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CHANGE OF ADDRESS

After almost 35 years, the European Parliament Information Office in Ireland is leaving Molesworth Street.   During the week of 7 September, we will be moving to new premises at 12-14 Lower Mount Street, Dublin 2.  Our telephone number remains the same.  However, in case of technical difficulties during the move, we can be reached on either 086.80.65.795 (Head of Office) or 086.17.28.467 (Press Officer) and/or by email: epdublin@ep.europa.eu.

 

EVENTS

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Are you working in the tourist industry or intend starting a business connected with tourism? Is your livelihood dependent on tourism? The European Parliament Information Office in Ireland is hosting a public consultation to be chaired by MEP Deirdre Clune on how the EU can help develop tourism. The event takes place at 7.00 pm in the Walter Raleigh Hotel, Youghal, Co. Cork. This is a free event. Registration required. Book your place at events-epdublin@ep.europa.eu or tel (01) 605.7900.
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The European Parliament will once again be present at this year's National Ploughing Championships, which take place from Tuesday 22 to Thursday 24 September at Ratheniska, Stradbally, Co. Laois. We will be available to assist you with questions on EU policies, your rights as a European citizen and all topics of EU interest. Experts in the field of the Common Agricultural Policy will also be on hand. The European Parliament looks forward to seeing you at Stand 429, row 25, block 3.
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LATEST NEWS

What will the MEPs be working on during next week's Plenary Session in Strasbourg ? Highlights include: First State of the Union address by EC President Junker; Refugee Crisis debate; vote on a ban on animal cloning, cloned food, feed and imports; Jobs: fostering social entrpreneurship;Right2Water citizen's initiative; Middle East peace process, Iran deal and Belarus; Vote on more robust EU ban on trade in seal products
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The agriculture committee on Thursday rejected the Commission's draft law that would give member states the power to restrict or prohibit the use of EU-approved GM food or feed on their territory. It fears that arbitrary national bans could distort competition on the EU's single market and jeopardise the Union's food production sectors which are heavily dependent on imports of GM feed.
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European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker will deliver his first State of the Union address to the European Parliament in Strasbourg on Wednesday 9 September, from 09:00 CET. His assessment and proposals for the future will be followed by a debate with MEPs, who will have their own analyses and proposals to make. They will also say what they expect from the Commission Work Programme for 2016. The migration crisis and Schengen, Greece and the Eurozone are likely to be among issues to be raised.
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ONLINE SURVEY

How do you feel about the European Parliament?  How does it impact on our lives?    Do you know your local MEPs? What topics would you like to hear more about?  SpunOut.ie, together with The Wheel and the European Parliament  wants to increase the awareness of the role and activities of the European Parliament among young Irish citizens.  With this in mind, SpunOut.ie is conducting a survey aimed at 16-25 year olds.  Did you vote in the last European elections?   Is Parliament relevant to young people? Click on the picture to take the short survey!

 

FOCUS ON

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Since 2007, the European Parliament LUX FILM PRIZE casts an annual spotlight on films that go to the heart of European public debate. The Parliament believes that cinema, a mass cultural medium, can be an ideal vehicle for debate and reflection on Europe and its future. The films selected for the LUX FILM PRIZE competition help to air different views on some of the main social and political issues of the day and, as such, contribute to building a stronger European identity. They help celebrate the universal reach of European values, illustrate the diversity of European traditions and shed light on the process of European integration.
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2015 is a special year for development. It is the first ever European Year to deal with the European Union's external action and Europe’s role in the world. Take part in Parliament's guest photographer contest, inspired by 2015 being the European Year for Development. Until September different topics linked to development will be announced. Send in your photo inspired by the theme of that month, along with the submission form and you could be invited to Strasbourg to do a photo reportage.
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USEFUL INFORMATION

Welcome to the European Parliament's Think Tank pages - an online platform that brings together all sources of EP expertise and high quality information. This powerful search engine will systematically search the many Parliament studies, library briefings, impact assessment and European added value papers, STOA and economic dialogue documentation, surveys on public opinion and EU fact sheets and provide you with solid background information in a policy field.
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Parliament decides its annual calendar of work on the basis of a proposal by the Conference of Presidents. The calendar is divided into plenary sittings (part-sessions) and meetings. It comprises: 12 four-day part-sessions in Strasbourg and additional two-day part-sessions in Brussels, two weeks a month for meetings of parliamentary committees and interparliamentary delegations, one week a month for political group meetings and four weeks a year where MEPs concentrate exclusively on constituency work. The weeks are colour coded indicating that period's particular activities. Parliament's calendar is explained here.
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