Information Workshop on the European Parliament and the European Elections

Europe Direct
Event Information

Date: 21 May 2014
Time: 10:00 am - 11:00 am
Europe Direct Centre: Blanchardstown Library
Location: Event Centre

Event Description

Event: Information workshop on the European Parliament and feature presentations on the upcoming European Elections

Venue: Blanchardstown Library


Please see an outline of the topics that will be covered in the workshop

Brief outline on the formation of the EU and a short video outlining its work 

The European Parliament today: its role and composition

  • The role of the European Parliament in governance of the European Union;
  • The increased powers granted to the Parliament under the Lisbon treaty to make it a co-legislator with Member States governments;
  • The central role of the European Parliament in establishing the budget and priorities of the European Union;
  • The Parliaments overseeing role of the European Commission and on budgetary expenditure
  • The appointment of the President of the European Commission and the involvement of the European Parliament in the process;
  • The importance of the Committee and Political group structure of the European Parliament;
  • The role of the Parliament in promoting equality for women and the importance of gender equality in politics.

Policies of the European Parliament in the new term 2014-2019

In addition, the workshop will cover the issues that are pertinent to the current Election campaign and highlight areas where important decisions will be taken at European level in the next 5-year term of the Parliament in areas such as:

  • Economic Development and job creation and the re-orientation of EU instruments towards these priorities;
  • Research and Development policies;
  • The protection of the Environment, the battle against climate change and global warming and the measures that Europe will implement to achieve ambitious targets in reduction of greenhouse gases;
  • Consumer protection in area such as food safety, enforcing competition measures and guaranteeing best value for consumers;
  • Implementation of specific consumer measures such as the elimination of roaming telephone charges, labelling of food products, the restrictions on use of GMO products and ensuring safety of cross-border shopping

Light refreshments will be provided: All Welcome

For more information please contact Susan or Lisa on 01-8905563 or