In the beginning of this week I got an invitation to an event called "It's our Europe: Let's get active!" which is organised by the European Ombudsman. I liked the title of the event because it assumes that the idea is to talk about motivating people and to support participation of citizens. Sounds like a great idea. But then again I was surprised that the event was actually organised by the European Ombudsman. I always thought this European institution would only work on complains. I wanted to have some background information about the work of the Ombudsman and the event to which I was invited. I wrote them and asked if we can meet and talk about the event and the work of the European Ombudsman. As it turned out, I got an answer just hours after I had sent my request for a meeting with the kind invitation to meet during the week.
On Thursday April 4th I met with Gundi Gadesmann who is the Media and External Relations Officer at the European Ombudsman. We talked a bit and I asked her to tell me what the European Ombudsman actually does. Here is what she told me:
I then wanted to know more about the event itself: Why is the event organised now, in which framework, if there is any and what's the goal of an event that is called: "It's our Europe: Let's get active!"
So far I knew now. I liked the idea. It's good when we start asking ourselves what we can do, makes us think about our responsibility in this Year of European Citizens. But I still wanted to know what the idea behind the event is?
The event takes place on 23 April 2013, 09:30-12:30 followed by a reception Room 2Q2 (József Antall Building), European Parliament, Brussels
Ok there will be high level politicians, which is nice for the people who will be attending the event and sitting in the room, but what about those people who are not in Brussels and who cannot come the event?
Live stream is provided via: http://www.ombudsman.europa.eu/en/home.faces Twitter hashtag #eyc2013eo
Interactivity sounds great!
I will be there for you to tweet (@Citizen_e) about the event and those of you who are in Brussels should come and ask questions, the registration can be done here: http://www.ombudsman.europa.eu/shortcuts/document.faces/en/49627/pdf.bookmark download the pdf, fill in your details and send it via email to: firstname.lastname@example.org
The registration has to be done in this way because the event takes place in the European Parliament, for the security of everyone there has to be a prior registration of every participant.
If you can not attend, because you are living outside of Brussels, but you want to interact and know what everyone is talking about you can follow the event in 22 languages via live stream here:
You can also get more information about the event on Facebook
For more information about the European Ombudsman and the initiatives and speakers visit: http://www.ombudsman.europa.eu/start.faces
EurHope, remembering the victims of the Mafia, and the state of the European Union and Italy's place.
A wonderful and great day for all of you from Brussels!
On the agenda today there is:
"EurHope IMAGES FROM THE FUTURE Living the world - Cities, architecture, human landscapes"
Every future starts with an image:
The imagination and the future remain general subjects of the competition, focused though in this edition on the ways of living the world. The competition, taking suggestions from Europe, its territory, its own cultures, and its own infinite forms, wants to invite the artists to take a leap into the future and picture the ideas, visions, sceneries, fears, and hopes for the future on these particular subjects. Representing, obviously, not only the buildings and the cities, but for those who require, personal experiences of the people who live there.
You can find more information here:
The deadline for the competition is April 2nd 2013.
In remembrance of the victims who were killed by the Mafia, the association NoiPolis invites you to an evening
with concert, videos and images of those who died fighting the Mafia.
You find more information here:
The European Movement Italy invites to a meeting discussing the state of the European Union and Italy's place
there in. The whole thing will take part on Friday at 11:00 in Milan.
For those interested you will find more information here:
https://www.facebook.com/events/414013842027750/?ref=2 State of the Union
Today there are several things on the agenda: First I will meet the guys of "HELLO EUROPE"
at 5pm in Brussels and will talk with them about their idea and what they want to do. In any way you should
all support them by sharing and linking their page on Facebook!
Afterwards I will go to the event of the Union of European Federalists Multi speed Europe? Federal
I am really interested what Rafał TRZASKOWSKI a Polish MEP, member of AFCO, and Jean-Claude PIRIS,
former head of the Council’s Legal service will have to say and if there will be anything interesting today.
Since the debate will be moderated by Pierre Defraigne, Executive Director of the Madariaga Foundation,
one thing is for sure, it will not become boring ;)
If you are in Scotland Edinburgh today and you are interested in a nice PANEL DEBATE ON THE FUTURE OF EUROPE
you are welcome to join the German Consulate General Edinburgh. The Europa Institute at the University of
Edinburgh, in cooperation with the German Consulate General, will host a panel debate on the future of the
European Union under the title 'Franco-German relations have driven European integration but what does the
future hold for the EU?'.
The event in the Playfair Library will start at 5.30pm with introductory comments by the Scottish Cabinet Secretary
for Culture and External Affairs, followed by a panel discussion chaired by Professor Charlie Jeffery and including:
- Professor John Peterson (School of Social and Political Science)
- Professor Andrew Scott (Law School)
- Professor Laura Cram (School of Social and Political Science)
- Professor Willie Paterson (Aston University)
- Arnaud Parmentier (Elysee Palace Correspondent of Le Monde)
Following the panel debate there will be a drinks reception and an opportunity to view an exhibition on Franco-
Register for the Panel Debate at
Finally if you are in Brussels and want to do something about the life in Belarus, you are welcome to the
Young European Federalists Brussels [JEF Brussels] they invite to the JEF Brussels - FREE BELARUS ACTION -
making a speech and a video
More information here: https://www.facebook.com/events/348805025219749/
You will find me at the UEF in the Committee of the Regions, follow me on Foursquare ;) and can read later here
about my meeting with the guys of HELLO EUROPE. Until then, stay tuned...!
Hi everybody, here are the events of the day as far as I am concerned. You mEvents:
18:00 Rencontre avec Stephen Clarke
By: Europe-Direct Maison de l'Europe
Venez découvrir le regard amusant que porte l'écrivain Stephen Clarke sur les habitants de l'Hexagone.
L'auteur britannique de "God Save la France" et "1000 ans de mésentente cordiale" sera le mardi 19 mars à 18h à la librairie Thuard pour dédicacer ses romans et rencontrer ses lecteurs.
24 rue de l'étoile, 72000 Le Mans, France
18:00 until 20:00 Workshop Reclaiming the right to water in Europe
On the occasion of the World Water Day 2013 and the year of International Cooperation in Water, we have the pleasure of inviting you to the event on "Reclaiming the Right to Water in Europe: Citizens Participation, Democracy & Commons taking place in the European Parliament in Brussels on Tuesday the 19th of March 2013 from 18H00 - 20H00 in room A3H1.
This event will have the aim of bringing together Members of the European Parliament, academics and members of the civil society movement to have an exchange of views and discuss the state of the right to water in Europe, the link with water as a commons and the role of the EU in international water cooperation.
Registration is free but obligatory.
Rue Wiertz 60, B-1047 Brussels, Belgium
19:00 until 20:00 Spinelli4breakfast - SI RIPARTE!
By: Punto Europa
Torna l'appuntamento settimanale di approfondimento sull'Ue!
Prima puntata: martedì 19 marzo, dalle 19 alle 20, per parlare delle elezioni in Italia viste dall'Ue.
Partecipate al dibattito attraverso la chat Facebook (Koinèffèm webradio) e Twitter (@PuntoEuropa)!
Via Valverde 15, 47121 Forl
19:00 Soirée européenne dédiée à l'Irlande
By: Maison De l'Europe Bordeaux
La Maison de l’Europe Bordeaux – Aquitaine,
les Centres d’animation de Bordeaux et
l’Ambassade d'Irlande en France
ont le plaisir de vous inviter
à la Soirée européenne dédiée à l'Irlande
le mardi 19 mars 2013 à 19h00
à la Maison de l'Europe Bordeaux - Aquitaine
1, Place Jean Jaurès - Bordeaux
En présence de l'Ambassadeur d'Irlande en France, M. Paul Kavanagh, qui donnera une conférence sur la présidence irlandaise de l'Union européenne et la reprise de l'économie irlandaise
La soirée se prolongera autour d'un apéritif convivial irlandais.
Inscriptions à l'adresse : email@example.com ou par téléphone au 05.24.57.05.00
@Maison De l'Europe Bordeaux
1 place Jean Jaurès, 33000 Bordeaux, France 5.
19:00 TONIGHT: Debate on the future of the European Union
By: Pub Affairs Bruxelles
We are most pleased to invite you to participate in an evening of discussion on the future of the European Union with: Sir GRAHAM WATSON MEP (ALDE) & DANIEL HANNAN MEP (ECR).
with a preliminary address from HANNES SWOBODA MEP (S&D)
This Tuesday, the 19th of March, 7h00 pm at the Press Club Brussels Europe, Rue Froissart 95, Brussels.
More info: http://www.pubaffairsbruxelles.eu/invitation-debate-on-the-future-of-the-european-union/
@Press Club Brussels Europe
Rue Froissart 95, Brussels