950 the Schuman Declaration was presented by French foreign minister Robert Schuman. It proposed the creation of a European Coal and Steel Community, whose members would pool coal and steel production. This was the seed of what has today grown into the European Union. This day is now marked across Europe including in the following ways across the UK.
        • Meet "The man who capped the banks"* : A briefing by Philippe Lamberts MEP on the new banking regulatory dossiers and the caps on bank bonuses at EU level At the end of February 2013 EU Ministers and the European parliament struck a provisional deal on new financial rules, including a cap on bank bonuses. EU finance ministers met at the beginning of March to confirm the deal. The European Parliament is set to vote on the final agreement on the whole banking regulatory dossier and the bonus cap in its April 2013 plenary session Philippe Lamberts, a Belgian Green MEP and a member of the Economic and Monetary Affairs Committee of the EP, was the first to raise the idea of pegging bonuses to salaries and has been at the forefront of efforts to impose the rule Europe-wide, to discourage excessive risk-taking in the financial sector. In this 'behind-the-scenes' briefing and Q&A, Mr Lamberts gave his assessment of the state of play on the various banking regulatory dossiers on which the European Parliament will vote on in April. *Financial Times headline, 1 March 2013
        • The City in Europe: Regulation, Culture and the Bottom Line : As the reputation and economic role of the financial sector continues to be called into question, there are demands for further regulation at national and EU level. Regulators have made it clear that they will act to introduce stricter legislation. Will this just result in more rules and therefore more rule-bending? Are complex rules the right answer to complex problems? Current research shows that simple principles may produce better results. A change in corporate culture is surely an integral part of good regulation. It is clearly in the financial sector's interest to raise its ethical standards, since poor conduct has caused repeated harm to the bottom line. But is improving the bottom line the only reason for business to behave ethically or is there a motivation beyond the books? Why do we need good corporate culture in society? Our panel of specialists discussed how to engage City professionals and politicians in defining culture change in the City and the contribution of traditional concepts of morality. The European Parliament Information Office in the UK and St Paul's Institute and the British Bankers' Association hosted the discussion. Sharon Bowles MEP Leslie Griffiths, Lord Griffiths of Burry Port Anthony Browne, CEO, BBA Bill Michael, Head of Financial Services, KPMG (tbc) The debate was moderated by Brooke Masters, Chief Regulation correspondent, Financial Times.
        • EU Police & Criminal Justice Measures: Better off in or out? : The European Parliament Information Office in the UK and Open Europe hosted a discussion on: Should the UK continue to be bound by approximately 130 EU police and criminal justice measures and accept the EU Court of Justice's full jurisdiction over them? The British Government will have to give a final answer to this question by the 31st of May 2014. 
        • EU Clinical Trials Directive: What to expect from the revised legislation : The European Parliament Information Office in the UK organised a specialist discussion on the future of the EU Clinical Trials Directive on Friday 22 February 2013. Leading the debate were: - Glenis Willmott MEP, the appointed European Parliament's rapporteur on the dossier. - Stefano Soro, Head of Unit within the European Commission's Directorate-General Health and Consumers - Dr Liz Philpots, Head of Research, Association of Medical Research Charities - Prof. Michele de Luca, Principal Investigator in European Commission FP7-funded Stem Cell research consortium, OptiStem" - Fiona Fox, (Moderator) Chief Executive, The Science Media Centre The Clinical Trials Directive (2001/20/EC) has been controversial among researchers, industry and patients alike for its heavy regulatory requirements and lack of multinational harmonisation, among other issues. Following a recent European Commission proposal to cut red tape and restore European Union's competitiveness in clinical research, the issue has now been taken up by the European Parliament. This event gave stakeholders and specialist media a chance to find out the latest developments in the revision of the legislation and feed in their thoughts on the direction that the EU should take.
        • Forty Years of the UK in the EU - Looking Back, Looking Forward : The European Parliament Office in the UK and Business for New Europe would like to invite you to a panel discussion on the 40 year anniversary of UK's accession into the European Economic Community. This event not only looked back over the 40 years since the UK became a member of the Single Market but it also discussed the future challenges for the UK in Europe. We asked what influence has the UK had in shaping the EU as we know it and what are the real political choices facing the UK in its relationship with Europe? This inaugural event of a series held by the European Parliament Office over the course of 2013 consisted of two panel discussions - one looking at the lessons that we can draw from the last 40 years of the UK's membership, another looking at where we are and where we should be heading. There was also an opportunity for audience members to ask questions following the discussion.
        • Britain in Europe: The Early Years : The European Parliament Information Office in the UK would hosted an audience with Lord Hannay in discussion with John Peet, on the early years of Britain in Europe. The ongoing controversies about the "repatriation" of powers from Brussels and the EU budget negotiations are nothing new. In fact, the UK has been agonising over these issues since the very start of its membership of the EU. Based on his recently published memoirs, Lord David Hannay discussed with John Peet key events from the 70's and 80's, such as the 1975 Referendum and the 1984 agreement on the British rebate and how they are relevant to the debate in 2013.
        • What has the EU done for gender equality? : What has the EU has done for British women in the past 40 years? And what might arise in the field of gender equality from renegotiation and repatriation of powers by a UK government? Leading the discussion were: Mary Honeyball, Labour MEP, member of the Women's Rights and Gender Equality Committee Marina Yannakoudakis, Conservative MEP, member of the Women's Rights and Gender Equality Committee Justine Roberts, CEO of Mumsnet Dr Roberta Guerrina, Senior Lecturer and Head of the School of Politics at the University of Surrey Jacqueline Minor, first female head of the European Commission Representation in London, ranked the 24th most influential Briton on EU Policy by EurActiv The discussion was moderated by Benedicte Paviot, France 24.
      • European Parliament Events 2012
        • Opportunity Europe and Beyond fair and exhibition show : On 14th & 15th of October, the European Parliament Office in the UK participated in the annual two-day Opportunity Europe and Beyond fair and exhibition show, held in St. Georges Market, Belfast. This award-winning event, which was attended by around 1300 schoolchildren from around Northern Ireland, is the only one of its kind in Northern Ireland and highlights European links and helps participants find out about working, studying, volunteering and travelling throughout Europe and beyond. Most of the children passed by our stand and our materials were extremely popular especially our materials about how the European Parliament and also our maps and wallcharts. The event encourages understanding and enjoyment of the variety of different cultures in Northern Ireland, Europe and beyond and brought together a vibrant programme of events, including music, dance, quizzes, visual arts, food, workshops, exhibition stands and discussions. It helps promote linguistic and cultural diversity and highlights Northern Irelands European and international links. As 2012 is the European Year of Active Ageing and Solidarity Between the Generations there were also workshops and exhibition stands will reflected and promoted intergenerational activity.
        • U3A Meeting in Shropshire : On 12 March 2012, staff from the European Parliament Information Office in the UK attended a meeting organised by the U3A Whitchurch, Shropshire branch which included U3A members from neighbouring Market Drayton and Oswestry. Presentations were given by the Outreach team on the role of the European Parliament in the EU Legislative procedures and followed by a Q&A session
        • How the EU Works - U3A : "How the EU works" talk was given by the European Parliament UK Information Office at the U3A Discussion group in Stanmore, North London.
        • Simulation Exercise : A Simulation exercise is being organised at Europe House on 2 November for students from the University of Westminster, Unversity of Surrey, LSE and UCL . Students will simulate tabling a resolution (subject is the Financial Transaction Tax) at the European Parliament and in doing so will enhance negotiating skills as they take the part of different political and national players within the European Parliament. For further information, please contact: gergely.polner@ep.europa.eu
        • British Youth Council : Europe House hosted a day with young people who learnt how EU democracy works and raised their issues with MEPs in a discussion forum.
        • London Digital Diplomacy - Mapping Exercise : The EP Information Office in the UK hosted an event entitled London Digital Diplomacy - Mapping Exercise bringing together think-tanks and diplomats to discuss the nuts and bolts of modern diplomacy. This was the second in our series of think-tank summits. Click here to find below the programme, documents that were available during the event and videos from key speakers at the event.
        • Regional Discussion Forum - South West farmers to have a say on European policy : Lunchtime Debate: Sowing the seeds of a new Common Agricultural Policy Farmers in the South West were given the chance to tell local MEPs what they thought of European policy for agriculture (CAP) at this event with the European Parliament. The event was organised by the European Parliament in association with NFU South West. Feedback from the South West rural community was used to help develop and influence policy in areas such as agriculture, employment, regeneration and EU regional funding. This is the first time that the European Parliament office in the UK has held an event of this kind in Exeter. It gave farmers, rural businesses and countryside organisations in Devon the opportunity to hear more about how the CAP is being reformed and to have their say on how current EU policies are affecting them. Local MEPs Julie Girling (Con) and Sir Graham Watson (Lib) debated the latest developments of the CAP reforms with representatives from the local farming and business community. Discussions also focused on other key issues that are affecting the South West agriculture sector including Bovine TB, Marine Protected Areas, the EU Water Framework Directive and the Nitrate Directive.
        • European Year of Active Ageing - EY2012 : As part of its activities marking the European Year of Active Ageing, AGE UK hosted its Awards Volunteering event at Europe House on Monday 1 October, International Day of Older People.
        • LUX Prize Film Screenings : This year we teamed up with the UK Film Festival in London and screened the three finalists' films as part of the festival on 14th, 15th & 16th of November. The films were screened at The Aubin Cinema in Shoreditch. For more information on the LUX Prize finalist films please click here - http://www.europarl.org.uk/view/en/infocentre/LUX_Prize.html
        • Annual Sakharov Prize Debate on Human Rights : Each year the announcement of the Sakharov Prize laureate provides the opportunity for a public discussion on freedom of thought, organized by the European Parliament's office in London in conjunction with University College London. This year, one year on from the death of Václav Havel, and in the light of a contemporary reinvention of dissident practice in the Arab Spring, the Occupy Movement, Charter 08 in China and the neo-dissidence of Pussy Riot and others in Russia, we have formulated topics for discussion that pick up on themes from Havel: dissent as the 'art of the impossible' and as a point of intersection between politics and aesthetics, both apparently present in the work of the two Iranian activists, lawyer Nasrin Sotoudeh and film director Jafar Panahi, joint winners of the Sakharov Prize in 2012.
        • Can Digital Democracy Work? : The European Citizens' Initiative has been effective since April this year and it, along with other initiatives such as the petitions system of the Houses of Parliament, is creating a new layer of direct influence by citizens on the legislative agenda. But what does this really change? Are the institutions ready for the sort of challenge this could bring? Are these processes representative, and do they need legal substance? And what does the machinery of digital citizenship mean for the relationship between governments and citizens and what are their obligations to each other in this emerging world?
        • Democracy listens to dissent - what have eurosceptics done for the EU? - London, 21st November 2012 : "Politics can be not just the art of the possible, especially if that means the art of speculation, calculation, intrigue, secret deals and pragmatic maneuvering, but that it can even be the art of the impossible, namely the art of improving ourselves and the world." Vaclav Havel, inaugural speech as President of Czechoslovakia
        • Joint Information Session on the European Parliament and the Houses of Parliament : A panel discussion took place on the morning of 16 November at the Physics Institute, NET Park in Sedgefield with Phil Wilson MP, Fiona Hall MEP, Dr. S. McGinness, Clerk of the House of Commons Science & Technology Committee, Tom Smyth from the Dept for Business, Innovation and Skills and was chaired by Sir Peter Knight Chairman of the Institute of Physics.
        • The Single Market 20 years on: What's in it for the UK? : To mark the 20th anniversary of the single market, the European Parliament Office and European Commission Representation in London invite you to Europe House to discuss the UK's role and future in the single market. Guest speakers include Lord Brittan of Spennithorne, former vice-president of the European Commission and Malcolm Harbour MEP, chair of the Committee for the Internal Market and Consumer Protection, European Parliament, amongst many others. During the course of the day there will be ample opportunity to discuss matters such as better regulation, social entrepreneurship, the digital agenda and consumer protection, both during Q&A and the afternoon breakout sessions.
        • The Economic Agenda for the South West in Europe : Breakfast Debate with South West MEP, Ashley Fox organised by the European Parliament Information Office in the UK. How the EU can reduce regulatory burdens, ease access to credit and support the South West economy
        • Promoting Global Transparency: a Transatlantic Challenge : The European Parliament Information Office in London, the Embassy of the United States, London, and the European Institute at UCL invite you to attend a conference on how the UK, EU and U.S. can work together to promote open and transparent business practices in emerging markets. The morning conference opens with keynote remarks by Minister Barbara Stephenson, Deputy Chief of Mission, U.S. Embassy, London, followed by two panel discussions, both moderated by Shawn Donnan, World News Editor, Financial Times. The first panel discussion, "Promoting Transparency in Global Investment," will focus on successful efforts to promote transparency. The second panel discussion, "U.S., UK and EU Transparency Efforts: how and where they can converge" will review American, British and European Union government perspectives. Confirmed speakers include: Arlene McCarthy MEP, Vice-Chair, Committee on Economic & Monetary Affairs; John Breidenstine, Minister Counselor for Commercial Affairs, U.S. Embassy ; Dr. Ioannis Lianos, UCL Director of Centre for Law, Economics & Society; Co-Director Institute of Global Law; Co-Director Centre for Law and Governance in Europe; and Diarmid O'Sullivan, Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative, amongst others. Where: Europe House, 32 Smith Square, SW1P 3EU When: 10 December 2012 Time: 08:30 - 12:00 If you wish to attend please RSVP: Agnieszka.PIELA@ext.ec.europa.eu
        • Breast Implants and Medical Devices: What the EU will do next : European Commission is about to present proposals to tighten up legislation on Medical Devices, such as hip and knee replacements. But following the recent PIP breast implants scandal the European Parliament is pressing for rules on implants to also be stepped up at European level. Linda McAvan, Labour MEP for Yorkshire and the Humber, who has been leading the campaign for a pan European register for breast implants, and Jacqueline Minor, Director of Consumers Affairs (European Commission's Directorate General for Health and Consumers) briefed an audience of stakeholders and specialist media on the regulation that is likely to emerge for this sector later in the Autumn.
        • Come by Europe House and pick up your Nobel Prize : The European Parliament information office in the UK will be screening the full Nobel Peace Prize ceremony live from Oslo on 10th December from midday to 2pm. The award was bestowed this year to the EU " for six decades of advancing peace and reconciliation, democracy and human rights". Please come along to watch and - as one of the EU's 500 million citizens - pick up your own symbolic certificate....it's your Nobel Prize too. Where: Europe House, 32 Smith Square, SW1P 3EU When: 10 December 2012 Time: 12:00 - 14:00
        • University of Chester, Europe House : Undergraduates from the Politics Department of the University of Chester visited Europe House for a presentation on how the EU legislative procedures work. The students were also be in London to visit the Houses of Parliament.
        • Kinship Carers' Summit : The European Parliament hosted an event marking 2012 as the European Year of Active Ageing and Intergenerational Solidarity in collaboration with Grandparents Plus, a national charity bringing together grandparents and other kinship carers together. The event took place with policy makers from central and local government to provide an opportunity for an exchange of views with Tim Loughton, Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Children and Families, local authorities and a wide range of interested parties.
        • London think-tank summit at the intersection of traditional and social media : This seminar focused on using traditional media and social media in public policy debates. The event gathered think-tanks, academics and public policy specialists to look at the intersection of traditional and social media, with special regard to the leading role of the European Parliament in using social media for public sector communication.
        • Information Seminar - How the EU Works : Europe House in London hosted members of the Wildlife Trust on Friday 7 September at a meeting on 'How to Engage' with the European Parliament. Catherine Bearder, MEP for the South East and member of the European Parliament's Environment Committee, were present as was a representative from the Department for Food & Rural Affairs (DEFRA)
        • Joint Information Session on the European Parliament and the Houses of Parliament : The European Parliament and the Houses of Parliament Outreach teams gave a presentation to interested parties among civil society groups in the East Midlands on "How to Engage" with these respective Parliaments.
        • Review of the Balance of Competences : On the 12th July 2012, the Foreign Secretary announced a review of the balance of competences. This, he said, was intended to guide and inform debate about the European Union for years to come. It is clear that the result of the review and whatever decisions are taken on it will have far-reaching consequences for business and civil society stakeholders. So it is of crucial importance that the preparation and presentation of their evidence must be effective. As a starting point of this process, this event was held. It consisted of: - A detailed explanation of the review process by FCO experts who will also answer practical questions from the audience. - A panel debate to discuss the exercise and the political environment in which it is being held. First reactions from important stakeholders were also heard. Panel discussion were moderated by David Seymour (former political editor, Mirror Group, currently consultant editor to Nucleus). The panel included Baroness Sarah Ludford (MEP, ALDE), Mr Sajjad Karim (MEP, ECR), Phillip Souta (Business for New Europe).
        • A Woman's Place Is Europe: Should we legislate quotas? : Should the EU legislate on quotas for women in public company boards? Some countries, both inside and outside the EU, have already gone down this route, in an effort to improve women's representation at the top in business. But is this the best approach and should it be adopted across Europe? Just days ahead of the announcement of a long awaited European Commission's proposal which might kick-start legislation in this area we held a debate on these issues with: Mary Honeyball MEP (London, Labour) Marina Yannakoudakis MEP (London, Conservative) Helena Morrissey, CEO Newton Investment, founder of The 30% Club Petter Sørlien, Mission of Norway to the European Union Moderator: Andrew Hill, Management Editor, Financial Times Twitter: #EUquotas
        • EP Information Session - U3A : "How the EU works" talk was given by the European Parliament UK Information Office at the U3A Discussion group in Fleet, Hampshire.
        • Local Democracy Week : Portsmouth City Council are hosting an event for the general public on Thursday 18 October at Menuhin Theatre, Guildhall Sq, Portsmouth between 15:00-19:00. There will be briefings on how the UK Parliament and the European Parliament work followed by panel discussions with Catherine Bearder, MEP, Keith Taylor, MEP and Mike Hancock MP. For more information contact: Communities Engagement Officer at Portsmouth City Council clare.seek@portsmouthcc.gov.uk
        • Joint Information Seminar : The European Parliament and the Houses of Parliament Outreach teams gave a presentation to members of the Hull Chamber of Commerces in Scunthorpe on "How to Engage" with these respective Parliaments.
        • South West Seniors Network : As part of the regional outreach work in the South-West of England during 2012's European Year of Active Ageing and Solidarity between the generations, staff from the Outreach team of the European Parliament Information Office in the UK attended an event organised by the South West Seniors Network in collaboration with the South West forum on Ageing and Age UK that was held at Taunton Conference Centre in Somerset on 30 March.
        • Intergenerational Futures All Party Parliamentary Group, Europe House : The Centre for Intergenerational Practice is an initiative of the Beth Johnson Foundation based in Stoke and works in the areas of positive ageing, a specialist advocacy programme for older people with dementia. The group meets regularly with its members to discuss progress When: 12:00 - 16:00 Where: Europe House, 32 Smith Square, London SW1P 3EU RSVP: http://www.centreforip.org.uk
        • "Interpreting for Europe" at Language Show Live, London : 19-21 October - "Interpreting for Europe" at Language Show Live, London The interpretation services of the European Union showcased their stand at the Language Show Live in London this month and showed what the interpreter's job is really like. A number of language professionals told about their work for the EU and the bravest of guests were able to give simultaneous interpretation a try in out pop-up interpreting booth. http://www.facebook.com/interpretingforeurope
        • Preston Rise Business Week 2012 : The European Parliament UK Office held a stall on 6-7 September during Preston Guild, England's oldest festival which takes place once every 20 years. Preston Guild is an historic celebration, which dates back to 1179 - sharing a heritage of over 800 years. It is the only Guild still celebrated in the UK and, as such, is truly unique. Held only once every 20 years, the 2012 celebration will be the first Guild in the 21st century and the first since the granting of Preston's city status in 2002.
        • Giving a face to EU action on Human Rights : Edward McMillan Scott MEP, Vice President of the European Parliament lead a round table discussion on the newly agreed EU Strategy on Human Rights, including the appointment of an EU Envoy on Human Rights, the first such special representative for the EU dedicated to a theme
        • Europe's Parliament: People, Places, Politics - Book Launch : A vivid portrait of what the European Parliament is really like - its atmosphere, the people, the politics and the daily working life. The European Parliament's former Secretary General, Julian Priestley, and Stephen Clark, its current head of web communications, paint an 'impressionist's canvas' that brings the European Parliament to life. What is the European Parliament really all about? What is the reality behind the pre-conceptions, beyond the procedures? While other books tell you about the structures and processes of the EU, this new publication goes under the surface to reveal the human reality of Europe's parliament, to unearth what really makes it tick. What do MEPs actually do all day, how does an EU law really get made, how come the Parliament sits in two different cities, what is the European Parliament doing on Facebook and how do interns spend their Thursday nights? All this and more in a vivid portrait of this rich and often surprising institution, important to so many, known well by so few.
        • A common EU immigration and asylum policy: is the UK in or out? : Simon Busuttil MEP hosted a discussion on "A common EU immigration and asylum policy: is the UK in or out?"in conversation with Tim Finch, Researcher, Institute for Public Policy Research & Vincenzo Scarpetta, Researcher, Open Europe Immigration and asylum rank high in the list of concerns of European citizens, who are worried about the levels of irregular migration as well as the humanitarian duty of safeguarding the rights of people who are fleeing persecution. The EU has been working hard on building a common immigration and asylum policy for what it considers to be a European problem. The United Kingdom has won the right to choose whether to opt in or out on such matters of EU law and policy. As decision time approaches, we will discuss the likely British stance on this issue and what is at stake.
        • Grandparenting in Europe : Grandparents Plus has been collaborating with the Institute of Gerontology at King's College London, the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation and the Beth Johnson Foundation on a major two year project to explore the role of grandparents within family life across Europe. During this event at Europe House interim findings on this project were discussed.
        • Teacher training days on the EU : The UK Office of the European Parliament is running a series of teacher training days. The first of these took place at Europe House on 5 October 2012. Over the coming months further training days will take place across the UK. The purpose of the training days is to provide teachers with politically neutral, practical ideas for delivering engaging Citizenship lessons on the European Parliament and the EU more generally.
        • European Parliament - Simulation Game : On the 24th of October, a training day will be held at Europe House to help students understand the different political arguments around the subject of the FTT. Speakers are invited from both from the British Bankers Association and the Robin Hood Tax campaigning groups, in order to provide the participants with different perspectives on the same topic. For more information, please contact: gergely.polner@europarl.europa.eu
        • Skelton Show, Penrith, Cumbria : The Outreach Team of the European Parliament Information Office in the UK along with the Houses of Parliament Outreach team will be present at the largest village show in Cumbria. There will be a drop in session for the general public with their elected representatives (MEPs & MPs) and a stall providing information on how the decisions made at EU level affect daily life in areas such as food, employment and the environment. Staff will be available to answer questions and activities provided to encourage old and young to play together, highlighting 2012 as the European Year of Active Ageing and Intergenerational Solidarity. When: 09:00- 17:00 Where: Penrith, Cumbria Website: http://www.skeltonshow.com/
        • Europe - is austerity moving politics in Europe to the extremes? : This event is co-organised with the Chartered Institute of Public Relations and aimed at Public Affairs professionals and anyone interested in European politics. Matthew Goodwin, University of Nottingham who is an expert on extremism and Benedict Paviot, correspondent of France24 in London will both address this event.
        • EY2012 Debate - The Benefits of a Multi-Generational Workforce : 6 March 2012 A European Year to start building a better society for old and young There is a lot to life after 60 — and society is coming increasingly to appreciate the contribution older people can make. That's what active ageing is about — getting more out of life as you grow older, not less, whether at work, at home or in the community
        • Defusing the Age Bomb : Defusing the Age Bomb, an event created by the European Parliament UK Office and The Amazings to showcase leading thinking, and rethinking, in how we treat retired and older people in the UK. An ageing society and the financial crisis have increased the pressure on financing retirement and services for older people. At the same time social and economic changes disrupt traditional family units, cutting the two-way flow of experience and support between the older and younger generations. Alongside this, modern society has an ever greater need for lifelong learning and new skills. The challenge is to reframe the potential of ageing, and make the most of its potential.
 This challenge creates an opportunity for social enterprise to rethink and redesign the way we treat retirement and older people. The Amazings have decided to collect older people with valuable skills and bring them together with a younger audience willing to learn these skills and pay for it. This creates revenue and activity for older people, thus increasing their independence, while facilitating the transfer of skills between generations. When: Tuesday, 8 May 2012 (16h00 - 20h30) Where: Europe House, 32 Smith Square, London SW1P 2EU RSVP: joanna.zywotko@ext.ec.europa.eu
        • Seminar on ACTA : ACTA is an international treaty aiming to standardise copyright protection measures. It seeks to curb trade of counterfeited physical goods, including copyrighted material online and foresees preventative measures include possible imprisonment and fines. It has however proved highly controversial, with critics arguing that it will stifle freedom of expression on the internet. ACTA has been signed by 22 EU member states, including the UK, but is yet to be ratified by the European Parliament. David Martin, the MEP appointed by Parliament to draw up its response, has recommended that the Parliament should say no to ACTA. The final vote in the International Trade Committee is due in the next few weeks and Parliament, as a whole, will vote on the issue before the summer. The purpose of the seminar is for Mr Martin to provide an update on discussions in the European Parliament and to set out his thinking in drawing up his report. There will then be a panel discussion and a Q&A session. The panel will be made up of: David Martin MEP, European Parliament Rapporteur on ACTA Susie Winter, Director, Alliance Against IP Theft Jim Killock, Executive Director, Open Rights Group [ Name tbc ], US Embassy Moderator: Jon Worth This event is free to attend and open to all, but advance registration is required. When: Thursday, 17 May 2012 (14h00 - 16h00) Where: Europe House, 32 Smith Square, London SW1P 2EU RSVP: lucinda.pickersgill@europarl.europa.eu
        • Annual Conference of UK Liquid Petroleum Gas Industry, Durham : The Outreach Team of the European Parliament Information Office in the UK will take part in workshops on parliamentary processes for delegates of large national and multinational companies, senior managers within the industry; small business owners. The Houses of Parliament Outreach Team will also be present.
        • University of Portsmouth : 5 March 2012 Politics students at Portsmouth University will hear about the current challenges facing the EU. This will take place during an evening lecture given by a member of staff from the European Parliament Information Office in the UK. The audience will be invited to take part in a question/answer session.
        • Enfield 50+ Group - The results of EU funded research on older people : 22 March 2012 The European Parliament Information Office in London hosted the Enfield 50+ group. Jean Lambert MEP was on the panel which also includes 3 researchers from the Enfield group. The panel looked at the findings of some research they have undertaken in Denmark, Greece, France and the UK about how national governements look after their older population.
        • A woman's place is Europe - International Women's Day : 2 March 2012 How far are we to closing the gender gap in pay in Europe? On the eve of the 101st anniversary of International Women's Day, a strong line up of female speakers will discuss with an audience what Europe has done, is doing or should be doing to improve gender equality in the workplace. Speakers: Mary Honeyball MEP (Lab) Marina Yannakoudakis MEP (Cons) Emma Reynolds - Shadow Europe Minister Heather McGregor - Businesswoman The website 'Women's Views on News' will be conducting a live forum during the event allowing its readers to pitch in questions and suggestions. http://www.womensviewsonnews.org/
        • Leeds University - Student Briefing : 29 February 2012 Language students at Leeds University will hear how the EU institutions work and in particular the important role interpreters play at the European Parliament at workshops organised by the Interpretation Department and assisted by the European Parliament UK Office. 23 official languages of the EU are in use at parliamentary meetings in Brussels/Strasbourg and interpreters play an essential role in the language diversity of a multi-cultural European democracy. An evening lecture open to other students at the University on current EU affairs will also be given.
        • Mortage credits: what's Europe up to? - A briefing : 10 February 2012 Location: Europe House, 32 Smith Square, London, SW1P 3EU Legislation creating new consumer safeguards for residential mortgage credit is making its way through the European Parliament. At the end of February, members of the Economic and Monetary Affairs Committee are expected to vote on a report which considerably widens the scope of the initial proposals by the European Commission. One of the shadow rapporteurs in the Committee, Vicky Ford (Eastern, Cons) will brief participants about the current state-of-play, listen to key stakeholders (from the industry and consumer side) as well as answer questions from the specialist media.
        • Greening the CAP (Armagh) : Event Start: Friday 2 December - 09.30 am Event End: Friday 2 December - 14.00 Location: Armagh City Hotel, Friary Road, Armagh, County Armagh BT60 4FR European Conference on Reform of the Common Agricultural Policy, featuring key decision-makers. With the proposals for major reform of the EU CAP now on the table, discussions are underway in the European Parliament, National Parliaments and in National and Regional Assemblies. These reforms will have potentially far-reaching impacts on Northern Irish farmers and consumers, and on the countryside. At this important juncture, the European Parliament is hosting a public conference to discuss these proposed reforms, with a particular emphasis on the environmental dimension. Speakers include all three Northern Irish MEPs: Bairbre de Brún MEP, Diane Dodds MEP & James Nicholson MEP as well as: Michael Hammel (European Commission), Kaley Hart (Institute of European Environmental Policy), Harry Sinclair (UFU Deputy President), Eddie Downey (IFA Deputy President), John Martin (RSPB Northern Ireland), Lord Elis-Thomas AM, John O'Mahony TD. This conference is open to all and FREE to attend. To book your place email april.spallin@europarl.europa.eu
        • Annual Sakharov Debate on Human Rights : Event Start: 8 December 2011 - 4:30pm Event End: 8 December 2011 - 6:00pm Location: Europe House, 32 Smith Square, London, SW1P 3EU The European Parliament's Annual Sakharov Debate on Human Rights will take place on Thursday 8 December from 4.30-6pm at Europe House in London. This year's title "The European Court of Human Rights - What's at stake ?" will ensure a lively debate to be led by a panel of experts which will include Charles Tannock, MEP, Robert Buckland, MP, Shami Chakrabarti, Director of Liberty, Richard Bellamy, Director European Institute at University College London, Colm O'Cinneide also from UCL. The event will be chaired by Joshua Rozenberg. Followed by drinks reception. For more details download the event's infosheet (pdf, 100 KB) To register: please contact joanna.zywotko@ext.ec.europa.eu or tel: 0207 227 4300
        • Events in November & December 2011
        • What Future For Social Europe? Conference : Event Start: 21/11/2011 - 10:30am Event End: 21/11/2011 - 4:00pm Location: Apex International Hotel, Grassmarket, Edinburgh New headlines are currently dominated by the financial crisis still causing havoc to economies across the EU, leading to austerity measures that are hitting the poorest hard. But there is another side to the EU, one that is supposed to ensure that all European citizens can live in dignity and free of poverty. In the light of the current crisis, this conference is asking 'What Future for Social Europe?'.
        • Seminar on the Euro Crisis : Event Start: 09/11/2011 - 5:30pm Event End: 09/11/2011 - 7:00pm Location: Edinburgh University, George Square, David Hume Tower, Faculty Room North The European Movement and EP Office in Edinburgh will host a seminar on the Euro Crisis on 9th November 17.30-19.00. Confirmed speakers are: Jacques Cailloux, Chief European Economist, RBS; Dr David Howarth, Jean Monnet Senior Lecturer in Politics and International Relations at Edinburgh University; John Purvis CBE, Conservative MEP 1979-84 and 1999-2009, Formerly Vice Chairman of the European Parliament Economic & Monetary Affairs Committee (2001-09).
        • 2011 European Parliament Sakharov Prize for Freedom of Thought : Event Start: 03/11/2011 - 5:30pm Event End: 03/11/2011 - 7:30pm Location: Glasgow University, Wolfson Medical School Building, Seminar Room 2 (Hugh Fraser) The Glasgow Human Rights Network and the EP Office in Edinburgh are organising a discussion event to promote the 2011 European Parliament Sakharov Prize for Freedom of Thought at Glasgow University on 3 November 17.30-19.30. The event will see students mirror the process by which MEPs will choose the winner of the Sakharov Prize, considering each of the nominees in turn before a debate and vote - and we will see if the choice in Glasgow is the same as the choice made in Brussels!
        • Learning, Living and Working in Europe : Starts: 10/03/2010 - 1:30pm Ends: 10/03/2010 - 4:30pm Location: Stirling University The Scottish European Educational Trust, in conjunction with the National Union of Students, is running a series of Information Days at Scottish Universities. These raise awareness of EU programmes (e.g. Erasmus, Comenius, IAESTE, Language Assistants) and of post-graduate study and employment opportunities in other European countries. Volunteering is also covered. Contact SEET for further details
        • Edinburgh University Debate: Has the European Parliament Come of Age? : Starts: 14/10/2011 - 1:00pm Ends: 14/10/2011 - 2:30pm Location: Seminar Room 1, Chrystal Macmillan Building, Edinburgh University This roundtable discussion event brings together speakers with competing perspectives on the European Parliament's contemporary role and status in the democratic life of the European Union (EU). All will address the questions: has the EP Come of Age? Is it now established as the legitimate voice of European citizens in the EU's institutional system? Or does it remain a weak, unloved, and ineffective institution that has failed to capture the hearts and minds of average Europeans? Featured speakers will be
        • Framework Programme 7 - NMP Call 2011 Info Day : Event Start: 22/04/2010 (All day) Event End: 22/04/2010 (All day) Location: Bristol Enterprise Europe Network South West, in partnership with FP7UK and the Sensors KTN is hosting an event in which delegates can gain an overview of the upcoming fifth NMP (Nanosciences, Nanotechnologies Materials and new Production Technologies) FP7 call. NMP is a 3.5 billion programme that is broad-based and relevant to all key industrial and technology sectors in the UK.
        • Regulation, Speculation & World Food Prices : Starts: 16/09/2011 - 10:30am Ends: 16/09/2011 - 12:30pm Location: European Parliament Office in Edinburgh In conjunction with the World Development Movement (WDM), the European Parliament Office in Scotland will host a debate on how the European Union and UK should regulate the food commodity markets and the financial traders and pension funds who speculate on the price of food.
        • 20th Education Show, Birmingham : Starts: 04/03/2010 (All day) Ends: 05/03/2010 (All day) Location: NEC, Birmingham Stand M47, Hall 6 The UK Office of the European Parliament will be attending the Education Show in Birmingham, 4 - 5 March 2010. Please come and visit us at our stand M47 in Hall 6! www.education-show.com
        • Reporting Europe in the Age of New Media : Starts: 25/08/2011 - 4:00pm Ends: 25/08/2011 - 5:00pm Location: Scottish Parliament Room, P1.02 Much of the most incisive coverage of European affairs is now available in the form of blogs and social media postings. Why is this, and how does it fit in with traditional press and broadcast reporting? Poacher turns gamekeeper in this unusual event, in which a leading politician, Catherine Stihler MEP, keeps order as a panel of journalists and new media contributors discusses the issues.
        • European Parliament Office in Scotland Europe Quiz 2010 : Starts: 20/05/2010 - 6:00pm Ends: 20/05/2010 - 10:00pm Location: Edinburgh Organised by the European Parliament Office in Scotland in cooperation with the European Movement in Scotland this annual event will take place in Edinburgh on 20 May 2010. Teams of four will face a series of rounds of questions related to the EU and Europe including a picture round and, for the first time, an audio round! Pre-registration of teams is required. Please contact the European Parliament Office in Scotland for further details.
        • Get involved with your Parliaments : Event Start: 14/07/2011 - 10:30am Event End: 14/07/2011 - 3:00pm Location : Europe House, 32 Smith Square, London SW1P 3EU A free workshop on the work of the UK and European Parliaments and how you can engage with them. The event will focus on how you can get involved and everyone is welcome. Guest speaker: Shami Chakrabarti Arranged by the Houses of Parliament Outreach Service and the European Parliament Outreach Service.
        • Europe Day: BRISTOL - LABOUR MARKET MOBILITY AND BUSINESS IN EUROPE : Event Start: 10/05/2010 - 5:00pm Event End: 10/05/2010 - 7:30pm Location: Dundee Contemporary Arts, Dundee Location : Cabot Room, The Hawthorns, University of Bristol, Address: Woodland Road, BS8 1UQ On 10th May at the University of Bristol, the discussion will focus on the benefits of the European labour market for business and job opportunities for young graduates and professionals in Europe.
        • Polish Presidency Information Day : Starts: 02/07/2011 - 11:00am Ends: 02/07/2011 - 7:00pm Location: St Andrew Square, Edinburgh To mark the Polish Presidency of the EU starting on 1 July 2011, the Consulate-General of the Republic of Poland is organising an Information Day on 2 July at St Andrew's Square in Edinburgh. The event will take the form of public stands which will provide a range of materials about the EU, its institutions and Poland to passers-by and visitors. The European Parliament Information Office in Edinburgh will be among the stall-holders. It is free and open to everyone. It will be accompanied by an extensive programme of cultural events.
        • "Getting Involved Beyond the Vote" in Durham : Starts: 24/06/2011 - 10:00am Ends: 24/06/2011 - 5:00pm Location: Durham Town Hall Find out more about European politics and the work of MEPs at two free events on Friday 24 June at Durham Town Hall. Sixth form and college students can attend a Question Time style debate with the North East Region's MEPs between 10am -12 noon. Questions should be submitted in advance but will only be put to MEPs on the day.
        • "YOU ARE WHAT YOU EAT?" - PUBLIC QUESTION TIME DEBATE : Event Start: 16/06/2011 - 6:30pm Event End: 16/06/2011 - 8:00pm Location : Aberdeen City Council Chamber, Town House, Broad Street, Aberdeen, AB10 1FY What do we know about the food we eat? Do our food labels tell us too much or not enough? Who verifies the claims on the food we buy - if it 'helps weight loss' or keeps you 'fuller longer'? Should Scottish products get special protection, or should we welcome cheaper imports? Are you concerned or optimistic about Genetically Modified foods? Is our food healthy enough or are we getting too fat as a nation? How can we produce enough food to feed the world in the future?
        • Get Involved with Your Parliaments : Starts: 20/05/2011 - 1:00pm Ends: 20/05/2011 - 5:00pm Location: St Peter's Centre, Charles Street, Coventry, CV1 5NP A free workshop on the work of the UK and European Parliaments and how you can engage with them. The event will focus on how you can get involved and everyone is welcome. Arranged by the Houses of Parliament Outreach Service and the European Parliament Outreach Service in partnership with the National Alliance of Women's Organisations and Coventry Women's Voices. Guest speaker: Diane Whitfield, Centre Manager, Coventry Rape and Sexual Abuse Centre (CRASAC)
        • Europe Quiz : Starts: 19/05/2011 - 7:30pm Ends: 19/05/2011 - 9:30pm Location: The Pleasance Bar in Edinburgh The European Parliament Information Office in Edinburgh will organise its fifth annual Europe Quiz on 19 May 2011 at the Pleasance Bar in Edinburgh. This event will be a great opportunity to gather people of all ages and fields with a common purpose: to prove their EU knowledge and (just as importantly) to spend a fun evening in the company of the EP office in Scotland. Max 4 per team. Pre-registration is essential. To register your team, send an email to: epedinburgh@europarl.europa.eu
        • Careers Day on Europe Day in Europe House : Starts: 09/05/2011 - 9:00am Ends: 09/05/2011 - 4:00pm Location: Europe House, 32 Smith Square, London SW1P 3EU This networking event "What it's really like working for the EU" on the 9 May 2011 will give students, teachers, careers advisers and anyone seeking a career change a chance to talk to people currently working for the EU civil service in a range of jobs, from interpreters and translators to scientists, policy-makers to clerical and secretarial support.
        • LUX Screening Glasgow : Starts: 08/05/2011 - 2:00pm Ends: 08/05/2011 - 5:00pm Location: Glasgow Film Theatre To celebrate Europe Day, The European Parliament Office in Scotland together with the Goethe Institute will host the LUX Screening on 8 May 2011 at Glasgow Film Theatre. The German film "Die Fremde" (When we leave) won the European Parliament's annual film prize LUX in 2010 as well as many other prestigious international prizes.
        • LUX Screening Edinburgh : Starts: 08/05/2011 - 6:00pm Ends: 08/05/2011 - 9:00pm Location: Edinburgh Film House To celebrate Europe day, the European Parliament Office in Scotland together with the Goethe Institute will host the LUX screening on 8 May 2011 at Edinburgh Film House. The German film "Die Fremde" (When we leave) won European Parliament's annual film prize LUX as well as many other prestigious international prizes.
        • Study tour to Brussels : Starts: 12/04/2011 (All day) Ends: 15/04/2011 (All day) Location: Brussels The European Atlantic Movement is organising a Study Tour to Brussels for lecturers, teachers and other professional and business people. The party will visit the European Parliament, European Commission, and Council of the European Union, Supreme Headquarters Allied Powers Europe, UK Permanent Representation to the EU, and other institutions of international cooperation.
        • The 'new British politics' and Europe: Conflict or cooperation? : Starts: 31/03/2011 - 6:00pm Ends: 31/03/2011 - 7:30pm Location: Dunedin Suite, Radisson Blu Hotel, Royal Mile, 80 High Street, Edinburgh EH1 1TH Speakers: * Struan Stevenson MEP, Conservative * David Martin MEP, Labour * Alyn Smith MEP, SNP * Further speakers to be confirmed
        • International Women's Day - "Having your voice in Europe" : Starts: 11/03/2011 - 11:00am Ends: 11/03/2011 - 3:00pm Location: The Teacher Building, 14 St. Enoch Square, Glasgow G1 4DB The European Parliament Information Office in Edinburgh and Engender, a partner in the EU-funded Women Into Public Life project, invite you to celebrate the 100th Anniversary of International Women's Day along with Catherine Stihler MEP. With female representation at Holyrood set to drop significantly following the Scottish election in May, it is a timely moment to consider the role that Scottish women have played and can play in future in Scottish political life at all levels.
        • Still the Europe of Milward? Is the EU Still Rescuing the Nation State ... And Should it? : Event Start: 07/03/2011 - 5:30pm Event End: 07/03/2011 - 7:00pm Location : Europe House, 32 Smith Square, London SW1P 3EU This public panel discussion, organised by the UCL European Institute at Europe House, combines both historical and present-day perspectives on how the European Union and its relationship to the nation-state is evolving.
        • "This House Believes that the EU should allow Turkey to join" : Event Start: 04/03/2011 - 6:00pm Event End: 04/03/2011 - 8:00pm Location : Strathclyde University Glasgow On Friday 4th March, the European Parliament Office in Edinburgh and Strathclyde University Debating Society will host a debate on Turkish membership of the EU in the Debating Chamber at Strathclyde University in Glasgow. The address is: USSA, 90 John Street, Glasgow, G1 1JH The debate will run from 6.30 p.m. to 8.00 p.m. on Friday 4 March 2011. A bar will be available from 6pm to 9pm and sandwiches will be provided after the debate, which is free to attend.
        • Seminar on 'The Value of Volunteering' : Event Start: 03/03/2011 - 2:00pm Event End: 03/03/2011 - 4:30pm Location : Europe House, Smith Square London Volunteering leads to positive changes in people's lives: bringing communities together,increasing a person's sense of pride and belonging, in turn impacting positively on their health and well‐being. While it also makes a significant economic contribution, its social value can be even greater: where volunteering activities are present, there is a higher percentage of growth. Such activities, replicated throughout the EU, have the capacity to generate social capital, innovative solutions and respond to newly‐emerging policy needs.
        • The Lisbon Treaty: One Year On : Starts: 25/02/2011 - 11:00am Ends: 25/02/2011 - 12:30pm Location: European Parliament Information Office in Edinburgh, The Tun, 4 Jackson's Entry, Holyrood Road, Edinburgh EH8 8PJ The European Parliament Information Office in Edinburgh is pleased to announce it will be hosting a seminar entitled 'The Lisbon Treaty: One Year On' on Friday 25 February.
        • The Gathering : Starts: 23/02/2011 - 9:00am Ends: 24/02/2011 - 5:00pm Location: Edinburgh International Conference Centre The Gathering is Scotland's largest voluntary sector fair, organised by the Scottish Council of Voluntary Organisations. With over 3000 visitors over the course of two days, it is the largest event of its kind in the United Kingdom. The European Parliament will have a presence at the fair to publicise the fact that 2011 is the European Year of Volunteering.
        • Get Involved Beyond The Vote - Women in Parliament : Event Start: 18/02/2011 - 10:00am Event End: 18/02/2011 - 3:00pm Location : The Attlee Suite, Portcullis House, Houses of Parliament, London SW1A 0AA A free workshop on the work of the UK and European Parliaments and how you can engage with them. The event will focus on how you can get involved and everyone is welcome. Arranged by the Houses of Parliament Outreach Service and the European Parliament Outreach Service in partnership with the National Alliance of Women's Organisations.
        • The Lisbon Treaty Evaluated - Conference : Event Start: 31/01/2011 (All day) Event End: 01/02/2011 (All day) Location : Woburn House, Tavistock Square, London UACES will be holding a 2-day conference in London in 2011, to reflect upon the impact of the Lisbon Treaty in key areas of institutional, political, economic and legal integration.
        • EU External Relations Law and Policy in the post-Lisbon Era - Public Conference : Event Start: 13/01/2011 (All day) Event End: 14/01/2011 (All day) Location: University of Sheffield, Sheffield (United Kingdom) EU External Relations Law and Policy in the post-Lisbon Era
        • European Union Baroque Orchestra series of concerts : Starts: 11/12/2010 (All day) Ends: 12/12/2010 (All day) Location : 11 December 2010 At Sir Jack Lyons Concert Hall, York - Maladies and Melodies various concerts 12 December 2010 At St. Johns on Smith Square - Handel, a dramatic genius - selection of pieces For more information, visit: http://www.eubo.org.uk/
        • Events during Opening Fortnight in Europe House : Starts: 08/12/2010 (All day) Ends: 16/12/2010 (All day) Location: Europe House, 32 Smith Square, London SW1P 3EU The European Parliament Information Office and the European Commission Representation in the UK have moved into shared premises in Central London's Smith Square, a stone's throw from the Houses of Parliament. The building will be the first port of call for any citizen seeking information about the two institutions and the EU in general, and for organisations that are interested in organizing discussions, meetings and events with an EU theme.
        • EurOptions: citizen's forum for young people : Starts: 26/11/2010 - 10:00am Ends: 26/11/2010 - 4:00pm Location: Hull, UK Aims of the day Delegates from a broad range of education, training, employment, informal and other settings
        • Specialist Schools and Academies Trust Conference and Exhibition : Starts: 25/11/2010 (All day) Ends: 26/11/2010 (All day) Location: ICC in Birmingham Specialist Schools and Academies Trust Conference and Exhibition For free resources for Citizenship teachers and other resources for schools visit us at Stand No. D16. in Hall 3
        • COPD Seminar : Starts: 19/11/2010 - 11:00am Ends: 19/11/2010 - 1:00pm Location: European Parliament Office in Scotland, The Tun, 4 Jackson's Entry, Holyrood Road, Edinburgh On Friday, November 19th the European Parliament Information Office in Edinburgh will host a seminar on chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), organised under the title "COPD - why is it such a silent killer in Scotland?".
        • Does God Matter? Representing Religion in the European Union and the United States : Starts: 12/11/2010 (All day) Ends: 13/11/2010 (All day) Location: Birmingham Aston Centre for Europe, Aston University, 12-13 November 2010
        • UACES Student Forum Conference : Event Start: 08/11/2010 (All day) Event End: 08/11/2010 (All day) Location: School of Public Policy, University College London
        • Modern Studies Association Conference : Event Start: 06/11/2010 - 10:25am Event End: 06/11/2010 - 3:30pm Location: Scottish Parliament, Edinburgh The Modern Studies Association (MSA), bringing together teachers of Modern Studies in Scotland's schools, is hosting its annual conference at the Scottish Parliament on November 6th. The conference, which is anticipated to attract over 200 delegates, will feature renowned professor of politics John Curtice as its keynote speaker. The European Parliament Office in Scotland will be present at the conference with an information stand where it will distribute and showcase its educational materials.
        • Public Lecture : Starts: 04/11/2010 - 2:00pm Ends: 05/11/2010 - 12:45pm Location:LSE
        • Glasgow University Internship Fair : Starts: 19/10/2010 - 10:30am Ends: 19/10/2010 - 4:30pm Location: Hunter Halls, University of Glasgow The Edinburgh Information Office of the European Parliament will be present at the Glasgow University Internship Fair with a stall in Hunter Halls on October 19th. Staff from the office will be informing prospective interns about traineeships with the European Parliament or other EU institutions, answering questions students might have about the application process, deadlines, qualification criteria or other important aspects of internships with the European Union.
        • LUX Screening Edinburgh : Starts: 14/10/2010 - 7:30pm Ends: 14/10/2010 - 10:00pm Location: Reading Room, Glasgow University Union, 32 University Avenue, Glasgow G12 8LX The European Parliament Information Office in Scotland is hosting one of its regular Europe Pub Quizzes in Glasgow on the evening of Thursday, October 14th. With five rounds testing general knowledge of European countries and the European Union, including music and picture rounds, the winners will be crowned with eternal glory and receive the Europe Quiz trophy.
        • Spark in the Park : Starts: 02/10/2010 - 11:00am Ends: 02/10/2010 - 4:00pm Islington Paradise Park, mackenzie Road, Lower Holloway, N7 8NT A day of free actiities for families and residents in the frame of the European Year for Combating Poverty and Social Exclusion. Come and visit the stand of our office! For more info visit www.sparkinthepark2010.blogspot.com or or contact Ingrid on 020 7538 4309 Flyer
        • Scottish Learning Festival : Starts: 22/09/2010 - 9:00am Ends: 23/09/2010 - 4:00pm Location: The SECC, Exhibition Row, Glasgow The European Parliament Office in Scotland will be attending the Scottish Learning Festival to showcase the educational resources available from the European Parliament for schools and young people as well as providing information about the European Union and European Parliament.
        • The Impact of the EU and the Lisbon Treaty on Sport in Scotland : Starts: Starts: 10/09/2010 - 11:00am Ends: 10/09/2010 - 1:00pm Location: The European Parliament Office in Scotland, Edinburgh The European Parliament Office in Scotland and Scottish Sports Association are hosting a seminar on 'The Impact of the EU and the Lisbon Treaty on Sport in Scotland' to inform Scottish sports organisations about recent developments in EU sports policy, and in particular what may change as a result of the Lisbon Treaty.
        • Primary Schools Calendar Competition : Starts: 01/09/2010 - 9:00am Ends: 08/10/2010 - 1:00pm Location: Scotland The aim of the European Parliament Office in Scotland 2011 Calendar Competition is to find a picture that would be used to illustrate one month in a European Parliament 2011 calendar. The theme for 2011 is 'Me and Europe'. Pupils might like to think about: what does Europe mean to me? Which countries in Europe have I visited and what have I seen in these countries? What does Scotland look like in Europe?
        • Edinburgh Festival of Politics Debate: Changing Politics in Europe : Starts: Starts: 17/08/2010 - 1:30pm Ends: 17/08/2010 - 2:30pm Scottish Parliament, Edinburgh, EH99 1SP (Committee Room 1) The Lisbon Treaty entered into force on 1 December 2009. For some, this Treaty was a mere tidying up exercise of the EU's legal framework; for others it constituted a decisive step towards a federal Europe. Nine months on, a panel of leading European politicians from Scotland's four main political parties will debate who was right and whether, or how, the EU's newest Treaty is changing politics in Europe.
        • Free Screening of 'Welcome' by Philippe Lioret, winner of the 2009 LUX Film Prize : Starts: Starts: 15/08/2010 - 4:00pm Ends: 15/08/2010 - 6:00pm Location: Filmhouse, Lothian Road, Edinburgh Set in Calais, France, Welcome tells the tale of a French swimming instructor who chooses to help out a young Kurdish refugee who needs to swim across the English Channel to join his girlfriend.
        • The 2010 Innovation Forum Events - Bristol : Starts: 22/07/2010 (All day) Ends: 22/07/2010 (All day) Location: HP Labs, Bristol Enterprise Europe Network South West and the South West Science & Industry Council invite you to attend The South West Business Innovation Forum
        • Kkowledge, power & policy on immigration : Starts: 02/07/2010 - 11:00am Ends: 02/07/2010 - 4:00pm Location: ICOSS (Interdisciplinary Centre of the Social Sciences), University of Sheffield This workshop aims to explore the politics and power of knowledge of, for, and about immigration policies. The event is part-funded by the ESRC as part of a post-doctoral research grant which was awarded to Dr Balch on the subject of the impact of knowledge and ideas in the policy process. The workshop is intended to serve as a platform for discussion, bringing together academics, experts and policymakers to discuss the implications of new practices of knowledge management for policymaking and the politics of immigration.
        • R&D Funding Information for the Environmental Sector (in Cardiff) : Starts: 29/06/2010 - 9:30am Ends: 29/06/2010 - 3:00pm Welsh School of Architecture, Bute Building, King Edward 7th Avenue, Cardiff, CF10 3NB Enterprise Europe Network South West and Enterprise Europe Network Wales are joining forces to hold an R&D funding information for the environmental sector event.
        • The 2010 Innovation Forum Events : Starts: Starts: 24/06/2010 (All day) Ends: 24/06/2010 (All day) Location: Location: Bournemouth University Enterprise Europe Network South West and the South West Science & Industry Council invite you to attend The South West Business Innovation Forum
        • Children in Scotland Conference: A Sense of Place : Starts: 08/06/2010 - 8:45am Ends: 08/06/2010 - 4:00pm Location: Drumossie Hotel, Inverness Place and community as well as families can shape children's lives, informing their sense of identity, social relationships and understanding of the world. Services have an important role to play in enhancing children's environments as well as in developing their understanding of 'place' and community. A special conference is being organised at the Drumossie Hotel in Inverness in June to explore some of the issues raised by the latest issue of Children in Europe magazine.
        • THE EUROPEANNESS OF EUROPEAN CINEMA, postgraduate conference : Starts: 04/06/2010 (All day) Ends: 04/06/2010 (All day) Location: King's College London Postgraduate Conference - THE EUROPEANNESS OF EUROPEAN CINEMA : will take place on 4th June 2010, at King's College London. (CALL FOR PAPERS - SUBMISSION DEADLINE was: 5 February 2010)
        • Screening of 'Welcome' by Philippe Lioret, winner of the 2009 LUX Prize : Starts: 21/05/2010 - 6:00pm Ends: 21/05/2010 - 10:00pm Location: Dundee Contemporary Arts, Dundee 'Welcome' by Philippe Lioret, winner of the European Parliament's LUX Prize 2009 will be screened at an event hosted by the European Parliament Office in Scotland. 'Welcome' is set in Calais and charts the surrogate father/son bond that develops between an illegal Kurdish immigrant from Iraq and a French swimming instructor.
        • The European Movement celebrates Europe Day in London - What has Europe ever done for us? : Starts: 19/05/2010 - 6:30pm Ends: 19/05/2010 - 8:30pm Location: Tuke room 301, at the Institute of Contemporary European Studies (iCES), in Regent's College, Inner Circle, Regent's Park, London, NW1 4NS This year, to mark the 60th anniversary of the Schuman Declaration, the European Movement and the Young European Movement, with the support of the European Movement International and the Education and Culture Directorate General of the European Commission, are celebrating Europe Day, organising three conferences in Bristol, Leeds and London during which various professors and other experts will discuss the benefits of a united Europe. The question "What has Europe ever done for us?" will be debated and answered during the conferences.
        • Does Europe Care? - The Future of Carer Support in Europe : Starts: 17/05/2010 - 12:00pm Ends: 19/05/2010 - 3:00pm Location: Roxburghe Hotel, Edinburgh, Scotland Organised by EUROCARERS in partnership with Scotland's national carer organisations. Supported by the Scottish Government, the European Commission Office in Scotland, NHS Lothian and the City of Edinburgh Council.
        • Reconnecting the European Parliament and its people : Starts: 21/05/2010 - 4:00pm Ends: 21/05/2010 - 5:45pm Location: Neuadd Room, The Senedd, The National Assembly for Wales, Cardiff Bay, Cardiff, CF99 1NA This is the final event in a series of seminars held across the UK by the Foreign Policy Centre and European Commission Representation in the United Kingdom examining public attitudes towards the European Parliament, assessing some of the problems that it faces and exploring possible remedies. The event is open to anyone interested the link between the European Parliament and the public.
        • Screening of 'Welcome' by Philippe Lioret, winner of the 2009 LUX Prize : Starts: 16/05/2010 - 4:00pm Ends: 16/05/2010 - 6:00pm Location: Flimhouse, Lothian Road, Edinburgh 'Welcome' by Philippe Lioret, winner of the European Parliament's LUX Prize 2009 will be screened at an event hosted by the European Parliament Office in Scotland. 'Welcome' is set in Calais and charts the surrogate father/son bond that develops between an illegal Kurdish immigrant from Iraq and a French swimming instructor.
        • The European Movement celebrates Europe Day in LEEDS - Conference on SOCIAL POLICY AND STUDENT MOBILITY IN EUROPE : Starts: 14/05/2010 - 2:00pm Ends: 14/05/2010 - 4:30pm Location: Leed's Central Library, Calverley Street, Leeds, LS1 3AB This year, to mark the 60th anniversary of the Schuman Declaration, the European Movement and the Young European Movement, with the support of the European Movement International and the Education and Culture Directorate General of the European Commission, are celebrating Europe Day, organising three conferences in Bristol, Leeds and London during which various professors and other experts will discuss the benefits of a united Europe. The question "What has Europe ever done for us?" will be debated and answered during the conferences.
        • Screening of 'Welcome' by Philippe Lioret, winner of the 2009 LUX Prize : Starts: 09/05/2010 - 6:30pm Ends: 09/05/2010 (All day) Location: A Service for Europe Day to mark the 60th anniversary of the signing of the Schuman Declaration will be held at Westminster Abbey on Sunday 9 May at 6.30 pm. The preacher will be Canon Guy Wilkinson, Secretary for Inter-Religious Affairs to the Archbishop of Canterbury. The service cleberates the signing of the political initiative which gave birth to the European Union.
        • Framework Programme 7 - NMP Call 2011 Info Day : Starts: 27/04/2010 (All day) Ends: 27/04/2010 (All day) Location: HP Labs, Bristol Gain an understanding of future opportunities for European R&D funding for ICT projects at this forthcoming Enterprise Europe Network South West event. Attendees will learn what European funding is available for ICT projects and will get advance notification of the likely call contents. This is also an opportunity to meet with regional and national support teams and network with potential partners and experienced FP7 participants.
        • The Enduring Legacy of Robert Schuman VIisions and Values for Europe in the 21st Century : Starts: 20/04/2010 - 12:30pm Ends: 20/04/2010 (All day) Location: UK office of the European Parliament, 2 Queen Anne's Gate, London SW1H 9AA THE WYNDHAM PLACE CHARLMAGNE TRUST in conjunction with THE EUROPE PANEL OF THE HOUSE OF BISHOPS OF THE CHURCH OF ENGLAND has pleasure in inviting you to participate in a discussion meeting to mark THE 60th ANNIVERSARY OF THE SCHUMAN DECLARATION.
        • The South West Business Innovation Forum : Starts: 08/04/2010 - 9:00am Ends: 08/04/2010 - 4:00pm Location: Plymouth University, Drake Circus, Plymouth, PL4 8AA Enterprise Europe Network South West and the South West Science & Industry Council invite you to attend The South West Business Innovation Forum This is your chance to
        • What is the future for political parties in Europe? : Starts: 31/03/2010 - 2:00pm Ends: 31/03/2010 - 5:30pm Location: London Metropolitan University, 31 Jewry Street, London EC3 Political parties are in a crisis of membership in many European countries, just at a time when European political parties are trying to establish themselves. What is the future for political parties in Europe? Can European political parties seize the chance to define a new kind of party that is better suited to contemporary forms of political engagement which often take place outside 'formal' political institutions, and what new means of participation can they define? What are the possibilities opened up by the Lisbon Treaty now that it is in force?
        • 60th Political Studies Association Annual Conference : Starts: 29/03/2010 - 9:00am Ends: 31/03/2010 - 5:00pm Location: The George Hotel, Edinburgh, UK The PSA is one of the world's longest established political studies associations. Its 60th anniversary in 2010 is an opportunity to reflect on the achievements of political studies over the last 60 years, in the UK and internationally, on the issues and ideas that are now at the cutting edge of political analysis, and on the new directions we need to pursue in the future. The 2010 PSA Annual Conference is the largest UK gathering of researchers in politics and international relations. It will include sessions on examining 'What has political science done for the study of Europe?' and 'David Cameron's Conservatives and Europe'. For more information please visit the PSA website
        • Financial Regulation: Britain's next European challenge? : Starts: 25/03/2010 - 5:30pm Ends: 25/03/2010 - 7:00pm Location: London Metropolitan University, 31 Jewry Street, London EC3 Britain, and more specifically the City of London, are leading players in the global financial industry. The global crisis of this industry has led to a number of regulatory initiatives by national and international actors, including the European Union, which will inevitably affect the way the City goes about its business. A working party from the Federal Trust, headed by Sir Brian Unwin, formerly President of the European Investment Bank, and Graham Bishop, the leading technical analyst of European financial affairs, has been examining these initiatives, particularly those of the E
        • BETT Show : Starts: 13/01/2010 (All day) Ends: 16/01/2010 (All day) Location: Olympia, London, Stand L48 National Hall The UK Office of the European Parliament is attending the BETT Show at Olympia, 13 - 16 January 2010. Do come and visit us at our stand L 48 in the National Hall!
        • Everything you wanted to know about the Lisbon Treaty (but were afraid to ask!) - information seminar at our Scotland office : Starts: 14/01/2010 - 11:00am Ends: 14/01/2010 - 1:00pm Location: Location: European Parliament UK Office in Scotland, The Tun, 4 Jackson's Entry, Holyrood Road, Edinburgh EH3 6PX The European Parliament Office in Scotland invites you to a seminar exploring the impact of the EU's new Lisbon Treaty on Scotland.
        • Lisbon Explained : Event Start: 23/03/2010 - 3:30pm Event End: 23/03/2010 - 5:00pm Location: UK Office of the European Parliament, 2 Queen Anne's Gate, Westminster SW1H 9AA Following the entry into force on 1 December 2009 of the Lisbon Treaty the UK Office of the European Parliament is organising a seminar (Word doc., 800 KB) to explain key changes arising from this Treaty.Those whose work is directly affected may find this seminar particularly useful.
        • European Information Clinic: Aberdeen : Starts: 23/03/2010 - 12:00pm Ends: 23/03/2010 - 4:00pm Location: committee Rooms, Aberdeen City Library, Aberdeen As part of the Enterprise Europe Network, Enterprise Europe Scotland is the local entry point to a wealth of information on business opportunities throughout Europe. This European Information Clinic, run in partnership with Europe Direct Aberdeen, will allow Scottish companies to meet with a member of the team on a one-to-one basis, who will be fielding questions, answering queries and providing guidance and support on a variety of different European topics:
        • EU Careers event organised by the European Personnel Selection Office in London : Event Start: 22/03/2010 - 1:00pm Event End: 22/03/2010 (All day) Location: Bristol Location : European Commission Representation in the UK, 8 Storey's Gate, London, SW1P 3AT Careers with the EU Institutions offer everything- a lifetime of different jobs, an international focus and the chance to make a difference to the lives of millions. This session aims to inform you about the wide range of opportunities we offer graduates from all academic backgrounds.
        • European Citizen's Initiative discussion with the European Ombudsman : Starts: 16/03/2010 - 12:00pm Ends: 16/03/2010 - 2:00pm Location: European Parliament Office in Scotland, The Tun, 4 Jackson's Entry, Holyrood Road, Edinburgh EH3 6PX The Treaty of Lisbon, which entered into force on 1 December last year, provides for the introduction of a "European citizens' initiative" (ECI). In view of the interest expressed in this matter, in particular from NGOs and local government in Scotland, the European Parliament Office in Scotland is hosting a seminar to discuss the European citizens' initiative.
        • Mini-conference at the University of Abertay Dundee : Starts: 26/02/2010 - 9:30am Ends: 26/02/2010 - 6:00pm Location: University of Abertay, Dundee This network takes a wide definition of 'policing', taking an interdisciplinary approach to the development of the cross border policing provisions which are increasingly being legislated for by the EU.
        • Europe Direct Aberdeen- Annual School Debate 2010 : Starts: 23/02/2010 - 10:00am Ends: 23/02/2010 - 1:00pm Aberdeen Beach Ballroom Professor Trevor Salmon, Director of Teaching & Learning at the University of Aberdeen will chair the event. Judges include Mr James Temple-Smithson- Head of the European Parliament Office in Edinburgh, Councillor Kate Dean and Mr Iain Todd- Renewables Champion at AREG. The aim of the event is to encourage debate on topics that will help & encourage pupil understanding of various important European issues and how they impact on the lives of citizens throughout the European Union.
        • This spring's European Forum Programme of guest lectures : Starts: 11/02/2010 - 5:00pm Ends: 12/03/2010 - 5:00pm Location: ARTS Building Room 3.01 This spring's European Forum Programme of guest lectures starts next week (Friday) with Sir Stephen Wall. Please see below for the full programme. EUROPEAN FORUM Guest lectures - Spring 2010 Fridays 5pm VENUE: ARTS Building Room 3.01
        • Postgraduate Conference: THE EUROPEANNESS OF EUROPEAN CINEMA : Event Start: 05/02/2010 (All day) Event End: 05/02/2010 (All day) Location: 4 June 2010 - King's College London Postgraduate Conference - THE EUROPEANNESS OF EUROPEAN CINEMA : will take place on 4th June 2010, at King's College London. CALL FOR PAPERS - SUBMISSION DEADLINE: 5 February 2010
        • Reconnecting the European Parliament and its People : Starts: 29/01/2010 - 5:00pm Ends: 29/01/2010 - 6:45pm Location: Committee Room 1, Scottish Parliament, Palace of Holyrood House, Edinburgh EH99 1SP This event is part of a series of seminars being held across the UK by the Foreign Policy Centre
        • KCL European Week 2010 : Starts: 25/01/2010 - 6:30pm Ends: 29/01/2010 - 9:00pm Location: King's College Strand Campus: The Strand LONDON WC2R 2LS A week in which experts from the world of European affairs come to debate and discuss Europe and the Union. European Week holds a tradition of prestige both internally at King's and amongst its external community and this year's events promise to be our best yet. Programme: Monday 25th January at 6.30 p.m. "The Eastern Enlargement: a win or a loss for the European Union?
        • Ideas on Europe 2010: Europe at a Crossroads - UACES 40th Anniversary conference : Event Start: 22/01/2010 (All day) Event End: 22/01/2010 (All day) Location: College of Europe, Bruges,Belgium Ideas on Europe 2010: Europe at a Crossroads - UACES 40th Anniversary conference Come and join us for the UACES 40th Anniversary conference at the College of Europe in picturesque Bruges, at the College of Europe in Belgium! 6-8 September 2010 CALL FOR PANELS AND PAPERS Deadline: 22 January 2010 For all those interested in presenting a paper from an Economic or Political Economy perspective on Europe at the forthcoming UACES Annual Conference in Bruges 2010.
        • A conference on "The German experience of federalism" : Event Start: 20/01/2010 - 5:30pm Event End: 20/01/2010 - 7:00pm Location: 34 Belgrave Square, London SW1X 8QB The main speaker, Professor Rudolf Hrbek of Tübingen University, will discuss the development of the federal system in Germany, the effects of unification on the federal system and recent efforts to modernise German federalism. He will also give an insight into the German view of the European Union and its possible federal development. Mr Johannes Leithäuser of the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung will provide further comment before a general question and answer session.
  • Public Interest & Brexit : Find out more about the events and all the useful information about Brexit and Public Interest
    • Brexit : How will Brexit work? What is the European Parliament’s role in the Brexit negotiations under Article 50? In this section of our website, we have been collecting information, studies, and articles from different sources in order to keep you up-to-date on the latest developments related to Brexit.
    • Brexit Impact Studies : The European Parliament has commissioned dozens of impact assessments or studies on Brexit from experts, across a broad range of policy areas, which are publicly available online. This webpage will be regularly updated to include further relevant publications.
    • Brexit Committee Hearings & Workshops : The European Parliament’s Committees have been organising various public hearings exploring the impact of Brexit on their policy areas. In the hearings, the committee chair first invites the panels of experts to deliver presentations on the subject, and then to participate in a Q & A session with the committee's MEPs.
    • Public Interest : Useful information for all the citizens on main issues as health, jobs, travel rights and more.
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        • 112 - your European Emergency Number : 112 is a general emergency number which you can use in ALL EU countries. Anyone in need can call it 24/7 to reach the fire brigade, ambulance, police or coastguard. The number is free and can be reached by landlines, mobiles and payphones. You can even use it here in the UK instead of 999 (though it does not replace it).
        • European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) : The European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) is a free card that gives you access to medically necessary, state-provided healthcare during a temporary stay in any of the 28 EU countries, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway and Switzerland, under the same conditions and at the same cost (free in some countries) as people insured in that country.
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        • Passenger Rights : Europe has experienced a boom in mobility over the last thirty years. Community legislation has therefore been introduced for all modes of transport to protect passenger rights and ensure they are not lost in a myriad of national rules.
        • European Pet Passport : As an EU national, you can freely travel with your cat, dog or ferret if it has a European pet passport. This passport is available from any authorised veterinarian and must contain details of a valid anti-rabies vaccination.
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        • Roaming and Streaming Online : From 15 June 2017, all citizens can use their phone in any EU country and pay what they would pay at home. All extra roaming charges cease to exist.
        • Children Online Protection : Children watch more and more videos on the Internet. That is why MEPs want to strengthen the protection of minors online against harmful content.
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        • Traineeships in the European Parliament : Parliament offers several options for traineeships within its Secretariat, to provide opportunities for vocational training and for learning more about what the European Parliament is and does.
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    • EU Citizenship Rights : If you hold the nationality of an EU Member State, you are also an EU citizen. EU citizenship does not replace your national citizenship, it adds to it. EU citizenship gives you many freedoms and opportunities, such as the right to travel, live and work throughout the EU, and the right to vote and stand as a candidate in municipal and European Parliament elections wherever you live in the EU.
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  • Education & Youth : The education pages of the European Parliament Office in the UK. Find out about opportunities for students, teachers and young people and follow us on Twitter via @EPinUK_edu.
    • Educational Visits : Free educational sessions at Europe House or in your school. These have been specially designed to be interactive, politically neutral and suitable for 14-18 year olds at schools and colleges, including those studying for GCSE, A-Level and BTEC qualifications. They are completely free of charge. You can also request a session to be held at your school or college.
      • Education Session Booking Form : Please fill in the form below to book your educational session at Europe House in London. We will be soon offering educational sessions also at your school/college if there are difficulties to travel to London.
      • Practical information for teachers : Read further practical information on the educational sessions about the European Union at Europe House in London
    • Teacher Training : A series of free CPD sessions for teachers in schools and colleges to help them improve or update their knowledge about the EU, get free resources and speak to their local MEPs. After the referendum of 23 June 2016 and the start of negotiations for the UK to exit the EU, we have focused also on how to explore the new situation, its risks and opportunities, by developing students' critical thinking.
    • Teaching Resources : We have listed our own teaching resources and those of others. These are suitable for use by teachers in the UK, or those teaching a British curriculum abroad.
      • A History of the EU in 10 Speeches by British Politicians : A history of the debate about the UK's relationship with the EU as seen through YouTube clips of the speeches of ten prominent British politicians from Churchill to Cameron.
      • How the EU Works : Whether it's for teacher CPD, or for students, here we explain the history of the European integration, the legal system, the bodies, the decision-making procedures and the financing...
        • Historical Development of European Integration : The disastrous effects of the Second World War and the constant threat of an East-West confrontation meant that reconciliation between France and Germany had become a top priority. The decision to pool the coal and steel industries of six European countries, brought into force by the Treaty of Paris in 1951, symbolised the birth of a common purpose and marked the first step towards European integration. The Treaties of Rome of 1957 strengthened the foundations of this integration and the notion of a common future for the six European countries involved.
        • The principle of subsidiarity : In areas which do not fall within the Union’s exclusive competence, the principle of subsidiarity, laid down in the Treaty on European Union, defines the circumstances in which it is preferable for action to be taken by the Union, rather than the Member States.
        • Main Characteristics of the European Union's Legal System : The European Union has its own legal order which is separate from international law and forms an integral part of the legal systems of the Member States. The legal order of the Union is based on its own sources of law. Given the varied nature of these sources, a hierarchy had to be established among them. Primary legislation is at the top of the hierarchy and is represented by the Treaties and general legal principles. This is followed by international agreements concluded by the Union, and secondary legislation, which is based on the Treaties.
    • Euroscola : EUROSCOLA brings together about 600 students from all over the European Union for a day in Strasbourg discussing aspects of European integration, in multilingual working groups of 100 students. It is open to students aged 16-18.   Please note that all dates for UK schools to attend the Euroscola sessions between January to March 2019 have now been filled. It is unclear if any further dates will be made available after the UK leaves the EU on 29 March 2019.
    • Charlemagne Youth Prize : The Prize is awarded annually to projects undertaken by young people which foster understanding, promote the development of a shared sense of European identity, and offer practical examples of Europeans living together as one community. Participate with your own project!
    • EYE2018 : Remember EYE2014? EYE2016 now a distant memory? Well, those three inspiring days with more than 6,000 young participants from all over Europe gathered together to come up with ideas for a better Europe are coming again with EYE2018! On 1-2 June 2018, the European Parliament opened its doors once again to young Europeans in Strasbourg, with five new themes:
      • EYE2016 : Remember EYE2014, those three inspiring days with more than 6,000 young participants from all over Europe gathered together to come up with ideas for a better Europe? Well, you will remember EYE2016 even more!
    • Erasmus+ : Set to last until 2020, Erasmus+ doesn't just have opportunities for students. Merging seven prior programmes, it has opportunities for a wide variety of individuals and organisations.
  • Office in Edinburgh : There are 6 MEPs representing Scotland. On 22nd May 2014, 33.5% of the electorate in Scotland voted and elected 6 MEPs to represent them in the European Parliament for a 5 year term. They took office on 1st July 2014.
    • Upcoming Events : We regularly host free events that are open to the public. Come along to listen and engage on a wide range of issues relating to the European Parliament and its role in Scotland.
    • Recent activities : Please find below a list of our most recent events and activities in Scotland.
      • Archives : Archives of the activities of the European Parliament Information Office in Scotland.
        • 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.
        • Activities Edinburgh 2011
          • Euroscola Day at the European Parliament in Strasbourg : An enthusiastic group of students from eleven Glasgow City Council schools and one North Ayrshire school attended the annual visit to the European Parliament in Strasbourg in October 2011.
          • Napier University Students Visit European Parliament in Brussels : A group of international students from Napier University in Edinburgh visited the European Parliament in Brussels in November 2011; their visit was sponsored by the Struan Stevenson MEP, who talked to the group about his work and what it means for Scotland. During their stay in Brussels, the students also learned more about the European Parliament in its new visitors' centre, the Parlamentarium. Several students have shared their impressions on visiting the European Parliament with the European Parliament Office in Scotland.
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            • European Parliament Office in Edinburgh's 2012 Calendar Exhibition : In December, the European Parliament Office in Edinburgh hosted an exhibition to launch the Scottish edition of the European Parliament's 2012 Calendar. It features some of the best drawings from about 1000 primary school children across Scotland who participated in the calendar competition with the theme "European emergency number 112".
            • Lecture: France, the G20 and the Euro crisis : Marking the French presidency of the G20, the European Parliament Office in Edinburgh, the Consulate General of France and the Franco-Scottish Business Club hosted a lecture by Ms Laurence Dubois-Destrizais, Minister Counsellor for Economic and Financial Affairs to the French Embassy in London, on "France, the G20 and the Euro crisis". She particularly focused on the role and interest of the UK in the international and European economic and financial spheres. An interesting discussion followed the lecture whose popularity left no seat in the audience unoccupied.
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            • Annual Meeting of Scottish European Resources Network (SERN) : On 25th November, staff from the European Parliament Office in Edinburgh attended the 16th Annual meeting of Scottish European Resources (SERN). Against the backdrop of the changed Scottish political landscape, the participants discussed the implications of the new majority government for Scotland's future relations with the UK and the European Union. Elspeth Macdonald, Head of Constitution and Europe Division, provided a Scottish Government perspective on the issue and addressed issues arising with the Scotland Bill, the Joint Ministerial Committee and the negotiations leading up to the EU's Multi-Annual Financial Framework.
            • What Future for Social Europe? Beyond the European Crisis : On 21st November, a conference on the Future of Social Europe was organised by the European Parliament Office and the Reverse link define here : ActivitiesPoverty Alliance to look at the circumstances of the current crisis and its impact on employment, equality and poverty across European states. As Peter Kelly of the Poverty Alliance put it, the timing of this conference could not have been better or, depending on one's perspective, it could not have been worse. Several expert speakers and the EU Commissioner for Employment, Social Affairs and Inclusion, László Andor, addressed the question what 'social' has come to mean in Europe.
            • Seminar on the Euro Crisis : On 9th November, the European Parliament Office in Edinburgh and the European Movement in Scotland hosted a seminar at Edinburgh University which addressed the financial, economic and political implications of the Euro Crisis. The expert speakers sought to consider how and why the Eurozone has arrived at the situation in which it now finds itself, to assess what is at stake and, looking ahead, to consider what economic and political consequences might follow different possible courses of action that Eurozone leaders might take.
            • Modern Studies Conference : The European Parliament Information Office in Edinburgh participated on 5 November 2011 in the Modern Studies Conference in Stirling. Organised annually by the Modern Studies Association, the conference gathered together more than 150 Modern Studies teachers from Scottish secondary schools.
            • European Parliament and Glasgow Human Rights Network discussion event on the Sakharov Prize : The European Parliament's Sakharov Prize is awarded annually and intended to honour exceptional individuals who combat intolerance, fanaticism and oppression. This year, MEPs put forward five nominees for the award. In an event that mirrored the process by which the winner is chosen, students studying for a Masters in Human Rights and International Politics at Glasgow University gave presentations on each of the nominees. These presentations were based on documentation provided by the European Parliament and the students' own research, which was extremely thorough and uncovered a great deal of interesting and thought-provoking detail.
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            • Has the European Parliament come of Age? : On 14 October, the European Parliament Information Office and the University of Edinburgh's Transatlantic Seminar jointly organised a roundtable discussion addressing the question "Has the European Parliament come of Age?". It brought together speakers with competing perspectives on the European Parliament's contemporary role and status in the democratic life of the European Union (EU): Richard Corbett, former MEP (1996 - 2009), Michael Shakelton, Head of the European Parliament Information Office in the UK, and John Peterson, Professor of International Politics at Edinburgh University.
            • Internship Fair in Glasgow : On 11 October 2011, the European Parliament Office in Edinburgh attended the Internship Fair at the University of Glasgow to provide students with information on the European Parliament's traineeship options. It engaged with students from a variety of academic and cultural backgrounds to answer questions about the opportunities to gain work experience in Brussels and Luxemburg and informed about the different options and requirements.
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            • Regulation, Speculation and World Food Prices : On 16 September, the European Parliament Office in Edinburgh and the World Development Movement (WDM) hosted a debate on the regulation of food commodity markets in the context of an anticipated revision of the EU's Markets in Financial Instruments Directive (MiFID) which may propose new rules on the trading of commodities when it is published later this year.
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            • Edinburgh Festival of Politics 2011 : On 25 August 2011, the European Parliament and the European Movement hosted an event at the Edinburgh Festival of Politics entitled "Reporting Europe in the Age of the New Media".
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            • St Columba's High School visit to the European Parliament : In June, Catherine Stihler MEP sponsored a trip to Brussels for 29 pupils from St Columba's High School in Dunfermline. The pupils visited the European Parliament where John Fordham, from the European Parliament Visitor Service, gave the group an overview of the work and role of the institution. The pupils also met three Scottish MEPs: Catherine Stihler, David Martin and Struan Stevenson to discuss some European issues. They made the most of this chance, asking a range of questions. After the visit to the EP they had time for some sightseeing, which gave the pupils an insight into many aspects of Belgian history and contemporary culture, and included a visit to the Grande Place in Brussels.
            • Information Day on the Polish Presidency of the EU : To mark the Polish Presidency of the EU starting on 1 July 2011, the Consulate-General of the Republic of Poland organised an Information Day on 2 July at St Andrew's Square in Edinburgh. The event took the form of public stands which provided a range of materials about the EU, its institutions and Poland to passers-by and visitors. The European Parliament Information Office in Edinburgh was among the stall-holders. It was accompanied by an extensive programme of cultural events, comprising traditional and contemporary music, dance, artistic workshops, children's activities and food tasting. The Information Day proved to be a huge success.
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            • Round Table on CAP Reform : The European Parliament organised a Round Table on CAP Reform on Friday 17th June at Aberdeen University, as part of a new pilot scheme to take discussion of topical EU issues on the road to hear the views of local people. Aberdeen was chosen because the North-East of Scotland is such an important food-producing area. The Round Table was attended by Struan Stevenson MEP and Alyn Smith MEP, as well as by representatives of the National Farmers' Union of Scotland (NFUS), the Scottish Government, Aberdeenshire and Aberdeen City Councils, Aberdeen University and a number of other experts, including some specialist agriculture journalists.
            • Schools Question Time : The European Parliament and Europe Direct Aberdeen organised a discussion event for Aberdeen and Aberdeenshire schools on Friday 17th June in Aberdeen City Council Chambers. The discussion was mainly about food and farming, with some more general issues addressed later. It was part of a new pilot scheme to take discussion of topical EU issues on the road to hear the views of local people. Aberdeen was chosen because the North-East of Scotland is such an important food-producing area. The MEPs at the event were Ian Hudghton (SNP) and Struan Stevenson (Conservatives). Just under 50 students from eight local schools attended.
            • You Are What You Eat : The European Parliament organised a public discussion event on Thursday 16th June in Aberdeen City Council Chambers all about food and farming. It was part of a new pilot scheme to take discussion of topical EU issues on the road to hear the views of local people. Aberdeen was chosen because the North-East of Scotland is such an important food-producing area.
            • The audience raised a wide range of topics : The audience raised a wide range of topics, from food labelling to cultivation of Genetically Modified crops and from how best to promote education about nutrition to the recent E-Coli outbreak in Germany. A show of hands was take on some of the controversial issues and showed, for example, a majority of those present through the labelling to show the calorie content of alcoholic drinks would be a good idea. The MEPs reported that legislation in this area might come forward in the next year or two. Professor Peter J. Morgan, said: "Food is crucial to our health and to the economy, yet in the future its production and consumption provide some real challenges, so it was a good opportunity to debate what our options may be."
            • Pupils compete in SEET Euroquiz finals : Pupils from Edinburgh Academy won the 2011 SEET Euroquiz finals which took place in Holyrood chamber on 6 June, beating Cairneyhill Primary School in Fife by just a single point in the final round. The winning team was awarded a trophy, medals, and a globe for their school. Jamie Miller, one of the winning pupils from the Edinburgh Academy team, said: "We've had a fantastic day and we're ecstatic to win. The four of us gave up the first day of our school trip to Holland to compete today so it's all been worthwhile."
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            • The SERN Briefing : The European Parliament Information Office in Edinburgh hosted the annual SERN (The Scottish European Resources Network) briefing in its office on 27 May 2011. SERN includes 32 member organisations from around Scotland including Local Authorities, MEP's Assistants, Members of Committee of the Regions, European Movement in Scotland, Scotland Europa, Scotch Whisky Association, The Royal Society of Edinburgh, Chambers of Commerce, the National Library of Scotland, Public Libraries, and the Aberdeen Europe Direct Centre.
            • Europe Quiz : On 19 May, the European Parliament Office in Edinburgh, together with the European Movement hosted their 5th annual Europe Quiz at the Pleasance bar in Edinburgh. Eighteen teams entered, but the winning team of the five round quiz was The Comitologists from the Scottish government with a grand total of 72 points. The winning team was awarded a magnificent trophy.
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            • Europe Day - 9 May 2011 : TransEuropa, a transnational Festival of Culture, Politics and Art which "promotes democracy, equality and culture beyond the nation" took place on 8 May in the Scottish Storytelling Centre on the Royal Mile in Edinburgh to celebrate Europe Day. The festival features events in 12 cities simultaneously, and Edinburgh participated this year for the first time.
        • Sakarov Prize Discussion : 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.
        • European Citizen's Prize awarded to Professor Richard Demarco CBE : 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.
        • UK in Europe 40 Years: What has it meant for Scotland? : 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.
        • The 2014 European Elections in Scotland: What is at stake? : 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.
        • Audio Europa Competition : 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.
        • Opportunity Europe and Beyond : 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.
        • Modern Studies Association Conference 2014 : On 1 November, the European Parliament Information Office in Edinburgh was at the Modern Studies Association conference in Glasgow.
      • Recent Events in Scotland : Find here all the recent events organised in Scotland by the European Parliament Information Office in Edinburgh.
        • Europe Day 2014 : Staff of the European Parliament Office In Scotland were in George Square, Glasgow, for the celebration of Europe Day on the 9th of May.
        • European Parliament Events 2017
          • Conscious Film Screening - Le Silence de Lorna : 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.
          • Alyn Smith MEP speaks at The Gathering, 22 February 2017 : 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.
          • A discussion on gender based violence marks International Women's Day :  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.
          • Impressive filmmaking talent on display at 'Our Europe' event :   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.
          • Scottish journalists visit the office for a Brexit workshop :   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.
          • Hansard Society Scholars study trip to Edinburgh :   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.
          • Students from Austrian Commercial College visit the office : On 4 May, we were happy to welcome students from Handelsakademie 1 international, an Austrian Commercial College, to our office.
          • Hundreds join us to celebrate Europe Day on Castle Street : 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.
          • Ten teams test their European knowledge at our famous EU quiz : 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.
          • Pupils go to Holyrood for Euroquiz final : On 15 May, talented pupils from across Scotland gathered at the Scottish Parliament to compete to be crowned Euroquiz Champions 2017.
          • David Martin MEP meets audience in Glasgow : 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.
          • Hansard Society Scholars study trip to Edinburgh : On 31 May, we welcomed the Hansard Society scholars to our office and shared some of our information materials with them.
          • Full house in a discussion on the issues facing EU nationals in the UK : 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.
          • Politicians and experts discuss 'Borders in a post-Brexit Europe' : 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 European Parliament, BREXIT and Scotland - where do we stand? : We hosted a panel debate with David Martin MEP, Alyn Smith MEP and Kirsty Hughes (SCER), moderated by Charles Fletcher. The event took place at High School Yards, University of Edinburgh.
          • Sakharov Prize Debate at Queen's University Belfast : Students from Queen's University Belfast hosted, with the support of the European Information Office in Edinburgh, a debate on the 2017 Sakharov Prize finalists.
          • Sakharov Prize debate at University of Glasgow : Students from University of Glasgow hosted, with the support of the European Information Office in Edinburgh, a debate on the 2017 Sakharov Prize finalists.
          • Brexit Café Edinburgh - Meet Alyn Smith MEP : This Brexit Cafe gave a unique opportunity to have a say on the decision that will affect everybody's life the longest and to hear expert opinion from MEP Alyn Smith.
        • European Parliament events 2016
          • The Gathering, Glasgow - 17th-18th February 2016 : 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.
          • Conscious Film Screening: Csak a szél - 12 December 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.
          • International Women's Day, Aberdeen - 8th March 2016 : 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.
          • Our Films: Our Europe Final, Scottish Parliament - 21st March 2016 : 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.
          • Europe Day, Glasgow - 9 May 2016 : 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.
          • Euroquiz Final 2016 : 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!
          • LUX Prize Film Screening, Edinburgh - 23rd May 2016 : 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!
          • Conscious Film Screening: Mediterranea - 21st October 2016 : 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.
          • Meet Your MEP - Ian Duncan MEP, Edinburgh - 28th October 2016 : 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.
          • Sakharov Prize 2016, Belfast - 27th October 2016 : 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.
          • Sakharov Prize 2016, Glasgow - 16th November 2016 : 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.
          • LUX Prize Film Screening, Stronsay - 17th November 2016 : 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.
          • Meet your MEP - Catherine Stihler MEP, Edinburgh - 18 November 2016 : 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.
          • Conscious Film Screening: Macondo - 18th November 2016 : 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.
          • LUX Prize Film Screeening, Sanday and Westray - 22nd-25th November 2017 : 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.
        • European Parliaments Events 2015
          • Europe Day - Edinburgh, 8th May 2015 : Hundreds of citizens joined us on Castle Street on Friday 8th May to celebrate Europe Day and learn more about the activities of the European Institutions in Scotland.
          • #EnergyUnion: What does it mean for Scotland, the UK and Europe? - Aberdeen, 15th May 2015 : On Friday 15th May, Ian Duncan MEP was joined by Lang Banks, Director of WWF Scotland; Ian Scrimgeour, Director of the Aberdeen Institute of Energy; and Maggie McGinley, Director of Energy and Clean Technology at Scottish Enterprise to discuss the implications for Scotland, the UK and Europe of the move towards Energy Union.
          • European Parliament Pub Quiz - 29th May 2015 : Canon's Gait, Edinburgh, Friday 29 May, 6.30pm
          • Meet your MEP Ian Duncan - 5th June 2015 : For our third "Meet your MEP" event of 2015, Ian Duncan MEP was at our office on Friday 5th June to meet with the public and discuss the work he is currently involved in at the European Parliament.
          • Euroquiz Final - Scottish Parliament, 11th May 2015 : On Monday 11th May, the Euroquiz final was held in the Debating Chamber of the Scottish Parliament.
          • Scotland’s future: jobs, services and the Transatlantic Trade & Investment Partnership - Edinburgh, 19th February 2015 : The Hansard Society organised a TTIP Summit at the Scottish Parliament, to discuss the EU-US free trade negotiations and their implications for Scotland’s future.
          • International Women's Day - Aberdeen, 9th March 2015 : To celebrate International Women's Day, a panel of guest speakers held a discussion on gender equality and human rights topics titled: "Is gender inequality a thing of the past?" Monday 9 March, at Aberdeen Arts Centre.
          • Meet your MEP Alyn Smith - Edinburgh, 13th March 2015 : On Friday 13 March, Alyn Smith (Scottish National Party) spoke at our "Meet your MEP" event. He discussed his work at the European Parliament and Scotland's role in Europe.
          • TTIP Summit - Aberdeen, 20th March 2015 : On Friday 20 March, the Hansard Society and the European Parliament will host a discussion on "Aberdeen’s future: Jobs, services and the Transatlantic Trade & Investment Partnership (TTIP)"
          • Visit from the Students of University of Georgia, U.S.A - 24th July 2015 : On 24 July, we welcomed students from the University of Georgia, U.S.A as part of the "Discover Abroad" programme, which took them to the United Kingdom and introduced them to various issues related to the UK and the European Union.
          • Scotland Europa talk - 3rd September 2015 : Our Head of Office, Per Johansson spoke at Scotland Europa's Members Meeting at University of Stirling about the work of the Information Office and our upcoming events. The talk was followed by questions from members of the audience and a discussion on current EP policy issues.
          • Missing Pieces - 18th September 2015 : Catherine Stihler MEP, chaired the Missing Pieces event organised by Xchange Scotland and the Scottish European Educational Trust at our Edinburgh office.
          • Hansard Society visit - 30th September 2015 : On 30 September, we were happy to welcome the Hansard Society scholars in our Edinburgh Office.
          • Heriot-Watt University Careers Fair - 8th October 2015 : On 8 October, we operated an information stand at Heriot-Watt University informing students about the employment opportunities offered by the European Parliament, as well as about the work of the European Parliament an the MEPs.
          • Meet Your MEP - Jim Nicholson, Belfast - 30th October 2015 : On Friday 30 October, Jim Nicholson MEP spoke at our "Meet your MEP" event in Belfast. He discussed his work at the European Parliament and talked about a variety of contemporary issues currently facing Northern Ireland and Europe.
            • LUX PRIZE, Lochgilphead - 30th October : On Friday 30 October, the critically acclaimed feature film 'Mediterranea' was shown in Lochgilphead. The film competes with two other productions for the European Parliament's Lux Prize, which casts an annual spotlight on films that cut to the heart of European public debate.
          • LUX PRIZE, Millport, Isle of Cumbrae - 5th November 2015 : On Thursday 5 November, the critically acclaimed feature film 'UROK' was shown in Millport. The film competes with two other productions for the European Parliament's Lux Prize, which casts an annual spotlight on films that cut to the heart of European public debate.
            • LUX PRIZE, Brodick, Isle of Arran - 8th November 2015 : On Sunday 8 November, the critically acclaimed feature film 'Mediterranea' was shown in Brodick. The film competes with two other productions for the European Parliament's Lux Prize, which casts an annual spotlight on films that cut to the heart of European public debate.
          • Meet Your MEP - Martina Anderson, Belfast - 13th November 2015 : On Friday 13 November, Martina Anderson MEP spoke at our "Meet your MEP" event in Belfast. She discussed her work at the European Parliament and talked about some of the current issues facing Northern Ireland and Europe.
          • Sakharov Prize 2015, Glasgow - 18th November 2015 : On Wednesday 18 November, we hosted a discussion event at Glasgow University in partnership with the Glasgow Human Rights Network, looking at all nominees for the 2015 Sakharov Prize. The European Parliament's Sakharov Prize is awarded annually to honour exceptional individuals who combat intolerance, fanaticism and oppression.
          • Meet Your MEP - David Coburn MEP, Edinburgh - 4th December 2015 : For our last "Meet Your MEP" event for 2015 in Scotland, David Coburn MEP talked to the public about his work at the European Parliament and discussed "Why the EU should be dissolved for the good of all Europe". During his talk he also commented on the future of the UK and Scotland in Europe.
          • Parliament Week, Edinburgh - 20th November 2015 : On Friday 20 November, we hosted at our office a discussion event part of the Parliament Week series, in partnership with Democratic Society. This was an interactive event for people aged 18-30, which explained and explored the interactions between the European and the Scottish Parliaments in the context of the future of democracy. Our Head of Office, Per Johansson spoke at the event about the European Parliament and the work of the Information Office.
          • Meet Your MEP - Diane Dodds MEP, Belfast - 11th December 2015 : This was our final "Meet your MEP" event from the series for 2015. Diane Dodds MEP shared details about her work at the European Parliament and her view on the upcoming EU referendum. The big turnout for the event resulted in an interesting Q&A session with members of the audience. The questions touched upon a variety of contemporary issues, including the refugee crisis, through the impact of Northern Irish MEPs in the European Parliament and the EU fishing discard ban.
          • Meet your MEP David Martin : In 2015 we are continuing our series of events inviting stakeholders and the general public to meet their MEPs. On 6 February, David Martin MEP (Labour) came to our office at The Tun to talk about the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) and the main issues on the EU agenda.
        • European Parliament Events 2014
          • Inverclyde Radio Interview : Per Johansson was on Inverclyde Radio talking about the European Parliament and the upcoming European Elections.
          • Euroquiz Final : The European Parliament Edinburgh Office, in association with the Scottish European Educational Trust, organised the final of the Euroquiz for primary schools.
          • European Election Discussions : Per Johansson, Head of the European Parliament Office in Edinburgh, gave a talk to students of Robert Gordon University about the upcoming European Parliament Elections, and about the EU in general.
          • European elections and business engagement with the European Union : A discussion with Per Johansson on the upcoming European Parliament Elections in May 2014 at the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants in Glasgow.
          • European Election Discussion : Per Johansson, head of the Edinburgh office, gave a talk to students at Glasgow Clyde College. He was also interviewed by the College's radio station.
          • COSLA Discussion : Per Johansson gave a talk to COSLA about the importance of the upcoming European Elections.
          • European Election Projection : To promote the upcoming elections, the Information Office in Edinburgh organised to have an image projected onto the iconic Register House building in Edinburgh. The launch event for the projection was at the Balmoral Hotel in Edinburgh.
          • European Election Discussion : Per Johansson visited Benbecula to have a discussion about the upcoming European Elections.
          • Film screening of "Illegal" : The European Parliament Information Office hosted a screening of the movie "Illegal", winner of the LUX Prize 2010, in partnership with Just Festival.
          • European Election Night- 25th May-2014 : Join us for an entertaining election party in Hemma !
          • International Women's Day Event : The European Parliament, in association with Scottish Women's Aid, hosted an event to raise awareness about domestic violence on International Women's Day.
          • Homeless World Cup : The Homeless World Cup took place in Edinburgh and was promoted by the European Parliament Information Office and the Scottish Parliament.
          • The EU and the UK: CPD for teachers : 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.
          • Panel Debate on the 2014 European Parliament Elections : Europe Direct Aberdeen hosted a panel debate on the upcoming European Parliament Elections on Wednesday 19th February in the Council Chamber, Aberdeen Town House.
          • Has the EU helped or hindered Scottish culture? : 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.
          • European Election Night : The European Parliament Office in Edinburgh hosted an election night evening in Hemma, which is situated in Edinburgh.
          • Royal Highland Show : The European Parliament Office in Edinburgh was at this year's Royal Highland Show in Edinburgh.
          • European Election Analysis Event with Professor Simon Hix : The European Parliament Office in Edinburgh, hosted a European Election analysis event with Professor Simon Hix.
          • Scottish Learning Festival 2014 : On 24 - 25 September the European Parliament Office in Scotland was back as exhibitors at the SLF 2014. We also ran a workshop called 'Teaching about the European Parliament? Yes you can!' on 25 September, 14:30, Exhibitor Seminar Theatre, Hall 3.
          • Ryder Cup 2014 : European Parliament Vice-President Mairead McGuinness attended the 2014 Ryder Cup.
          • Germany, what next for Europe’s Power Engine? : The Edinburgh University European Union Society ran the panel discussion "Germany, what next for Europe’s Power Engine?".
          • SMLC Careers Week 2014 : SMLC Careers Week 2014 offered varied and exciting workshops, exhibitions, comeptitions and presentations tailored to Modern Languages graduates.
          • Lux Film Days 2014 - Islay - Cumbrae - Arran : The LUX Prize is the annual film competition promoting different views on some of the main social and political issues of the day. This year, the Scottish LUX Prize Film Days kicked off in three small communities. In cooperation with the Screen Machine, we brought these prize-winning films directly to you. All three contenders for the 2014 prize focus on youth. All the screenings were free of charge, but ticketed.
          • Meeting with the Glasgow Clyde journalism students : On 29 October, Per Johansson, Head of the European Parliament Information Office in Edinburgh, met the first-year journalism students at Glasgow Clyde college.
          • EU lunch - Meet your MEP : On 20th November, we kicked off a series of events to give you the opportunity to meet your MEPs and hear them speak about issues that matter to them and their work in the European Parliament
          • Sakharov Prize Discussion : The European Parliament's Sakharov Prize for Freedom of Thought is awarded annually to honour exceptional individuals who combat intolerance, fanaticism and oppression Glasgow
          • Lux Film Days 2014 - Inverness : The three films, selected for the LUX Prize help celebrate the universal reach of European values, illustrate the diversity of European traditions and shed light on the process of European integration. Watch them for free in Inverness!
          • Training seminar for teachers and headteachers : On 21 November, we delivered a Continuous Professional Development training day for teachers and head teachers, in collaboration with Learning Plus UK.
          • Euroscola Day : On 28 November, a group of students from Greater Glasgow schools participated in the Euroscola Day in Strasbourg.
          • Lux Film Days 2014 - Lochmaddy : The LUX Prize is the annual film competition promoting different views on some of the main social and political issues of the day. In cooperation with the Screen Machine, we brought one of these prize-winning films directly to you. The screening was free of charge but ticketed.
          • Lux Film Days 2014 - Aberdeen : The LUX Prize is the annual film competition promoting different views on some of the main social and political issues of the day and, as such, contributing to building a stronger European identity. The three films were screened in Aberdeen at the Belmont Filmhouse. They were free of charge but ticketed.
          • Lux Film Days 2014 - Perth : The LUX Prize is the annual film competition promoting different views on some of the main social and political issues of the day and, as such, contributing to building a stronger European identity. The three films were screened for free at the Playhouse in Perth.
        • European Parliament events 2018
          • Europe Day, Glasgow - 9th May 2018 : 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 in George Square, Glasgow.
          • European Pub Quiz, Edinburgh - 10th May 2018 : On 10th May we hosted our world-famous annual pub quiz in Edinburgh.
          • Euroscola Scotland teacher training, Edinburgh - 22nd June 2018 : Want to work with the European Parliament and MEPs to help your S4-5 pupils understand Europe? Want to win a place at Euroscola (Strasbourg) for the whole class or lunchtime/after school club?
          • The Gathering, Glasgow - 21st-22nd February 2018 : The EPLO Edinburgh team participated in and hosted a panel discussion at The Gathering 2018 in the SEC Glasgow between 21st and 22nd February. Organised by SCVO, The Gathering is the UK’s largest annual meeting point for third sector organisations to come together, showcasing their work to fellow organisations and the general public.
          • CPD: Teaching the EU and Brexit with confidence, Edinburgh : We provided a free CPD session for teachers in schools and colleges to help them improve or update their knowledge about the EU, get free resources and speak to their local MEPs. After the Brexit referendum, we have focused also on how to explore the new situation, its risks and opportunities, by developing students' critical thinking.
          • Meet your MEP - David Martin MEP, Glasgow : On Friday 9 February the European Parliament Liaison Office in Edinburgh hosted a "Meet your MEP" event with David Martin MEP in Glasgow. He discussed his role in the European Parliament and answered questions from the audience.
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