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After the Brexit vote, what happens next? Does the European Parliament have a role in the Brexit negotiations? What is Article 50? In this section of our website we have been collecting information, studies, and articles from different sources in order to keep you up-to-date on the latest developments related to Brexit.#EPonBrexit
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A history of public events hosted by the European Parliament Office in the UK
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Sakharov Prize 2016 finalists
Can Dündar and fellow defenders of freedom of thought and expression in Turkey, the Crimean Tatar leader Mustafa Dzemilev, the Yazidi survivors and public advocates Nadia Murad Basee and Lamiya Aji Bashar are this year's finalists for the Sakharov Prize following a vote by the foreign affairs and development committees on 11 October. The laureate will be selected by the EP President and the political group leaders on 27 October and the award ceremony will be held in Strasbourg on 14 December.
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Much uncertainty surrounds the type of trade deal the UK can and will secure with the EU post-Brexit and there is disagreement about the timing. Will talks start as soon as the Article 50 proceedings are triggered or will they have to await their conclusion?
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Please find below a list of our most recent events and activities in Scotland.
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Maison Française d’Oxford
What are the implications of Brexit? What should the UK’s priorities be in the negotiations leading to it? How will your region be affected? Join the debate with one of your South East Members of the European Parliament.
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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.
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Download promotional items, booklets and other resources, or order hard copies to be posted to your address in Scotland free of charge. There may be limits on the quantities of some items. Contact us at epedinburgh@europarl.europa.eu if you would like to stop by to pick up materials or if you would like us to send you some.
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Papers
The European Parliament Office in Edinburgh produces a newsletter approximately six times a year. Our newsletter contains topical news from the European Parliament that is relevant to Scotland, as well as news from all six Scottish MEPs. It also includes details of past and future events organised by the Edinburgh Office.
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This page includes a series of regular articles written by Scottish MEPs for the Scotland Europa publication 'Insight Europe'. For more information please contact:
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Do you want to obtain work experience with the European Parliament or other EU institutions? The EU has paid and unpaid traineeships available.
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Edinburgh
On this page you will find some useful links with more information on the various institutions and personalities involved with Scotland, the UK and the EU.
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Find here all the recent events organised in Scotland by the European Parliament Information Office in Edinburgh.
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Archives of the activities of the European Parliament Information Office in Scotland.
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Left to right: Ian Hudghton,     David Martin,     Ian Duncan, Alyn Smith,     Catherine Stihler,     David Coburn.
There are 6 MEPs representing Scotland. On 22nd May, 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.
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Teachers' Seminars
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, we have focused also on how to explore the new situation, its risks and opportunities, by developing students' critical thinking.
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European 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!
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EuroparlTV
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. Britain's place in the world and in or out of the European Union is a hot topic of debate in British politics and in the media. These resources will help you help your students to understand the issues.
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Sample Programme Abridged
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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The European Parliament Office in the UK - news, events and information about the European Parliament for people in the UK.
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Your one-stop-shop for all the latest news from the European Parliament.
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Lewisham students at Euroscola.
Use this page to register your group our your school for Euroscola. Available dates are announced as soon as they are decided.
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EYE2016 (Strasbourg 20/05/2016).
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!
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Students at Euroscola in Strasbourg
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.
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For views or opinions on political issues contact your MEPs or look to these independent sources for further information on a selection of subjects. The European Parliament itself is an institution of the EU and it is not in our remit to offer political opinion.
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Our job is to raise awareness of the European Parliament (EP) and the EU generally, and to encourage you to vote in European parliamentary elections. We are not politicians (that's the task of your MEPs) and are not there to influence your views about the EU. We have offices in London and in Edinburgh.
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New rules to enable EU citizens subscribing to services like “Netflix”, that give access to online music, games, films or sporting events, to enjoy this content while abroad in another EU country were approved by the Legal Affairs Committee in a vote on Tuesday.
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EP Strasbourg.
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.
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London
Download a printable A4 page showing contact details for all the MEPs for each UK region.
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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.
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We regularly host free events that are open to the public. Come along to listen and engage on a range of issues relating to the European Parliament in the UK context.
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Greater Manchester Chamber of Commerce
What are the implications of Brexit? What should the UK’s priorities be in the negotiations leading to it? How will your region be affected?
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What are the implications of Brexit? What should the UK’s priorities be in the negotiations leading to it? Don't miss the opportunity to discuss this with your MEPs.
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EP elections 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.
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EU elections 2014
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.
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Comprises: Cornwall, Devon, Dorset, Somerset, Wiltshire, Bristol, Gloucestershire
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Comprises: Isle of Wight, East Sussex, West Sussex, Hampshire, Kent, Surrey, Berkshire, Oxfordshire, Buckinghamshire
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This comprises all administrative areas in Scotland.
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This comprises all administrative areas in Northern Ireland.
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Comprises: Cumbria, Lancashire, Merseyside, Greater Manchester, Cheshire
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Comprises: Hartlepool, Stockton on Tees, County Durham, Tyne & Wear, Northumberland, Redcar & Cleveland, Middlesbrough.
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This comprises all administrative areas in Greater London.
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Comprises: Northamptonshire, Leicestershire, Rutland, Lincolnshire, Nottinghamshire, Derbyshire
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Comprises: Essex, Hertfordshire, Bedfordshire, Suffolk, Cambridgeshire, Norfolk
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The official selection of the European Parliament's film prize, the LUX Prize 2016, is: 'As I Open My Eyes' by Leyla Bouzid; 'My Life as a Courgette' by Claude Barras and 'Toni Erdmann' by Maren Ade. Every year the LUX Film Days bring the 3 finalist films to more than 40 cities across the 28 EU Member States. Each film is subtitled in the 24 official languages of the EU. Join us between the 14th-18th November in London and Leeds for the screenings of the LUX Prize 2016 finalists.
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Andrei Sakharov
Brexit is throwing up myriad pressing questions, not least among them the residence and citizenship rights for EU nationals in the run-up to withdrawal and after. As things stand, it is unclear what criteria may be applied to determine who will be allowed to stay, on what basis and with what guarantees. The same applies to UK citizens living in other parts of the EU.
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Uncertain Future: Rights and Citizenship in post-Brexit Britain - Register to attend, London, 2 December 2016
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Meet your MEPs - What kind of Brexit do you want? Register to Attend - Sajjad Karim, 9 December 2016, Manchester
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The Library of Birmingham
What are the implications of Brexit? What should the UK’s priorities be in the negotiations leading to it? How will your region be affected? Join the debate with two of your West Midlands Members of the European Parliament.
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Meet your MEPs - What kind of Brexit do you want? Register to Attend -  Anneliese Dodds, 9 December 2016, Oxford
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U3A testimonials
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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We regularly host free events that are open to the public. Come along to listen and engage on a range of issues relating to the European Parliament in the UK context.
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MEPs return to Brussels for a mini-plenary session and a week of committee meetings. Michel Barnier, the European Commission's Brexit negotiator will meet with the European Parliament's president and group leader on Wednesday. Other highlights include a vote on roaming chargers and access to online content abroad. See all the highlights below.
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Flags of the European Union and Turkey
MEPs want a temporary freeze on EU accession talks with Turkey. In a resolution voted on Thursday, they say Turkey should nonetheless remain “anchored” to the EU. They also pledge to review their position when the "disproportionate repressive measures" under the state of emergency in Turkey are lifted.
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Terrorism, hybrid threats and cyber- and energy insecurity leave EU countries no choice but to step up their security and defence cooperation efforts, thus paving the way to a European Defence Union, say MEPs in a resolution passed on Tuesday. They suggest devoting 2% of GDP to defence, establishing multinational forces and EU headquarters to plan and command crisis management operations, and enabling the EU to act where NATO is unwilling to do so.
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Plans for more ambitious national caps on emissions of key pollutants by 2030, including NOx, particulates and sulphur dioxide, won the support of MEPs on Wednesday. They had already been informally agreed with the Dutch Presidency of the Council. Air pollution causes about 400,000 premature deaths in the EU per year.
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Lux Prize winner Toni Erdmann
The German-Austrian-Romanian co-production “Toni Erdmann” has won the 2016 European Parliament LUX Prize, President Martin Schulz announced at a ceremony in the Chamber in Strasbourg on Wednesday. The film explores a complex relationship between a father and daughter in contemporary corporate culture.
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In the wake of several tax evasion scandals, including the “Panama Papers” revelations, Parliament has backed Council’s position, and given the go ahead, by 590 votes to 32, with 64 abstentions, for tax authorities across Europe to automatically share information about bank account holders.
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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. The film was screened on two separate occasions, first on Sanday on 22 November, 2016 and then on Westray on 25 November, 2016. Set shortly before the start of the Tunisian Revolution, As I Open My Eyes tells the story of Farah, a recent high-school graduate who joins a political rock band despite her mother Hayet's desires to see her become a doctor. While the band finds huge success among young Tunisians, the political undertones of their songs spark the interest of the Tunisian secret service.  
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Media Guide 2015-2019
Media Guide provides journalists with information about the European Parliament and its activities, the 2009 and 2014 European elections and press contacts.
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The MEPs travel to Strasbourg this week for a plenary sitting. The winner of the LUX Prize will be announced. More highlights below.
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Reading the Express Online you might be forgiven for believing that the European Parliament will vote this week on the creation of an EU army, to be paid for by the British taxpayer. And you would be wrong, for this is another example of "fake news".
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UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon
The European Parliament Bureau (its President and Vice-Presidents) has ascertained that a total sum of €500,615.55 from the 2015 expenditure of the European political party ADDE was non-eligible for a grant given by the European Parliament. The ADDE will need to pay back €172,655 and will not receive the remaining 20% of the grant (€248,345) allocated to the party for 2015.
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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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UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon
What brings EU citizens together is more important than what separates them, say 71% of Europeans, while 53% believe that being an EU member is good for their country, according to Eurobarometer’s latest “Parlemeter” poll, commissioned by the European Parliament and published on Friday.
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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. The new screening series took off on 17 November, 2016 on Stronsay with Ma Vie de Courgette (2016), a stop-motion animation film directed by Claude Barras retelling the story of Courgette, a nine-year-old orphan boy. When his mother suddenly passes away, Courgette is accompanied by a police officer named Raymond to a foster home filled with other children his age. While at first the new environment is strange, and sometimes hostile, Courgette begins to find his place in this new home thanks to the help of the kind Raymond and his new-found friends.
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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. Over a period of six weeks, the students worked in groups to research a nominee each and create a multimedia presentation to make the case for their assigned candidate. Following the presentation, students and members of the audience voted to award the Prize to Nadia Murad and Lamiya Aji Bashar. Both women are survivors of sexual enslavement at the hands of ISIS, and, after their escape from captivity, have become spokespersons for women afflicted by the terrorist groups' campaign of sexual violence, and for the Yazidi community in Iraq. The Sakharov Prize for Freedom of Thought celebrates exceptional individuals who play an important role in fighting intolerance, fanaticism and oppression globally.
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We regularly host free events that are open to the public. Come along to listen and engage on a range of issues relating to the European Parliament in the UK context.
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COP22
A twelve-strong delegation of MEPs will take part in UN (COP22) climate talks (COP22) in Marrakesh from Monday to Friday. Following the European Parliament’s ratification and the entry into force of the 2015 Paris agreement, these will focus on how to finance and share the efforts needed to keep climate warming well below 2 degrees compared to pre-industrial levels.
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The EP President Martin Schulz
Following the result of the US presidential elections, President Schulz made the following statement:
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MEPs return to Brussels for a week of committee meetings. A busy week for British MEPs as many of them will be leading a number of dossiers in the committees. CETA, EU's trade policy, data protection and Panama Papers will also be discussed.
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It's a week of external activities as MEPs head for their constituencies and on delegations. We have selected a few highlights below.
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Event about UK Press coverage on Brexit
In a historic referendum, the majority of British voters decided to leave the European Union. The 23rd of June also marked the end of an intense campaign involving politicians, media and the public. How was the campaign covered in the British media? Were there more pro-Leave voices in the newspapers or pro-Remain ones? Which topics grabbed the editors’ attention? The Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism at the University of Oxford and Prime Research carried out an extensive study into the subject and published a report, which was launched at Europe House in London earlier this autumn.
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The EP President Martin Schulz and the Prime Minister of Canada Justin Trudeau.
Ahead of today’s EU-Canada Summit, President Schulz made the following statement:
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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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Nadia Murad (left) and Lamiya Aji Basharr ©AP Images/ European Union-EP & ©Enric Vives-Rubio/Público
Yazidi survivors and public advocates Nadia Murad and Lamiya Aji Bashar are this year's joint laureates of the European Parliament Sakharov Prize for Freedom of Thought, following a decision by Parliament President Martin Schulz and the political group leaders on 27 October. The Sakharov award ceremony will be held in Strasbourg on 14 December.
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Mustang - Simultaneous Screening, 10 October 2016
The 2015 LUX Prize winner, Mustang by Deniz Gamze Erguven, was screened simultaneously in theatres of the Europa Cinemas network all around the European Union’s 28 countries as part of the 10th anniversary celebrations of the European Parliament's Film Prize. The UK screening took place at the Barbican and was followed by a live satellite Q&A with director Deniz Gamze Ergüven.
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The websites and apps of public administrations, hospitals, courts and other public sector bodies will have to be made accessible to everyone, under new EU-wide rules approved by the European Parliament on Wednesday. The web accessibility directive, already agreed by Parliament and Council, should make it easier for disabled and elderly people to access data and services on the internet, e.g. to file a tax declaration, apply for an allowance, pay fees or enrol at university.
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UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon
New rules to curb the growing influx into the EU of plant pests, such as olive grove killer Xylella fastidiosa, and better equip member states to tackle their spread, were endorsed by the Parliament on Wednesday. The new regulation introduces preventive and rapid response mechanisms for suspect plant imports, steps up pest surveillance efforts in the EU and requires all member states to draw up outbreak contingency plans.
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The MEPs travel to Strasbourg for a plenary session. The most recent EU summit is top on the agenda, but new security measures and a proposal for corporate taxation will also be debated.
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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. You can view the trailer here.
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International Centre for Life, Newcastle
What are the implications of Brexit? What should the UK’s priorities be in the negotiations leading to it? How will your region be affected? Join the debate with two of your North East Members of the European Parliament.
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LUX Prize logo.
Europe should continue to support film creation and distribution as important tools for our cultural diversity, MEPs and filmmakers underlined on Monday evening in a Lux Prize 10th anniversary debate. Translation and subtitling help to circulate works and promote European values, especially in time of crisis, they added. Film directors Ken Loach, Céline Sciamma and Andrea Segre participated in a very animated debate with Members of the Culture Committee on this occasion.
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EP News - The UK office helps guide you through what's happening in the European Parliament this forthcoming week.
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The EP President Martin Schulz
Following the events of Thursday afternoon in the European Parliament’s premises in Strasbourg which resulted in an MEP collapsing unconscious and being rushed to hospital, President Schulz made the following statement:
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UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon
United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon will travel to Strasbourg on Tuesday to attend the final vote of the European Parliament on whether to grant consent to the ratification of the Paris Agreement by the EU.
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The MEPs are travelling to Strasbourg for a plenary session. Paris Climate agreement, a debate on the situation in Calais and debate on mobile roaming are on the agenda.
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Richard Bagnall
Was press reporting of the referendum campaign fair? Did Leave and Remain get equal and due coverage? The Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism at Oxford has teamed up with media insight specialists, PRIME Research, to examine the output of the 9 national newspapers across the 4 months of the highly charged and divisive campaign.
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We have a journalist visitors' programme which helps cover the costs of travel and accommodation for journalists visiting the Parliament when it meets in session in Brussels or Strasbourg.
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The EP President Martin Schulz
On Thursday and Friday President Schulz will be in London and will meet with Prime Minister Theresa May, the leader of the opposition Jeremy Corbyn, and the Mayor of London Sadiq Khan. It will be the first time that President Schulz will be meeting Ms May and Mr Khan. The President will conclude his visit with a lecture at the European Institute of the London School of Economics on Friday afternoon. The lecture will be followed by a questions and answer session.
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A seven-strong delegation from the European Parliament’s Internal Market and Consumer Protection Committee will visit the UK from 21 to 23 September 2016 in the context of the current overhaul of the EU type-approval rules for cars. .
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Debate on the State of the European Union 2016
Populism, unemployment and social injustice are among the key challenges for the EU, said Commission President Juncker in his annual State of the Union speech in the EP on Wednesday. The refugee crisis, Brexit and counter-terrorism were also debated with political groups’ leaders and other MEPs, who put forward their visions of how to address people’s deepest concerns about the future.
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MEPs return to Strasbourg for a plenary sitting from Monday 12th to Thursday 15th September. The plenary is when Members of the European Parliament from all political groups and from all countries meet in the parliamentary chamber in Strasbourg to discuss and vote on legislation.
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Sir Julian King
Parliament will evaluate Commissioner-designate Sir Julian King for the portfolio of the Security Union during its plenary session in Strasbourg. The Civil Liberties Committee will first hold a public hearing with the candidate on Monday 12 September in the evening. The full House will take a vote on Thursday.
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Guy Verhofstadt
The Conference of Presidents today appointed Guy Verhofstadt (ALDE, BE) as European Parliament point man for Brexit negotiations.
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Debate on the State of the EU.
Two days ahead of the informal meeting of the EU heads of state and government (without the United Kingdom) in Bratislava, the European Parliament will hold the annual debate on the State of the European Union with Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker in Strasbourg. The debate is likely to focus on migration, jobs, terrorism, Brexit and to address the core demands of EU citizens.
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North East comprises: Hartlepool, Stockton on Tees, County Durham, Tyne & Wear, Northumberland, Redcar & Cleveland, Middlesbrough
South East comprises: Isle of Wight, East Sussex, West Sussex, Hampshire, Kent, Surrey, Berkshire, Oxfordshire, Buckinghamshire
Find your MEPs here. There are 73 UK MEPs. They are elected in Great Britain and Northern Ireland. Other EU member states elect MEPs from their countries. Elections take place every 5 years. The next elections will be in 2019.
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A recent article on the Daily Express website may have left you believing that the European Parliament is not only "deserted" in the summer but also has the cheek to leave the lights on “burning money”. This isn't true.
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stairs at the EP.
A recent article on the Daily Express website may have left you believing that the European Parliament is not only "deserted" in the summer but also has the cheek to leave the lights on “burning money”. This isn't true.
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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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Academics discuss the UK’s historic referendum at Europe House.
The UK’s vote to leave the European Union has brought renewed calls for clarity on the likely consequences for the country in the years ahead, and on 30th of June, just one week after the referendum, Europe House was delighted to host a seminar on this topic in Smith Square with Nuffield College Oxford.
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Following the last week of committee meetings, next week is dedicated to external parliamentary activities including a number of delegations. This is the last week of meetings before September. We will resume service at the end of August. Enjoy your summer!
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British European Citizen’s Prize 2016 winners.
The national laureates of the European Citizen’s Prize were honoured at a ceremony held in Westminster today. Since 2008, the European Parliament has selected winners from across the EU who have made outstanding contributions to the promotion of cooperation and a better mutual understanding between the citizens of the European Union member states.
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View of the European Parliament in Strasbourg.
EU countries will have to introduce stronger controls on “blank-firing” guns, to prevent them being converted to fire live ammunition, under Internal Market Committee amendments, voted on Wednesday, to a draft update of the EU firearms directive. The changes approved by MEPs ensure that any firearm which has been converted to firing blanks continues to be covered by EU gun control rules. This closes a legal loophole which became evident in the aftermath of last year’s terrorist attacks in Paris.
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View of the European Parliament in Strasbourg.
The European Border and Coast Guard (EBCG) aims to reinforce the management of the EU's external borders as part of wider efforts to stem migratory flows to the EU and protect its external borders.
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View of the European Parliament in Strasbourg.
Firms supplying essential services, e.g. for energy, transport, banking and health, or digital ones, such as search engines and cloud services, will have to improve their ability to withstand cyber-attacks under the first EU-wide rules on cybersecurity, approved by MEPs on Wednesday.
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EU leaders must respond to the UK's vote to leave the EU, by doing more to defend the EU project and to make it more transparent, social and responsive to citizens' concerns. This was a key message that came out of Parliament's Tuesday morning debate with European Council President Donald Tusk and European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker, on last week's EU summit.
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Nuffield College, University of Oxford
In a special seminar organised by Nuffield College, Oxford, in association with the European Parliament Information Office in the UK, a panel of leading academic experts and commentators shared their analysis of the outcome of the June 2016 referendum on British membership of the European Union, and the implications of the vote for the future of UK and European politics.
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The fight against terrorism should be the EU's number one priority followed by action on unemployment, the fight against tax fraud, migration, the protection of external borders and the environment, according to the vast majority of people surveyed in a special Eurobarometer. Those participating were asked if current EU action as mandated by member states on a range of different issues was excessive, adequate, about right or insufficient.
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The UK must respect the wish of a majority of its citizens, entirely, fully and as soon as possible, by officially withdrawing from the EU before any new relationship arrangements can be made, says the European Parliament in a resolution voted after an extraordinary plenary debate on Tuesday. MEPs also stress the urgent need for reforms to ensure that the EU lives up to its citizens’ expectations.
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What is the European Parliament’s position on the UK referendum? The European Parliament will hold an extraordinary plenary session on Tuesday 28 June at 9am UK time. The debate will be followed by a vote on a number of draft resolutions concerning the outcome of the referendum. The draft resolutions can be accessed here.
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Plans for stricter monitoring and certification procedures to ensure full compliance and traceability of medical devices, such as breast or hip implants, were backed by Health Committee MEPs on Wednesday. MEPs also approved legislation to tighten up information and ethical requirements for diagnostic medical devices used for example in pregnancy or DNA testing. Both files were informally agreed with the Dutch Presidency of the Council.
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The EU Commission proposal for an EU anti-tax avoidance directive was welcomed by Parliament in a resolution voted on Wednesday. MEPs nonetheless advocated stricter limits on deductions for interest payments and tougher rules on foreign income. They also called for more transparency for trust funds and foundations, common rules for “patent box” tax reductions on intellectual property earnings, and an EU blacklist of tax havens and sanctions against uncooperative jurisdictions.
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The European Parliament agreed to set up an inquiry committee into the “Panama Papers” revelations, of detailed information on offshore companies and their ultimate beneficiaries, in a vote on Wednesday. The committee is to investigate alleged contraventions and maladministration in the application by the EU Commission or member states of EU laws on money laundering, tax avoidance and tax evasion. It will have 65 members and twelve months to present its report.
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View of the European Parliament in Strasbourg.
MEPs urge the EU Commission to put forward proposals against unfair trading practices in the food supply chain, so as to ensure fair earnings for farmers and a wide choice for consumers, in a resolution voted on Tuesday. The aim should be to ensure fair and transparent trade relations among food producers, suppliers and distributors. Fair trading should in turn help to prevent overproduction and food waste, they add.
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The European Citizen’s Prize 2016.
Two UK organisations have been honoured today in the 2016 European Citizen’s Prize. Every year a panel of judges chooses laureates from across the member states who have made outstanding contributions to the promotion of cooperation and a better mutual understanding between the citizens of the Member States.
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MEPs return to Strasbourg for a plenary sitting from Monday 6th to Thursday 9th June. The plenary is when Members of the European Parliament from all political groups and from all countries meet in the parliamentary chamber in Strasbourg to discuss and vote on legislation.
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Bananas
The EU trying to ban straight & bendy bananas is perhaps the most well-established Euromyth of them all. Is Brussels really meddling in what our beloved bananas should look like?
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European Parliament entrance.
The EU Commission should go on negotiating with the USA to remedy “deficiencies” in proposed “Privacy Shield” protection for EU citizens’ data transferred to the US for commercial purposes, Parliament says in a non-legislative resolution passed on Thursday.
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EP meeting room.
Consumers should be given more power in the energy market, say MEPs in a resolution on a "new energy deal for energy consumers", voted on Thursday. They recommend collective buying, household power generation, better price comparison tools for all and making it easier to switch energy providers and tariffs. In a non-binding text, intended as an input to Energy Union legislation to be tabled by the EU Commission, MEPs also call for EU funds for energy efficiency to focus on energy poverty.
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View of the European Parliament in Strasbourg.
New initiatives to allow consumers and companies to buy and sell products and services online more easily across the EU were welcomed by most MEPs in a debate with Commission Vice-President for the Digital Single Market, Andrus Ansip, on Wednesday. Parliament will co-decide on equal footing with the EU Council of Ministers on the Digital Single Market legislative proposals.
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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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adult students.
Participants in two adult education groups are showing that every day in life can be a school day if you have the right support to encourage lifelong learning.
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This conference aims to examine the challenge posed for scrutiny by the changing nature of diplomacy in general, and responses to the challenge. Within this context, it will explore the framework for scrutiny of diplomacy in the EU and the US, concentrating on the European Parliament and the US Congress, evaluate the effectiveness of scrutiny in a range of recent cases, and compare EU and US perspectives on the nature and effectiveness of scrutiny.
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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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Bars chart.
More than half of young Europeans aged 16-30 feel marginalised in their own country due to the economic crisis, but few want to move abroad because of it, finds the latest Eurobarometer poll, commissioned by the European Parliament and last week. Nevertheless, for almost all respondents it is important to learn about the EU and how its institutions work.
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Students from Christ the King College at the European Parliament building in Strasbourg.
Students from Modern Foreign Languages at Christ The King College, Lewisham, London, participated in the Euroscola day along with other students and teachers from other EU Member States in Strasbourg in May 2016.
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View of the European Parliament in Strasbourg.
Until China has fulfilled the EU's five criteria for market economy status, its exports to the EU must be treated in a "non-standard" way, say MEPs in a non-legislative resolution passed on Thursday. This non-standard methodology, for use in anti-dumping and anti-subsidy investigations, should assess whether China's costs and prices are market-based, so as to ensure a level playing field for EU industry and defend EU jobs, they add.
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View of the European Parliament in Strasbourg.
The European Commission's proposal for automatic exchange of corporate tax information among national tax authorities was welcomed by Parliament on Thursday as "a positive step in the fight against aggressive corporate tax planning". But MEPs also advocated adding further safeguards in the text to ensure that competition in the single market is not distorted by advantageous national tax deals with multinationals.
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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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Charlemagne youth prize.
Congratulations are due today for a UK youth group who have been recognised in one of Europe's most prestigious youth awards this evening (Tuesday 3 May).
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New EU rules to help firms win legal redress against theft or misuse of their trade secrets were voted by Parliament on Thursday. MEPs ensured that freedom of expression and information will be protected and that the rules will not restrict the work of journalists.
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Computer wires.
New EU data protection rules which aim to give citizens back control of their personal data and create a high, uniform level of data protection across the EU fit for the digital era was given their final approval by MEPs on Thursday. The reform also sets minimum standards on use of data for policing and judicial purposes.
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A view of an airport.
The new directive regulating the use of Passenger Name Record (PNR) data in the EU for the prevention, detection, investigation and prosecution of terrorist offences and serious crime was approved by Parliament on Thursday. It will oblige airlines to hand national authorities passengers' data for all flights from third countries to the EU and vice versa.
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European Parliament entrance.
Given concerns about the carcinogenicity and endocrine disruptive properties of the herbicide glyphosate, used in many farm and garden applications, the EU Commission should renew its marketing approval for just 7 years, instead of 15, and for professional uses only, Parliament says in a resolution voted on Wednesday. MEPs call for an independent review and the publication of all the scientific evidence that the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) used to assess glyphosate.
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Panama papers tags.
MEPs urged the EU Commission and member states to step up their efforts to fight tax evasion and money laundering in a Tuesday afternoon debate prompted by the “Panama Papers” revelations about more than 200,000 offshore companies and their secret owners.
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European Parliament hall.
Existing tools and possible new measures to prevent and fight terrorism, protect EU citizens and prosecute perpetrators were discussed on Tuesday with Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker and the Dutch Minister of Defence, Jeanine Hennis-Plaesschaert for the Council presidency, in the presence of EU Foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini.
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view of a fence.
A centralised asylum system would allow the EU to better manage flows of migrants and asylum seekers, said the European Parliament on Tuesday. It also asked for safe and legal ways to be found for third country nationals to enter the Union without resorting to human smugglers at the risk of their lives.
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MEPs return to Strasbourg for a plenary sitting from Monday 11th to Thursday 14th April. The plenary is when Members of the European Parliament from all political groups and from all countries meet in the parliamentary chamber in Strasbourg to discuss and vote on legislation.
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Policy leaders and practitioners joined together at Europe House in London on 4th March to discuss the refugee crisis and what more Europe can do to assist women facing hazardous journeys across the continent. The seminar aimed to raise awareness ahead of International Women's Day and the publication of an in-depth study of gender and asylum policy for the European Parliament by Mary Honeyball, Labour MEP for London.
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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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migrants stand in a fence.
The failure to date of the EU asylum system to cope with ever-rising numbers of migrant arrivals calls for a radical overhaul of the so-called Dublin rules, said Civil Liberties Committee MEPs on Wednesday. They propose establishing a central system for collecting and allocating asylum applications. The scheme, which could include a quota for each EU member state, would work on the basis of “hotspots” from which refugees would be distributed.
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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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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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farm of pigs.
To fight the growing resistance of bacteria to today’s antibiotics, the use of existing antimicrobial drugs should be restricted, and new ones should be developed, said the European Parliament on Thursday. In a vote on draft plans to update an EU law on veterinary medicines, MEPs advocate banning collective and preventive antibiotic treatment of animals, and back measures to stimulate research into new medicines.
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Plenary room of the EP in Brussels.
A deal among the key EU institutions – Parliament, the Council and the Commission - to improve the planning, quality and transparency of their law-making was endorsed by MEPs on Wednesday. It provides for more democratic long-term planning, a new database of planned EU laws, and more information for the press and public on negotiations among EU institutions.
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Plenary room of the EP in Brussels.
MEPs backed new rules on Wednesday to ensure that children who are suspected or accused of a crime get a fair trial. The directive, informally agreed with the Council last December, recognises the right of anyone under 18 to be assisted by a lawyer and to be accompanied by the holder of parental responsibility (or another appropriate adult) through most of the proceedings.
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Plenary room of the EP in Brussels.
MEPs demanded details on Wednesday of the deal struck by EU leaders with Turkey on the management of migrant and refugee flows, underlining that the international asylum rules must be respected. In a plenary debate with the Council and the Commission, most political group leaders insisted that EU accession negotiations with Turkey and talks on visa liberalisation for Turkish nationals travelling to the EU should not be linked to the refugee issue.
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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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farm of pigs.
Measures to prevent and halt outbreaks of animal diseases such as avian flu or foot and mouth disease, informally agreed by MEPs and the EU Council of Ministers in June 2015, were endorsed by Parliament on Tuesday. The draft EU law, on diseases that are transmissible among animals, and potentially to humans too, puts fresh emphasis on prevention and should help professionals to keep pace with scientific progress.
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kids having lunch.
Children across the EU should soon get the benefit of better-funded school milk, fruit and vegetable schemes, along with better education on healthy eating. A new draft new law to this end, provisionally agreed with EU ministers in December 2015 and approved by Parliament on Tuesday, will merge today's separate EU school milk and fruit schemes and boost their combined annual budget by €20 million to €250 million a year.
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View of a port.
Draft rules designed to boost the efficiency and cut the cost of services supplied at EU maritime ports, such as mooring and towage, were voted by Parliament on Tuesday. Ensuring transparency in the setting of fees for using port services and infrastructure, and in any public funding that ports receive, should help to prevent price abuse and market distortions and thus boost trade, MEPs say. But current port service arrangements could remain, provided they meet minimum requirements, they add.
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collage of asylum seekers.
A reform of EU migration and asylum policies and procedures needs to include gender-sensitive measures to ensure the safety of women seeking asylum, many of whom travel with young children and other dependents, say MEPs in a resolution voted on Tuesday.
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MEPs return to Strasbourg for a plenary sitting from Monday 7th to Thursday 10th March. The plenary is when Members of the European Parliament from all political groups and from all countries meet in the parliamentary chamber in Strasbourg to discuss and vote on legislation.
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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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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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collage of MEPs.
When people in the UK vote on 23 June on their country’s EU membership, it will have consequences for the whole of Europe. MEPs debated on Wednesday 24 February the possible consequences of the referendum. Most MEPs said the country would be better off in the EU, while others insisted it would benefit from leaving.
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Flag of the United Kingdom and European Union.
Last week's settlement for the United Kingdom and its consequences for the Union as a whole was debated with Council President Donald Tusk and Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker on Wednesday 24 February. Speakers discussed various issues such as the UK's role in Europe and the possible consequences of the referendum.
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European Council President Donald Tusk.
Leaders of the main political groups in Parliament welcomed a fair EU-UK deal as an offer to the British people to remain in the EU. But it's an "in or out" vote some said, not another phase in the negotiations. During the plenary debate on the outcome of the recent EU summit with European Council President Donald Tusk and Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker, many UK MEPs voiced arguments for and against EU membership.
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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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MEPs return to Brussels on 22nd February for a mixed week of Committee meetings and plenary on Wednesday 24th. The plenary is when Members of the European Parliament from all political groups and from all countries meet in the parliamentary chamber to discuss and vote on legislation.
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MEPs return from Strasbourg for external parliamentary activities from Monday 8th to Friday 12th February.
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migrants walk.
Most of the one million-plus migrants and refugees who travelled to the European Union in 2015 came via Turkey. There are now more than 2.5 million refugees in Turkey itself. At the end of November 2015, the EU and Turkey struck a deal to try to control migrant flows into Europe. Turkey in return is to receive an extra €3 billion from the EU budget and member states in order to support refugees in the country.
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migrants walk.
The EU needs to overcome its paralysing fears and divisions and to manage migration and refugee flows effectively, said many MEPs in Tuesday's plenary debate with the Dutch Presidency and the Commission. Protecting the EU's external borders effectively is vital to safeguard the Schengen passport-free area, they observed. Some also called for zero tolerance with racist and violent attacks against migrants and refugees.
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View of the European Parliament in Strasbourg.
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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Youngster shows a flag ot the EU.
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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baby being fed.
Draft EU rules that would allow baby foods to continue to contain up to three times more sugar than is recommended by the World Health Organisation were vetoed by the European Parliament on Wednesday, as they fail to protect infants and young children against obesity, say MEPs. Instead, they advocate reducing the EU sugar content limit to match the WHO recommendations.
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MEPs return to Strasbourg for a plenary sitting from Monday 18th to Thursday 21st January. The plenary is when Members of the European Parliament from all political groups and from all countries meet in the parliamentary chamber in Strasbourg to discuss and vote on legislation.
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MEPs return to Brussels on 11th January for a mixed week of Committee and Political Group meetings ahead of the Plenary next week.
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"Raif Badawi was brave enough to raise his voice and say no to their barbarity. That is why they flogged him," said Ensaf Haidar, the wife of jailed Saudi human rights activist Raif Badawi, accepting the 2015 Sakharov Prize for Freedom of Thought on his behalf in Strasbourg on Wednesday 16 December. Badawi was honoured by the European Parliament for his fight for freedom of speech and thought in Saudi Arabia.
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A “strong compromise” on how to ensure a high level of data protection across the EU was agreed by Parliament and Council negotiators in their last round of talks on the data protection package on Tuesday. It is now up to member states to give a green light to the agreement. The two draft laws in the package - a regulation and a directive - are scheduled for a confirmation vote in the Civil Liberties Committee on Thursday morning.
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View of the European Parliament in Strasbourg.
Parliament decided to set up a 45 member inquiry committee to investigate breaches of EU rules on car emission tests and alleged failures by EU member states and the European Commission to enforce EU standards. The committee will present an interim report within 6 months, and a final report within 12 months, of starting its work.
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EU leaders meeting on 17 and18 December should support the creation of European border and coast guard and cooperate more closely over counter-terrorism, said MEPs in Wednesday’s debate with Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker and Nicolas Schmit for the Council Presidency. Some MEPs stressed the need to see what could be done to keep the UK in the EU.
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New rules to help businesses obtain legal redress against the theft or misuse of their trade secrets were informally agreed by Parliament and Council negotiators on Tuesday. MEPs ensured that freedom of expression and information will be protected and that the new rules will not restrict the work of journalists.
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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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MEPs return to Strasbourg for a plenary sitting from Monday 14th to Thursday 17th December. The plenary is when Members of the European Parliament from all political groups and from all countries meet in the parliamentary chamber in Strasbourg to discuss and vote on legislation.
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The provisional deal reached by Parliament and Council negotiators last week on an EU directive regulating the use of Passenger Name Record (PNR) data for the prevention, detection, investigation and prosecution of terrorist offences and serious crime was endorsed by the Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs Committee on Thursday by 38 votes to 19, with 2 abstentions. The draft directive will be put to a vote by Parliament as a whole early next year.
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Martine Croxall.
Images of children washed up on a beach, newly erected border fences, and citizens welcoming arriving refugees in train stations have been populating our screens. They appeal to our compassion, but they also raise warnings of a populist backlash. This year’s Sakharov debate looks at Europe’s refugee crisis, and the response of the EU and its Member States to it. What remedies have been sought and why has an adequate response proved so elusive? Why and how have our various governments, and societies reacted so differently? How can one member state take in 1.5 million people and others next to none? What arguments are being made in favour of helping, or not helping, refugees from the Middle East and elsewhere?
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Martine Croxall.
Research suggests that a fully functioning digital single market (DSM) could add up to £375 billion a year to the EU economy and many governments as well as the European Commission see it as one of the key planks of the reforms needed to boost competitiveness, growth and jobs. But the EU's digital markets remain very fragmented, with low levels of cross-border e-commerce. What new laws are required to capitalise on this potential? How should data protection and intellectual property be safeguarded? How should the EU go about establishing a single area for online payments or better protecting consumers in cyberspace?
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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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As part of Parliament Week this year the European Parliament hosted two events, one in London and one in Edinburgh, for people aged 18-30.
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Since 2007, the European Parliament LUX FILM PRIZE casts an annual spotlight on films that go to the heart of European public debate. The European Parliament believes that cinema, a mass cultural medium, can be an ideal vehicle for debate and reflection on Europe and its future.
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Since 2007, the European Parliament LUX FILM PRIZE casts an annual spotlight on films that go to the heart of European public debate. The European Parliament believes that cinema, a mass cultural medium, can be an ideal vehicle for debate and reflection on Europe and its future. When the European Parliament created the LUX FILM PRIZE, it decided to focus on distribution because it believes that this is “the Achilles heel of European cinema”. Unlike the largely unified North American market, the film industry in European countries faces huge organisational and economic difficulties which are worsened by language barriers. The LUX FILM PRIZE has become a quality label backing European film productions. Its winning films have become hits within the EU and beyond. It has helped publicise films that might have otherwise been seen and discovered by few people and has put the spotlight on urgent topical issues.
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A delegation of 15 MEPs will take part in the UN climate conference in Paris, France, from Monday to Friday. The European Parliament says that the 2015 Protocol must be legally binding and ambitious from the outset, with five-year commitment periods. In a resolution voted in October, MEPs also proposed that a share of revenues from the EU carbon market allowances should be earmarked for climate finance, and that aviation and shipping sectors should initiate measures to curb their emissions.
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MEPs return to Brussels on 7th December for a mixed week of Committee and Political Group meetings ahead of the Plenary next week.
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View of the European Parliament in Strasbourg.
The work of Parliament’s Special Committee on Tax Rulings will be continued under a new mandate for six months, starting on 2 December. This was decided unanimously at Wednesday’s Conference of Presidents and endorsed by Parliament as a whole, by 561 votes to 69 with 5 abstentions. The committee's work will focus on harmful corporate tax regimes and practices at European and international level.
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A provisional deal on EU rules regulating the use of air passengers' data to fight terrorism and serious crime came within sight at the fifth "trilogue” (three-way talks between Parliament, Council and Commission negotiators) on Wednesday afternoon.
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Interest in EU policies increased recently according to the new Eurobarometer commissioned by the European Parliament and published on Monday 30th November.
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MEPs return to Brussels on 30th November for a mixed week of Committee meetings and plenary on Wednesday 2nd December. The plenary is when Members of the European Parliament from all political groups and from all countries meet in the parliamentary chamber to discuss and vote on legislation.
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Parliament sets out its ideas on how to make corporate taxes fairer across Europe in a resolution voted on Wednesday. MEPs urge EU member states to agree on mandatory country-by-country reporting by multinationals of profits and taxes, a common consolidated corporate tax base, common definitions for tax terms and more transparency and accountability with regard to their – so far secret - national tax “rulings” for companies.
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We hosted a number of events and activities for young people in November as part of Parliament Week - a UK Parliament initiative that connects people across the UK with parliaments and democracy.
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President Martin Schulz announced that Mustang had won the 2015 European Parliament LUX Prize for cinema at a ceremony in the Chamber in Strasbourg at noon on Tuesday. Mustang tells the story of five sisters who have been promised to husbands through forced marriages but who, determined to live their own lives, break the yoke of tradition.
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MEPs return to Strasbourg for a plenary sitting from Monday 23rd to Thursday 26th November. The plenary is when Members of the European Parliament from all political groups and from all countries meet in the parliamentary chamber in Strasbourg to discuss and vote on legislation.
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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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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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Members of the European Parliament will gather today at 2pm in the plenary chamber for a brief commemorative ceremony in honour of the victims of the terrorist attacks in Paris and to express solidarity with French citizens and authorities.
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“What does an MEP do?” “Is Wales dependent on the EU budget?” “Why is Britain disenchanted with the EU politics?” Those were only some of the questions the MEPs had to answer during the breakfast meetings organised by the UK European Parliament Information Office in Cardiff. With BBC Wales journalist Jamie Owen as moderator, the series of events aims at providing a meeting point between the public and Welsh MEPs.
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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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MEPs return to Brussels on 16th November for a mixed week of Committee and Political Group meetings ahead of the Plenary next week.
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European elections should be fought with formally endorsed, EU-wide lead candidates (“Spitzenkandidaten”) for the Commission presidency, Parliament said on Wednesday in a formal proposal for a change to EU electoral law. It says these candidates should stand for election to the EP themselves, and be formally nominated at least 12 weeks before the elections.
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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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MEPs return to Brussels on 9th November for a mixed week of Committee meetings and plenary on Wednesday 11th November. The plenary is when Members of the European Parliament from all political groups and from all countries meet in the parliamentary chamber to discuss and vote on legislation.
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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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The Fisheries Committee of the European Parliament recently held a public hearing on Multispecies Management Plans for fish stocks. Public hearings provide a valuable opportunity for MEPs to hear from experts about the 'real world' practical implications of the topic under discussion - in this case the implementation of new management principles arising from the review of the EU Common Fisheries Policy (CFP).
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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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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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Martine Croxall.
The European Parliament has just overwhelmingly adopted the mandate for its delegation to COP21, the UN climate-change conference in December. In a resolution authored by MEP Gilles Pargneaux, the EP calls for a 40% cut in greenhouse gas emissions; 40% better energy efficiency and a 30% target for renewables by 2030.
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Raif Badawi is the laureate of this year's Sakharov Prize for Freedom of Thought, following an October 29 decision by EP President Martin Schulz and the political group leaders. Badawi is a blogger from Saudi Arabia currently serving a 10-year prison sentence for insulting Islam on his website promoting social, political and religious debate. The Sakharov award ceremony will be held in Strasbourg on 16 December.
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EU Commission plans for more ambitious national caps on emissions of six key pollutants, including NOx, particulates and sulphur dioxide, were endorsed by Parliament on Wednesday. Air pollution causes about 400,000 premature deaths in the EU yearly, and the plans could save up to €40bn in air pollution costs by 2030.
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A draft EU law that would enable any EU member state to restrict or prohibit the sale and use of EU-approved GMO food or feed on its territory was rejected by the European Parliament on Wednesday. Members are concerned that the law might prove unworkable or that it could lead to the reintroduction of border checks between pro- and anti-GMO countries.
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Package holidays, consisting of a flight, hotel or car-hire and purchased online for an all-in price or through linked webpages, will get the same protection as packages bought in travel agencies under rules voted by MEPs on Tuesday. MEPs ensured that travellers will have more options to cancel a contract and get clear advance information on who is ultimately responsible if something goes wrong.
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A complete ban on roaming charges for using mobile phones abroad in the EU will take effect in June 2017 and clear rules on the right to internet access will become law following Parliament's final adoption of the new telecoms package on Tuesday.
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Parliament’s Special Committee on Tax Rulings recommended measures to make corporate taxes in the EU fairer and more transparent, after eight months of fact finding, in a vote Monday evening in Strasbourg.
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The UK has 73 MEPs in the European Parliament, four of whom represent Wales. In September-October we will be hosting a series of small breakfast meetings for you to meet them and discuss the big EU-related topics ahead of the forthcoming referendum on the UK's membership of the EU.
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MEPs return to Strasbourg for a plenary sitting from Monday 26th to Thursday 29th October. The plenary is when Members of the European Parliament from all political groups and from all countries meet in the parliamentary chamber in Strasbourg to discuss and vote on legislation.
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Spare a thought for Angela Merkel. Throughout the Greek debt crisis she was panned for her uncaring uncompromising stance. At the outset of the refugee crisis she demonstrated a humanitarian and generous spirit and was attacked for it. Der Spiegel, who had accused her of being too tough on the Greeks, now said she was too charitable to migrants. The Sunday Times claimed “Walls are going all over Europe – thanks to Mother Merkel's kindness”.
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Following this morning's announcements of the verdicts of Competition Commissioner Margrethe Vestager on the Dutch tax deal with Starbucks and the Luxembourgish tax agreement with Fiat Finance and Trade, key MEPs on taxation issues gave the following statements.
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MEPs return to Brussels on 19th October for a mixed week of Committee and Political Group meetings ahead of the Plenary next week.
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Saudi blogger Raif Badawi, the Democratic Opposition in Venezuela and the Russian opposition politician Boris Nemtsov are the three finalists for this year's Sakharov Prize for Freedom of Thought. They were chosen in a vote during a meeting of the foreign affairs and development committees and the human rights subcommittee at the European Parliament. The laureate will be decided by Parliament's president and political group leaders on 29 October and the award ceremony will be held in Strasbourg on 16 December.
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The competition for next year's European Charlemagne Youth Prize was launched on Thursday, 15 October. Now in its ninth year, the prize is awarded to young people who have developed projects to foster understanding between people from different European countries. The deadline for submissions is 25 January 2016.
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Three inspiring Brits have been selected as winners of this year's EU Citizens' Prize, alongside 44 laureates from across the European Union. The prize, which has been run by the European Parliament since 2008, recognises the efforts of EU citizens who promote understanding and co-operation across international borders, integration between EU citizens and the EU values of democracy and human rights.
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The European Parliament UK Office organised a debate to mark the awarding of the Sakharov Prize. The debate addressed religious and human rights and brought together academics, policy-makers, interest associations and journalists. It was open to the public and was hosted jointly withUCL European Institute.
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Immigration and terrorism are EU citizens’ fastest-growing concerns, according to the latest Eurobarometer poll, commissioned by the European Parliament and published on Wednesday.
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A draft EU law that would enable any member state to restrict or prohibit the sale and use of EU-approved GMO food or feed on its territory was opposed by Environment Committee MEPs on Tuesday. Members are concerned that the proposal might prove unworkable and lead to the reintroduction of border controls between pro and anti-GMO countries. The recommendation will be put to a vote by Parliament as a whole at the 26-29 October plenary session in Strasbourg.
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MEPs return to Brussels on 12th October for a mixed week of Committee meetings and plenary on Wednesday 14th October. The plenary is when Members of the European Parliament from all political groups and from all countries meet in the parliamentary chamber to discuss and vote on legislation.
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EP News - The UK office helps guide you through what's happening in the European Parliament this forthcoming week.
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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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Updating EU rules on payment services will cut the cost of paying bills, by enabling new market players to use mobile and online tools to make payments on a client’s behalf, said MEPs voting a law to this end on Thursday. These rules, informally agreed by MEPs and ministers last May, also aim to make online payments safer, by laying down data protection and liability rules for all online payment service providers.
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The transformative pace of globalisation continues at breakneck speed, throwing up existential questions for decision-makers. The authors of “Global trends to 2030: Can the EU meet the challenges ahead?” by the inter-institutional European Strategy and Policy Analysis System (ESPAS) identify three on-going global revolutions - economic and technological; social and democratic, and geopolitical - and seek to distil how they and five big trends within them will shape the governance, markets and society of tomorrow.
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MEPs debated the unfolding Volkswagen exhaust emissions scandal on Tuesday, on the basis of a parliamentary question. They asked Commissioner Elżbieta Bieńkowska to clarify whether emission test manipulation took place in Europe.
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MEPs return to Strasbourg for a plenary sitting from Monday 5th to Thursday 8th October. The plenary is when Members of the European Parliament from all political groups and from all countries meet in the parliamentary chamber in Strasbourg to discuss and vote on legislation.
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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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UK universities are world-renowned for their research excellence, attracting talent from across Europe and beyond. What role does the EU play in supporting groundbreaking research, discoveries and inventions, and how much do our universities need EU funding and support to remain at the cutting edge?
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Goods or substances that may be misused for torture or execution should not be promoted for export, so as to prevent their spread, said the International Trade Committee, voting on Tuesday to strengthen EU “Anti-torture” rules. MEPs want to widen today’s EU ban to include services, e.g. marketing in expos or online catalogues, but also finance, transport and insurance. They also want to ban transit of prohibited goods via the EU and add a “catch-all” clause to allow checks on dubious new ones.
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Regent's University London has revised its original 2013 report, "The UK and Europe: Costs, Benefits, Options" in light of the upcoming referendum on continued UK membership of the EU and the significant implications the result will have on the UK and the EU as a whole. The updated and abridged report seeks to make a comprehensive, independent and non-political contribution to the debate, by exploring the policy areas at the heart of the relationship between the UK and the EU. The report's eminent academics and practitioners span a broad range of policy areas: from energy to migration, higher education to financial services and fisheries to foreign and security policy.
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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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MEPs return to Brussels on 21st September for a mixed week of Committee meetings, work in their constituencies or delegation visits.
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An emergency proposal to relocate 120,000 asylum seekers from Italy, Greece and Hungary among EU member states was backed by Parliament on Thursday. The first temporary emergency rules for relocating an initial 40,000 over two years from Italy and Greece only were approved by Parliament on 9 September.
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The Crisis Point game is based on a fictional scenario in which students have to work as citizens, MEP's and European Commissioners to save Europe and their school from a pandemic.
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Pleanary for TTIP, bank restructuring
MEPs return to Brussels on 14th September for a mixed week of Committee meetings and plenary on Wednesday 16th September. The plenary is when Members of the European Parliament from all political groups and from all countries meet in the parliamentary chamber to discuss and vote on legislation.
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The nominations for Parliament´s 2015 Sakharov Prize have been announced on Thursday 10 September. The prize is awarded every year to honour exceptional individuals who combat intolerance, fanaticism and oppression.The nominations will be formally presented on Monday 28 September during a joint meeting of the foreign affairs and development committees and the human rights subcommittee. The winner will be announced in October.
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Parliament backed temporary emergency rules to relocate an initial total of 40,000 asylum seekers from Italy and Greece to other EU member states over two years in a vote on Wednesday. In the migration debate on Wednesday, most MEPs welcomed the Commission's new proposals outlined by Juncker in his state of the Union speech, stressing that more contributions to solidarity will be needed.
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Parliament beefed up the Commission’s initial proposal to ban animal cloning to include the cloning of all farm animals, their descendants and products derived from them, including imports into the EU, in a vote on Tuesday.
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Parliament beefed up the Commission’s initial proposal to ban animal cloning to include the cloning of all farm animals, their descendants and products derived from them, including imports into the EU, in a vote on Tuesday.
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MEPs return to Strasbourg for a plenary sitting from Monday 7th to Thursday 10th September. The plenary is when Members of the European Parliament from all political groups and from all countries meet in the parliamentary chamber in Strasbourg to discuss and vote on legislation.
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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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MEPs return to Brussels on 31st August for a mixed week of Committee and Political Group meetings ahead of the Plenary the following week.
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This provides an informative, relevant and fun introduction to all aspects of the EU and the European Parliament. The pack includes five downloadable lesson plans, film clips for use in class, a map and an overview of each member state. This gives the teacher background information as well as teaching materials.
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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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Today, at the press conference of the Venice Days (Giornate degli Autori), the First Vice President of the European Parliament Mr Antonio TAJANI and the President of the Committee on Culture and Education, Mrs Silvia Costa, announced the 3 contending films to run for the 2015 LUX Film Prize.
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MEPs will assess how best to spend EU funding for migration measures. The delegation will meet Italian Under-Secretary of State in charge of immigration issues Domenico Manzione, among others, and will also visit migrant reception centres in Pozzallo and Mineo in Sicily.
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Every year the European Parliament together with the European Youth Press co-organise 'European Youth Media Days' - an event for young journalists aged between 18 and 30 from all over Europe.
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Following the last week of committee meetings, next week is dedicated to political group meetings in Brussels. A number of delegations will also take place. This is the last week of meetings before September. We will resume service at the end of August. Enjoy your summer!
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MEPs return to Brussels on 13th July for a full week of Committee meetings. To do the preparatory work for Parliament’s sessions MEPs meet in specialised standing committees each with 24 to 76 MEPs. The political make-up of committees reflects that of the Parliament. They draw up, amend and adopt legislative proposals and own-initiative reports. They also consider Commission and Council proposals and draw up reports to be presented to the plenary assembly.
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A British film maker has the chance to have his work screened in more than 40 cities across Europe after being nominated for the European Parliament's LUX Prize on July 5th.
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An EU-US trade deal must open up US market access for EU firms, but not undermine EU standards, say MEPs in recommendations, voted today, to EU trade negotiators.
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TTIP is one of the most eagerly scrutinized partnership agreements ever to make its way through the EU law-making machinery, with both passionate supporters and opponents. Its fans see it as a potentially monumental opportunity for small and midsize businesses to expand and for Europe to play to its commercial strengths, while those against see it as a full frontal assault on democracy and an attack on the European model that would lead to rule by corporations.
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MEPs return to Strasbourg for a plenary sitting from Monday 6th to Thursday 9th July. The plenary is when Members of the European Parliament from all political groups and from all countries meet in the parliamentary chamber in Strasbourg to discuss and vote on legislation.
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The Commission's 16 proposals to be delivered in the next five years are a step in the right direction in addressing the problems consumers and businesses face in accessing the digital single market. But it is by no means a silver bullet.
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MEPs return to Brussels on 22nd June for a mixed week of Committee meetings and plenary on Wednesday 24th June. The plenary is when Members of the European Parliament from all political groups and from all countries meet in the parliamentary chamber to discuss and vote on legislation.
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A collection of notable reports and articles about the oft troubled relationship between the UK and the EU. We aim to help develop informed debate about the UK and EU by concentrating on think-tank and government reports as well as academic research.
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MEPs return to Strasbourg for a plenary sitting from Monday 8th June. The plenary is when Members of the European Parliament from all political groups and from all countries meet in the parliamentary chamber in Strasbourg to discuss and vote on legislation.
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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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Pleanary for TTIP, bank restructuring
MEPs return to Brussels on 26th May for a mixed week of Committee meetings and plenary on Wednesday 27th May. The plenary is when Members of the European Parliament from all political groups and from all countries meet in the parliamentary chamber to discuss and vote on legislation.
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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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The European Parliament hosted a two-day seminar on Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership in Brussels on 12-13 May. .
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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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MEPs return to Brussels on 4th May for a full week of Committee meetings. To do the preparatory work for Parliament’s sessions MEPs meet in specialised standing committees each with 24 to 76 MEPs. The political make-up of committees reflects that of the Parliament. They draw up, amend and adopt legislative proposals and own-initiative reports. They also consider Commission and Council proposals and draw up reports to be presented to the plenary assembly.
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MEPs return to Strasbourg for a plenary sitting from Monday 27th to Thursday 30th April. The plenary is when Members of the European Parliament from all political groups and from all countries meet in the parliamentary chamber in Strasbourg to discuss and vote on legislation.
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EurVoice, the outreach scheme of the European Youth Parliament UK, have won the UK national heat of the European Parliament/CYP competition. This youth project will go forward as the UK's entry in the competition held across all 28 Member States of the European Union.
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Perhaps you've bought something online and are unsure where it comes from. Or maybe you read about the horse meat scandal in 2013 and grew concerned about the provenance of food. How do we know that the products we're using or eating in our homes are safe?
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MEPs return to Brussels on 20th April for a mixed week of Committee and Political Group meetings ahead of the Plenary next week.
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The EPIO held a public event on new EU proposals to protect the rights and freedoms of the individual in respect to the protection of personal data. The proposals would also ensure the exchange of personal data between competent authorities in the EU.
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MEPs return to Brussels on 13th April for a mixed week of Committee meetings and plenary on Wednesday 15th April. The plenary is when Members of the European Parliament from all political groups and from all countries meet in the parliamentary chamber to discuss and vote on legislation.
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The EPIO was holding a public event on new EU proposals to enforce quicker bans on so-called legal highs from being sold to the public. The UK is the joint second highest consumer of legal highs in the EU, with 10% of 15-24 year olds having tried them at least once.
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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? ...
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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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MEPs return to Brussels on 23rd March for a mixed week of Committee meetings and plenary on Wednesday 25th March. The plenary is when Members of the European Parliament from all political groups and from all countries meet in the parliamentary chamber to discuss and vote on legislation.
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All new car models sold in the EU are to be equipped with eCall technology from 31 March 2018 under draft EU rules endorsed by Internal Market and Consumer Protection Committee MEPs on Tuesday.This technology uses the 112 emergency number to call rescue services automatically, enabling them to reach crash scenes faster and thus save lives and reduce the severity of injuries.
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MEPs return to Brussels on 12th March for a mixed week of Committee meetings, work in their constituencies or delegation visits.
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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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The fees that banks charge retailers to process shoppers’ payments will be capped, under uniform EU-wide rules, further to a vote in Parliament on Tuesday. The cap, which will apply to both cross-border and domestic card-based payments, should result in lower costs for card users.
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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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MEPs return to Strasbourg for a plenary sitting from Monday 9th March. The plenary is when Members of the European Parliament from all political groups and from all countries meet in the parliamentary chamber in Strasbourg to discuss and vote on legislation.
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MEPs return to Brussels on 23rd February for a mixed week of Committee meetings, Political Group meetings and plenary on Monday 23rd February. The plenary is when Members of the European Parliament from all political groups and from all countries meet in the parliamentary chamber to discuss and vote on legislation.
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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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The UK has 73 MEPs in the European Parliament. In January-February we arranged small breakfast meetings for you to meet them and discuss the big EU-related topics ahead of the general election.
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The European Commissioner for Trade, Cecilia Malmström, was in town to give the latest update on the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Treaty negotiations currently under way between the EU and US.
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The coming week is set aside for MEPs to work in their constituencies or to make delegation visits.
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Recent food fraud cases have made consumers suspicious. A growing number want to know from which country meat in processed food comes.© BELGAIMAGE/EASYFOTOSTOCK/Zoonar_V.Gudovskiy
Meat used as an ingredient in processed foods, such as lasagne, should be labelled by country of origin as is already the case with bovine fresh meat, said MEPs on Wednesday. They call on the European Commission, which published a report on the issue in late 2013, to come up with legislative proposals in order to rebuild consumer confidence in the wake of the horsemeat scandal and other food fraud cases.
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MEPs return to Strasbourg for a plenary sitting from Monday 9th February. The plenary is when Members of the European Parliament from all political groups and from all countries meet in the parliamentary chamber in Strasbourg to discuss and vote on legislation.
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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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Students from St Columb's College at the European Parliament building in Strasbourg.
Students from St Columb's College in Northern Ireland joined 600 other students and teachers from across the EU's member states in Strasbourg this January.
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MEPs return to Brussels on 2nd February for a mixed week of Committee meetings and Political Group meetings.
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Member states may decide to ban GMO crops on their territory. ©BELGAIMAGE/EASYSTOCKFOTO/S.Bouchard
EU-US negotiations on the TTIP free trade agreement are continuing. The deal which is expected to create new jobs and boost economies on both sides of the Atlantic touches upon sensitive issues, not least rules for the investor-state dispute settlement (ISDS). On 27 January the international trade and legal affairs committees held a joint public hearing to shed light on the issues at play.
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The fees that banks charge retailers for processing shoppers’ payments would be capped under draft EU rules endorsed by Economic and Monetary Affairs Committee MEPs in a vote on Tuesday. The vote confirms an informal deal struck with the Council in December. The cap would apply to both cross-border and domestic card-based payments and should cut costs for card users.
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The ultimate owners of companies will have to be listed in central registers in EU countries, open both to the authorities and to people with a "legitimate interest", such as journalists, under a Parliament/Council deal endorsed by the Economic and Monetary Affairs and Civil Liberties committees on Tuesday. The new anti-money laundering directive aims to help to fight money laundering, tax crimes and terrorist financing. New rules to make it easier to trace transfers of funds were also approved.
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MEPs debated plans to use EU Passenger Name Record (PNR) data to fight terrorism. ©BELGAIMAGE/EASYSTOCKFOTO/J.R:Sancke
A draft law that would oblige airlines to hand EU countries the data of passengers entering or leaving the EU, in order to help the authorities to fight serious crime and terrorism, is currently under discussion in the European Parliament. The committee in charge of the so-called EU Passenger Name Record (PNR) proposal is the Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs Committee.
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MEPs return to Brussels on 26th January for a mixed week of Committee meetings, Political Group meetings and plenary. The plenary is the forum where the elected Members of the European Parliament (MEPs) debate and vote on legislation.
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MEPs reiterate their concern over the potential impact of food fraud on food safety, consumer confidence and health. ©BELGAIMAGE/EASYPHOTOSTOCK/Zoonar_Mrivserg
Meat used as an ingredient in processed foods, such as lasagne, should be labelled by country of origin as is already the case for bovine fresh meat, said Environment, Public Health and Food Safety Committee MEPs on Wednesday. They call on the European Commission, which published a report on the issue in late 2013, to come up with legislative proposals in order to rebuild consumer confidence in the wake of the horsemeat scandal and other food fraud cases.
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Parliament must use its influence on framing the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) rules to ensure that they serve all EU citizens
The European Parliament must use its influence on framing the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) rules to ensure that they serve all EU citizens, not just a few economic players and must therefore insist that the talks are more democratic and more transparent, said trade committee chair, Bernd Lange (S&D, DE), on Wednesday
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MEPs return to Brussels on 19th January for a full week of committee meetings. To do the preparatory work for Parliament’s sessions MEPs meet in specialised standing committees each with 24 to 76 MEPs. The political make-up of committees reflects that of the Parliament. They draw up, amend and adopt legislative proposals and own-initiative reports. They also consider Commission and Council proposals and draw up reports to be presented to the plenary assembly.
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Member states may decide to ban GMO crops on their territory. ©BELGAIMAGE/EASYSTOCKFOTO/S.Bouchard
New legislation to allow EU member states to restrict or ban the cultivation of crops containing genetically modified organisms (GMOs) on their own territory, even if this is allowed at EU level, was passed by MEPs on Tuesday. The legislation, informally agreed by Parliament and Council in December, was originally tabled in 2010 but was then deadlocked for four years due to disagreement between pro- and anti-GMO member states.
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European Charlemagne Youth Prize
MEPs meet in Strasbourg for a plenary sitting from Monday 12th - Thursday 15th January 2015
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A minute of silence in the European Parliament hemicycle to pay triubute to the victims of Paris terrorism attacks  #JeSuisCharlie© EU 2015 - European Parliament
“Violence with Kalashnikovs will not make us downgrade our European values”, promised Parliament President Martin Schulz, naming the 17 people killed in last week’s attacks on Charlie Hebdo and a Jewish supermarket. After a minute’s silence, Parliament’s political groups paid their tributes too. Several saw the outpouring of solidarity demonstrated by millions of citizens across Europe and worldwide as a renaissance and reaffirmation of Europe’s core values.
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Jerusalem should be the capital of both states, Palestine and Israël ©BELGA_EYEVINE
The European Parliament supports "in principle recognition of Palestinian statehood and the two state solution, and believes these should go hand in hand with the development of peace talks, which should be advanced", it says in a resolution passed on Wednesday. To support EU diplomatic efforts in the Middle East peace process, it also decided to launch a “Parliamentarians for Peace” initiative to bring together MEPs and MPs from the Israeli and Palestinian parliaments.
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The fees that banks charge retailers to process shoppers’ payments should be capped under uniform rules across in the EU following a deal struck by Economic and Monetary Affairs Committee and Council negotiators on Wednesday. The cap would apply to both cross-border and domestic card-based payments and should result in lower costs for consumers.
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MEPs meet in Strasbourg for a plenary sitting from Monday 15th - Thursday 18th December.
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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 for free at the Playhouse in Perth.
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Parliament approved the draft EU budget for 2015 and a top-up of the 2014 one on Wednesday. The budget foresees €145.32 billion in commitments and €141.21 billion in payments for 2015, and an extra €4.25 billion to settle unpaid bills in 2014.
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How can people better engage with the European Parliament? What can the European Parliament do to support engagement? We're asking this of 11-25 year olds in the UK.
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MEPs return to Brussels on 8th December for a mixed week of Committee and Political Group meetings. To do the preparatory work for Parliament’s sessions MEPs meet in specialised standing committees each with 24 to 76 MEPs. The political make-up of committees reflects that of the Parliament. They draw up, amend and adopt legislative proposals and own-initiative reports. They also consider Commission and Council proposals and draw up reports to be presented to the plenary assembly.
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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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Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) negotiators and experts were quizzed on safeguards for labour standards and public services, and how a TTIP deal could help to create high-quality jobs, at a joint public hearing held by the Employment and International Trade committees on Tuesday.
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MEPs return to Brussels on 1st December for a full week of committee meetings. To do the preparatory work for Parliament’s sessions MEPs meet in specialised standing committees each with 24 to 76 MEPs. The political make-up of committees reflects that of the Parliament. They draw up, amend and adopt legislative proposals and own-initiative reports. They also consider Commission and Council proposals and draw up reports to be presented to the plenary assembly.
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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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Pope Francis was warmly applauded by MEPs after his 40-minute address to the plenary © EP
Safeguarding human dignity was a key theme of the formal address delivered by Pope Francis to Members of the European Parliament on Tuesday. Immigration, protecting the environment, and promoting human rights and democracy were among the topics stressed in a speech that enjoined "Europe to rediscover the best of itself".
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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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Question your MEPs on the issues that are affecting you and your organisation. Find out how access to EU funds and support. Learn how the EU is affecting your local area and what's coming up. The event started with a moderated panel discussion followed by Q&As. The event was free to attend.
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MEPs meet in Strasbourg for a plenary sitting from Monday 24th - Thursday 27th November.
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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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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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As part of Parliament Week this year the European Parliament is hosting two workshop days for 16-18 year olds to learn about the UK and European Parliaments and discuss what democracy means. The events are organised by TEAMglobal, a non-political, independent educational foundation which works with students in universities and schools.
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As part of the UK Film Festival and co-inciding with Parliament Week three LUX prize-winning films have been premiered in London on 17-19 November. These films were the very first to be screened at the brand new Mondrian cinema on London's Southbank. The three films are listed here.
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We have been hosting a number of events and activities for young people in November as part of Parliament Week - a UK Parliament initiative that connects people across the UK with parliaments and democracy.
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MEPs return to Brussels on 17th November for a mixed week of Committee and Political Group meetings. To do the preparatory work for Parliament’s sessions MEPs meet in specialised standing committees each with 24 to 76 MEPs. The political make-up of committees reflects that of the Parliament. They draw up, amend and adopt legislative proposals and own-initiative reports. They also consider Commission and Council proposals and draw up reports to be presented to the plenary assembly.
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MEPs urge all parties to restart stalled Northern Ireland peace talks ©BELGAIMAGE/ZUMAPRESS/A. Widak
The European Parliament called on all parties to join talks to restart the stalled Northern Ireland peace process in a resolution voted on Thursday. MEPs stressed the need to combat low pay and unemployment, so as to halt violent and criminal efforts to undermine the process. Talks broke down in December 2013 due to disputes over issues such as welfare spending, flags and emblems, and parading.
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MEPs return to Brussels on 10th November for a mixed week of Committee meetings, Political Group meetings and plenary. The plenary is the forum where the elected Members of the European Parliament (MEPs) debate and vote on legislation.
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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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Aged 16-18? Send us a clip of you answering the question above in under 60 seconds to get your voice heard (and get some Parliament goodies).
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On 1 November, the European Parliament Information Office in Edinburgh was at the Modern Studies Association conference in Glasgow.
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MEPs return to Brussels on 3rd November for a full week of committee meetings. To do the preparatory work for Parliament’s sessions MEPs meet in specialised standing committees each with 24 to 76 MEPs. The political make-up of committees reflects that of the Parliament. They draw up, amend and adopt legislative proposals and own-initiative reports. They also consider Commission and Council proposals and draw up reports to be presented to the plenary assembly.
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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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The coming week is set aside for MEPs to work in their constituencies or to make delegation visits.
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EP President Martin Schulz hands over to EC President Jean-Claude Juncker
MEPs approved the new college of 27 Commissioners, as presented by its President-elect Jean-Claude Juncker on Wednesday morning. The new Commission now needs to be formally appointed by EU heads of state or government, including David Cameron.
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Denis Mukwege: winner of Sakharov Prize 2014 ©BELGA_ANP COMM_SVEN TORFINN
Denis Mukwege is the laureate of the Sakharov Prize for Freedom of Thought 2014, following today's decision by EP President Martin Schulz and the political group leaders. Mukwege will be invited to Strasbourg on 26 November to receive the award during the plenary session.
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MEPs meet in Strasbourg for a plenary sitting from Monday 20th - Thursday 23rd October.
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Miguel Pajares, who contracted the deadly Ebola virus, being transported to the hospital upon his arrival in Spain. The Roman Catholic priest later died due to the disease. ©BELGA/AFP PHOTO/SPANISH DEFENSE MINISTRY/INAKI GOMEZ
What started as an Ebola outbreak in West Africa has evolved into a world-wide threat, with the first European case having been reported in Spain. Members of the European Parliament labelled the outbreak "a global security challenge" in a resolution adopted on 18 September and said that the international community has underestimated the crisis. According to the World Health Organization, 4,447 people have already died because of Ebola.
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SMLC Careers Week 2014 offered varied and exciting workshops, exhibitions, comeptitions and presentations tailored to Modern Languages graduates.
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During Parliament Week there will be X number screenings of LUX Prize winning films
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MEPs return to Brussels on 13th October for political group and committee meetings. To do the preparatory work for Parliament’s sessions MEPs meet in specialised standing committees each with 24 to 76 MEPs. The political make-up of committees reflects that of the Parliament. They draw up, amend and adopt legislative proposals and own-initiative reports. They also consider Commission and Council proposals and draw up reports to be presented to the plenary assembly.
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The Edinburgh University European Union Society ran the panel discussion "Germany, what next for Europe’s Power Engine?".
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A number of Kurdish protesters forced their entrance in the European Parliament today. The President of the European Parliament Martin Schulz met with representatives from the protesters to listen to their grievances.
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Jean-Claude Juncker and the candidate commissioners.
The vetting of president-elect Jean-Claude Juncker's team by Parliament's committees commenced on Monday 29 September. 21 of the 27 commissioners-designate have now been heard by MEPs who had the opportunity to quiz the candidates on their competence and expertise for the portfolios assigned to them. Read our summary here of what has happened thus far.
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Jean-Claude Juncker and the candidate commissioners.
The vetting of president-elect Jean-Claude Juncker's team by Parliament's committees commenced on Monday 29 September. 21 of the 27 commissioners-designate have now been heard by MEPs who had the opportunity to quiz the candidates on their competence and expertise for the portfolios assigned to them. Read our summary here of what has happened thus far.
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MEPs return to Brussels on 6th October for Public hearings of Commissioners-designate and committee meetings. To do the preparatory work for Parliament’s sessions MEPs meet in specialised standing committees each with 24 to 76 MEPs. The political make-up of committees reflects that of the Parliament. They draw up, amend and adopt legislative proposals and own-initiative reports. They also consider Commission and Council proposals and draw up reports to be presented to the plenary assembly.
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Sakharov Prizew Nominees Announced
They have different backgrounds - rapper, gynaecologist, religious leader, journalist – but they all share a commitment to defending human rights. The nominations for the Parliament’s 2014 Sakharov Prize for Freedom of Thought are:
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MEPs return to Brussels on 30th September for Public hearings of Commissioners-designate and committee meetings. To do the preparatory work for Parliament’s sessions MEPs meet in specialised standing committees each with 24 to 76 MEPs. The political make-up of committees reflects that of the Parliament. They draw up, amend and adopt legislative proposals and own-initiative reports. They also consider Commission and Council proposals and draw up reports to be presented to the plenary assembly.
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Ryder Cup 2014

25/09/2014

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European Parliament Vice-President Mairead McGuinness attended the 2014 Ryder Cup.
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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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MEPs return to Brussels on 22nd September for committee meetings. To do the preparatory work for Parliament’s sessions MEPs meet in specialised standing committees each with 24 to 76 MEPs. The political make-up of committees reflects that of the Parliament. They draw up, amend and adopt legislative proposals and own-initiative reports. They also consider Commission and Council proposals and draw up reports to be presented to the plenary assembly.
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European Parliament President Martin Schulz signs the EU–Ukraine agreement
The signing of agreements is rarely accompanied by applause, shouting and the flashing of victory signs, but this one was years in the making and responsible for a major change in European affairs.
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The European Parliament is a political institution where different ideas on issues are hotly contested. Political groups play an essential role in this clash of ideas, as they bring together like-minded representatives from across Europe, giving them a voice in the decision-making process.
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MEPs meet in Strasbourg for a plenary sitting from Monday 15th - Thursday 18th September.
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We examine the role of national parliaments and the European Parliament in law-making and decision-making in the EU. We take a closer look at democratic scrutiny, subsidiarity and at recent proposals to enhance national parliamentary involvement in EU affairs.
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Today Jean-Claude Juncker, President elect of the European Commission, announced the names of the proposed Commissioners. There are 28 in total, one from each of the Member States, and each has their own portfolio. The British Commissioner is Lord Hill of Oareford who has the newly created Financial Stability, Financial Services and Capital Markets Union portfolio. The next steps are for the European Parliament to have hearings and then vote on the appointment of the proposed Commissioners.
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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...
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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.
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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.
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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.
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MEPs return to Brussels on 5th September for committee meetings. To do the preparatory work for Parliament’s sessions MEPs meet in specialised standing committees each with 24 to 76 MEPs. The political make-up of committees reflects that of the Parliament. They draw up, amend and adopt legislative proposals and own-initiative reports. They also consider Commission and Council proposals and draw up reports to be presented to the plenary assembly.
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Daily Telegraph - How British MEPs are outvoted time and again in Brussels
It's true that smaller countries have proportionally more MEPs than larger ones per head of population. This system is known as degressive proportionality, and it has been unanimously agreed by all EU governments and national parliaments as a good way to allocate seats. But is it, nonetheless, a bad thing?
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Martin Schulz, President of the European Parliament
The President of the European Parliament Martin Schulz has made the following reaction to the results of the European Council.
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MEPs return to Brussels on 1st September for committee meetings. To do the preparatory work for Parliament’s sessions MEPs meet in specialised standing committees each with 24 to 76 MEPs. The political make-up of committees reflects that of the Parliament. They draw up, amend and adopt legislative proposals and own-initiative reports. They also consider Commission and Council proposals and draw up reports to be presented to the plenary assembly.
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European Parliament Calendar
The European Parliament's short summer recess is over next week, so it's back to business. The Parliament's calendar is colour coded. The colours of the show what's on MEPs' schedule that day. Here we decode it for you!
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Little attention is paid to volunteers, but their tireless and sometimes dangerous work helps to make a difference to the millions of victims of natural and man-made disasters. Every year World Humanitarian Day is held on 19 August to honour the people who dedicate their lives to making a difference. Read on to find out what the EU, the world´s largest humanitarian aid donor, is doing to support their work.
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Samir Dwesar during the 2014 European election campaign
"A traineeship at an EPIO is varied: one minute you could be creating a Tweet and the next telephoning an MEP's office informing them about an event we are hosting. You could be on a video call with Brussels or taking notes at a talk in your city."
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Exactly 100 years ago Austria-Hungary declared war on Serbia, triggering a conflict that would soon spread throughout Europe and the world and become known as the Great War. “Remembering this lesson is the best way to honour those who fought and died”, EP president Martin Schulz said ahead of the sad anniversary.
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MEPs return to Brussels on Monday 21st July for a week of Committee meetings. There will be no more official meetings until September. Bonnes vacances!
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EP News - The UK office helps guide you through what's happening in the European Parliament this forthcoming week.
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Jean-Claude Juncker elected as President of the European Commission
With 422 votes in favour, the European Parliament elected Jean-Claude Juncker in a secret ballot on 15 July as President of the new European Commission to take office on 1 November 2014 for a five-year term. The minimum number of votes required was 376.
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Jean-Claude Juncker presents programme
"You are the first Parliament to elect the Commission President", said Jean-Claude Juncker in a final debate with Parliament's political group leaders before its vote on his election on Tuesday. MEPs enthusiastically applauded many of Mr Juncker's aims and reassurances.
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MEPs meet in Strasbourg for the second plenary sitting of the 2014-2019 parliament, from Monday 14th - Thursday 17th July.
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Visual Display of 10 finalists
The European Parliament awards an annual "LUX Prize" for European cinema to help promote cinema, make films accessible to larger audiences and encourage debate about values and social issues across Europe. The three finalists will be announced at the end of July.
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MEPs return to Brussels on Monday 7th July for a week of Committee and political group meetings.
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The Paul-Henri Spaak building of the European Parliament in Brussels.
As the new political groups in the European Parliament take shape for the 2014-19 session, we look into the power-play between them and the likely effect this will have on legislative output and the election of the President of the European Commission.
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MEPs voting during a committee meeting
The numbers of MEPs to sit in Parliament’s twenty committees and two sub-committees for the new legislative term, reflecting the political balance of the House, were approved in a vote on Wednesday. The committee’s membership lists were approved on Thursday.
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MEPs re-elected Martin Schulz as President of the European Parliament on Tuesday morning for another two and a half year term. The 58-year old German MEP will lead Parliament until January 2017. He won 409 out of 612 valid votes cast in the first ballot.
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Syed Kamall MEP
British MEP Syed Kamall is the new head of the European Conservatives and Reformists, the Parliament's third largest political group. Watch our video to learn more about him and his views on the Parliament and European politics.
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Jean Claude Juncker
Acting President of the European Parliament Gianni Pittella made the following statement on the proposal by the European Council today in Brussels of Jean-Claude Juncker to be the next European Commission President:
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MEPs meet in Strasbourg for the first plenary sitting of the 2014-2019 parliament from Tuesday 1st - Thursday 3rd July.
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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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19/06/2014

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The European Parliament Office in Edinburgh was at this year's Royal Highland Show in Edinburgh.
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BBC journalist Maxine Mawhinney conducted the Election night event at Europe House
The triumph of Nigel Farage's UKIP didn't surprise the guests of the event held in Europe House on May 25, although there is no modern precedent of a third party overtaking the main parties in popularity. The decline of many traditional parties across Europe and the low, but better than expected, turnout were the key talking points at a soiree hosted by the BBC's Maxine Mawhinney.
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(Left) Gianni Pittella shakes hands with Martin Schulz
Martin Schulz has today been elected as group leader of the Socialists and Democrats and steps down as European Parliament President.
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Philippe Lamberts MEP
Philippe Lamberts, a Belgian member of the Green party, is the new co-chairman of the Greens group in the European Parliament alongside Germany's Rebecca Harms. Elected on 11 June, he succeeds Daniel Cohn-Bendit, a Green party member elected in France. Find out more about Lamberts and his political platform in our interview.
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Manfred Weber MEP
Manfred Weber , German member of the CSU party, is the new Chairman of the European People's Party group at the European Parliament. He was elected on 4 June and succeeds French member Joseph Daul (UMP) at the helm of the biggest political group in the EP. Born in 1972 in Lower Bavaria, Manfred Weber is an engineer by training. Watch our video interview.
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A collection of notable reports and articles about the economic costs and benefits of EU membership. We have concentrated on linking to think-tank and government reports, academic research and posts from the EU blogosphere, rather than the press.
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"Today, we commemorate a remarkable event which was the beginning of the end of a tragic World War. Seventy years ago, the Western Allied armada launched an offensive that helped lead to the defeat of the Third Reich and liberate Europe from horrifying Nazi occupation. This extraordinarily detailed planned military assault went down in history...
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In this short film clip we follow newly elected Members of Parliament as they are walked through their first tasks, reflect on the electoral campaign and think ahead to their work to come.
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24 students from eight South West schools were involved in the Euroscola visit to Strasbourg from 11th - 15th March 2014. Here's their report.
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A panel of experts give their analysis and answer the audience's questions about what happened at the European elections 2014 and what it means for the UK.
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Our Europe, a Danish travel project, was awarded first prize at the 2014 Charlemagne Youth Prize ceremony in Aachen University on 27 May. The second prize went to the JouwDelft & Co youth congress from The Netherlands and the third to the Employment4U, a training project from Cyprus. The European Charlemagne Youth Prize is awarded annually to projects that foster a shared sense of European identity and integration among young people.
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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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RESULTS of the European elections 2014 came through from across the EU on the evening of 25th May. There was be a live feed on our website and an event at Europe House in London from 7.00pm as we found out how the people of Britain and across the EU voted.
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EU Election Night invite
Join us for an entertaining election party in Hemma !
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Europe House, London
In the coming days, millions across the UK will cast their votes in the world's second largest democratic election. With the law-making role of the European Parliament much bigger and turnout traditionally low, engaging with every community and ensuring they can make an informed choice has never been so critical.
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The old European Parliament passed its last laws in April, making a total of over 1,000 in 2009-2014. The new one, elected on 22-25 May, takes office on 1 July. Here is a brief overview of some of Parliament’s work over the past five years and what it will need to do in the next five.
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A political debate with candidates from the main parties in advance of the European elections on 22nd May 2014. In collaboration with Faiths Forum London
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In the run up to the European elections - #EP2014 - we bring you a week by week round-up of our social media highlights. With one week to to here's what we said...
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Candidates for the presidency of the European Commission went head-to-head in a live TV debate just one week before the European elections.
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Per Johansson was on Inverclyde Radio talking about the European Parliament and the upcoming European Elections.
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Quality jobs for European youth, the recognition of informally acquired skills and ending the exploitation of interns and forced mobility were some of the goals the participants at the European Youth Event (EYE) set at the end of three days of discussions in the European Parliament in Strasbourg. The around 5000 young people also called for uniform EU election rules, better education about EU affairs and the support of digital innovation.
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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

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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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In the run up to the European elections - #EP2014 - we bring you a week by week round-up of what happened in social media.
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In the run up to the European elections - #EP2014 - we bring you a week by week round-up of our social media highlights. This week was the deadline for voter registration and we looked at who is running.
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The European Youth Event 2014 in Strasbourg on 9-11 May
The moment thousands of young people have waited months for has finally arrived. This weekend the Parliament building in Strasbourg will host the European Youth Event 2014 (EYE 2014), a unique opportunity for the next generation to generate ideas, discuss opinions and set the agenda for tomorrow’s Europe! In addition a mobile app will help participants to get around to the hundreds of performances and workshops being hosted in and out the European Parliament buildings.
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To help local and regional media prepare their coverage of the European elections we are offering special EU media briefing on the European elections in Manchester, Birmingham and Brighton.
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In the run up to the European elections - #EP2014 - we bring you a week by week round-up of our social media highlights. This week we considered the Environment and the EU. #EP2014
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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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In the run up to the European elections - #EP2014 - we bring you a week by week round-up of our social media highlights. #EP2014
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There has recently been much confusion in the media about the pay and entitlements of our elected Members of the European Parliament (MEPs).
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In the run up to the European elections - #EP2014 - we bring you a week by week round-up of what happened in social media. Everything you need to know about health and food and the EU in top 3 tweets from the week that was. 14th - 21st April #EP2014
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The end of the EP's seventh term will be followed by a presidential debate, election night, the formation of new political groups and the constitution of the new Parliament.
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Draft rules to ensure that harmful psychoactive substances, known as "legal highs", are withdrawn rapidly from the EU market were approved by European Parliament on Thursday. MEPs sought to protect the health and safety of young people from these drugs, whilst ensuring that trade in lower risk substances for industrial and commercial uses is not hindered. Criminals who breach the ban on the most harmful substances could face up to ten years in jail.
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EU countries would have to reduce the use of the most common and most polluting plastic bags by at at least 80% by 2019, under draft rules backed by European Parliament on Wednesday. MEPs recommend using taxes and levies, marketing restrictions or bans. Plastic carrier bag litter is a major environmental problem, known to pollute water bodies and aquatic eco-systems in particular.
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Anyone legally residing in the EU would have the right to open a basic payment account, and no-one could be denied this right on grounds of nationality or place of residence, under a new law passed by European Parliament on Tuesday. This law should also ensure that fees and rules for all payment accounts are transparent and comparable and make it easy to switch to another payment account that offers better terms.
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Reports in the media that the EU is banning British number plates are completely untrue.
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In the run up to the European elections - #EP2014 - we bring you a week by week round-up of what happened in social media.
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Capture any aspect where the UK’s membership of the European Union has impacted on the lives of British citizens in a 3-5 minute video. This was the brief we gave to today's journalism students to mark the 40th anniversary of the UK joining the European Community in 1973.
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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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Some 40,000 cultural objects are illegally removed from EU countries every year and only a handful of them are ever returned. On 10 April, the EP's culture committee votes on an informal deal with governments to update EU legislation to facilitate the return of these objects. Ahead of the vote, we talked to Marie-Christine Vergiat, a French member of the GUE/NGL group who is responsible for steering these plans through Parliament, to ask her how these changes will improve the situation. Since 1993 only 15 return proceeding have been initiated and only seven of them were successful. Why so few and what will change?
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A deal with the EU Council of Ministers on measures to boost sales of EU farm produce within the EU and abroad and to restore consumer confidence in the event of market disruptions was approved by the Agriculture Committee on Monday.
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In the run up to the European elections - #EP2014 - we bring you a week by week round-up of what happened in social media.
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We enlisted the help of the Great British media to showcase some of the outrageous stories about us that really ought to have been published on April Fool's Day. Apparently we want to criminalise gardeners, ban the word "bankrupt" and ban cheese and yogurt in schools.
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Newsnight Scotland had a broadcast, which focussed on the upcoming European Elections. The report featured the Edinburgh office's European Election projection on Register House. It also featured the majority of Scotland's MEP's and the political state of the European Parliament.
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The European Parliament invites you to an evening of debate to discuss this with the award-winning TV & radio presenter, Connor Phillips. There will also be comedy with Tim McGarry. Hashtag for the evening #ReactNI
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Beyond the grey bulk of the Isle of Arran, 5,000 kilometres of Atlantic Ocean separate Britain from Northern America. Just a few hundred metres inland in Prestwick, Western Scotland, the Oceanic Area Control Centre (OACC) controls the airspace over the eastern half of the North Atlantic, from the Azores to a boundary with Iceland, getting airline passengers to and from Europe safely. It’s at the forefront of a revolution making flights in Europe shorter, greener and cheaper.
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EU action vis-à-vis Russia in response to recent events in Crimea, its aid to Ukraine and the need to better coordinate EU foreign policy are set to top this Parliament’s last pre-election plenary debate with EU foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton on Thursday. This debate, starting at 8:30, will be followed by another, with Greek Deputy Foreign Minister Dimitris Kourkoulas, on the EU’s future strategy towards Iran, against the backdrop of ongoing talks on its nuclear programme.
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Scotland Tonight broadcasted an hour long special on the upcoming European Elections. Per Johansson, the head of office in Edinburgh, appeared on the programme and talked about how the European Parliament functions and the importance of the elections. The broadcast also had a debate between Scotland's MEP's and interviews with other political parties.
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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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In the run up to the European elections - #EP2014 - we bring you a week by week round-up of what happened in social media.
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Voting in the European Elections in the UK. Everything you need to know in three tweets from the week that was. 17th-23rd March 2014 #EP2014
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“EU-China relations are key for the stability and prosperity of the world economy,” EP President Martin Schulz said, welcoming Chinese president Xi Jinping during his official visit to the European Parliament on 31 March.
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The European Parliament elections take place on 22 May 2014. Join in on a political debate with candidates from the main parties.
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MEPs return to Brussels on 31st March for a mixed week of Committee meetings, Political Group meetings and plenary. The plenary is the forum where the elected Members of the European Parliament (MEPs) debate and vote on legislation.
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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.
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We have collected some papers on the subject of UK-EU migration. This selection is by no means exhaustive. If you feel something significant is missing please contact eplondon@ep.europa.eu
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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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"Freedom of expression and information are enshrined in our most basic fundamental rights instruments, be it at EU or at the Council of Europe level. The European Parliament strives to firmly uphold freedom of expression, and the freedom and pluralism of the media within the Union and beyond. As a Member of the Council of Europe and as an EU candidate country, Turkey is no exception. The Said President of the European Parliament Martin Schulz after the ban of Twitter in Turkey.
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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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Draft truck design rule changes, to allow designers to make it easier for drivers to see pedestrians and cyclists and improve bodywork streamlining to cut pollutant emissions, were backed by Transport Committee MEPs on Tuesday. The rules would allow designs to exceed current maximum length and weight limits in order to improve performance in these areas.
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Elections briefings for journalists. First session with Simon Hix, Professor of European and Comparative Politics, London School of Economics and Political Science. Second session with Dutch MEP Derk Jan Eppink, Retiring Conservatives and Reformists Group MEP for Brussels.
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Comedy, poetry, Welsh culture and the EU?! What a mixture! Come and join in on an evening of entertainment and discussion.
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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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MEPs return to Brussels on 17 March for a full week of committee meetings. To do the preparatory work for Parliament’s sessions MEPs meet in specialised standing committees each with 24 to 76 MEPs. The political make-up of committees reflects that of the Parliament. They draw up, amend and adopt legislative proposals and own-initiative reports. They also consider Commission and Council proposals and draw up reports to be presented to the plenary assembly.
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A common charger should be developed for all mobile phones sold in the EU, to reduce waste, costs and hassle for users, said MEPs voting on an update to EU radio equipment laws on Thursday. This draft has already been informally agreed with the Council of Ministers.
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Russia must immediately withdraw all its military forces from Ukrainian territory, say MEPs in a resolution passed on Thursday. They condemn its "act of aggression in invading Crimea" as a breach of international law, declare Crimea’s plans to hold a referendum on its accession to Russia to be illegal and warn that Russia’s actions pose a threat to the security of the EU.
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Parliament's consent to the EU-US trade deal "could be endangered" if blanket mass surveillance by the US National Security Agency (NSA) does not stop, MEPs said on Wednesday, in a resolution wrapping up their six-month inquiry into US mass surveillance schemes. The text also calls on the EU to suspend its bank data deal with the US and the “Safe Harbour agreement” on data privacy. The fight against terrorism can never justify secret and illegal mass surveillance, it adds.
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Holidaymakers putting together their own package holidays from travel services sold on the internet or elsewhere need extra protection, as they are unlikely to get the same all-in cover as those buying from traditional travel agents, say MEPs. A draft law voted on Wednesday aims to ensure that travellers are not stranded if an airline or tour operator goes bankrupt, protect them against sharp price increases or flight time changes and specify their rights in unforeseen circumstances.
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Are you a journalist and would like to learn more about the upcoming European Parliament elections on 22nd May? You can now apply to participate in our election seminar in Brussels on 26th March.
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Bite the Ballot, a UK campaigning organisation for getting the youth vote out at elections, have won the UK Charlemagne Youth Prize with their project Inspired Impressions.
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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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EP News No. 10/2014

07/03/2014

MEPs meet in Strasbourg from Monday 10 - Thursday 13 March 2014.
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On the eve of International Women's Day and as the UK government prepares to publish the modern slavery bill, a panel of speakers from a wide multitude of perspectives (political, social, media…) debated how to fight against human trafficking, the roots of the problem and the measures in place to identify effective solutions at national and European levels.
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In the context of the 2014 European elections, these high-profile speakers reflected on the accountability and efficiency of the European Parliament over the last 20 years of co-decision and look forward to the future. The discussion aimed to shed light on some of the complexitites of democratic accountability and the significance of the May 2014 elections.
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EP News No. 9/2014

03/03/2014

MEPs return to Brussels on 3 March for a week of committee meetings and political group meetings in preparation for the plenary session in Strasbourg on 10-13 March.
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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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The EU's poorest citizens will continue to get food, basic material assistance and social welfare from the Fund for European Aid to the Most Deprived (FEAD) from 2014 to 2020, under a deal with Council endorsed by Parliament on Tuesday. MEPs succeeded in maintaining its budget of €3.5 bn. They also secured Council's agreement that the fund will be fully operational immediately.
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EP News No. 8/2014

21/02/2014

MEPs meet in Strasbourg from Monday 24 - Thursday 27 February 2014.
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Binding rules on search and rescue to clarify how border guards serving in Frontex sea operations should deal with migrants and where they should disembark them were approved by the Civil Liberties Committee on Thursday. The rules were informally agreed by Parliament and Council negotiators on 11 February.
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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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The Ukrainian authorities are about to lose all legitimacy. The current authorities in Ukraine need to make space for a transitional government of national unity and early elections in order to bring back the legitimacy of national authorities. Further bloodshed must be avoided at all costs.
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EP News No. 7/2014

17/02/2014

MEPs return to Brussels on 17 February for a week of committee meetings and political group meetings in preparation for the plenary session in Strasbourg 24-27 February.
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The European Parliament should withhold its consent to an EU-US trade deal unless it fully respects EU citizens’ data privacy, says an inquiry report on US National Security Agency (NSA) and EU member state surveillance of EU citizens, approved by the Civil Liberties Committee on Wednesday. It adds that data protection rules should be excluded from the trade talks and negotiated separately with the US.
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The LSE European Institute and the European Parliament Information office in the UK and the UK Parliament jointly hosted this panel discussion at the LSE. The event was free and open to the public.
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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.
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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.
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Switzerland risks having to renegotiate its agreements with the EU, warned EP President Martin Schulz after voters backed the introduction of quotas for migrants in a referendum.
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EP News No. 6/2014

07/02/2014

MEPs return to Brussels on 10 February for a full week of committee meetings.