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News

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MEPs return from Strasbourg for external parliamentary activities from Monday 8th to Friday 12th February.
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Members of the European Parliament will discuss the UK’s upcoming EU referendum tomorrow morning in Strasbourg, during the debate on the preparation to the European Council summit on 18 and 19 February.
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Do you want to make a positive impact on Europe’s future? Do you have ideas on how to develop a sustainable Europe? If the answer is yes, why don’t you join the second edition of the European Youth Event (EYE2016) from 20 to 21 May?
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Events

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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?
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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Public interest

European Emergency Number Association
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).
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Educational resources

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Free education sessions at Europe House. Specially designed to be interactive, politically neutral and suitable for for 11-18 year olds at schools and colleges, including those studying for GCSE, A-Level and BTEC qualifications. They are completely free of charge.
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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.
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