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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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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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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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The European Parliament Office in the UK - news, events and information about the European Parliament for people in the UK.
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The UK has 73 MEPs in the European Parliament. Over the next few months we're arranging small breakfast meetings for you to meet them and discuss the big EU-related topics ahead of the general election.
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News stories from the European Parliament selected for the UK media
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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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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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Tel. 020 7557 4300 Christin.Nilsson@europarl.europa.eu
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A history of public events hosted by the European Parliament Office in the UK
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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 are being screened at the Playhouse in Perth. Tickets are free!
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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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A series of three free 90-minute CPD sessions for teachers and head teachers to update subject knowledge about the EU, get free resources and speak to MEPs.

New dates for 2015 to be announced
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The education pages of the European Parliament Office in the UK... via @EPinUK_edu
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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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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 wasopen to the public and was hosted jointly with UCL European Institute.
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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

On 28 November, a group of students from Greater Glasgow schools participated in the Euroscola Day in Strasbourg.
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Download a printable A4 page showing contact details for all the MEPs for each UK region.
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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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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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The European Parliament's Sakharov Prize for Freedom of Thought is awarded annually to honour exceptional individuals who combat intolerance, fanaticism and oppression

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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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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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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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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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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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Regions of the UK: 
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 five years. The next elections will be in 2019.
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EUROSCOLA brings together about 600 students from all over the European Union for a day in Strasbourg discussing aspects of European integration, in multilingual working groups of 100 students. It is open to students aged 16-18.
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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

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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Press Visits - Journalists are welcome to visit MEPs at work in committee or plenary sessions to keep citizens and taxpayers informed about the work of their elected representatives. We have a journalist visitors' programme.
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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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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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Refugee camp in the north of Iraq ©BELGAIMAGE/ZUMAPRESS/D.Honl
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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Archduke Franz Ferdinand inspecting his troops in Sarajevo on 27 June 1914, the day before his assassination. 
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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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Below are 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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European Parliament
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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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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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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The European Parliament Office in Edinburgh, hosted a European Election analysis event with Professor Simon Hix.
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Royal Highland Show

19/06/2014

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Join us for an entertaining election party in Hemma !
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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

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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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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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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Telegraph Article 20/04/14

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. Everything you need to know about British business and the EU in one graph, one map and one pie chart from the week that was. 7th - 13th April #EP2014
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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. Everything you need to know about British business and the EU in one graph, one map and one pie chart from the week that was. #EP2014
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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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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. Everything you need to know about MEPs in one graph, one map and one pie chart from the week that was. 24th-30th March 2014 #EP2014
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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

Per Johansson gave a talk to COSLA about the importance of the upcoming European Elections.
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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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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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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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Main newsroom of the European Parliament. Information for journalists from all coutries gathered in one place. Press releases, background notes, infographics, etc
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A primary school teaching resource to introduce pupils to the European Parliament.
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An extensive teaching resource for 11-16 year olds about the EU
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Booklet that outlines a 12 step lesson plan to teach students about the EU.
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A handy paper bag with the European Parliament logo !
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Pens

15/03/2014

Various pens ! One has all the member states on it, the other is a regional discussion forum pen. The other pen is an "Act. React. Impact." election pen.
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Leaflet that shows the current MSP's until the 2014 European elections. It also shows their contact information.
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Erasmus+

15/03/2014

Leaflet that outlines the opportunities to study and volunteer in other member states
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A booklet that outlines every institution in the EU and their functions.
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Troubled Waters

15/03/2014

A comic book that aims to promote awareness of how the parliament functions
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Booklet that provides an overview of what the EU does
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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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This leaflet outlines the petitions system available to EU citizens to demand a new law.
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Booklet that outlines the opportunuities in education, culture and youth in the EU.
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Parlamentarium

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Leaflet about the European Parliament visitors centre
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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 booklet that outlines the different types of roles available in the European Parliament for young university graduates .
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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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A poster which raises awareness about Europe Day on the 9th of May.
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This brochure is a history of Britain's relationship with the EU. It is documented in the form of 10 speeches from various political figures throughout Britain's history.
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The Sakharov Prize is a human rights prize for freedom of thought. This booklet explains the prizes history and catalogues every individual who has won this prestigious award.
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A clipboard linked to the Sakharov Prize
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A blank notebook linked to the Regional Discussion Forum
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Blank promotional notebook for the 2014 election
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A blank notebook linked to the Sakharov prize in the EU
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This leaflet outlines what the Common Agricultural Policy is and the issues facing Europes future, with regard to the food supply
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Promotional leaflet for the 2014 European elections.
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This booklet outlines what the LUX film prize is, and catalogues previous years winners and nominations.
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This booklet outlines the changes to the EU, as a result of the Lisbon treaty and how it affects ordinary citizens.
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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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This leaflet shows what the European Parliament is doing about the environment and why we need a European environment policy.
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This booklet highlights what the offices in the UK do. This can range from pointing out factual inaccuracies in the press, to informing the public about the EU.
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This leaflet describes what rights EU citizens have and how they can enforce them.
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Booklet that describes the role of the European Parliament and the key players within it (2012-2014).
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Leaflet that outlines the European Parliament's university campus programme and what it consists of.
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Booklet that outlines the opportunities and resources for young people in the EU. This can vary from learning to internships.
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Leaflet outlining the recruitment process, FAQ's and benefits of working for the EU.
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Leaflet that describes the recruitment process for jobs in the EU
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Leaflet that outlines the functions of the European Ombudsman and how they could help you.
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A booklet that outlines the types of languages used in the EU and the benefits of multilingualism
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A booklet that outlines how you can improve your language skills and what the EU is doing to support language learning.
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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

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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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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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.
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EP News No. 5/2014

01/02/2014

MEPs meet in Strasbourg from Monday 3 - Thursday 6 February 2014.
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The LSE European Institute and the European Parliament Information Office in the UK hosted a panel discussion at the LSE. The event was free and open to the public. Dr Matthew Goodwin and Peter Kellner will be in conversation with Prof Maurice Fraser about the rise of Euroscepticism, its causes and its prospects in the context of the European elections in May 2014.
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The illicit trade in tobacco products costs EU countries €10 billion a year in lost tax revenues, according to estimates by the European Commission. Experts and MEPs met on 22 January to discuss how to tackle the issue and the role played by major tobacco producers. “The idea that we are winning the battle against smuggling is perhaps not quite true,” said Green Belgian MEP Bart Staes, vice-chair of the budgetary control committee, which helped to organise the hearing.
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The European Parliament Information Office in Edinburgh held a REACT-style event on 24 January 2014, on the eve of Burns' Night, at the Scottish National Gallery.
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EP News No. 4/2014

24/01/2014

MEPs return to Brussels on 27 January for a week of committee meetings and political group meetings in preparation for the plenary session in Strasbourg 3-6 February.
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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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A selection of articles and reports showing the diversity of British attitudes to the EU. Suitable for students and those with a specialist interest.
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Protocol 36 of the Treaty of Lisbon allows the Government to decide, by 31 May 2014, whether the UK should continue to be bound by approximately 130 police and criminal justice (PCJ) measures, which would all become subject to the jurisdiction of the Court of Justice and the Commission's enforcement powers, or if it should exercise its right to opt-out of them all. Either scenario would then take effect from 1 December 2014.
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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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EP News No. 3/2014

17/01/2014

MEPs return to Brussels on 20 January for a full week of committee meetings.
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Plenary Session week 03 2014 Joint debate - Public procurement
Plans for a tool to allow EU countries to prevent non-EU firms from bidding for public procurement contracts worth €5 million or more unless their home countries reciprocate by allowing EU firms to do likewise were approved by Parliament on Wednesday 15th January.
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Tougher penalties, mandatory destruction of illegal ivory and better training of police and prosecutors are needed to combat trophy hunting and the organised criminal killing of rhinos, elephants and other wildlife for profit, say MEPs in a resolution voted on Wednesday 15th January 2014.
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Reacting to US President Obama's proposed changes to NSA surveillance practices, British MEP Claude Moraes said on Friday, "We need the US authorities to put an end to current discrimination whereby European citizens have lower levels of privacy rights than US citizens, including less privacy protection in US courts. It would have been good to have a more reassuring message on these issues with more clarity on future reform".
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EP News No. 2/2014

10/01/2014

MEPs meet in Strasbourg from Monday 13 - Thursday 16 January 2014.
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EP News No. 1/2014

07/01/2014

MEPs return to Brussels on 6 January for the first committee meetings, and political group meetings in preparation for the first plenary session of 2014 in Strasbourg from 13-16 January.
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Ahead of the next European Parliamentary elections taking place between 22nd and 25th May 2014, the Scottish Youth Parliament and the European Parliament Office in Edinburgh held the Audio Europa competition, designed to give young people across Scotland the chance to share their views on why it is important to vote.
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The debate addressed the following issues: What are the prospects for getting better trade deals with countries such as the US, India, China and Brazil outside the EU? How would the UK's global commercial position be affected if it left the EU? Does negotiating international trade agreements as a 28-country strong bloc help or hinder the UK?
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EP News No. 42/2013

13/12/2013

MEPs return to Brussels on 16 December for the last committee meetings of 2013.
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In November I spent four days in Iraq in my capacity as President of the European Parliament’s Delegation for Relations with Iraq. I visited Syrian refugee camps and discussed the country’s worsening human rights situation and persecution of minorities with senior political leaders. I travelled to Erbil in Kurdistan, Northern Iraq, where I met with the Kurdistan Regional Government's President Masoud Barzani and Prime Minister Nechirvan Barzani. I also met with leading Christian bishops, the Grand Mufti of Iraq’s Sunni faith and members of the Iraqi Parliament, including the Chairman of its Human Rights Committee, as well as leaders of the recent popular uprisings in six Sunni provinces against the Baghdad Government.
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The 2013 Sakharov Debate aims to critically examine the state of LGBT rights in Europe, with a particular focus on the role of the EU in promoting same-sex equality among EU member-states and in states outside the EU. As in previous years, this event is organised jointly by the European Parliament UK Office and the UCL European Institute.
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EP News No. 41/2013

06/12/2013

European Parliament session, Strasbourg, 9-12 December 2013
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EP News No. 40/2013

29/11/2013

MEPs return to Brussels on 2 December for committee meetings and political group meetings in preparation for the Strasbourg plenary from 9-12 December.
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The European Parliament's Sakharov Prize for Freedom of Thought is awarded annually to honour exceptional individuals who combat intolerance, fanaticism and oppression. There was a panel discussion for nominees in Glasgow.
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As we head towards the European Parliament elections in 2014, how will social media affect the outcome? Is there a European digital space or is social media divided on national lines?
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EP News No. 39/2013

22/11/2013

MEPs return to Brussels on 25 November for a full week of committee meetings.
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EP News No. 38/2013

15/11/2013

European Parliament session, Strasbourg, 18-21 November 2013
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This AGE UK workshop for voluntary and community organisations will help you share your skills to develop a better understanding of how the European Parliament functions, how its decisions affect our daily lives and how we can help to shape policy by working with our MEPs.
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This year we teamed up with the UK Film Festival in London to screen the three finalists' films as part of the festival on 11th, 12th & 13th of November. The films were screened at the The Aubin Cinema in Shoreditch. Thank you to everyone who attended!
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EP News No. 37/2013

08/11/2013

MEPs return to Brussels on 11 November for committee meetings and political group meetings in preparation for the Strasbourg plenary from 18-21 November.
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The European Parliament Information Office in Edinburgh was present at Glasgow Caledonian University Saturday 2 November for the annual Modern Studies Association Conference.
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EP News No.36/2013

01/11/2013

MEPs return to Brussels on 4 November for a full week of committee meetings.
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With the European Elections coming up next year, the European Parliament Office in Edinburgh decided to sit down with some experts and see what is at stake for Scotland.
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Looking back at the United Kingdom's 40 years in the European Union, the European Parliament Office in Edinburgh asked professionals in the field what this has meant for Scotland.
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As the 2014 European Parliament elections draw near, so do crucial decisions on 2014-2020 financial matters. The Eurobarometer survey provides insight into Europeans' perceptions on the current economic and social situation as well as upcoming reforms.
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Pakistani campaigner for girls' education Malala Yousafzai is the laureate of the Sakharov Prize for Freedom of Thought 2013, following today's decision of the Conference of Presidents (EP President and political group leaders). She will be invited to receive the award at a ceremony in Strasbourg on 20 November.
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EP News No. 35/2013

25/10/2013

MEPs return to their constituencies next week and meet again in Brussels on 4 November for a week of committee and political group meetings.
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Following the success of last year's event, we participated in the Opportunity Europe Fair and Exhibition for schools and colleges again this autumn. The event targeted an invited post-primary schools/colleges audience.
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The competition for next year's European Charlemagne Youth Prize was launched on Thursday, 24 October. Now in its seventh 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 20 January 2014.
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EP News No. 34/2013

18/10/2013

European Parliament session, Strasbourg, 21-24 October 2013
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Britain has always been a champion of enlarging the EU towards the East. Putting words into action, the UK has been among the first countries to fully open its labour market after the 2004 EU enlargement. This increased inflow of EU migrant workers into Britain was matched by an outflow of British citizens, who live in other EU countries. Our event will look at the economic impact and social/political consequences of this migration.
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"Germany’s election is no longer primarily a national affair: depending on the outcome, residents in other member states of the European Union and especially in the eurozone might feel the economic, social, and political impact of the result even more keenly than German voters themselves." (Ulrike Guerot )
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Membership of the common market has been a crucial argument for the UK's accession to the European Economic Community in 1973. Moreover, it is frequently argued that the UK has punched far above its weight in creating and shaping the Single European Market that we have today. But it is frequently also argued that the Single Market has been more of a problem than an advantage to the British economy, and that it has stifled rather than facilitated growth.
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EP News No.33/2013

11/10/2013

MEPs return to Brussels on 14 October for committee meetings and political group meetings in preparation for the Strasbourg plenary from 21-24 October.
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Probus clubs operate nationwide for business and professional retirees. The European Parliament Information Office has been invited as a speaker in October. For further information contact Elisabeth.Sweeney@ep.europa.eu
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EP News No. 32/2013

07/10/2013

European Parliament session, Strasbourg, 7-10 October 2013
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Interested in food production and distribution? Concerned about food safety and sustainability? Join us for a free event that will look at how the UK and European Parliaments examine and influence food policy in the UK and highlighting how parliamentarians hold the government to account and examine policy issues relating to food, from its production to healthy eating.
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A panel discussion hosted by The LSE European Institute and VoteWatch Europe, in partnership with the European Parliament Information Office in the United Kingdom.
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Another entirely misleading article published by the The Daily Express on September 30th claims the EU could impose quotas of Roma MPs in the UK. The article states if a resolution from the European Parliament becomes law “all the political parties in the UK will have to impose female gypsy candidates on the electorate and get them into Parliament."
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Following her election by the European Parliament in July, Emily O'Reilly steps down as Irish Ombudsman and begins work as European Ombudsman on 1 October 2013.
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EP News No. 31/2013

27/09/2013

MEPs return to Brussels on 30 September for committee meetings and political group meetings in preparation for the Strasbourg plenary from 7-10 October.
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EP News No.30/2013

20/09/2013

MEPs return to Brussels on 23 September for a full week of committee meetings.
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EP News No.29/2013

13/09/2013

MEPs return to Brussels on 16 September for 3 days of committee meetings .
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The official run-up to the 2014 European elections started on 10 September, when the European Parliament launched its awareness and information campaign. This campaign will continue beyond the elections themselves, until the newly-elected Parliament elects the next European Commission President.
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President Schulz awards Citizens Prize to AIRE
During the G8 Speakers meeting in London last week Martin Schulz, President of the European Parliament meet with Ed Milliband and made time for a courtesy call on the Houses of Parliament Lord Speaker Baroness D'Souza and Commons Speaker John Bercow MP.
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EP News No. 28/2013

06/09/2013

European Parliament session, Strasbourg, 9-12 September 2013
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Do some of the most widely circulated British dailies approach the EU with a negative bias and a pre-fabricated agenda? Does the British press reflect or create popular attitudes on the EU?
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It has been another busy and varied year in the Internal Market Committee. A lot of focus has been on the vital Public Procurement Directive and an agreement has finally been agreed.
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At a ceremony at the European Parliament Office in Edinburgh on 19th August, Professor Richard Demarco CBE was presented with the 2013 European Citizen's Medal by Scottish MEP Struan Stevenson.
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The European Parliament’s Citizens’ Agora on Youth Unemployment aims to gather young people from all over Europe to discuss the current challenges in Europe’s employment market. Two 18-30 year olds from each EU country will be invited to this conference - one who is employed and one who is unemployed...
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The finalists for this year's LUX Prize have been announced: Belgian film “The Broken Circle Breakdown”, British film “The Selfish Giant” and “Miele”, an Italian and French coproduction, will be battling it out for the top honour. The LUX Prize is awarded by the European Parliament every year to films that promote European cinematography, values and social issues. The winner will be determined by a vote by MEPs.
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How much legislation comes from Brussels and how much from Westminster? Different people give different answers. What is the relationship between the British constitution and the EU legal framework? By looking at the past and the present can we understand what Britain's future can be in the European context?
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The Daily Express claims today (16 July 2013) the EU is to spend thousands of pounds on a "giant set of shelves" for European House of History. A quick reality-check, here are the facts:
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The EU has undertaken an impressive overhaul of its rulebook on financial services in recent years. Given the size of financial services industry in the UK and the heated debate around EU regulations, we brought to Europe House the key players and influencers for a morning of debate:
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Elections to the European Parliament are in May 2014. What can civil society and education do to help people know what the elections are about? This event was for everyone concerned about democracy and any aspect of the EU and those involved in adult or community education, or working with communities.
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EP News No. 26/2013

08/07/2013

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MEPs return to Brussels on 8 July for a full week of committee meetings.
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Although there are almost as many languages spoken in Brussels as there are member states, the European Union has always had a language of its own. In the Commission and the Parliament, acronyms are ubiquitous. And over the few months, the agenda has been dominated by two of the biggest three letter acronyms of all – CAP and MFF. Debates over the Common Agricultural Policy have traditionally been fractious.
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EP News No. 25/2013

01/07/2013

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European Parliament session, Strasbourg, 1-4 July 2013
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What road to take on the issue of car and van emissions? The EU rules for car & van emissions are being negotiated between the European Parliament and the EU 27 Member States' Governments. Will the proposed new rules lead to lower CO2 emissions, lower fuel costs and spur innovation and employment in high tech manufacturing? Or will a revision of the rules, halfway to 2020, hurt the UK automotive industry and the 700,000 jobs that are dependent on it?
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Monday-Friday we provide a news round-up of stories about the EU in UK media
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EP News No. 24/2013

24/06/2013

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MEPs return to Brussels on 24 June for committee meetings and political group meetings in preparation for the Strasbourg plenary from 1-4 July.
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The European Parliament Information Office in the UK gave a workshop on "How the EU Works" for local authority democratic service officers, councillors and students of politics from around the surrounding area. Chris Davies MEP spoke about his work as an MEP representing the North West and took part in a question & answer session. The event was organised in collaboration with Hyndburn Borough Council Democratic Services. Venue Accrington Town Hall Date 21 June 2013 Time 10.15-13.00
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EP News No.23/2013

17/06/2013

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MEPs return to Brussels on 17 June for a full week of committee meetings.
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EP News No. 22/2013

10/06/2013

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European Parliament session, Strasbourg, 10-13 June 2013
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With less than a year to go till the European Parliament elections, high-level politicians and senior academics came together at Europe House to discuss the future of the EU Institutions from 2014 and the impact of these changes on Britain's relationship with the EU. Speakers: Martin Callanan MEP, Leader European Conservatives & Reformists Guy Verhofstadt MEP, Leader Alliance of Liberals and Democrats in Europe Emma Reynolds MP, Shadow Europe Minister Professor Simon Hix, Head, Dept of Government, LSE, Founder of Votewatch.eu Professor Anand Menon, European Politics, King's College London The debate was moderated by Benedicte Paviot, UK Correspondent, France 24 and live tweeted using #EU2014.
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EP News No.21/2013

03/06/2013

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MEPs return to Brussels on 3 June for committee meetings and political group meetings in preparation for the Strasbourg plenary from 10-13 June.
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At approximately 3.30am on 30th May 2013 a deal was struck between the European Parliament and the Irish Presidency of the Council, representing the 27 EU member states, on the way forward for CFP reform. The deal was historic in a number of ways. Agreement on a discard ban means that fishermen will no longer be forced to throw dead fish back into the sea. The obscenity of discards has rightly caused outrage amongst the public in recent times - but those involved in the industry have resented the issue for decades. Fishermen don't gain anything by throwing fish over the side - but the rules of the CFP have forced them to do so.
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EP News No.20/2013

24/05/2013

MEPs return to Brussels on 27 May for a full week of committee meetings.
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EP News No. 19/2013

20/05/2013

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European Parliament session, Strasbourg, 15-18 April 2013
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To mark the 40th Anniversary of UK Membership of the EU the European Parliament invited you to a public debate on Wales in Europe hosted by the Presiding Officer Rosemary Butler AM. The debate was preceded by a reception kindly hosted by the European Commission Office in Wales. I nodi pen blwydd 40 aelodaeth y DU o'r UE, mae Senedd Ewrop yn eich gwahodd i ddadl gyhoeddus ar Gymru yn Ewrop wedi ei chynnal gan y Llywydd, Rosemary Butler AC. Bydd derbyniad cyn y ddadl gan Swyddfa'r Comisiwn Ewropeaidd yng Nghymru.
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On 9th May 1950 the Schuman Declaration was presented by French foreign minister Robert Schuman. It proposed the creation of a European Coal and Steel Community, whose members would pool coal and steel production. This was the seed of what has today grown into the European Union. This day is now marked across Europe including in the following ways across the UK.
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Mr Speaker will be delivering a talk on the role of Parliament in the British constitution. Young People and the Constitution is The Constitution Society's initiative to inform today's young people and tomorrow's leaders on the workings of the British constitution and the arms and levers of our state. Bringing young people from a broad range of experience and backgrounds together with key figures in the workings of the British constitution, we aim to better prepare the politicians and civil servants of tomorrow. Over 150 young people have registered to attend the event and registration is now closed. Date 13 May 2013 Time 17.00-19.00 Venue European Parliament Information Office (32 Smith Square, London SW1P 3EU) Hosted by The Constitution Society, the European Parliament and the UK Parliament
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EP News No. 18/2013

10/05/2013

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MEPs return to Brussels on 13 May for committee meetings and political group meetings in preparation for the Strasbourg plenary from 20-23 May.
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EP News No. 17/2013

03/05/2013

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MEPs return to Brussels on 6 May for committee meetings.
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According to the Oxford Dictionary a blacklist is '...a list of people or groups regarded as unacceptable or untrustworthy and often marked down for punishment or exclusion.' And on Wikipedia '...a blacklist (or black list) is a list or register of entities who, for one reason or another, are being denied a particular privilege, service, mobility, access or recognition.' As a verb to blacklist can mean to deny someone work in a particular field, or to ostracize from a certain social circle - as a concept it runs totally counter to the ethos of the European Union (EU).
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Some politicians have more followers on Twitter than the number of votes received- how does this change the way we see and do politics? Social media and the changing trends of news consumption are remaking politics. How does this change political career-paths and the level of control political parties have over their members? How can parties adapt to this change, both vis-à-vis their members and their voters?. But it's not only traditional political parties that must rethink their communication, but also public institutions. Is there a democratic obligation for public institutions to be on social media? If yes, how does that change policy making and traditional boundaries between transparency and confidentiality?
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EP News No. 16/2013

29/04/2013

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MEPs return to their constituencies this week and meet again for a full week of committee meetings in Brussels on 6 May.
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EP News No. 15/2013

22/04/2013

MEPs return to Brussels on 22 April for a full week of committee meetings.
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On Friday the 19th of April, the European Parliament's offices in the UK organized an event in Cardiff regarding the EU funding and its effect in Wales called "Funding the EU and EU Funding in Wales". Moderated by the BBC Wales journalist Tomos Livingstone, the event had had Jane Hutt AM, Jill Evans MEP, Guto Bebb MP and Derek Vaughan MEP as speakers, as well as Guy Flament (European Commission, DG Regio), Rona Michie (EPRC, University of Strathclyde), Dr Adrian Healy (Cardiff University) and Hywel Ceri Jones (Former European Commission Director- General). Photos from Funding the EU and EU Funding in Wales
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19/04/2013

City College, Plymouth. Lunch included. "There is a huge appetite for debate and discussion about our future within the EU and some real concerns from Business about the consequences of any potential exit" Julie Girling, MEP for the South West Plymouth Chamber of Commerce hosted a panel discussion on EU Legislation as part of their 200th Celebrations with: • Julia Girling MEP • Alison Seabeck MP • Tim Jones Chair of the Heart of the South West LEP • Adam Marshall Policy (Director of British Chamber of Commerce) It was introduced by John Bercow, Speaker of the House of Commons Cost: Free Date: 19 April 2013 Time : 11.30 - 14.00
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EP News No. 14/2013

12/04/2013

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European Parliament session, Strasbourg, 15-18 April 2013
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The European Parliament Information Office in the UK and Open Europe hosted a discussion on: Should the UK continue to be bound by approximately 130 EU police and criminal justice measures and accept the EU Court of Justice's full jurisdiction over them? The British Government will have to give a final answer to this question by the 31st of May 2014. This event aims to provide information on this complex subject for a well-informed public debate. Glancing back, speakers looked at the criticism levelled at these measures, their contribution to Britain's security, and the role of the EU institutions in this area of law. Looking forward, the panel analysed possible consequences for the UK of exercising its right to opt out or opt in. If the British Government decided not to opt out what are the chances of reforming the existing measures? And if the Government does decide to opt out, what are the legal and political conditions of opting back into some measures selectively or cooperating on a new case-by-case basis with European partners. Glancing back

Cecilia Malmström, European Commissioner for Home Affairs Claude Moraes MEP, Labour MEP for London Alex Tinsley, Fair Trials International Stephen Booth, Open Europe George Eustice MP, Conservative MP for Camborne and Redruth Coffee break Looking forward

Cecilia Malmström, European Commissioner for Home Affairs Timothy Kirkhope MEP, Conservative MEP for Yorkshire and The Humber Sarah Ludford, MEP Liberal Democrat MEP for London Martin Howe QC The debate was moderated by Joshua Rozenberg, Legal commentator and journalist. Date | Thursday, 11 April 2013 Venue| Europe House, 32, Smith square, London, SW1P 3EU
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EP News No. 13/2013

08/04/2013

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MEPs return to Brussels on 8 April for committee meetings and political group meetings.
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March the 16th marked the twenty-fifth anniversary of the massacre of almost 5,000 people in the Kurdish village of Halabja in northern Iraq. The gas attack on these defenseless villagers was the deadliest assault carried out by Saddam Hussein during his al-Anfal campaign against the Kurdish population. Three quarters of the victims in this horrific chemical-weapon attack were women and children. I believe that it is important for the European Parliament to support the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) in formally recognising the massacre in Halabja and the al-Anfal campaign as a "genocide" and March 16 as an international day against the use of chemical weapons.
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EP News No. 12/2013

22/03/2013

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MEPs return to Brussels on 25 March for committee meetings before the Easter break.
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L to R Anthony Browne, Leslie Griffiths, Brook Masters, Bill Michael and Sharon Bowles MEP. Photo (c) Graham Lacdao
As the reputation and economic role of the financial sector continues to be called into question, there are demands for further regulation at national and EU level. Regulators have made it clear that they will act to introduce stricter legislation. Will this just result in more rules and therefore more rule-bending? Are complex rules the right answer to complex problems? Current research shows that simple principles may produce better results. A change in corporate culture is surely an integral part of good regulation. It is clearly in the financial sector's interest to raise its ethical standards, since poor conduct has caused repeated harm to the bottom line. But is improving the bottom line the only reason for business to behave ethically or is there a motivation beyond the books? Why do we need good corporate culture in society? Our panel of specialists discussed how to engage City professionals and politicians in defining culture change in the City and the contribution of traditional concepts of morality. The European Parliament Information Office in the UK and St Paul's Institute and the British Bankers' Association hosted the discussion. Sharon Bowles MEP Leslie Griffiths, Lord Griffiths of Burry Port Anthony Browne, CEO, BBA Bill Michael, Head of Financial Services, KPMG (tbc) The debate was moderated by Brooke Masters, Chief Regulation correspondent, Financial Times.
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A briefing by Philippe Lamberts MEP on the new banking regulatory dossiers and the caps on bank bonuses at EU level At the end of February 2013 EU Ministers and the European parliament struck a provisional deal on new financial rules, including a cap on bank bonuses. EU finance ministers met at the beginning of March to confirm the deal. The European Parliament is set to vote on the final agreement on the whole banking regulatory dossier and the bonus cap in its April 2013 plenary session Philippe Lamberts, a Belgian Green MEP and a member of the Economic and Monetary Affairs Committee of the EP, was the first to raise the idea of pegging bonuses to salaries and has been at the forefront of efforts to impose the rule Europe-wide, to discourage excessive risk-taking in the financial sector. In this 'behind-the-scenes' briefing and Q&A, Mr Lamberts gave his assessment of the state of play on the various banking regulatory dossiers on which the European Parliament will vote on in April. *Financial Times headline, 1 March 2013
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EP News No. 11/2013

15/03/2013

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MEPs return to Brussels on 18 March for a full week of committee meetings.
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12/03/2013 Welcome to the brave new world of EU reporting at the Daily Express, where information is bad, transparency is dictatorship, civic rights are forms of oppression and checking facts makes you blind.
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EP News No. 10/2013

11/03/2013

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European Parliament session, Strasbourg, 11-14 March 2013
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What has the EU has done for British women in the past 40 years? And what might arise in the field of gender equality from renegotiation and repatriation of powers by a UK government? Leading the discussion were: Mary Honeyball, Labour MEP, member of the Women's Rights and Gender Equality Committee Marina Yannakoudakis, Conservative MEP, member of the Women's Rights and Gender Equality Committee Justine Roberts, CEO of Mumsnet Dr Roberta Guerrina, Senior Lecturer and Head of the School of Politics at the University of Surrey Jacqueline Minor, first female head of the European Commission Representation in London, ranked the 24th most influential Briton on EU Policy by EurActiv The discussion was moderated by Benedicte Paviot, France 24.
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Over the past few weeks, we've had a good long look at the state of our food chain, and we definitely don't like what we see. Horsemeat in processed meals being passed off as beef (in some cases the "beef" consisted 100% of horse!); horsemeat containing traces of the painkiller phenylbutazone entering the food chain (found in eight carcasses in the UK, of which six may have entered the food chain in France); the removal of dozens of product lines from supermarket shelves; traces of pork DNA found in prison meals labelled as "halal"; the discovery of slaughtered dogs in Spain intended for processing into animal feed...
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EP News No. 9/2013

01/03/2013

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MEPs return to Brussels on 4 March for committee meetings and political group meetings.
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EP News No. 8/2013

22/02/2013

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MEPs return to Brussels on 25 February for committee meetings.
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EP News No. 7/2013

15/02/2013

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MEPs return to Brussels on 18 February for a full week of committee meetings.
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EP News No. 6/2013

08/02/2013

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MEPs return to their constituencies next week and meet again for a full week of committee meetings in Brussels on 18 February.
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On 3/2/2013 the Daily Telegraph publishes a story online entitled "EU is to set up euro-election 'troll patrol' to tackle Eurosceptic surge'. The article goes on to say that the European Parliament is to spend almost £2 million on press monitoring and trawling Eurosceptic debates on the internet for "trolls" with whom to debate in the run-up and during euro-elections next year amid fears that hostility to the EU is growing.
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EP News No. 5/2013

01/02/2013

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European Parliament session, Strasbourg, 4-7 February 2013
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As we continue to struggle with the ongoing economic crisis, the importance of public contracting as a tool to promote sustainable economic growth and jobs has come in to sharp focus. A stated aim of the revision of the public procurement directive is to ensure better use of public procurement in support of common societal goals such as energy efficiency, combating climate change and protection of the environment. This is combined with the intention to create a simplification of the rules to remove barriers for a greater take-up of sustainable procurement.
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The European Parliament Information Office in Edinburgh hosted a reception to launch its 2013 Calendar on 6 December 2012. This event celebrated the creativity of Scottish primary pupils and featured an exhibition of the 25 drawings which will appear in the calendar. Rewards and certificates were presented to the winner and the two runners up. The theme of this year's calendar competition was 'Europe's rich animal kingdom'.
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On 23rd November the Scottish European Resources Network (SERN), which is co-organised by the European Commission and European Parliament Offices in Scotland, held its annual meeting at the EP Office in Edinburgh. It was attended over 30 members of SERN who heard three presentations on the "20th anniversary of the completion of the Single Market."
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This years Royal Society of Edinburgh's MacCormick European Lecture, which was support by European Parliament Office in Edinburgh, was given by journalist Allan Little. The Royal Society of Edinburgh's annual MacCormick European Lecture is named after the late Professor Sir Neil MacCormick, a former Member of the European Parliament, in recognition of the contribution made by him to Scottish and European politics and the international work of the RSE.
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On Friday 16th November, the European Parliament Office in Edinburgh hosted a talk and QandA session with George Lyon MEP entitled: The EU Budget; Deal or No Deal? Mr Lyon is Vice President of the European Parliament Budgets Committee and a Member of the President's Strategy Group on the EU long-term budget (the Multi-Annual Financial Framework). In addressing the controversial topic, discussed the broad political issues that will shape the eventual EU budget as well as the implications for Scotland.
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On 18th October the European Parliament Office in Edinburgh and the Glasgow Human Rights Network co-hosted an event at Glasgow University which looked at the 2012 Sakharov Prize
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The European Parliament Office in Scotland was one of the exhibitors at this year's Scottish Learning Festival that took place at the SECC in Glasgow on 19-20 September 2012. More than 4500 delegates had an opportunity to visit the stands of 120 leading exhibitors and participate in a wide range of seminars. The European Parliament stand proved to be very popular, with around 500 visitors from primary, secondary and university sectors.
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On Friday 7th September 2012, the European Parliament Office in Edinburgh hosted a discussion about the reform of public procurement regime in the EU, relating particularly to a recent directive brought forward by the European Commission and intended to modernise existing public procurement legislation. Speaking at the event were MEPs Catherine Stihler and Alyn Smith, and Mark Clough QC. It was chaired by Duncan Ossler.
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Primary schools from Scotland and Northern Ireland can now enter the annual competition. This year's theme is "Europe's rich animal kingdom". Primary schools from Scotland and Northern Ireland are welcome to send their entries between 1 September and 9 October 2012 to the EP Office in Scotland. The drawings will be judged by a panel of MEPs from Scotland and Northern Ireland, as well as officials from the European Parliament Office in Scotland.
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On Saturday 18th August the European Parliament Office in Edinburgh, in conjunction with the European Movement in Scotland and the Polish Consulate in Edinburgh, hosted a discussion entitled ´Linking Scotland to Europe through the Arts´. The event took place at the Scottish Parliament as part of the Edinburgh Festival of Politics and was chaired by Struan Stevenson MEP. It featured Prof Richard Demarco and Alexander Moffat. A number of MSPs also attended.
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On 13th-17th August, the European Parliament Office in Scotland participated in the 8th World Congress on Active Ageing 2012, held at Glasgow's Scottish Exhibition and Conference Centre. The event brought together scientists, academics, representatives of many professional interests and members of the general public to discuss active ageing across society. The Office jointly hosted a stall with the European Commission to discuss the European Year for Active Ageing and Solidarity between Generations, while MEPs David Martin and Heinz Becker also participated.
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On 14th May the final of the annual schools Euro-quiz, organised by the Scottish European Eductational Trust (SEET), took place in the Debating Chamber of the Scottish Parliament. Thirty teams took part, representing schools from Shetland to Dumfries and Galloway. The finlaists had won through from almost 1500 pupils from 370 schools competing in the heats held across 30 of the 32 local authorities throughout the school year.
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On 25th May the European Parliament Office in Scotland participated in the conference ' One city, many voices: Taking Modern Foreign Languages forward in Edinburgh schools' organised by the City of Edinburgh in Broughton High School. Liz Gray (Quality Improvement Officer Languages and Literacy, City of Edinburgh Council) and Gillian Tee (Director of Education, City of Edinburgh Council) opened the conference while Sarah Breslin from Scottish Centre for Information on Language Teaching (SCILT) gave an overview of the recent reforms in language teaching in Scotland.
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On 10th May the European Parliament Office in Scotland marked Europe Day with its annual European Pub Quiz, organised jointly with the European Movement in Scotland. The Quiz took place in the University's of Edinburgh Pleasance Bar, where eighteen teams pitted their wits against each other on a range of European political, cultural, historical and other trivia. After a challenging and entertaining five rounds the Europe Quiz was won by a team ironically called the 'Wooden Spoons', who collected the prestigious Tyrell-Orr trophy by a narrow margin.
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On the 31st May - 1st June, leading European academics and officials got together at Edinburgh University to debate the future of Economic Governance in the EU. The conference marked the first instance when such wide-ranging debates were held in Scotland. During the event, sponsored by the European Commission and Edinburgh University's Europa Institute, a variety of issues ranging from social policies, competition law, Scotland's role in the EU, economic regulation and governance in the era of the crisis were discussed. Speakers included Scottish MEP Alyn Smith, who was a member of the European Parliament's Temporary Committee of Inquiry on the Financial Crisis, as well as a large number of other experts from the worlds of academia, government, journalism and banking.
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On 21st -22nd July one of the biggest environmental festivals in Scotland took place in Falkland Estate in the Kingdom of Fife. This year the Big Tent Festival attracted over 6,000 people. As well as music, arts and family activities a number of a wide range of debates and workshops on social and environmental issues took place over the weekend, which brought together leading thinkers from Scotland and beyond to consider what each of us could do in the face of climate change, green issues and other environmental challenges.
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On 13th April the European Parliament Office in Scotland held the seminar on the highly controversial Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA). ACTA is an international treaty aimed at combating Intellectual Property Rights infringements, namely counterfeiting and piracy, by enhancing international cooperation and enforcement.
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On 30th March 2012 the Scotland Office of the European Parliament organised a series of activities in Peterhead, in the North East of Scotland, with three MEPs: Struan Stevenson (Conservative, Scotland), Ian Hudghton (SNP, Scotland) and Chris Davies (LibDem, North West England)
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5th Congress of Polish Student Societies in Great Britain took place on 22-25 March 2012 in the Universities of Edinburgh and St Andrew's.The European Parliament Office in Edinburgh was one of the sponsors of the Congress. This year, due to the Polish presidency in the Council of the European Union, the event was entitled: "Poland PLC on the European Market".
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On 16th March, David Martin MEP and James Temple-Smithson, Head of the Edinburgh EP Office, were among speakers at a European Conference organised by the Royal National Institute for the Blind (RNIB) Scotland. Other speakers also included Lord Colin Low, Former President of the European Blind Union and Dr Graham Paterson, Director of Operations at CityBuilding Glasgow.
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On International Women's Day, 8th March 2012, Catherine Stihler MEP was among the keynote speakers at a conference entitled: "Women in Scotland 2012 - The Big Picture" at the Royal Botanic Gardens in Edinburgh. The day-long conference was sponsored by the European Parliament Office in Scotland and organised by Engender. It attracted 200 delegates from a wide range or organisations including Women in Technology, Values into Action, White Ribbon Scotland, Edinburgh University Students Association, The Association of Scottish Businesswomen, Scottish Human Rights Commission and Equality North East.
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On 2nd March 2012 the European Parliament Edinburgh Office participated in the first "Think German" Careers Fair which took place in the Forrester High School, Edinburgh. The event was organized by the German Consulate, the City of Edinburgh Council and the German-British Chamber of Industry and Commerce Scotland. Almost 500 students from 14 schools and universities from all over Scotland attended and about 20 companies and organisations with links to Germany exhibited.
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On 23 February, eight teams participated in a public speaking for local schools competition organised by Europe Direct Aberdeen. In the semi-final, teams debated whether or not the EU should make better use of social media to communicate with young people and in the final the question of whether compulsory language exchanges for all Scottish school children should be introduced was the topic. Judges included Ian Hudghton MEP and representatives of the European Commission, which funds Europe Direct Centres.
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In early February, a group of Scottish students participated in the Euroscola Day in Strasbourg, where the students experienced the multi-lingual and multi-cultural atmposphere of the European Parliament.
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On 13th of February, the European Parliament Office and the Glasgow Film Theatre organised a screening of one of the nominees for the European Parliament 2011 LUX Prize: 'Play' by the Swedish film maker Ruben Östlund is set in Gothenburg and deals with the fate of five boys with a migration background. A lively panel discussion followed the screening.
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