Summer has arrived and it is time for another edition of our newsletter. Read on for an update on our activities over the last few months - and remember to follow us on twitter @EP_Edinburgh for the latest details on future events.
Retired Minister's Association Presentation and Conversation
13 April 2015, Edinburgh

Head of Office Per Johansson met with the Retired Minister's Association at the beautiful and historically rich surroundings of St. Andrew's and St. George's West Church on George Street, Edinburgh. He spoke about the European Union and the role of the Institutions before an open discussion with those gathered, who took the opportunity to explore some contemporary issues and reflect on the changing political landscape of Europe over the last decades.
Per Johansson discusses Europe with the Retired Minister's Association
St. Andrews University Careers Event   
15 April 2015, St. Andrews
Per Johansson was in St. Andrews later in the week to take part in a careers 'speed-dating' event at the University. The quickfire proceedings gave interested students from a wide variety of academic and personal backgrounds the opportunity to find out more about working for the EU, and application procedures. More information on careers in the European Parliament is available here.
Discussion with LLM students at Edinburgh University
5 May 2015, Edinburgh
Students in European Law from the University of Edinburgh took the opportunity to discuss some of the practical implications of their studies and EU careers opportunities with Per Johansson. You can find links to information on this and other Europe-related courses offered at Scottish Universities on our website.
Scottish Government Criminal Justice Division Away Day
7 May 2015, Edinburgh
Officials from the Scottish Government Criminal Justice Division visited our office for an afternoon of presentations and discussions of their work in a European context. Our Head of Office gave a presentation on the roles and responsibilities of the European Parliament before answering questions on the activities of our office.  
Europe Day Celebrations
8 May 2015, Edinburgh
Representatives from around Europe and Civil Society joined the European Parliament and European Commission in celebrating Europe Day on Castle Street, Edinburgh. Speakers included Alyn Smith MEP and there was a plethora of artistic performances. The EP Information Office set up a colourful stand with information materials and met interested members of the public. Photos from the day are available here.
The EPIO Edinburgh team welcomed visitors to their information stand
Euroquiz Final
11 May 2015, Edinburgh
A team of four P6 pupils from Carmondean Primary School in Livingston emerged as the winners of the 2015 Euroquiz competition, organised in collaboration with the Scottish European Educational Trust. Pupils from more than 400 primary schools in 30 local authorities displayed an impressive knowledge of European history, culture and language in this year's competition, with the national finals held in the Scottish Parliament debating chamber. Head of Office Per Johansson assisted proceedings by confirming the correct answers at the end of each round.
#EnergyUnion: What does it mean for Scotland, the UK and Europe?
15 May 2015, Aberdeen
We were in Aberdeen University in May to discuss Energy Union with interested citizens and representatives from academia, civil society, and business. Well known veteran broadcaster Charles Fletcher moderated the event and was joined by Dr Ian Duncan MEP; 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 on the panel. After a high quality series of speaker contributions, a well-informed and interesting set of questions from the audience were discussed. You can read the latest commentaries on Energy Union here.
European Pub Quiz
29 May 2015, Edinburgh
Are there really more Ikea stores in Sweden than the UK? And who shot Archduke Franz Ferdinand in 1914? Participants were challenged to answer these and other European-themed brainteasers in our annual Pub Quiz organised in partnership with the European Movement in Scotland. Congratulations go to 'EU-Phoria' (captained by Colin Imrie, Head of European and UK Relations at the Scottish Government) who gave a consistently solid performance and emerged as clear winners.
Derek Hammersley of the European Movement in Scotland with this year's Pub Quiz champions, 'EU-Phoria' from the Scottish Government
Hansard Scholars Study Visit
3 June 2015, Edinburgh
American political students visited Edinburgh as part of the Hansard Society's Scholars programme. The visit included meetings with MSPs in the Scottish Parliament, a tour of Edinburgh castle and an afternoon spent in our office with Per Johansson, journalist Joyce McMillan and officials from the Scottish Government, to discuss Scottish economy and political history as well as hear about the role and activities of the European Parliament.
Meet your MEP - Ian Duncan
5 June 2015, Edinburgh
Dr Ian Duncan MEP (Conservative) visited our office to meet with citizens for a presentation of his work as an MEP and some contemporary issues, including Energy Union, the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP), Fisheries & Agriculture.

His presentation was followed by a lively discussion, with participants from various regions of Scotland representing a wide spectrum of Civil Society and the public.
Dr Ian Duncan MEP discussing his work at our Meet your MEP event
LUX Film Screenings
Since 2007, the European Parliament LUX Prize casts an annual spotlight on films that go to the heart of European public debate.This year, the EPIO in Edinburgh is planning to host a series of LUX Prize film screenings around Scotland, with more details to follow. The LUX Prize Film Selection Committee last week announced this year's official selection. You can view those selected and find out more about the history of the prize here.
Sakharov Prize Debate
One way that The European Parliament supports human rights is through the annual Sakharov Prize for Freedom of Thought, established in 1988.  The prize is awarded to individuals who have made an exceptional contribution to the fight for human rights across the globe, drawing attention to human rights violations as well as supporting the laureates and their cause. This year, our office is planning to continue its successful collaboration with staff and students from the Human Rights and International Politics MSc programme at the University of Glasgow, who will present and discuss the nominees for 2015.
Meet Your MEP
Our successful 'Meet Your MEP' series of seminars will continue later in the year, with plans in process for events in Northern Ireland as well as further events in Edinburgh. We will keep you updated through our website and social media as these plans are finalised.

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