Britain no longer has a place in Europol

  While it is disappointing that the UK will no longer be a member of the European Police Agency, Europol, after Brexit, it is hardly surprising news. This is yet another disaster for the UK following on from the decision of the European Commission to withdraw the UK’s entry to European Capital of Culture (ECOC), and it will not be the last. For as long as this Conservative Government chases a ‘hard-brexit’ and a total breakaway from our European neighbours, we will continue to be shut out of Europe-wide institutions, agreements, projects and programmes. Continue reading

UK & the European Capital of Culture

  The devastating effects of Brexit are increasingly being felt across all sectors. Leading figures for the Creative and Cultural Industries have been sounding warning bells from some time so it comes as no surprise that the UK will no longer be able to participate in the European Capital of Culture (ECOC) programme when we leave the EU. Continue reading

A Statement from Manchester's Arts and Cultural Organisations on the Manchester Attacks

A Statement from Manchester's Arts and Cultural Organisations on the Manchester Attacks. Continue reading

Labour MEPs call on the Commission to increase EU funding for creative, cultural and audiovisual sectors

Today (March 2nd) Labours MEPs, together with their Socialists and Democrats colleagues, pushed through an increase for the Creative Europe's budget, in order to meet the ambitions set. They also highlighted the importance of easing access to funding for small scale organisations and projects. Continue reading

Digital Champions 2016: Empowering young people with disabilities online

  Julie is currently taking part in an EU delegation to the annual Internet governance Forum (IGF) in Mexico. As part of the event, she is hosting a session on Youth IGF where she met young digital champions. Digital Champions are powerful thinkers, creators, and innovators who are transforming their environment and communities for the better. As individuals or teams, they are addressing difficult questions such as gender, rights, participation and civic engagement, discrimination and poverty. Continue reading

Julie welcomes children and young people from different EU countries to the European Parliament

Next Sunday we will celebrate the Children’s Rights Day. In the context, Julie welcomed a group of young people and children from different EU countries to the Parliament, for a workshop on children’s participation in decision making, entitled WITH Children – FOR Children: From ideas to action! Continue reading

Julie hosts a session of the Science Europe event on 'Building a Scientific Narrative on Impact and Societal Value of Science'

The ways in which science can contribute to society can take many forms, from the intrinsic value of research and intangible cultural assets, to the most tangible technological and societal changes that research can bring about. On the 17th of November, Julie hosted a session on demonstrating the societal value of Science, through examples, stories and scientific case studies from several research fields, in order to convey the richness and diversity of science within society, as well as to stress the value of science itself. Continue reading

Julie hosted a Seminar on 'Mental health and young people in the digital age: addressing risks, seizing opportunities'

  Together with her colleague MEP Miriam Dalli and in collaboration with Mental Health Europe, Julie celebrated the World Mental Health Day (10 October) in the European Parliament together with European Commissioner for Health Vytenis Andriukaitis.   Continue reading

The Intergroup on Children's Rights stands united to support ECHO/UNICEF #EmergencyLessons Campaign

The Intergroup on Children's Rights strongly believes in the importance of education as a means of empowering young people! Education is key to avoid to create a lost generation for hundreds of thousands of children and young people living now in an emergency situation!   Continue reading

IETM plenary reports: Advocating for the Arts & Towards an Inclusive Culture

Last April, Julie was invited to attend the General Assembly of International network for contemporary performing arts (IETM) in Amsterdam and participated in two panels entitled “Advocating for the Arts” and “Towards an inclusive culture”. The goal of these sessions was to exchange ideas, experiences and best practices on how to convince policy-makers – on local, national and European levels - of the essential role culture and the arts play in the development of inclusive European societies. Julie shared her view that in these troubled times, Culture must be the battle field of today's politics. Continue reading