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This week at the European Parliament: Climate change, coronavirus and International Women's Day


MEPs will discuss EU climate law and targets with Greta Thunberg. Find more highlights below:



Climate change and Greta Thunberg
During an extraordinary meeting of the Environment and Public Health Committee (ENVI) open to all MEPs, members will discuss, with climate activist Greta Thunberg, the EU climate law and targets due to be announced the same day. Before the meeting, at 12:30, EP President David Sassoli will meet Ms Thunberg (Wednesday).

EU response to COVID-19 outbreak
Members of the Environment and Public Health Committee will discuss with the Commission how the EU is confronting, together with member states, the coronavirus Covid-19 (Thursday).

International Women's Day (IWD)
In the run-up to the 2020 IWD, the Women’s Rights and Gender Equality Committee (FEMM) is organising an inter-parliamentary meeting on "The 25th anniversary of the Beijing Declaration". EP President Sassoli and Commission Vice-President Jourová will deliver opening speeches, followed by two panel discussions on women in economy and women’s role in the fight against climate change. A press point with Committee Chair Evelyn Regner and Equality Commissioner Dalli will be held at 12.30, outside the meeting room 2Q2 (ANTALL building) (Thursday).

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Events at the European Parliament


International Women’s Day: the Rewards and Challenges of Activism in the 2020s

Friday, March 13th 2020 at Europe House, London

The European Parliament, as you would expect, has long been at the forefront of the campaign for equality between women and men. On the 25th anniversary of the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action, we are hosting an event to look at contemporary issues in gender equality.

The fight for equal pay, equal status and reproductive rights has been with us for a long time. So, even more regrettably, has the battle to end violence against women and girls. There are also new and pressing issues to grapple with. Now that the UK has left the EU, for example, how might we expect the advances and protections secured in EU law to fare here? How can we deal effectively with the growing phenomenon of aggression against women politicians and activists on- and offline.  

Join us at Europe House on March 13th 2020 for a lively panel discussion bringing together legal experts, politicians and campaigners. There'll be plenty of opportunity to ask questions.

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Brexit and Mental Health: How are you coping? - Liverpool

Thursday, March 19th 2020, Liverpool

With the support of the European Movement Merseyside.

Brexit is the biggest upheaval many of us will have known in our lifetimes. It has dominated the political scene for four years and all of us will be affected by it in some way.

The UK has left the European Union and entered a holding pattern during which most EU law remains in place. But Brexit is still a big upheaval for many of us. It has dominated the scene for four years and all of us will be affected by it in some way. A recent study by the London School of Economics found that subjective well-being among those with a favourable view of the EU has suffered since the referendum while an initial "feel good" bounce among those less well disposed to it has not been sustained. There is also evidence that the incidence of hate crimes against EU27 nationals and ethnic minorities has increased since 2016.

The European Parliament put citizens' rights at the core of its demands for signing off the Withdrawal Agreement in January and it will continue to monitor commitments made to protect their interests. Its Liaison Office in the UK is staging an event in Liverpool to look at the psychological impact the UK's departure is having on both Britons and EU27 nationals resident here.

So how do people on Merseyside feel about Brexit and the future relationship between the EU and UK? Join us to hear an expert panel of politicians, academics and clinicians, and make your voice heard.

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Dates: 6 March 2020 - 15 March 2020
Time: Monday-Friday, 10am – 6pm
Venue: 12 Star Gallery, Europe House

Nina Čelhar comes from a younger generation of Slovenian artists working in the field of painting. Her work centres on the current residential architecture and its philosophy of creating people’s ideal living spaces. In the exhibition To Dwell, she presents a selection of paintings form an on-going series exploring questions such as what do we require from our living space, what kind of residence offers us balance with the outside world and how much impact can a suitable space have. Through the subtle process of choosing the colours, she transforms her paintings into venues of tranquillity. Between the external and internal physical spaces, the viewer is led into a psychological space stripped of all tangible distractions, where one can pause in its serenity, focusing only on himself.

Nina Čelhar (1990) received master’s degree in painting from the Academy of Fine Arts and Design of the University of Ljubljana. She perfected her knowledge for a year at the Hochschule für Grafik und Buchkunst in Leipzig, Germany. She participated in many solo and group exhibitions in Slovenia and around Europe. In 2019, she was Artist in Residence of the Slovene Arts & Culture Residency in London, as well as taking part in residences in Italy and Croatia. Her works are part of several collections (inter alia ESSL, RIKO and Luciano Benetton Collection). She is represented by Ravnikar Gallery Space.

This event was organised by the Embassy of Slovenia in London and supported by the Ministry of Culture of Slovenia.

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