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      • 2016
        • European Parliament Internal Market Committee to visit the UK on 21-23 September : A seven-strong delegation from the European Parliament’s Internal Market and Consumer Protection Committee will visit the UK from 21 to 23 September 2016 in the context of the current overhaul of the EU type-approval rules for cars. .
        • Parliament to assess UK candidate for Security Union Commissioner : Parliament will evaluate Commissioner-designate Sir Julian King for the portfolio of the Security Union during its plenary session in Strasbourg. The Civil Liberties Committee will first hold a public hearing with the candidate on Monday 12 September in the evening. The full House will take a vote on Thursday.
        • State and future of the EU focus of EP plenary session in Strasbourg : Two days ahead of the informal meeting of the EU heads of state and government (without the United Kingdom) in Bratislava, the European Parliament will hold the annual debate on the State of the European Union with Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker in Strasbourg. The debate is likely to focus on migration, jobs, terrorism, Brexit and to address the core demands of EU citizens.
        • The lights are on but someone is home : A recent article on the Daily Express website may have left you believing that the European Parliament is not only "deserted" in the summer but also has the cheek to leave the lights on “burning money”. This isn't true.
        • Refugees/Turkey: Budgets and the Civil Liberties committees to visit Turkey to assess situation on the ground : Most of the one million-plus migrants and refugees who travelled to the European Union in 2015 came via Turkey. There are now more than 2.5 million refugees in Turkey itself. At the end of November 2015, the EU and Turkey struck a deal to try to control migrant flows into Europe. Turkey in return is to receive an extra €3 billion from the EU budget and member states in order to support refugees in the country.
        • MEPs move to reduce permitted sugar content in baby foods : Draft EU rules that would allow baby foods to continue to contain up to three times more sugar than is recommended by the World Health Organisation were vetoed by the European Parliament on Wednesday, as they fail to protect infants and young children against obesity, say MEPs. Instead, they advocate reducing the EU sugar content limit to match the WHO recommendations.
        • “100 ideas for tomorrow’s Europe”: invitation to the EYE 2016 : Do you want to make a positive impact on Europe’s future? Do you have ideas on how to develop a sustainable Europe? If the answer is yes, why don’t you join the second edition of the European Youth Event (EYE2016) from 20 to 21 May?
        • animalhealth : Measures to prevent and halt outbreaks of animal diseases such as avian flu or foot and mouth disease, informally agreed by MEPs and the EU Council of Ministers in June 2015, were endorsed by Parliament on Tuesday. The draft EU law, on diseases that are transmissible among animals, and potentially to humans too, puts fresh emphasis on prevention and should help professionals to keep pace with scientific progress.
        • European Parliament to discuss UK renegotiation : Members of the European Parliament will discuss the UK’s upcoming EU referendum tomorrow morning in Strasbourg, during the debate on the preparation to the European Council summit on 18 and 19 February.
        • The EU needs to overcome fear and divisions to safeguard Schengen, say MEPs : The EU needs to overcome its paralysing fears and divisions and to manage migration and refugee flows effectively, said many MEPs in Tuesday's plenary debate with the Dutch Presidency and the Commission. Protecting the EU's external borders effectively is vital to safeguard the Schengen passport-free area, they observed. Some also called for zero tolerance with racist and violent attacks against migrants and refugees.
        • gendersensitivity : A reform of EU migration and asylum policies and procedures needs to include gender-sensitive measures to ensure the safety of women seeking asylum, many of whom travel with young children and other dependents, say MEPs in a resolution voted on Tuesday.
        • Portservices : Draft rules designed to boost the efficiency and cut the cost of services supplied at EU maritime ports, such as mooring and towage, were voted by Parliament on Tuesday. Ensuring transparency in the setting of fees for using port services and infrastructure, and in any public funding that ports receive, should help to prevent price abuse and market distortions and thus boost trade, MEPs say. But current port service arrangements could remain, provided they meet minimum requirements, they add.
        • healthyeating : Children across the EU should soon get the benefit of better-funded school milk, fruit and vegetable schemes, along with better education on healthy eating. A new draft new law to this end, provisionally agreed with EU ministers in December 2015 and approved by Parliament on Tuesday, will merge today's separate EU school milk and fruit schemes and boost their combined annual budget by €20 million to €250 million a year.
        • EU-Turkey-deal : MEPs demanded details on Wednesday of the deal struck by EU leaders with Turkey on the management of migrant and refugee flows, underlining that the international asylum rules must be respected. In a plenary debate with the Council and the Commission, most political group leaders insisted that EU accession negotiations with Turkey and talks on visa liberalisation for Turkish nationals travelling to the EU should not be linked to the refugee issue.
        • childrens-rights : MEPs backed new rules on Wednesday to ensure that children who are suspected or accused of a crime get a fair trial. The directive, informally agreed with the Council last December, recognises the right of anyone under 18 to be assisted by a lawyer and to be accompanied by the holder of parental responsibility (or another appropriate adult) through most of the proceedings.
        • law-making : A deal among the key EU institutions – Parliament, the Council and the Commission - to improve the planning, quality and transparency of their law-making was endorsed by MEPs on Wednesday. It provides for more democratic long-term planning, a new database of planned EU laws, and more information for the press and public on negotiations among EU institutions.
        • EU-UK-deal-group-leaders : Leaders of the main political groups in Parliament welcomed a fair EU-UK deal as an offer to the British people to remain in the EU. But it's an "in or out" vote some said, not another phase in the negotiations. During the plenary debate on the outcome of the recent EU summit with European Council President Donald Tusk and Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker, many UK MEPs voiced arguments for and against EU membership.
        • EU-UK-deal-Tusk-Juncker : Last week's settlement for the United Kingdom and its consequences for the Union as a whole was debated with Council President Donald Tusk and Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker on Wednesday 24 February. Speakers discussed various issues such as the UK's role in Europe and the possible consequences of the referendum.
        • EU-UK-MEPs-debate : When people in the UK vote on 23 June on their country’s EU membership, it will have consequences for the whole of Europe. MEPs debated on Wednesday 24 February the possible consequences of the referendum. Most MEPs said the country would be better off in the EU, while others insisted it would benefit from leaving.
        • superbugs : To fight the growing resistance of bacteria to today’s antibiotics, the use of existing antimicrobial drugs should be restricted, and new ones should be developed, said the European Parliament on Thursday. In a vote on draft plans to update an EU law on veterinary medicines, MEPs advocate banning collective and preventive antibiotic treatment of animals, and back measures to stimulate research into new medicines.
        • MEPs propose a centralised EU system for asylum claims with national quotas : The failure to date of the EU asylum system to cope with ever-rising numbers of migrant arrivals calls for a radical overhaul of the so-called Dublin rules, said Civil Liberties Committee MEPs on Wednesday. They propose establishing a central system for collecting and allocating asylum applications. The scheme, which could include a quota for each EU member state, would work on the basis of “hotspots” from which refugees would be distributed.
        • Women Refugees top of the agenda for International Women's Day 2016 : Policy leaders and practitioners joined together at Europe House in London on 4th March to discuss the refugee crisis and what more Europe can do to assist women facing hazardous journeys across the continent. The seminar aimed to raise awareness ahead of International Women's Day and the publication of an in-depth study of gender and asylum policy for the European Parliament by Mary Honeyball, Labour MEP for London.
        • Parliament advocates an holistic EU asylum system and legal ways to migrate : A centralised asylum system would allow the EU to better manage flows of migrants and asylum seekers, said the European Parliament on Tuesday. It also asked for safe and legal ways to be found for third country nationals to enter the Union without resorting to human smugglers at the risk of their lives.
        • Lessons to be learned from recent terrorist attacks : Existing tools and possible new measures to prevent and fight terrorism, protect EU citizens and prosecute perpetrators were discussed on Tuesday with Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker and the Dutch Minister of Defence, Jeanine Hennis-Plaesschaert for the Council presidency, in the presence of EU Foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini.
        • MEPs call for crackdown on tax fraud in “Panama Papers” debate : MEPs urged the EU Commission and member states to step up their efforts to fight tax evasion and money laundering in a Tuesday afternoon debate prompted by the “Panama Papers” revelations about more than 200,000 offshore companies and their secret owners.
        • Glyphosate: authorise for just seven years and professional uses only, urge MEPs : Given concerns about the carcinogenicity and endocrine disruptive properties of the herbicide glyphosate, used in many farm and garden applications, the EU Commission should renew its marketing approval for just 7 years, instead of 15, and for professional uses only, Parliament says in a resolution voted on Wednesday. MEPs call for an independent review and the publication of all the scientific evidence that the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) used to assess glyphosate.
        • Parliament backs EU directive on use of Passenger Name Records (PNR) : The new directive regulating the use of Passenger Name Record (PNR) data in the EU for the prevention, detection, investigation and prosecution of terrorist offences and serious crime was approved by Parliament on Thursday. It will oblige airlines to hand national authorities passengers' data for all flights from third countries to the EU and vice versa.
        • Data protection reform - Parliament approves new rules fit for the digital era : New EU data protection rules which aim to give citizens back control of their personal data and create a high, uniform level of data protection across the EU fit for the digital era was given their final approval by MEPs on Thursday. The reform also sets minimum standards on use of data for policing and judicial purposes.
        • Trade secrets: protecting businesses, safeguarding the right to information : New EU rules to help firms win legal redress against theft or misuse of their trade secrets were voted by Parliament on Thursday. MEPs ensured that freedom of expression and information will be protected and that the rules will not restrict the work of journalists.
        • UK group wins top European Prize : Congratulations are due today for a UK youth group who have been recognised in one of Europe's most prestigious youth awards this evening (Tuesday 3 May).
        • China’s proposed market economy status: defend EU industry and jobs, urge MEPS : Until China has fulfilled the EU's five criteria for market economy status, its exports to the EU must be treated in a "non-standard" way, say MEPs in a non-legislative resolution passed on Thursday. This non-standard methodology, for use in anti-dumping and anti-subsidy investigations, should assess whether China's costs and prices are market-based, so as to ensure a level playing field for EU industry and defend EU jobs, they add.
        • Corporate tax: MEPs welcome plan for information sharing by national authorities : The European Commission's proposal for automatic exchange of corporate tax information among national tax authorities was welcomed by Parliament on Thursday as "a positive step in the fight against aggressive corporate tax planning". But MEPs also advocated adding further safeguards in the text to ensure that competition in the single market is not distorted by advantageous national tax deals with multinationals.
        • Most young Europeans feel marginalised by the crisis, says Eurobarometer poll : More than half of young Europeans aged 16-30 feel marginalised in their own country due to the economic crisis, but few want to move abroad because of it, finds the latest Eurobarometer poll, commissioned by the European Parliament and last week. Nevertheless, for almost all respondents it is important to learn about the EU and how its institutions work.
        • WEA and U3A courses empower adult students : Participants in two adult education groups are showing that every day in life can be a school day if you have the right support to encourage lifelong learning.
        • New Digital Single Market proposals are a step in the right direction, MEPs say : New initiatives to allow consumers and companies to buy and sell products and services online more easily across the EU were welcomed by most MEPs in a debate with Commission Vice-President for the Digital Single Market, Andrus Ansip, on Wednesday. Parliament will co-decide on equal footing with the EU Council of Ministers on the Digital Single Market legislative proposals.
        • EU-US “Privacy Shield” for data transfers: further improvements needed, MEPs say : The EU Commission should go on negotiating with the USA to remedy “deficiencies” in proposed “Privacy Shield” protection for EU citizens’ data transferred to the US for commercial purposes, Parliament says in a non-legislative resolution passed on Thursday.
        • Boost consumer power in the energy market, urge MEPs : Consumers should be given more power in the energy market, say MEPs in a resolution on a "new energy deal for energy consumers", voted on Thursday. They recommend collective buying, household power generation, better price comparison tools for all and making it easier to switch energy providers and tariffs. In a non-binding text, intended as an input to Energy Union legislation to be tabled by the EU Commission, MEPs also call for EU funds for energy efficiency to focus on energy poverty.
        • Citizens UK and Internet Watch Foundation awarded The European Citizen’s Prize 2016 : Two UK organisations have been honoured today in the 2016 European Citizen’s Prize. Every year a panel of judges chooses laureates from across the member states who have made outstanding contributions to the promotion of cooperation and a better mutual understanding between the citizens of the Member States.
        • Parliament calls for EU action to help farmers fight unfair trading practices : MEPs urge the EU Commission to put forward proposals against unfair trading practices in the food supply chain, so as to ensure fair earnings for farmers and a wide choice for consumers, in a resolution voted on Tuesday. The aim should be to ensure fair and transparent trade relations among food producers, suppliers and distributors. Fair trading should in turn help to prevent overproduction and food waste, they add.
        • Parliament sets up “Panama Papers” inquiry committee : The European Parliament agreed to set up an inquiry committee into the “Panama Papers” revelations, of detailed information on offshore companies and their ultimate beneficiaries, in a vote on Wednesday. The committee is to investigate alleged contraventions and maladministration in the application by the EU Commission or member states of EU laws on money laundering, tax avoidance and tax evasion. It will have 65 members and twelve months to present its report.
        • Parliament calls for crackdown on corporate tax avoidance : The EU Commission proposal for an EU anti-tax avoidance directive was welcomed by Parliament in a resolution voted on Wednesday. MEPs nonetheless advocated stricter limits on deductions for interest payments and tougher rules on foreign income. They also called for more transparency for trust funds and foundations, common rules for “patent box” tax reductions on intellectual property earnings, and an EU blacklist of tax havens and sanctions against uncooperative jurisdictions.
        • Medical devices: Health Committee MEPs approve stricter EU safety requirements : Plans for stricter monitoring and certification procedures to ensure full compliance and traceability of medical devices, such as breast or hip implants, were backed by Health Committee MEPs on Wednesday. MEPs also approved legislation to tighten up information and ethical requirements for diagnostic medical devices used for example in pregnancy or DNA testing. Both files were informally agreed with the Dutch Presidency of the Council.
        • The outcome of the EU referendum in the United Kingdom : What is the European Parliament’s position on the UK referendum? The European Parliament will hold an extraordinary plenary session on Tuesday 28 June at 9am UK time. The debate will be followed by a vote on a number of draft resolutions concerning the outcome of the referendum. The draft resolutions can be accessed here.
        • MEPs call for swift Brexit to end uncertainty and for deep EU reform : The UK must respect the wish of a majority of its citizens, entirely, fully and as soon as possible, by officially withdrawing from the EU before any new relationship arrangements can be made, says the European Parliament in a resolution voted after an extraordinary plenary debate on Tuesday. MEPs also stress the urgent need for reforms to ensure that the EU lives up to its citizens’ expectations.
        • Survey: people reveal their priorities for the EU : The fight against terrorism should be the EU's number one priority followed by action on unemployment, the fight against tax fraud, migration, the protection of external borders and the environment, according to the vast majority of people surveyed in a special Eurobarometer. Those participating were asked if current EU action as mandated by member states on a range of different issues was excessive, adequate, about right or insufficient.
        • EU must do more to meet citizens' concerns, urge MEPs in debate on Brexit summit : EU leaders must respond to the UK's vote to leave the EU, by doing more to defend the EU project and to make it more transparent, social and responsive to citizens' concerns. This was a key message that came out of Parliament's Tuesday morning debate with European Council President Donald Tusk and European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker, on last week's EU summit.
        • Cybersecurity: MEPs back rules to help vital services resist online threats : Firms supplying essential services, e.g. for energy, transport, banking and health, or digital ones, such as search engines and cloud services, will have to improve their ability to withstand cyber-attacks under the first EU-wide rules on cybersecurity, approved by MEPs on Wednesday.
        • MEPs back plans to pool policing of EU external borders : The European Border and Coast Guard (EBCG) aims to reinforce the management of the EU's external borders as part of wider efforts to stem migratory flows to the EU and protect its external borders.
        • Gun control: MEPs clarify licensing rules and safeguards : EU countries will have to introduce stronger controls on “blank-firing” guns, to prevent them being converted to fire live ammunition, under Internal Market Committee amendments, voted on Wednesday, to a draft update of the EU firearms directive. The changes approved by MEPs ensure that any firearm which has been converted to firing blanks continues to be covered by EU gun control rules. This closes a legal loophole which became evident in the aftermath of last year’s terrorist attacks in Paris.
        • British European Citizen’s Prize 2016 winners honoured in London : The national laureates of the European Citizen’s Prize were honoured at a ceremony held in Westminster today. Since 2008, the European Parliament has selected winners from across the EU who have made outstanding contributions to the promotion of cooperation and a better mutual understanding between the citizens of the European Union member states.
        • Academics discuss the UK’s historic referendum at Europe House : The UK’s vote to leave the European Union has brought renewed calls for clarity on the likely consequences for the country in the years ahead, and on 30th of June, just one week after the referendum, Europe House was delighted to host a seminar on this topic in Smith Square with Nuffield College Oxford.
        • Parliament appoints Guy Verhofstadt as representative on Brexit matters : The Conference of Presidents today appointed Guy Verhofstadt (ALDE, BE) as European Parliament point man for Brexit negotiations.
        • 2016 State of the Union debate : Populism, unemployment and social injustice are among the key challenges for the EU, said Commission President Juncker in his annual State of the Union speech in the EP on Wednesday. The refugee crisis, Brexit and counter-terrorism were also debated with political groups’ leaders and other MEPs, who put forward their visions of how to address people’s deepest concerns about the future.
        • President Schulz on official visit to London : On Thursday and Friday President Schulz will be in London and will meet with Prime Minister Theresa May, the leader of the opposition Jeremy Corbyn, and the Mayor of London Sadiq Khan. It will be the first time that President Schulz will be meeting Ms May and Mr Khan. The President will conclude his visit with a lecture at the European Institute of the London School of Economics on Friday afternoon. The lecture will be followed by a questions and answer session.
      • 2015
        • jan15
          • European Parliament President Martin Schulz responds to the Gun attack on French magazine Charlie Hebdo : President Schulz speaks first in French then in English then in German.
          • European Parliament pays tribute to victims of Paris terrorist attacks : “Violence with Kalashnikovs will not make us downgrade our European values”, promised Parliament President Martin Schulz, naming the 17 people killed in last week’s attacks on Charlie Hebdo and a Jewish supermarket. After a minute’s silence, Parliament’s political groups paid their tributes too. Several saw the outpouring of solidarity demonstrated by millions of citizens across Europe and worldwide as a renaissance and reaffirmation of Europe’s core values.
          • Trade committee debate on new recommendations for TTIP talks : The European Parliament must use its influence on framing the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) rules to ensure that they serve all EU citizens, not just a few economic players and must therefore insist that the talks are more democratic and more transparent, said trade committee chair, Bernd Lange (S&D, DE), on Wednesday
          • Food safety MEPs call for country of origin labelling of meat in processed foods : Meat used as an ingredient in processed foods, such as lasagne, should be labelled by country of origin as is already the case for bovine fresh meat, said Environment, Public Health and Food Safety Committee MEPs on Wednesday. They call on the European Commission, which published a report on the issue in late 2013, to come up with legislative proposals in order to rebuild consumer confidence in the wake of the horsemeat scandal and other food fraud cases.
          • Money laundering: company owner lists to fight tax crime and terrorist financing : The ultimate owners of companies will have to be listed in central registers in EU countries, open both to the authorities and to people with a "legitimate interest", such as journalists, under a Parliament/Council deal endorsed by the Economic and Monetary Affairs and Civil Liberties committees on Tuesday. The new anti-money laundering directive aims to help to fight money laundering, tax crimes and terrorist financing. New rules to make it easier to trace transfers of funds were also approved.
          • Capping card payment fees: economic affairs MEPs back deal with Council : The fees that banks charge retailers for processing shoppers’ payments would be capped under draft EU rules endorsed by Economic and Monetary Affairs Committee MEPs in a vote on Tuesday. The vote confirms an informal deal struck with the Council in December. The cap would apply to both cross-border and domestic card-based payments and should cut costs for card users.
          • TTIP: spotlight on the sensitive issues at EP public hearing : EU-US negotiations on the TTIP free trade agreement are continuing. The deal which is expected to create new jobs and boost economies on both sides of the Atlantic touches upon sensitive issues, not least rules for the investor-state dispute settlement (ISDS). On 27 January the international trade and legal affairs committees held a joint public hearing to shed light on the issues at play.
        • feb15
          • MEPs call for country of origin labelling of meat in processed foods : Meat used as an ingredient in processed foods, such as lasagne, should be labelled by country of origin as is already the case with bovine fresh meat, said MEPs on Wednesday. They call on the European Commission, which published a report on the issue in late 2013, to come up with legislative proposals in order to rebuild consumer confidence in the wake of the horsemeat scandal and other food fraud cases.
        • mar15
          • MEPs put an end to opaque card payment fees : The fees that banks charge retailers to process shoppers’ payments will be capped, under uniform EU-wide rules, further to a vote in Parliament on Tuesday. The cap, which will apply to both cross-border and domestic card-based payments, should result in lower costs for card users.
          • Cars will dial emergency services automatically after a crash : All new car models sold in the EU are to be equipped with eCall technology from 31 March 2018 under draft EU rules endorsed by Internal Market and Consumer Protection Committee MEPs on Tuesday.This technology uses the 112 emergency number to call rescue services automatically, enabling them to reach crash scenes faster and thus save lives and reduce the severity of injuries.
        • apr15
          • UK Winner of European Parliament/Charlemagne Youth Prize: EurVoice : EurVoice, the outreach scheme of the European Youth Parliament UK, have won the UK national heat of the European Parliament/CYP competition. This youth project will go forward as the UK's entry in the competition held across all 28 Member States of the European Union.
        • may15
          • TTIP Seminar for Journalists : The European Parliament hosted a two-day seminar on Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership in Brussels on 12-13 May. .
        • jun15
          • Carole Roberts, Jaffer Hussain and Tina Ellen Lee named winners of the EU Citizens' Prize in the UK : Three inspiring Brits have been selected as winners of this year's EU Citizens' Prize, alongside 44 laureates from across the European Union. The prize, which has been run by the European Parliament since 2008, recognises the efforts of EU citizens who promote understanding and co-operation across international borders, integration between EU citizens and the EU values of democracy and human rights.
        • jul15
          • The three films competing for the 2015 LUX Film Prize : Today, at the press conference of the Venice Days (Giornate degli Autori), the First Vice President of the European Parliament Mr Antonio TAJANI and the President of the Committee on Culture and Education, Mrs Silvia Costa, announced the 3 contending films to run for the 2015 LUX Film Prize.
        • sept15
          • EP wants animal cloning ban extended to offspring and imports : Parliament beefed up the Commission’s initial proposal to ban animal cloning to include the cloning of all farm animals, their descendants and products derived from them, including imports into the EU, in a vote on Tuesday.
            • mepsapprove : Parliament beefed up the Commission’s initial proposal to ban animal cloning to include the cloning of all farm animals, their descendants and products derived from them, including imports into the EU, in a vote on Tuesday. Parliament backed temporary emergency rules to relocate an initial total of 40,000 asylum seekers from Italy and Greece to other EU member states over two years in a vote on Wednesday. In the migration debate on Wednesday, most MEPs welcomed the Commission's new proposals outlined by Juncker in his state of the Union speech, stressing that more contributions to solidarity will be needed.
          • MEPs approve first emergency rules for distributing asylum seekers in the EU : Parliament backed temporary emergency rules to relocate an initial total of 40,000 asylum seekers from Italy and Greece to other EU member states over two years in a vote on Wednesday. In the migration debate on Wednesday, most MEPs welcomed the Commission's new proposals outlined by Juncker in his state of the Union speech, stressing that more contributions to solidarity will be needed.
          • Sakharov Prize: nominations for 2015 unveiled : The nominations for Parliament´s 2015 Sakharov Prize have been announced on Thursday 10 September. The prize is awarded every year to honour exceptional individuals who combat intolerance, fanaticism and oppression.The nominations will be formally presented on Monday 28 September during a joint meeting of the foreign affairs and development committees and the human rights subcommittee. The winner will be announced in October.
          • MEPs give go-ahead to relocate an additional 120,000 asylum seekers in the EU : An emergency proposal to relocate 120,000 asylum seekers from Italy, Greece and Hungary among EU member states was backed by Parliament on Thursday. The first temporary emergency rules for relocating an initial 40,000 over two years from Italy and Greece only were approved by Parliament on 9 September.
          • Anti-torture rules: Trade MEPs call for bans on goods marketing and EU transit : Goods or substances that may be misused for torture or execution should not be promoted for export, so as to prevent their spread, said the International Trade Committee, voting on Tuesday to strengthen EU “Anti-torture” rules. MEPs want to widen today’s EU ban to include services, e.g. marketing in expos or online catalogues, but also finance, transport and insurance. They also want to ban transit of prohibited goods via the EU and add a “catch-all” clause to allow checks on dubious new ones.
        • oct15
          • Car industry: MEPs debated manipulation of exhaust emission tests with the Commission : MEPs debated the unfolding Volkswagen exhaust emissions scandal on Tuesday, on the basis of a parliamentary question. They asked Commissioner Elżbieta Bieńkowska to clarify whether emission test manipulation took place in Europe.
            • Opening up the online payments market, so as to reduce fees and fraud risks : Updating EU rules on payment services will cut the cost of paying bills, by enabling new market players to use mobile and online tools to make payments on a client’s behalf, said MEPs voting a law to this end on Thursday. These rules, informally agreed by MEPs and ministers last May, also aim to make online payments safer, by laying down data protection and liability rules for all online payment service providers.
          • Environment MEPs oppose national GMO import bans proposal : A draft EU law that would enable any member state to restrict or prohibit the sale and use of EU-approved GMO food or feed on its territory was opposed by Environment Committee MEPs on Tuesday. Members are concerned that the proposal might prove unworkable and lead to the reintroduction of border controls between pro and anti-GMO countries. The recommendation will be put to a vote by Parliament as a whole at the 26-29 October plenary session in Strasbourg.
          • Migration challenges are best tackled at EU level, says new Eurobarometer poll : Immigration and terrorism are EU citizens’ fastest-growing concerns, according to the latest Eurobarometer poll, commissioned by the European Parliament and published on Wednesday.
          • Launch of the 2016 European Charlemagne Youth Prize : The competition for next year's European Charlemagne Youth Prize was launched on Thursday, 15 October. Now in its ninth year, the prize is awarded to young people who have developed projects to foster understanding between people from different European countries. The deadline for submissions is 25 January 2016.
          • Finalists of the Sakharov Prize 2015 announced : Saudi blogger Raif Badawi, the Democratic Opposition in Venezuela and the Russian opposition politician Boris Nemtsov are the three finalists for this year's Sakharov Prize for Freedom of Thought. They were chosen in a vote during a meeting of the foreign affairs and development committees and the human rights subcommittee at the European Parliament. The laureate will be decided by Parliament's president and political group leaders on 29 October and the award ceremony will be held in Strasbourg on 16 December.
          • Verdicts on Starbucks (NL) and Fiat Finance (LUX) tax rulings show need for transparency and strong role for Commission, say key Tax Rulings Committee MEPs : Following this morning's announcements of the verdicts of Competition Commissioner Margrethe Vestager on the Dutch tax deal with Starbucks and the Luxembourgish tax agreement with Fiat Finance and Trade, key MEPs on taxation issues gave the following statements.
          • Fairer corporate taxes: Special Committee on Tax Rulings votes recommendations : Parliament’s Special Committee on Tax Rulings recommended measures to make corporate taxes in the EU fairer and more transparent, after eight months of fact finding, in a vote Monday evening in Strasbourg.
          • End in sight for mobile phone “roaming” fees and unequal internet access : A complete ban on roaming charges for using mobile phones abroad in the EU will take effect in June 2017 and clear rules on the right to internet access will become law following Parliament's final adoption of the new telecoms package on Tuesday.
          • MEPs adapt package travel rules to the digital age : Package holidays, consisting of a flight, hotel or car-hire and purchased online for an all-in price or through linked webpages, will get the same protection as packages bought in travel agencies under rules voted by MEPs on Tuesday. MEPs ensured that travellers will have more options to cancel a contract and get clear advance information on who is ultimately responsible if something goes wrong.
          • Parliament rejects national GMO bans proposal : A draft EU law that would enable any EU member state to restrict or prohibit the sale and use of EU-approved GMO food or feed on its territory was rejected by the European Parliament on Wednesday. Members are concerned that the law might prove unworkable or that it could lead to the reintroduction of border checks between pro- and anti-GMO countries.
          • Air quality: MEPs approve new national caps on pollutants : EU Commission plans for more ambitious national caps on emissions of six key pollutants, including NOx, particulates and sulphur dioxide, were endorsed by Parliament on Wednesday. Air pollution causes about 400,000 premature deaths in the EU yearly, and the plans could save up to €40bn in air pollution costs by 2030.
          • Raif Badawi - Winner of the 2015 Sakharov Prize for freedom of thought : Raif Badawi is the laureate of this year's Sakharov Prize for Freedom of Thought, following an October 29 decision by EP President Martin Schulz and the political group leaders. Badawi is a blogger from Saudi Arabia currently serving a 10-year prison sentence for insulting Islam on his website promoting social, political and religious debate. The Sakharov award ceremony will be held in Strasbourg on 16 December.
        • nov15
          • EP elections: "Spitzenkandidaten", mandatory thresholds, right to vote abroad : European elections should be fought with formally endorsed, EU-wide lead candidates (“Spitzenkandidaten”) for the Commission presidency, Parliament said on Wednesday in a formal proposal for a change to EU electoral law. It says these candidates should stand for election to the EP themselves, and be formally nominated at least 12 weeks before the elections.
          • Meet your MEPs’ breakfast meetings in Wales : “What does an MEP do?” “Is Wales dependent on the EU budget?” “Why is Britain disenchanted with the EU politics?” Those were only some of the questions the MEPs had to answer during the breakfast meetings organised by the UK European Parliament Information Office in Cardiff. With BBC Wales journalist Jamie Owen as moderator, the series of events aims at providing a meeting point between the public and Welsh MEPs.
          • Commemorative ceremony Paris attack victims at European Parliament Tuesday : Members of the European Parliament will gather today at 2pm in the plenary chamber for a brief commemorative ceremony in honour of the victims of the terrorist attacks in Paris and to express solidarity with French citizens and authorities.
          • Mustang is the winner of this year's LUX film Prize : President Martin Schulz announced that Mustang had won the 2015 European Parliament LUX Prize for cinema at a ceremony in the Chamber in Strasbourg at noon on Tuesday. Mustang tells the story of five sisters who have been promised to husbands through forced marriages but who, determined to live their own lives, break the yoke of tradition.
          • Parliament calls for corporate tax makeover : Parliament sets out its ideas on how to make corporate taxes fairer across Europe in a resolution voted on Wednesday. MEPs urge EU member states to agree on mandatory country-by-country reporting by multinationals of profits and taxes, a common consolidated corporate tax base, common definitions for tax terms and more transparency and accountability with regard to their – so far secret - national tax “rulings” for companies.
        • dec15
          • Brits are increasingly interested in EU affairs, new Eurobarometer poll shows : Interest in EU policies increased recently according to the new Eurobarometer commissioned by the European Parliament and published on Monday 30th November.
          • Decision on Special Committee on Tax Rulings II, "The Sequel", approved : The work of Parliament’s Special Committee on Tax Rulings will be continued under a new mandate for six months, starting on 2 December. This was decided unanimously at Wednesday’s Conference of Presidents and endorsed by Parliament as a whole, by 561 votes to 69 with 5 abstentions. The committee's work will focus on harmful corporate tax regimes and practices at European and international level.
          • Parliament and Council close to a deal on EU Passenger Name Record (PNR) directive : A provisional deal on EU rules regulating the use of air passengers' data to fight terrorism and serious crime came within sight at the fifth "trilogue” (three-way talks between Parliament, Council and Commission negotiators) on Wednesday afternoon.
          • COP21 climate change talks: MEPs in Paris to push for 2°C target : A delegation of 15 MEPs will take part in the UN climate conference in Paris, France, from Monday to Friday. The European Parliament says that the 2015 Protocol must be legally binding and ambitious from the outset, with five-year commitment periods. In a resolution voted in October, MEPs also proposed that a share of revenues from the EU carbon market allowances should be earmarked for climate finance, and that aviation and shipping sectors should initiate measures to curb their emissions.
          • EU Passenger Name Record (PNR): Civil Liberties Committee backs EP/Council deal : The provisional deal reached by Parliament and Council negotiators last week on an EU directive regulating the use of Passenger Name Record (PNR) data for the prevention, detection, investigation and prosecution of terrorist offences and serious crime was endorsed by the Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs Committee on Thursday by 38 votes to 19, with 2 abstentions. The draft directive will be put to a vote by Parliament as a whole early next year.
          • Protecting trade secrets – MEPs strike a deal with Council : New rules to help businesses obtain legal redress against the theft or misuse of their trade secrets were informally agreed by Parliament and Council negotiators on Tuesday. MEPs ensured that freedom of expression and information will be protected and that the new rules will not restrict the work of journalists.
          • MEPs debate EU summit topics: UK membership, migration and security : EU leaders meeting on 17 and18 December should support the creation of European border and coast guard and cooperate more closely over counter-terrorism, said MEPs in Wednesday’s debate with Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker and Nicolas Schmit for the Council Presidency. Some MEPs stressed the need to see what could be done to keep the UK in the EU.
          • Sakharov Prize award ceremony: "Raif Badawi was brave enough to say no to their barbarity" : "Raif Badawi was brave enough to raise his voice and say no to their barbarity. That is why they flogged him," said Ensaf Haidar, the wife of jailed Saudi human rights activist Raif Badawi, accepting the 2015 Sakharov Prize for Freedom of Thought on his behalf in Strasbourg on Wednesday 16 December. Badawi was honoured by the European Parliament for his fight for freedom of speech and thought in Saudi Arabia.
          • "Dieselgate": Parliament sets up inquiry committee : Parliament decided to set up a 45 member inquiry committee to investigate breaches of EU rules on car emission tests and alleged failures by EU member states and the European Commission to enforce EU standards. The committee will present an interim report within 6 months, and a final report within 12 months, of starting its work.
          • Data protection package: Parliament and Council now close to a deal : A “strong compromise” on how to ensure a high level of data protection across the EU was agreed by Parliament and Council negotiators in their last round of talks on the data protection package on Tuesday. It is now up to member states to give a green light to the agreement. The two draft laws in the package - a regulation and a directive - are scheduled for a confirmation vote in the Civil Liberties Committee on Thursday morning.
      • 2014
        • jan14
          • Cigarette smuggling: experts urge MEPs to confront tobacco industry : 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.
          • British MEP Claude Moraes on NSA reform : 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".
          • Wildlife crime: MEPs call for tougher penalties : 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.
          • MEPs back tool to help EU firms compete for public contracts in third countries : 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.
        • feb14
          • Migrants: MEPs endorse search and rescue rules to prevent further deaths at sea : 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.
          • €3.5 billion aid for most deprived backed by European Parliament : 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.
          • NSA snooping: MEPs table proposals to protect EU citizens' privacy : 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.
          • Ukraine: Further bloodshed must be avoided at all costs, says European Parliament President Martin Schulz : 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.
          • Schulz: Switzerland faces many negotiations if it limits freedom of movement : 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.
          • European Elections - This Time it's Different : In the second biggest democratic exercise in the world, 400 million people can cast their vote for a new European Parliament. The 751 MEPs taking up their seats in July will not only set the course of European policies for the next five years but also elect the leader of the EU's executive body, the European Commission President.
        • mar14
          • UK Winner of Charlemagne Youth Prize : Inspired Impressions : 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.
          • MEPs push for common charger for all mobile phones : 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.
          • US NSA: stop mass surveillance now or face consequences, MEPs say : 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.
          • MEPs vote to extend protection for package holiday travellers : 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.
          • European Parliament calls on Russia to withdraw military forces from Ukraine : 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.
          • Transport MEPs push for safer, more environmentally-friendly trucks : 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.
          • President Schulz of the European Parliament on the banning of Twitter in Turkey : "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.
          • Chinese President Xi Jinping visits European Parliament : “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.
        • apr14
          • Russia and Ukraine to top this Parliament’s last debate with Catherine Ashton : 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.
          • The sky is the limit? Europe’s aviation market takes off : 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.
          • MEPs endorse deal on promoting EU farm produce : 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.
          • LIVE TV DEBATE - 15th May - Presidential candidates for the European Commission : Candidates for the presidency of the European Commission went head-to-head in a live TV debate just one week before the European elections.
          • Student Journalist Competition Winners Announced : 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.
          • Basic bank accounts for all : 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.
          • Members of the European Parliament clamp down on wasteful use of plastic carrier bags : 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.
          • Drugs: Members of the European Parliament back rules to take harmful “legal highs” off the market faster : 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.
          • European Parliament: The end of the 7th term - what happens next? : 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.
        • may14
          • European Youth Event 2014 : 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.
          • Young Europeans set policy goals to new European Parliament : 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.
          • European Parliament the old and new in facts and figures : 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.
          • European Parliament UK Office - activity in the run-up to the election : 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.
          • Danish young people win Charlemagne Youth Prize 2014 with "Our Europe" : 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.
        • june14
          • Martin Schulz on the 70th anniversary of D-Day : "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...
          • New MEPs on the block : 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.
          • Gianni Pittella to be acting European Parliament President until 1 July 2014 : Martin Schulz has today been elected as group leader of the Socialists and Democrats and steps down as European Parliament President.
          • Get to know Philippe Lamberts : 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.
          • Introducing Manfred Weber, the new EPP Group chairman : 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.
          • Pittella: "Juncker's proposal to be next Commission President marks a turning point for European democracy" : 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:
        • July14
          • Composition of parliamentary committees set for the new term : 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.
          • Martin Schulz re-elected President of the European Parliament : 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.
          • British MEP Syed Kamall: new leader of European Conservatives and Reformists : 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.
          • Lux Prize for European Cinema - 10 finalists revealed : 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.
          • Parliament elects Jean-Claude Juncker as Commission President : 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.
          • Juncker presents his 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.
          • 28 July 1914: the day an isolated crisis turned into a global conflict : 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.
        • aug14
          • World Humanitarian Day: honouring those who help others : 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.
          • The European Parliament's Calendar Explained : 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!
          • On the election of Polish Prime Minister Donald Tusk as President of the European Council : The President of the European Parliament Martin Schulz has made the following reaction to the results of the European Council.
        • sept14
          • New European Commissioners announced : 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.
          • Meet the Political Groups in the European Parliament : 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.
          • Historic vote: EU–Ukraine agreement signed in Strasbourg and Kiev : 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.
          • Sakharov Prize 2014: Meet the nominees : 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:
        • oct14
          • Scrutiny time: a recap of the first week of commissioner hearings : 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.
          • Ebola: from local outbreak to global epidemic : 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.
          • Denis Mukwege: winner of Sakharov Prize 2014 : 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.
          • European Parliament elects new European Commission : 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.
        • nov14
          • nov14 : 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.
          • Pope Francis delivers a message "to all the citizens of Europe" at the European Parliament : 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".
        • dec14
          • Employment and trade MEPs quiz TTIP experts : 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.
          • European Parliament resolution on recognition of Palestine statehood : 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.
      • 2013
        • Malala Yousafzai - winner of the Sakharov Prize 2013 : 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.
        • One year to go to the 2014 European elections - Economic and social part : 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.
        • The Citizens' Agora 2013 : 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...
        • European Charlemagne Youth Prize 2014 Launched : 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.
        • European Elections 2014 Launched : 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.
        • New European Ombudsman : 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.
        • EP reveals finalists for 2013 LUX Film Prize : 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.
        • President Schulz visits UK and awards Citizens Prize : 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.
    • Euromyths : Never let the truth get in the way of a good story
      • Daily Express: Shelve this £1.6m EU history lesson : 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:
      • Shock, horror! The European Parliament wants to know what people think : 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.
      • CAP reform : complex yes, secretive er...no. : A Daily Telegraph opinion piece by Andrew Gilligan published on 26 January gives the impression that important debates and votes about the future of the CAP currently going through the European Parliament are somehow taking place in a clandestine way. Nothing could be further from the truth. The information, tonnes of it, has always been out there (click on the image to read more)
      • A sinister conspiracy to inform : 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.
      • April Fools? : 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.
      • No, we're NOT banning British car number plates! : Reports in the media that the EU is banning British number plates are completely untrue.
      • What's the real story of MEPs' "pay and perks"? :
        There has recently been much confusion in the media about the pay and entitlements of our elected Members of the European Parliament (MEPs).
      • Bendy Bananas - the Myth to end all Myths : 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?
      • page1 : 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."
      • The lights are on but someone is home : A recent article on the Daily Express website may have left you believing that the European Parliament is not only "deserted" in the summer but also has the cheek to leave the lights on “burning money”. This isn't true.
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      • A History of the EU in 10 Speeches by British Politicians : 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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        • Historical Development of European Integration : 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.
        • The principle of subsidiarity : 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.
        • Main Characteristics of the European Union's Legal System : 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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    • EYE2016 : Remember EYE2014, those three inspiring days with more than 6,000 young participants from all over Europe gathered together to come up with ideas for a better Europe? Well, you haven't seen anything yet!
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          • Euroscola Day at the European Parliament in Strasbourg : An enthusiastic group of students from eleven Glasgow City Council schools and one North Ayrshire school attended the annual visit to the European Parliament in Strasbourg in October 2011.
          • Napier University Students Visit European Parliament in Brussels : A group of international students from Napier University in Edinburgh visited the European Parliament in Brussels in November 2011; their visit was sponsored by the Struan Stevenson MEP, who talked to the group about his work and what it means for Scotland. During their stay in Brussels, the students also learned more about the European Parliament in its new visitors' centre, the Parlamentarium. Several students have shared their impressions on visiting the European Parliament with the European Parliament Office in Scotland.
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            • European Parliament Office in Edinburgh's 2012 Calendar Exhibition : In December, the European Parliament Office in Edinburgh hosted an exhibition to launch the Scottish edition of the European Parliament's 2012 Calendar. It features some of the best drawings from about 1000 primary school children across Scotland who participated in the calendar competition with the theme "European emergency number 112".
            • Lecture: France, the G20 and the Euro crisis : Marking the French presidency of the G20, the European Parliament Office in Edinburgh, the Consulate General of France and the Franco-Scottish Business Club hosted a lecture by Ms Laurence Dubois-Destrizais, Minister Counsellor for Economic and Financial Affairs to the French Embassy in London, on "France, the G20 and the Euro crisis". She particularly focused on the role and interest of the UK in the international and European economic and financial spheres. An interesting discussion followed the lecture whose popularity left no seat in the audience unoccupied.
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            • Annual Meeting of Scottish European Resources Network (SERN) : On 25th November, staff from the European Parliament Office in Edinburgh attended the 16th Annual meeting of Scottish European Resources (SERN). Against the backdrop of the changed Scottish political landscape, the participants discussed the implications of the new majority government for Scotland's future relations with the UK and the European Union. Elspeth Macdonald, Head of Constitution and Europe Division, provided a Scottish Government perspective on the issue and addressed issues arising with the Scotland Bill, the Joint Ministerial Committee and the negotiations leading up to the EU's Multi-Annual Financial Framework.
            • What Future for Social Europe? Beyond the European Crisis : On 21st November, a conference on the Future of Social Europe was organised by the European Parliament Office and the Reverse link define here : ActivitiesPoverty Alliance to look at the circumstances of the current crisis and its impact on employment, equality and poverty across European states. As Peter Kelly of the Poverty Alliance put it, the timing of this conference could not have been better or, depending on one's perspective, it could not have been worse. Several expert speakers and the EU Commissioner for Employment, Social Affairs and Inclusion, László Andor, addressed the question what 'social' has come to mean in Europe.
            • Seminar on the Euro Crisis : On 9th November, the European Parliament Office in Edinburgh and the European Movement in Scotland hosted a seminar at Edinburgh University which addressed the financial, economic and political implications of the Euro Crisis. The expert speakers sought to consider how and why the Eurozone has arrived at the situation in which it now finds itself, to assess what is at stake and, looking ahead, to consider what economic and political consequences might follow different possible courses of action that Eurozone leaders might take.
            • Modern Studies Conference : The European Parliament Information Office in Edinburgh participated on 5 November 2011 in the Modern Studies Conference in Stirling. Organised annually by the Modern Studies Association, the conference gathered together more than 150 Modern Studies teachers from Scottish secondary schools.
            • European Parliament and Glasgow Human Rights Network discussion event on the Sakharov Prize : The European Parliament's Sakharov Prize is awarded annually and intended to honour exceptional individuals who combat intolerance, fanaticism and oppression. This year, MEPs put forward five nominees for the award. In an event that mirrored the process by which the winner is chosen, students studying for a Masters in Human Rights and International Politics at Glasgow University gave presentations on each of the nominees. These presentations were based on documentation provided by the European Parliament and the students' own research, which was extremely thorough and uncovered a great deal of interesting and thought-provoking detail.
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            • Has the European Parliament come of Age? : On 14 October, the European Parliament Information Office and the University of Edinburgh's Transatlantic Seminar jointly organised a roundtable discussion addressing the question "Has the European Parliament come of Age?". It brought together speakers with competing perspectives on the European Parliament's contemporary role and status in the democratic life of the European Union (EU): Richard Corbett, former MEP (1996 - 2009), Michael Shakelton, Head of the European Parliament Information Office in the UK, and John Peterson, Professor of International Politics at Edinburgh University.
            • Internship Fair in Glasgow : On 11 October 2011, the European Parliament Office in Edinburgh attended the Internship Fair at the University of Glasgow to provide students with information on the European Parliament's traineeship options. It engaged with students from a variety of academic and cultural backgrounds to answer questions about the opportunities to gain work experience in Brussels and Luxemburg and informed about the different options and requirements.
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            • Regulation, Speculation and World Food Prices : On 16 September, the European Parliament Office in Edinburgh and the World Development Movement (WDM) hosted a debate on the regulation of food commodity markets in the context of an anticipated revision of the EU's Markets in Financial Instruments Directive (MiFID) which may propose new rules on the trading of commodities when it is published later this year.
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            • Edinburgh Festival of Politics 2011 : On 25 August 2011, the European Parliament and the European Movement hosted an event at the Edinburgh Festival of Politics entitled "Reporting Europe in the Age of the New Media".
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            • St Columba's High School visit to the European Parliament : In June, Catherine Stihler MEP sponsored a trip to Brussels for 29 pupils from St Columba's High School in Dunfermline. The pupils visited the European Parliament where John Fordham, from the European Parliament Visitor Service, gave the group an overview of the work and role of the institution. The pupils also met three Scottish MEPs: Catherine Stihler, David Martin and Struan Stevenson to discuss some European issues. They made the most of this chance, asking a range of questions. After the visit to the EP they had time for some sightseeing, which gave the pupils an insight into many aspects of Belgian history and contemporary culture, and included a visit to the Grande Place in Brussels.
            • Information Day on the Polish Presidency of the EU : To mark the Polish Presidency of the EU starting on 1 July 2011, the Consulate-General of the Republic of Poland organised an Information Day on 2 July at St Andrew's Square in Edinburgh. The event took the form of public stands which provided a range of materials about the EU, its institutions and Poland to passers-by and visitors. The European Parliament Information Office in Edinburgh was among the stall-holders. It was accompanied by an extensive programme of cultural events, comprising traditional and contemporary music, dance, artistic workshops, children's activities and food tasting. The Information Day proved to be a huge success.
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            • Round Table on CAP Reform : The European Parliament organised a Round Table on CAP Reform on Friday 17th June at Aberdeen University, as part of a new pilot scheme to take discussion of topical EU issues on the road to hear the views of local people. Aberdeen was chosen because the North-East of Scotland is such an important food-producing area. The Round Table was attended by Struan Stevenson MEP and Alyn Smith MEP, as well as by representatives of the National Farmers' Union of Scotland (NFUS), the Scottish Government, Aberdeenshire and Aberdeen City Councils, Aberdeen University and a number of other experts, including some specialist agriculture journalists.
            • Schools Question Time : The European Parliament and Europe Direct Aberdeen organised a discussion event for Aberdeen and Aberdeenshire schools on Friday 17th June in Aberdeen City Council Chambers. The discussion was mainly about food and farming, with some more general issues addressed later. It was part of a new pilot scheme to take discussion of topical EU issues on the road to hear the views of local people. Aberdeen was chosen because the North-East of Scotland is such an important food-producing area. The MEPs at the event were Ian Hudghton (SNP) and Struan Stevenson (Conservatives). Just under 50 students from eight local schools attended.
            • You Are What You Eat : The European Parliament organised a public discussion event on Thursday 16th June in Aberdeen City Council Chambers all about food and farming. It was part of a new pilot scheme to take discussion of topical EU issues on the road to hear the views of local people. Aberdeen was chosen because the North-East of Scotland is such an important food-producing area.
            • The audience raised a wide range of topics : The audience raised a wide range of topics, from food labelling to cultivation of Genetically Modified crops and from how best to promote education about nutrition to the recent E-Coli outbreak in Germany. A show of hands was take on some of the controversial issues and showed, for example, a majority of those present through the labelling to show the calorie content of alcoholic drinks would be a good idea. The MEPs reported that legislation in this area might come forward in the next year or two. Professor Peter J. Morgan, said: "Food is crucial to our health and to the economy, yet in the future its production and consumption provide some real challenges, so it was a good opportunity to debate what our options may be."
            • Pupils compete in SEET Euroquiz finals : Pupils from Edinburgh Academy won the 2011 SEET Euroquiz finals which took place in Holyrood chamber on 6 June, beating Cairneyhill Primary School in Fife by just a single point in the final round. The winning team was awarded a trophy, medals, and a globe for their school. Jamie Miller, one of the winning pupils from the Edinburgh Academy team, said: "We've had a fantastic day and we're ecstatic to win. The four of us gave up the first day of our school trip to Holland to compete today so it's all been worthwhile."
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            • The SERN Briefing : The European Parliament Information Office in Edinburgh hosted the annual SERN (The Scottish European Resources Network) briefing in its office on 27 May 2011. SERN includes 32 member organisations from around Scotland including Local Authorities, MEP's Assistants, Members of Committee of the Regions, European Movement in Scotland, Scotland Europa, Scotch Whisky Association, The Royal Society of Edinburgh, Chambers of Commerce, the National Library of Scotland, Public Libraries, and the Aberdeen Europe Direct Centre.
            • Europe Quiz : On 19 May, the European Parliament Office in Edinburgh, together with the European Movement hosted their 5th annual Europe Quiz at the Pleasance bar in Edinburgh. Eighteen teams entered, but the winning team of the five round quiz was The Comitologists from the Scottish government with a grand total of 72 points. The winning team was awarded a magnificent trophy.
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            • Europe Day - 9 May 2011 : TransEuropa, a transnational Festival of Culture, Politics and Art which "promotes democracy, equality and culture beyond the nation" took place on 8 May in the Scottish Storytelling Centre on the Royal Mile in Edinburgh to celebrate Europe Day. The festival features events in 12 cities simultaneously, and Edinburgh participated this year for the first time.
        • Sakarov Prize Discussion : 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.
        • European Citizen's Prize awarded to Professor Richard Demarco CBE : 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.
        • UK in Europe 40 Years: What has it meant for Scotland? : 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.
        • The 2014 European Elections in Scotland: What is at stake? : 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.
        • Audio Europa Competition : 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.
        • Opportunity Europe and Beyond : 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.
        • Modern Studies Association Conference 2014 : On 1 November, the European Parliament Information Office in Edinburgh was at the Modern Studies Association conference in Glasgow.
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        • Inverclyde Radio Interview : Per Johansson was on Inverclyde Radio talking about the European Parliament and the upcoming European Elections.
        • Euroquiz Final : The European Parliament Edinburgh Office, in association with the Scottish European Educational Trust, organised the final of the Euroquiz for primary schools.
        • Europe Day - Edinburgh, 8th May 2015 : Hundreds of citizens joined us on Castle Street on Friday 8th May to celebrate Europe Day and learn more about the activities of the European Institutions in Scotland.
        • Europe Day : Staff of the European Parliament Office In Scotland were in George Square, Glasgow, for the celebration of Europe Day on the 9th of May.
        • #EnergyUnion: What does it mean for Scotland, the UK and Europe? - Aberdeen, 15th May 2015 : On Friday 15th May, Ian Duncan MEP was joined by Lang Banks, Director of WWF Scotland; Ian Scrimgeour, Director of the Aberdeen Institute of Energy; and Maggie McGinley, Director of Energy and Clean Technology at Scottish Enterprise to discuss the implications for Scotland, the UK and Europe of the move towards Energy Union.
        • European Election Discussions : 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.
        • European Parliament Pub Quiz - 29th May 2015 : Canon's Gait, Edinburgh, Friday 29 May, 6.30pm
        • European elections and business engagement with the European Union : A discussion with Per Johansson on the upcoming European Parliament Elections in May 2014 at the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants in Glasgow.
        • Meet your MEP Ian Duncan - 5th June 2015 : For our third "Meet your MEP" event of 2015, Ian Duncan MEP was at our office on Friday 5th June to meet with the public and discuss the work he is currently involved in at the European Parliament.
        • European Election Discussion : Per Johansson, head of the Edinburgh office, gave a talk to students at Glasgow Clyde College. He was also interviewed by the College's radio station.
        • Euroquiz Final - Scottish Parliament, 11th May 2015 : On Monday 11th May, the Euroquiz final was held in the Debating Chamber of the Scottish Parliament.
        • COSLA Discussion : Per Johansson gave a talk to COSLA about the importance of the upcoming European Elections.
        • European Election Projection : 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.
        • European Election Discussion : Per Johansson visited Benbecula to have a discussion about the upcoming European Elections.
        • Film screening of "Illegal" : The European Parliament Information Office hosted a screening of the movie "Illegal", winner of the LUX Prize 2010, in partnership with Just Festival.
        • European Election Night- 25th May-2014 : Join us for an entertaining election party in Hemma !
        • International Women's Day Event : The European Parliament, in association with Scottish Women's Aid, hosted an event to raise awareness about domestic violence on International Women's Day.
        • The EU and the UK: CPD for teachers : 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.
        • Homeless World Cup : The Homeless World Cup took place in Edinburgh and was promoted by the European Parliament Information Office and the Scottish Parliament.
        • Panel Debate on the 2014 European Parliament Elections : Europe Direct Aberdeen hosted a panel debate on the upcoming European Parliament Elections on Wednesday 19th February in the Council Chamber, Aberdeen Town House.
        • Has the EU helped or hindered Scottish culture? : 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.
        • Modern Studies Association Conference : The European Parliament Information Office in Edinburgh was present at Glasgow Caledonian University Saturday 2 November for the annual Modern Studies Association Conference.
        • European Election Night : The European Parliament Office in Edinburgh hosted an election night evening in Hemma, which is situated in Edinburgh.
        • Royal Highland Show : The European Parliament Office in Edinburgh was at this year's Royal Highland Show in Edinburgh.
        • European Election Analysis Event with Professor Simon Hix : The European Parliament Office in Edinburgh, hosted a European Election analysis event with Professor Simon Hix.
        • Scottish Learning Festival 2014 : 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.
        • Ryder Cup 2014 : European Parliament Vice-President Mairead McGuinness attended the 2014 Ryder Cup.
        • Germany, what next for Europe’s Power Engine? : The Edinburgh University European Union Society ran the panel discussion "Germany, what next for Europe’s Power Engine?".
        • SMLC Careers Week 2014 : SMLC Careers Week 2014 offered varied and exciting workshops, exhibitions, comeptitions and presentations tailored to Modern Languages graduates.
        • Meeting with the Glasgow Clyde journalism students : On 29 October, Per Johansson, Head of the European Parliament Information Office in Edinburgh, met the first-year journalism students at Glasgow Clyde college.
        • Lux Film Days 2014 - Islay - Cumbrae - Arran : 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.
        • Eu lunch - Meet your MEP : 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
        • Sakharov Prize Discussion : 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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        • Lux Film Days 2014 - Inverness : 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!
        • Training seminar for teachers and headteachers : On 21 November, we delivered a Continuous Professional Development training day for teachers and head teachers, in collaboration with Learning Plus UK.
        • Euroscola Day : On 28 November, a group of students from Greater Glasgow schools participated in the Euroscola Day in Strasbourg.
        • Lux Film Days 2014 - Lochmaddy : 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.
        • Lux Film Days 2014 - Aberdeen : 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.
        • Lux Film Days 2014 - Perth : The LUX Prize is the annual film competition promoting different views on some of the main social and political issues of the day and, as such, contributing to building a stronger European identity. The three films were screened for free at the Playhouse in Perth.
        • Meet your MEP David Martin : In 2015 we are continuing our series of events inviting stakeholders and the general public to meet their MEPs. On 6 February, David Martin MEP (Labour) came to our office at The Tun to talk about the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) and the main issues on the EU agenda.
        • Scotland’s future: jobs, services and the Transatlantic Trade & Investment Partnership - Edinburgh, 19th February 2015 : The Hansard Society organised a TTIP Summit at the Scottish Parliament, to discuss the EU-US free trade negotiations and their implications for Scotland’s future.
        • International Women's Day - Aberdeen, 9th March 2015 : To celebrate International Women's Day, a panel of guest speakers held a discussion on gender equality and human rights topics titled: "Is gender inequality a thing of the past?" Monday 9 March, at Aberdeen Arts Centre.
        • Meet your MEP Alyn Smith - Edinburgh, 13th March 2015 : On Friday 13 March, Alyn Smith (Scottish National Party) spoke at our "Meet your MEP" event. He discussed his work at the European Parliament and Scotland's role in Europe.
        • TTIP Summit - Aberdeen, 20th March 2015 : On Friday 20 March, the Hansard Society and the European Parliament will host a discussion on "Aberdeen’s future: Jobs, services and the Transatlantic Trade & Investment Partnership (TTIP)"
        • Visit from the Students of University of Georgia, U.S.A - 24th July 2015 : On 24 July, we welcomed students from the University of Georgia, U.S.A as part of the "Discover Abroad" programme, which took them to the United Kingdom and introduced them to various issues related to the UK and the European Union.
        • Scotland Europa talk - 3rd September 2015 : Our Head of Office, Per Johansson spoke at Scotland Europa's Members Meeting at University of Stirling about the work of the Information Office and our upcoming events. The talk was followed by questions from members of the audience and a discussion on current EP policy issues.
        • Missing Pieces - 18th September 2015 : Catherine Stihler MEP, chaired the Missing Pieces event organised by Xchange Scotland and the Scottish European Educational Trust at our Edinburgh office.
        • Hansard Society visit - 30th September 2015 : On 30 September, we were happy to welcome the Hansard Society scholars in our Edinburgh Office.
        • Heriot-Watt University Careers Fair - 8th October 2015 : On 8 October, we operated an information stand at Heriot-Watt University informing students about the employment opportunities offered by the European Parliament, as well as about the work of the European Parliament an the MEPs.
        • Meet Your MEP - Jim Nicholson, Belfast - 30th October 2015 : On Friday 30 October, Jim Nicholson MEP spoke at our "Meet your MEP" event in Belfast. He discussed his work at the European Parliament and talked about a variety of contemporary issues currently facing Northern Ireland and Europe.
          • LUX PRIZE, Lochgilphead - 30th October : On Friday 30 October, the critically acclaimed feature film 'Mediterranea' was shown in Lochgilphead. The film competes with two other productions for the European Parliament's Lux Prize, which casts an annual spotlight on films that cut to the heart of European public debate.
        • LUX PRIZE, Millport, Isle of Cumbrae - 5th November 2015 : On Thursday 5 November, the critically acclaimed feature film 'UROK' was shown in Millport. The film competes with two other productions for the European Parliament's Lux Prize, which casts an annual spotlight on films that cut to the heart of European public debate.
          • LUX PRIZE, Brodick, Isle of Arran - 8th November 2015 : On Sunday 8 November, the critically acclaimed feature film 'Mediterranea' was shown in Brodick. The film competes with two other productions for the European Parliament's Lux Prize, which casts an annual spotlight on films that cut to the heart of European public debate.
        • Meet Your MEP - Martina Anderson, Belfast - 13th November 2015 : On Friday 13 November, Martina Anderson MEP spoke at our "Meet your MEP" event in Belfast. She discussed her work at the European Parliament and talked about some of the current issues facing Northern Ireland and Europe.
        • Sakharov Prize 2015, Glasgow - 18th November 2015 : On Wednesday 18 November, we hosted a discussion event at Glasgow University in partnership with the Glasgow Human Rights Network, looking at all nominees for the 2015 Sakharov Prize. The European Parliament's Sakharov Prize is awarded annually to honour exceptional individuals who combat intolerance, fanaticism and oppression.
        • Meet Your MEP - David Coburn MEP, Edinburgh - 4th December 2015 : For our last "Meet Your MEP" event for 2015 in Scotland, David Coburn MEP talked to the public about his work at the European Parliament and discussed "Why the EU should be dissolved for the good of all Europe". During his talk he also commented on the future of the UK and Scotland in Europe.
        • Parliament Week, Edinburgh - 20th November 2015 : On Friday 20 November, we hosted at our office a discussion event part of the Parliament Week series, in partnership with Democratic Society. This was an interactive event for people aged 18-30, which explained and explored the interactions between the European and the Scottish Parliaments in the context of the future of democracy. Our Head of Office, Per Johansson spoke at the event about the European Parliament and the work of the Information Office.
        • Meet Your MEP - Diane Dodds MEP, Belfast - 11th December 2015 : This was our final "Meet your MEP" event from the series for 2015. Diane Dodds MEP shared details about her work at the European Parliament and her view on the upcoming EU referendum. The big turnout for the event resulted in an interesting Q&A session with members of the audience. The questions touched upon a variety of contemporary issues, including the refugee crisis, through the impact of Northern Irish MEPs in the European Parliament and the EU fishing discard ban.
        • The Gathering, Glasgow - 17th-18th February 2016 : We took part in the largest third sector event in the UK - The Gathering 2016. It's an annual event organised by the Scottish Council for Voluntary Organisations, which allows people from the third sector to showcase what they do and engage with the general public. At the event we were handing out information materials and talking to people about the work of the Information Office in Edinburgh.
        • International Women's Day, Aberdeen - 8th March 2016 : We were very pleased to mark International Women's Day 2016, alongside Europe Direct Aberdeen, with a fascinating event at Aberdeen Central Library. A panel of guest speakers and a packed audience came together to discuss the challenges facing female refugees during the ongoing crisis, including gender based violence, trafficking and applying for asylum.
        • Our Films: Our Europe Final, Scottish Parliament - 21st March 2016 : On 21st March 2016, the Scottish Parliament in Edinburgh played host to an exclusive premiere and awards ceremony that showcased the film-making talents of young people from across Scotland. This was the final stage of the Our Films, Our Europe project run by the Scottish Educational Trust (SEET) and supported by the European Parliament. This exciting project has seen teams of S3-S6 pupils from around the country make short films, with guidance from media professionals, based on how being a European citizen affects them as young people. These remarkable films were screened for the very first time in front of a packed audience before a series of awards were handed out to recognise achievement in film-making, acting, foreign language skills, editing and innovation.
        • Europe Day, Glasgow - 9 May 2016 : On 9th May 2016 we celebrated Europe Day, together with consular representatives from the Member States, the European Commission, language institutes and members of the public in a gloriously sunny George Square, Glasgow. Europe Day marks the historic anniversary of the 1950 'Schuman declaration', when Robert Schuman set out his idea for a new form of political cooperation in Europe. In addition to a wide variety of information stalls, there were many musical performances from around Europe. Our stall drew a lot of attention from Glaswegians keen to know more about the European Parliament and the EU more generally.
        • Euroquiz Final 2016 : On 17th May 2016, talented P6 pupils from all over Scotland gathered at Heriot-Watt University in Edinburgh to compete to be crowned Euroquiz champions 2016. The teams that took part in the final had already done fantastically well, having each won one of the 31 heats held around the country from January to March. The Euroquiz tests pupils' knowledge of many different aspects of Europe, including history, geography, sport, culture, languages and the European Union. The standard in this year's competition was extremely high, making for a nail-biting final. In the final head-to-head round St. Mary's Primary School from Duntocher, West Dunbartonshire, were crowned champions beating runners up St. Margaret's from Dunfermline in Fife. Well done to all of the competitors - as well as their teachers - for the months of hard work that they have put in!
        • LUX Prize Film Screening, Edinburgh - 23rd May 2016 : On 23rd May, we participated, together with Just Festival, in the screening of the the winner of the 2014 Lux Film Prize, Pawel Pawlikowski's 'Ida'. In addition to winning the Lux Prize, 'Ida' has won many other awards including the BAFTA and the Oscar for best foreign language film. You can view the trailer here. The screening drew an impressive crowd despite the perfect weather outside!
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      • Newsnight Scotland- 7th April- 2014 : 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.
      • Scotland Tonight European Special- 2 April- 2014 : 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.
      • Internal Market Committee - September 2013 : 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.
      • Blacklisting - May 2013 : 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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      • EU must recognise the Kurdish Genocide - April 2013 : 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.
      • Food, unfit for purpose - March 2013 : 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...
      • Making Public Money Work for Us - February 2013 : 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.
      • The Common Fisheries Policy - June 2013 : 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.
      • Common Agricultural Policy - July 2013 : 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.
      • The Plight of the Christians In Iraq - December 2013 : 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.
      • The Digital Single Market strategy for Europe - June 2015 : The Commission's 16 proposals to be delivered in the next five years are a step in the right direction in addressing the problems consumers and businesses face in accessing the digital single market. But it is by no means a silver bullet.
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      • The European Commission and Public Health - July 2015 : Commission must stop dragging its feet on Public Health.
      • The Refugee Crisis in Europe - September 2015 : Spare a thought for Angela Merkel. Throughout the Greek debt crisis she was panned for her uncaring uncompromising stance. At the outset of the refugee crisis she demonstrated a humanitarian and generous spirit and was attacked for it. Der Spiegel, who had accused her of being too tough on the Greeks, now said she was too charitable to migrants. The Sunday Times claimed “Walls are going all over Europe – thanks to Mother Merkel's kindness”.
      • Fisheries Committee - November 2015 : The Fisheries Committee of the European Parliament recently held a public hearing on Multispecies Management Plans for fish stocks. Public hearings provide a valuable opportunity for MEPs to hear from experts about the 'real world' practical implications of the topic under discussion - in this case the implementation of new management principles arising from the review of the EU Common Fisheries Policy (CFP).
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