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The Panel.
Today we hosted an event entitled ‘European Investment Bank funding in the new decade’, focussing on loans available from the European Investment Bank (EIB) in Ireland for major projects tackling the climate crisis, enhancing skills and innovation, promoting small business and developing infrastructure.
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Former EP President Poettering.
The European Parliament supported the DCU Brexit institute in hosting an event entitled ‘Brexit and the New EU Institutional Cycle’, on 12th December 2019. Gráinne Ní Aodha (thejournal.ie) chaired a panel including James Temple Smithson (Head of the European Parliament Information Office in Ireland), Dr. Veronica Corcodel (DCU), Amb. Michele Valensise (President of the German – Italian Centre for European Excellence at Villa Vigoni and Former Secretary General of the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs) and Prof. Joachim Fischer (University of Limerick).
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Ombudsman O'Reilly and President Sassoli.
Emily O'Reilly has been re-elected as EU Ombudsman, securing 320 votes in the European Parliament in Strasbourg. The Irishwoman,preceded by Paraskevas Nikiforos Diamandouros and Jacob Söderman, first took office in 2013 becoming the first female European Ombudsman.
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The newly released Eurobarometer shows that Irish people are demanding more action from the European Parliament on key policy issues such as higher education and economic growth while also emphsising values the Parliament should promote such as the protection of human rights worldwide.
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The European Parliament's prestigious Lux Film Prize has been celebrating creative directors and films annually since 2007.  For 12 years the films have been shown simultaneously across the continent from Nicosia to Cork. In Ireland the 2019 finalists were shown during the Cork Film Festival and in the Light House Cinema in Dublin.
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Newly released Eurobarometer figures show that citizens are demanding climate action on a European level and that Irish citizens in particular feel that youth activism, highlighting climate change, is impacting policy on a European and national level.
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The Youth Outreach Unit of the European Parliament is seeking to contract on a temporary basis two Editors in-Chief to assist the EYE Team in the production of the EYE2020 report (One Editor-in-Chief for reporting and one Editor-in-Chief for multimedia content).
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The European Parliament will be partnering with the Cork Film Festival again this year for the free screening of the three short-listed films for the LUX Film Prize.
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Uyghur economist and human rights activist Ilham Tohti has been awarded this year’s European Parliament Sakharov Prize for Freedom of Thought.
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The European Parliament's office in Ireland, has launched a nationwide competition for student journalists interested in human rights and the prestigious annual Sakharov Prize for Freedom of Thought awarded each year in Strasbourg. The deadline for submissions is Friday, 1 November.
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This note provides information on the election of the new Commission and the hearings of the Commissioners-designate, which start on 30 September the same date Commissioner-designate Phil Hogan's hearing will take place.
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