Information Office in Edinburgh


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

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

Recent Events at the European Parliament
Heriot-Watt University Careers Fair 
8 October, Edinburgh
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 and the MEPs. Students were particularly interested in traineeships at the EP and in learning more about competitions organised by the European Personnel Selection Office (EPSO). We encourage you to follow our social media channels in order to stay informed about upcoming career opportunities at the European institutions.
Hansard Society visit     
30 September, Edinburgh
On 30 September, we were happy to welcome the Hansard Society scholars in our Edinburgh Office. Our Head of Office, Per Johansson, spoke about the structure of the European Parliament and the other EU institutions, as well as some of the challenges that face the EU. The presentation was followed by a very interesting and interactive Q&A session.
Missing Pieces
18 September, Edinburgh
Catherine Stihler MEP, chaired the Missing Pieces event organised by Xchange Scotland and the Scottish European Educational Trust at our Edinburgh office. The initiative aimed at attracting attention to the current European programmes available to young people in Scotland. The event also provided participants with information about the funded opportunities managed by the European Union that are available to Scots.
Scotland Europa talk
3 September, Stirling

Our Head of Office, Per Johansson spoke at Scotland Europa's Members Meeting at the 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.

Visit from the Students of the University of Georgia, U.S.A
24 July, Edinburgh
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. We presented the work of the European Parliament Information Office in Edinburgh followed by a Q&A session with members of staff. Students were very interested in the UK and in particular in Scotland's role in the European Union and the institutional set-up of the EU.

Luxembourg Presidency of the Council of the European Union
1 July-31 December 2015

The presidency of the Council rotates among the EU member states every 6 months. During this 6-month period, the presidency chairs meetings at every level in the Council, helping to ensure the continuity of the EU's work in the Council.

The Luxembourg Presidency work programme is based around 7 headings: stimulating investment to boost growth and employment; deepening the EU's social dimension; managing migration, including freedom, justice and security; revitalising the single market with a focus on its digital dimension; placing EU competitiveness in a global and transparent framework; promoting sustainable development and strengthening the EU's presence on the global stage.

New Publications
A day in the life of a Scottish MEP
This brochure provides information about the work of the six Scottish Members of the European Parliament by letting each member give a personal account of a day in their life as an MEP.

To read the full publication with the personal accounts  of the MEPs, follow the link below.

The Refugee Crisis in Europe - September 2015
David Martin MEP

In an article for Scotland Europa, David Martin MEP examines the refugee crisis , which has hit Europe.
"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”".
To read the full article follow the link below.

Forthcoming Events
LUX Prize Screening                                     
30 October, 5 and 8 November, West Coast of Scotland
Every year the European Parliament awards a prize to a European film, which shines a spotlight on current social issues affecting all Europeans. Following our successful collaboration last year with Regional Screen Scotland, we have once again organised screenings in three different locations in the West Coast with the Screen Machine.  All screenings are completely free to the public, but please reserve your seat to avoid disappointment. The Screen Machine is wheelchair accessible and is equipped with a hearing aid loop.

Mediterranea (Jonas Carpignano, Italy/France/United States/Germany/Qatar, 2015) can be seen on 30 October from 17:30 at Lochgilphead. The Lesson (Kristina Grozeva & Valchanoc, Bulgaria/Greece, 2014) can be seen on 5 November from 17:00 at Millport, Isle of Cumbrae. Mediterranea (Jonas Carpignano, Italy/France/United States/Germany/Qatar, 2015) can also be seen on 8 November from 17:30 at Brodick, Isle of Arran.

To watch the trailers or reserve your seat follow the links below.
Meet Your MEP - Northern Ireland
30 October, 13 November & 11 December, Belfast
On Friday 30 October, Jim Nicholson MEP will speak at our "Meet your MEP" event. He will discuss his work at the European Parliament and Northern Ireland's role in Europe. After his presentation he will participate in a Q&A session with members of the audience. The series will continue with Martina Anderson MEP on 13 November and Diane Dodds MEP on 11 December.
University Talks
5, 16 & 19 November
This autumn, Our Head of Office, Per Johansson, will speak to university students and talk about the structure and function of the European Parliament, as well as about the work of the EP Information Office in Edinburgh. Talks are scheduled at Robert Gordon University in Aberdeen, Edinburgh Napier University and Edinburgh University.

If you are interested in a talk by the EPIO, please contact us.

Sakharov Prize 2015
18 November, Glasgow
This European Parliament's Sakharov Prize is awarded annually to honour exceptional individuals who combat intolerance, fanaticism and oppression. In partnership with the Glasgow Human Rights Network, we will host a discussion event at Glasgow University looking at the candidates for the 2015 Sakharov Prize. Students on the MSc in Human Rights & International Politics course will prepare presentations on nominees for the Prize, in which they will set out the case for each nominee to receive the award.  Following a public debate and Q&A session, a vote will be taken among all those present.
The finalists this year are: Raif Badawi (a Saudi Arabian blogger who was arrested in 2012 on a charge of insulting Islam), Mesa de la Unidad democratica (integrates all democratic opposition to the totalitarianism of the current Venezuelan President Maduro, including political prisoners) and Boris Nemtsov (was a leading personality of the Russian civil society who worked for a democratic, prosperous and peaceful Russia).

Parliament Week  #DoDemocracy
20 November, Edinburgh
In the afternoon of Friday 20 November, the EP in cooperation with Democratic Society will organise an event at EPIO Edinburgh.

This is a free, interactive event for people aged 18-30, which will explain and explore the interactions between the European Parliament, the UK Parliament and the Scottish Parliament in the context of the future of democracy.

Attendees will have the opportunity to hear directly from representatives of the European and Scottish Parliaments, plus a chance to ask questions. No previous knowledge or experience is necessary.

To register for the event follow the links below.
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!


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