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Events & Activities 2011

The second cross-border consultation organised together with the European Parliament Office in the United Kingdom on the upcoming reforms of the Common Agricultural Policy. Starts at 9.30 am in the Armagh City Hotel, Friary Road, Armagh on Friday 2nd December 2011.
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The first in a series of consultations organised by the European Parliament Offices in Ireland and the United Kingdom on the upcoming reforms of the Common Agricultural Policy.
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This Seminar is organized by the Marine Group of the Environmental Pillar and hosted by the European Parliament offices in Ireland.
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For the first time, Agriculture Committee MEPs will meet their co-decision counterparts, the farm ministers, and Commissioner Dacian Cioloş, to discuss the proposed reform package. EU Agriculture Ministers and Commissioner Dacian Cioloş will join members of the Committee on agriculture and rural development on 7 November 2011 for a common debate in the Hemicycle on the legislative package for the CAP reform (15h00 - 18h30). The meeting will be solemnly opened by the President of the Parliament, Jerzy Buzek.
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The European Parliament is hosting a citizens forum on Irish water policy issues at the Clonmel Park Hotel in Co. Tipperary on 21 October 2011. We want to know your views, your concerns and your ideas on all issues relating to water, its supply, its pricing, its cleanliness and flooding. Speakers from the Economic and Social Research Institute, the Environmental Protection Agency, the Office of Public Works and others will be joined by the members of the European Parliament Sean Kelly and Phil Prendergast.
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The Irish Centre for Human Rights together with the Office of the European Parliament in Ireland are holding an event to mark the 2011 Sakharov Prize for Freedom of Thought. Tuesday 18 October, 2011 at 5:00pm On NUIG campus in UC102 - THEATRE, ARAS UI CHATHAIL For information on the event, please contact Dr Vinodh Jaichand at the Irish Centre for Human Rights, Tel: +353.91.492819, vinodh.jaichand@nuigalway.ie
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The European Parliament will vote on proposed changes to the Common Fisheries Policy in 2012. In association with the Irish Fishermen's Organisation, we are hosting a consultation on the CFP reforms in the Tower Hotel Waterford, on Friday 14 October at 9.30 am. Expert speakers will outline the proposed changes and local MEPs will be on hand to hear views. All welcome.
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The European Parliament will vote on proposed changes to the Common Fisheries Policy in early 2012. In association with the Irish Fishermen's Organisation, we are hosting a consultation on the CFP reforms in the Tower Hotel Waterford, on Friday 14 October at 9.30 am. Expert speakers will outline the proposed changes and local MEPs will be on hand to hear views. All welcome.
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Students from the MSc/LLM programmes in Human Rights at University College Dublin took part in an event on 13 October 2011 at EU House Dublin to publicise the 2011 Sakharov Prize for Freedom of Thought, and to promote the debate on the individual human rights issues to which the prize relates. This was the first time that UCD students had taken part in such a debate. The overall winner of the student debate was Ali Farzat (Syria, part of Arab Spring nomination) who narrowly defeated Dzmitry Bandarenka (Belarusian civil activist and member of the Belarusian Association of Journalists Belarus). First Round: Dzmitry Bandarenka (Belarus) 7 Razan Zaitouneh (Syria, part of Arab Spring nomination) 4 Ali Farzat (Syria , part of Arab Spring nomination) 4 Mohammed Bouazizi (Tunisia, part of Arab Spring nomination) 3 Boris Pahor (Slovenia) 3 Asmaa Mahfouz (Egypt, part of Arab Spring nomination) 2 Ahmed Al Zubair, Ahmed al Sanusi (Libya, part of Arab Spring nomination) 1 San Jose de Apartado Peace Community (Colombia) 1 Izzeldin Abuelaish (Palestinian doctor) 0 Second Round: Dzmitry Bandarenka 8 Ali Farzat 8 Razan Zaitouneh 6 Third Round: Ali Farzat 12 Dzmitry Bandarenka 11
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A significant event for small and medium businesses considering doing business in Europe is taking place in Knockranny House Hotel, Westport on Saturday 1st October. Entitled "SMEs Doing Business in Europe", it is co-hosted by Network Mayo and the European Parliament's Information Office in Ireland. An Taoiseach, Enda Kenny, TD, will make a formal address and the event will be chaired by Marian Harkin, MEP. This half day event is free of charge but pre-registration is essential.
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The European Parliament Information Office will once again attend the National Ploughing Championship in Athy from 20-22 September. The EPIO will be in marquee (No. 223H) and this will be open to all visitors. European Parliament staff will be on hand to answer any of your questions and we will also be giving away promotional items and publications.
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MEP Malcolm Harbour, Chair of the European Parliament's Committee on Internal Markets and Consumer Protection will take part in a roundtable discussion at the IIEA on Thursday, 8 September at 12:45pm.
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On Thursday 21st July, MEPs will attend the meeting of the Joint Oireachtas Committee on European Union Affairs. The Committee has invited MEPs for consultation on enhancing communication between the Oireachtas and the European Parliament.
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To mark the 50th anniversary of Ireland's application to join the European Community, the European Parliament Office in Ireland, in association with European Movement Ireland, will host a special event with Dr TK Whitaker and Professor Brigid Laffan.
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The President of the European Parliament, Jerzy Buzek MEP, will pay an official visit to Ireland next week on Monday and Tuesday, 11 and 12 July. Mr Buzek will visit the site of the Battle of the Boyne and meet with the President of Ireland, Mary McAleese, the Taoiseach, Enda Kenny TD, the Tánaiste, Eamon Gilmore TD, Minister of State for European Affairs, Lucinda Creighton TD, the Ceann Comhairle, Seán Barrett TD and the Cathaoirleach of the Seanad, Senator Paddy Burke. The President will make a formal address to the Seanad and participate in an exchange of views with the Oireachtas European Affairs Committee. Speaking ahead of the visit, the President said that 'Ireland is a key partner in the EU ..[and].. contributes a lot to the EU.' Mr Buzek said that 'Irish MEPs are playing an important role representing the interests of Irish citizens on issues ranging from the strength of the internal market and EU structural funds to the Common Agricultural Policy.'
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 (28/01/2011)
Francis Jacobs, the Head of the European Parliament Office in Ireland, will today address the Oireachtas Committee on European Affairs on relations between the European Parliament and national parliaments, the role of the European Parliament Office in Ireland and the ways in which the European Parliament Office can work with the Oireachtas in this area. Mr Jacobs will emphasise the increase in the legislative role of the European Parliament since the Lisbon Treaty came into force, mentioning examples such as the importance of European Parliament votes now in areas such as the Common Agricultural Policy and the Common Fisheries Policy. He will refer to the role of national parliaments in examining EU legislation. Speaking ahead of today's meeting, Mr Jacobs said that 'our office has an important role in informing Irish people about the activities of the European Parliament. The increased powers of the European Parliament have led to an increase in the questions the office receives from members of the public, interest groups, schools and the media. We look forward to working with Minister Creighton and with the Chairperson and members of the Oireachtas Committee on European Affairs.'
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On Friday 1st July, the European Parliament Office in Ireland manned a stand at the five-day Charter of European Rural Communities which this year took place in Cashel, Co. Tipperary. Staff members answered the many questions which visitors to the stand had for them and handed out maps and information about the European Parliament. Fine Gael MEP Seán Kelly and Minister of State for European Affairs Lucinda Creighton TD were among the visitors to the stand.
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A senior delegation of MEPs from the European Parliament's Economic and Monetary Affairs Committee will arrive this week to look at the impact of the financial crisis here in Ireland. Among others, the delegation will meet the Governor of the Central Bank, the Financial Regulator, the Chief Executive of the National Treasury Management Agency and representatives from the Irish Congress of Trade Unions and the Irish Business and Employers Confederation. Speaking ahead of the visit, the Chairperson of the Committee, British MEP Sharon Bowles, said that 'our mission to Ireland is to gain a deeper understanding of the crisis Europe finds itself in and how we can all dig ourselves out of the hole we are in.'
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On Saturday, 9 April, Fine Gael MEP Gay Mitchell will chair a seminar for Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) entitled 'SMEs Doing Business in Europe'. The opening address at the seminar will be given by the Tánaiste and Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade, Eamon Gilmore TD and presentations will follow from consultants, Managing Directors of SMEs, the President of Network Ireland and a member of European Commissioner Máire Geoghegan Quinn's cabinet. The seminar will be held at European Union House on Dawson Street in Dublin. It will begin at 9.30am and will conclude with a light lunch at 1.15pm.
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On Friday, 15 April, the European Parliament and European Commission offices in Ireland will hold a special workshop for third-level media students entitled 'The EU Communication Challenge'. Participants will hear from RTÉ's European Correspondent, Paul Cunningham, a European Commission spokesperson (name TBC) and Gay Mitchell MEP, as they provide their views on the challenges associated with communicating EU issues. The participants will then be invited to take on the challenge for themselves in interactive workshops. Places for this event are limited and will be allocated on a 'first-come, first-served' basis.
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Kieran Bradley, Director for Administrative and Financial Law in the European Parliament's Legal Service, will speak during a seminar tomorrow at European Union House in Dublin on career opportunities for legal graduates in the EU institutions. Now the most senior Irish member of staff at the European Parliament, Kieran started working as a lawyer at the Parliament in 1981. He has also worked as judicial advisor to Niall Fennelly, when he was the Irish Advocate General at the European Court of Justice, taught at a number of universities and written articles for a variety of publications. He will join Jane Pedder of the European Personnel Selection Office (EPSO), Karen Banks of the European Commission's Legal Service and Mark Ronayne of the HR & Personnel Administration section of the Court of Justice of the European Union to provide an outline of the opportunities available for legal graduates and to answer questions.
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On Friday, 11 March, videos produced by students from five Irish secondary schools as part of the My Vision for Europe competition will be shown on the big screen in the Irish Film Institute (IFI) in Dublin. Loreto Abbey in Dalkey, Coláiste Chiaráin in Leixlip, Mercy College in Sligo, Presentation Secondary School in Thurles and Methodist College in Belfast will be competing for the opportunity to participate in the European Parliament's Euroscola programme in Strasbourg on 19 May.
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The European Commission is due to bring forward its proposals on the future shape of the EU's Common Fisheries Policy, following an EU-wide consultation on its original Green Paper (2009). Looking ahead at the strategy Ireland should adopt in the forthcoming decision-making process, the Killybegs Fishermen's Organisation (KFO) and the European Parliament Office in Ireland organised a seminar, including speakers from the KFO, the Irish Fish Producers' Organisation, the Marine Institute, Bord Iascaigh Mhara (BIM) and Ireland's MEPs for the North West constituency - Pat the Cope Gallagher (Fianna Fáil), Marian Harkin (Independent) and Jim Higgins (Fine Gael).
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 (17/01/2011)
Between Thursday, 13 January and Saturday, 15 January, staff from the European Parliament and European Commission offices in Ireland answered a wide variety of questions from participating students and visitors at the BT Young Scientists Exhbition at the RDS in Dublin. The photograph shows Katie and Aoife of St Colmcille's Community School in Knocklyon in Dublin questioning Anne McEvoy of the European Parliament.
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