The “Interacting with the European Parliament” initiative
Engaging the citizens in defining the EU common goals and policies through encouraging them to participate in a Europe-wide debate – this is the main objective of the “Interacting with the European Parliament” communication campaign, implemented in various languages through the internet-platform http://parliament.europe.bg by the European Institute Foundation, the Center for Policy Modernization, Europe Gateway and Radio Bulgaria – BNR.
With this initiative, the team’s priority is to facilitate the communication between the civil society and the EU institutions, the Members of the European Parliament in particular.
Together with the campaign’s products such as online-discussions, analytical articles, thematic radiobroadcasts, public debates and educative publications, the website http://parliament.europe.bg is set to be an interactive mediator between the voters and the elected on all the topical issues on the European agenda. Our team is determined to clarify the European Union’s institutional organization and, within it, the specific place and role, played by the European Parliament to the project’s target audiences, focusing on how its decisions are echoing both on the citizens’ everyday life and on the global geopolitical processes.
Our target audience is wide, multilingual and coming from various European countries. We pay particular attention on the academia representatives, the young people, the blogosphere, the media and the CSOs. The project addresses not only the EU Member States but also the citizens of the Western Balkans countries – Croatia, Turkey, Macedonia, Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Montenegro and Serbia.
“Interacting with the European Parliament” is implemented in the framework of a project, approved under the EP’s 2009 Annual Grant Program through the Parliament’s Directorate General “Communication” and its duration is of sixteen months. “Interacting with the European Parliament” naturally succeeds to its predecessor – the “Now – interacting with the European Parliament!” initiative, implemented in 2008 again with the financial support of the EP’s DG “Communication”. The already established partnerships continue in a sustainable way – with networks such as PASOS, CHALLENGE, the Balkan Communication Network, the Local Development Booster, as well as with the Europe Direct Information Centers.
Video recording - round table in Paris on the enlargement and Europe in 2020
Video recording - presentation in Brussels of "Europe 2020 - Civic Vision"
Video recording – “Europe’s role in the world by 2020 – the civic vision” – a voxbox discussion
The citizens of Versailles: about the EP, the EU, the elections, the future... (video-recording)
VOXBOX-discussion “The EP, the MEPS and the Citizens” (video recording)
EU Czech presidency: Europe without barriers
“Towards common European energy policy" conference
The French Presidency of the EU: presentation of the priorities
'The Power of Speech" by Graham Watson - video statement by ALDE group chairman
Alexander Stubb MEP (EPP-ED) welcomes our initiative
1958 The first meeting of the European Assembly
50th Anniversary of the European Parliament
EPP-ED Group in the European Parliament - 50 Years On
Statement by EP president Hans-Gert Pöttering
Record of the Project Opening
14-06-2013 / NewsCommenting on this morning election of a new director of the State Agency for National Security (DANS), the EPP group president Joseph Daul, declared: "The EPP group in the European parliament is surprised by this morning election of the new director of the State Agency for National Security (DANS), Delyan Peevski, which functions have been substantially expanded. The...
13-06-2013 / NewsAlthough Croatia officially becomes the 28th Member State of the EU on 1st July, the European Parliament's plenary session in Strasbourg, has not been able to adopt today the amending budget of 374 million euros necessary for the country to take advantage of all the common European policies as the Council refuses to endorse it. This new budgetary battle line occurs in a...
12-06-2013 / NewsToday the European Parliament adopted several pieces of legislation which will mark a step towards completing and improving the Common European Asylum System (CEAS) - due to have been completed by 2012 following the Stockholm programme - which establishes harmonised minimum standards for member states' asylum systems. ALDE MEP Cecilia Wikström (Folkpartiet Liberalerna,...
12-06-2013 / News“This agreement protects citizens’ rights to move freely and reinforces their safety”, said Carlos Coelho MEP, after the adoption of his Report by a large majority at today’s plenary session of the European Parliament. The structure of the Schengen Evaluation Mechanism will cease to be purely intergovernmental. Instead it will be a more EU-based...
12-06-2013 / NewsFollowing yesterday's ALDE request, the European Parliament held today a first debate on the US Internet surveillance programme (PRISM). "The Commission must clarify in detail to what extent EU citizens data has been misused and abused by the US authorities. The ALDE group expects the President of the European Commission to report back fully to the Parliament on the outcome...
11-06-2013 / NewsThe European Parliament today adopted a report on the European Commission's Regulation on “Food intended for infants and young children and food intended for special medical purposes”, drafted by ALDE MEP Fréderique Ries (MR, Belgium), which defines concrete steps towards improving safety and quality of infant formulae, baby food products and products for...
06-06-2013 / NewsLiberals and Democrats are concerned about the progress of discussions within the trialogue between Parliament, Council and the Commission on the next Multiannual Financial Framework. The Irish Presidency obviously lacks the necessary leeway to meet the Parliament's demands: mandatory review clause, flexibility between years and chapters both in payments and commitments,...
- 14-06-2013 16:44 THE EPP GROUP INVITES THE EUROPEAN COMMISSION TO CLOSELY FOLLOW THE RECENT DEVELOPMENTS IN BULGARIA
- 13-06-2013 14:50 ALDE denounces penny-pinching attitude of Council to Croatian accession
- 12-06-2013 14:31 Asylum package: A step towards increased solidarity and responsibility
- 12-06-2013 14:29 Schengen: an historic step towards freedom of movement in Europe
- 12-06-2013 13:19 Prism: US data mining programme must be challenged by the EU
- 04-07-2010 13:07 Public presentation of the priorities of the Belgian EU Presidency on Monday
- 02-02-2009 16:09 А new informative and training platform is now active on http://parliament.europe.bg