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Who's Who in the European Parliament Information Office in the UK - Edinburgh Office


Per Johansson

Tel: 0131 557 7865

Per grew up in the west Swedish region of Värmland and studied Law, psychology and German at the University of Göteborg before moving to Germany to complete a post-graduate programme at the European Institute of Saarland University.

Having started his career as a trainee Judge in the Swedish courts he moved to Brussels where he worked as an EU-affairs consultant before joining the European Civil Service. After 5 years in the European Commission and the European Data Protection Supervisor he is delighted to work for the European Parliament in Edinburgh as Head of Office.

Per speaks Swedish, English, German, French, Norwegian and Danish. After office hours you will often find him somewhere on the football pitch, on the ice rink or attending rock concerts. He also enjoys spending time with his family and travelling.


Helen Ross

Tel: 0131 557 7862

Helen was born in Inverness, grew up in Morayshire and graduated with a MA in European Studies from Aberdeen University. After graduation, she moved to Brussels to work for the European Trade Union Confederation, but in 2005 was recruited to work in the European Parliament in DG Internal Policies.

Since then she has also gained experience in the European Commission, as well as the European External Action Service and, after more than 10 years in Brussels, was thrilled at the opportunity to return home to Scotland in May 2013 to take up the position of Communications Assistant.

Helen speaks French, German and Spanish and enjoys travelling, photography and yoga.


Harald Proell

Tel: 0131 557 7866

Harald was born in the triangle of Austria, Germany and former Czechoslovakia and grew up between Linz and Salzburg in Upper Austria. After Commercial College and several years in the private sector, he was recruited by the European Commission in 1996 shortly after Austria joined the EU. Harald obtained his degree in Economics from FernUniversität Hagen.

He worked in different Commission services in Brussels, Karlsruhe and Luxembourg mostly in the financial domain and took up the position of Communications Assistant in January 2015. He is very eager to support the European Parliament's efforts to disseminate information in Scotland.

Harald speaks German, English, French and Dutch. He enjoys spending time with his family, as well as travelling and outdoor pursuits.


Lorena Cotza

Tel: 0131 557 7866

Lorena Cotza was born in Sardinia (Italy), but she has been living in the UK for the past five years.
She is an MA International Journalism graduate from Cardiff University and she loves writing about human rights, international development and social issues.
In 2013 she went volunteering in Honduras, where she worked on a three-month project on women's rights and environmental sustainability.

During the European Elections in 2014, she worked with the Media and Diversity Institute on a project to engage young people, promote inclusive attitudes and fight xenophobic speech.