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    • 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.
    • European Elections : Overview of the European elections and how they work in the UK. European elections are held every five years. The UK votes in 73 MEPs.
      • 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? ...
  • News & Press : Information for journalists and all the latest news and press releases from the European Parliament.
  • Events & Brexit : Find out more about the events and all the useful information about Brexit and Public Interest
  • Info & About : The European Parliament is directly elected by citizens of the 28 EU member countries. It is made up of 751 elected Members (MEPs). 73 of them are from the UK. Elections take place across the EU every five years under a system of proportional representation.
  • 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.
    • 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.
          • 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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