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Activities in Scotland
Activities in Scotland
 

Recent activities

Please find below a list of our most recent events and activities in Scotland.

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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.
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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.
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Csak a szél film still.
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.
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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.
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Macondo film still
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.
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Catherine Stihler MEP at the Meet your MEP event held at the EPIO in Edinburgh
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.
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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.
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MSc student presenting the case for Lamiya Aji Bashar and Nadia Murad
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.
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Ian Duncan MEP headshot
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.
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2016 Sakharov finalists collage
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.
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Mediterranea film still
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.
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Leaflet for the screening of LUX Prize nominated film IDA
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!
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Euroquiz Final 2016

18/05/2016

2016 Euroquiz final participants
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!
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Europe Day participants with flags
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.
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Contestants at the Our Europe Final
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.
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Audience at the International Women's Day event
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.
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The Gathering 2016 logo
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.
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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.
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Meet your MEP with David Coburn audience
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.
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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.
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Sakharov Prize logo
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.
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Martina Anderson MEP
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.
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LUX Prize logo
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.
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LUX Prize logo
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.
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LUX Prize logo
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.
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MEP Jim Nicholson headshot
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.
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Harald Proell at Heriot-Watt University to inform
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.
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Hansard Society members visiting the EPIO office in Edinburgh
On 30 September, we were happy to welcome the Hansard Society scholars in our Edinburgh Office.
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Catherine Stihler MEP, chaired the Missing Pieces event organised by Xchange Scotland and the Scottish European Educational Trust at our Edinburgh office.
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University of Stirling logo
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.
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Students from the University of Gerogia visiting the EPIO office in Edinburgh
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.
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Meet your MEP Ian Duncan MEP speaking
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.
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Energy Union Ian Duncan MEP speaking
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.
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2015 Euroquiz final participants
On Monday 11th May, the Euroquiz final was held in the Debating Chamber of the Scottish Parliament.
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2015 Europeday EPIO Edinburgh
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.
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Map of the countries involved in TTIP
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)"
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Alyn Smith speaking
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.
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Panellists at the International Women's Day event in Aberdeen
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.
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Attendees at the TTIP summit held at the Scottish Parliament
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.
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Members of the public at the Meet your MEP event
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.
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LUX Prize logo
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.
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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.
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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.
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Euroscola Day

28/11/2014

Scottish Euroscola participants in Strasbourg
On 28 November, a group of students from Greater Glasgow schools participated in the Euroscola Day in Strasbourg.
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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!
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Teachers' training programme
On 21 November, we delivered a Continuous Professional Development training day for teachers and head teachers, in collaboration with Learning Plus UK.
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Members of the audience at the Sakharov Prize event held in Glasgow
The European Parliament's Sakharov Prize for Freedom of Thought is awarded annually to honour exceptional individuals who combat intolerance, fanaticism and oppression Glasgow
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EU lunch attendees
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
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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.
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Glasgow Clyde Journalism students posing with Per Johansson and Charles Fletcher
On 29 October, Per Johansson, Head of the European Parliament Information Office in Edinburgh, met the first-year journalism students at Glasgow Clyde college.
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EU - UK flags
SMLC Careers Week 2014 offered varied and exciting workshops, exhibitions, comeptitions and presentations tailored to Modern Languages graduates.
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EU Society - University of Edinburgh logo
The Edinburgh University European Union Society ran the panel discussion "Germany, what next for Europe’s Power Engine?".
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Ryder Cup 2014

25/09/2014

Ryder Cup logo
European Parliament Vice-President Mairead McGuinness attended the 2014 Ryder Cup.
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Scottish Learning Festival logo
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.
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Per Johansson introducing Prof Simon Hix
The European Parliament Office in Edinburgh, hosted a European Election analysis event with Professor Simon Hix.
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Royal Highland Show

19/06/2014

Highland cow
The European Parliament Office in Edinburgh was at this year's Royal Highland Show in Edinburgh.
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Singers entertaining guests at the EU Election Night event organised by the EPIO in Edinburgh
The European Parliament Office in Edinburgh hosted an election night evening in Hemma, which is situated in Edinburgh.
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EU Election Night invite
Join us for an entertaining election party in Hemma !
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Euroquiz Final

12/05/2014

2014 Euroquiz final winners
The European Parliament Edinburgh Office, in association with the Scottish European Educational Trust, organised the final of the Euroquiz for primary schools.
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Europe Day

09/05/2014

2014 Europe Day stall
Staff of the European Parliament Office In Scotland were in George Square, Glasgow, for the celebration of Europe Day on the 9th of May.
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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.
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A discussion with Per Johansson on the upcoming European Parliament Elections in May 2014 at the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants in Glasgow.
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Glasgow Clyde Radio EU elections 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.
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COSLA Discussion

27/03/2014

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Per Johansson gave a talk to COSLA about the importance of the upcoming European Elections.
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 EU Elections projection on Register House, Edinburgh
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.
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EU Elections discussion with Per Johansson and Linda Cunningham
Per Johansson visited Benbecula to have a discussion about the upcoming European Elections.
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Illegal film still
The European Parliament Information Office hosted a screening of the movie "Illegal", winner of the LUX Prize 2010, in partnership with Just Festival.
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International Women's Day, hands coming together
The European Parliament, in association with Scottish Women's Aid, hosted an event to raise awareness about domestic violence on International Women's Day.
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EU-UK training for teachers header
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.
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Homeless World Cup

26/02/2014

Homeless World Cup participants
The Homeless World Cup took place in Edinburgh and was promoted by the European Parliament Information Office and the Scottish Parliament.
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EP hemicycle in session
Europe Direct Aberdeen hosted a panel debate on the upcoming European Parliament Elections on Wednesday 19th February in the Council Chamber, Aberdeen Town House.
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European Elections header
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.
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EPIO in Edinburgh distributing info material ath the 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.
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