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The 11th annual Citizens’ Energy Forum took place in the Aviva Conference Centre in Dublin, on September 12th and 13th. Former European Parliament President Jerzy Buzek and Irish MEP Ciarán Cuffe were among the speakers over the two days.  
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On Wednesday Christine Lagarde presented her priorities to MEPs in Parliament's Economics and Monetary Affairs Committee if confirmed President of the European Central Bank.
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The Brexit Steering Group has reiterated that an orderly exit is only possible with the backstop, that in all circumstances ensures no hardening of the border on the Island of Ireland, safeguards the Good Friday Agreement and protects the integrity of the Single Market.
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"Cold Case Hammarskjöld",  "God Exists, Her Name is Petrunya" and "The Realm" will be competing for this year's Lux Prize, the European Parliament's film prize.
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The latest Eurobarometer indicates increased citizen engagement across the EU and confirms Irish positivity towards Europe with 89% of Irish citizens believing that EU membership has benefitted the country.
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Vice-President Mairead McGuinness.
Mairead McGuinness was the first of fourteen Vice-Presidents elected receiving 618 votes from a total of 702 votes cast. 
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Today, David Sassoli (S&D, IT) MEP was elected as the President of the European Parliament, replacing Antonio Tajani, having won 345 out of 667 valid votes in the second round. 
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On Wednesday, MEPs voted on the size of Parliament’s 20 committees and two sub-committees. Their composition was confirmed by political groups later on the same day.
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Following the recent European elections in which over 200 million European citizens voted, the European Parliament’s new legislative term will start on 2 July 2019.
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Over 200 million Europeans voted in the May elections which took place between 23-26 May with Irish citizens casting their ballots on 24 May. Turnout increased across the continent from 42,61% in 2014 to 51% in 2019.  
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For the 2019-2024 parliamentary term the following candidates have been elected in Ireland. Newly-elected MEPs will take their seats in the European Parliament on 2 July 2019, when Parliament's 9th term starts, and MEPs meet in Strasbourg for its constituent session.
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