Information Office in Edinburgh

Hello and welcome to the fifth edition of your newsletter from the European Parliament Information Office in Edinburgh.

It's been a busy few months! Read on to see some recent highlights and information about future events. 

Recent Events at the European Parliament
Meet Your MEP - Diane Dodds
11 December, Belfast
Diane Dodds MEP shared details about her work at the European Parliament and her views on the upcoming EU referendum. The high attendance at the event contributed to an interesting Q&A session with members of the audience. Questions touched upon a variety of contemporary issues, including the refugee crisis, the impact of Northern Irish MEPs in the European Parliament and the EU fishing discard ban.
Meet Your MEP - David Coburn
4 December, Edinburgh
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". In the course of his talk he also commented on the future of the UK and Scotland in Europe. During the lively Q&A session, Mr Coburn was asked among other things what he as an MEP could do to reform the European Parliament and what the UK outside of the EU might look like.
Parliament Week
20 November, Edinburgh
As part of Parliament Week, we hosted a discussion event in partnership with the Democratic Society. This was an interactive event for people aged 18-30, which explained and explored the interactions between the European and the UK Parliaments in the context of the future of democracy. Per Johansson, Head of Office, spoke at the event about the European Parliament and the work of the Information Office in Edinburgh.
University Talks
5, 16 & 19 November
This autumn,  Per Johansson, Head of Office, spoke to students at Robert Gordon University in Aberdeen, Edinburgh Napier University and Edinburgh University about the structure and function of the European Parliament, as well as about the work of the EP Information Office in Edinburgh.

Sakharov Prize 2015

18 November, Glasgow
To mark the occasion of the 2015 Sakharov Prize for Freedom of Thought, we organised a debate at Glasgow University in partnership with the Glasgow Human Rights Network. The European Parliament's Sakharov Prize is awarded annually to honour exceptional individuals who combat intolerance, fanaticism and oppression.

Students on the MSc Human Rights & International Politics course at Glasgow University had prepared short presentations setting out the case for each nominee. The subsequent vote by the members of the audience favoured the three whistle-blowers: Edward Snowden, Antoine Deltour and Stéphanie Gibaud. The results of the vote, as well as the actual vote by MEPs, were discussed, which contributed to a very engaging and positive event. Raif Badawi, a Saudi Arabian blogger, is the laureate of this year's Sakharov Prize for Freedom of Thought.

Meet Your MEP - Martina Anderson

13 November, Belfast

Martina Anderson MEP talked about her work on tobacco legislation and highlighted some of the current issues facing Northern Ireland and Europe. She commented on the implications of the upcoming in/out referendum for the UK and Northern Ireland. The second part of the event was a Q&A session with members of the audience, who addressed a variety of issues ranging from the refugee crisis in Europe, the trade in psychoactive substances and genetically modified crops. Social issues such as access to sport funding, child obesity and transgender rights, were also touched upon during a very interesting discussion.

LUX Prize Screening                                     
30 October, 5 and 8 November, West Coast of Scotland
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Every year the European Parliament awards a prize to a European film, which shines a spotlight on current social issues affecting all Europeans. The prize awarded is intended to celebrate the diversity and the social relevance of cinema in Europe. After selection of the three finalists, members of the European Parliament awarded the film Mustang the 2015 LUX Prize.

Following last year's successful collaboration with Regional Screen Scotland, we once again organised screenings in three different locations with the Screen Machine, which converts into a 80-seater cinema. Viewers in Lochgilphead, Millport and Brodick had the opportunity to enjoy the best of this year's film selection.
Meet Your MEP - Jim Nicholson
30 October, Belfast
Jim Nicholson discussed the changes he has witnessed during his long career as an MEP and talked about a variety of issues currently facing Northern Ireland. In his talk, Mr Nicholson addressed the refugee crisis in Europe, the upcoming in/out UK referendum and the accessibility of EU funding for Northern Ireland. The event concluded with an interesting Q&A session with members of the audience, during which Mr Nicholson was asked more in-depth questions about his views on the EU referendum. He also had the opportunity to debate issues like the difficulties facing the agricultural and dairy industries.

New Publications

Fisheries Committee - November 2015
Ian Hudghton MEP
In an article for Scotland Europa, Ian Hudghton MEP comments on the outcome of the recent Fisheries Committee public hearing.

"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)."
To read the full article follow the link below.
Video: What is the European Parliament?

Forthcoming Events

Meet your MEP (a series of events in different parts of Scotland)
(more information to follow)
January-May 2016, Scotland
The Euroquiz is run by the Scottish European Education Trust (SEET) and it tests P6 pupils' knowledge of Europe, concluded with a grand final in the Scottish Parliament.
Our Europe Film Competition
February - June 2016, Scotland
Our Europe is a film competition for S3-S6 pupils, who are asked to make a short film about the idea of European citizenship. It is run by SEET and supported by Radio Lingua Network. In February we will help select the best film and in June the two finalist teams will got to Brussels for the final competition.
International Women's Day
8 March 2016
(more information to follow)
In March we will celebrate International Women's Day. Below you can find more information on what the EU does to support women's rights and promote gender equality.
Europe Day
9 May 2016, Glasgow
Around 9 May we will celebrate Europe Day, together with the European Commission and other stakeholders. The date 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.
European Youth Event (EYE) 2016
20-21 May 2016
The European Parliament is once again opening its doors in Strasbourg for young people from all over the EU in May 2016. The event represents a unique opportunity for thousands of young Europeans to make their voices heard. During EYE 2016, they will exchange ideas and perspectives on youth-related issues, develop innovative solutions to crucial questions for the future and meet with European decision-makers and speakers with a wide range of professional experience.

Groups are encouraged to register before 31 December 2015 or until the maximum capacity is reached (7,000 participants). It is therefore highly recommended to sign up early!

Hope to see you in Strasbourg!


Merry Christmas and Happy New Year from all of us at the
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