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Tonight, May 4, 18:00 CEST / 19:00 EEST / 5PM UK&PT we are discussing the EU’s gender equality strategy with Maria Noichl (S&D).

This event is taking place on Webex.

If you have not registered yet - this way please: https://bit.ly/2PKHm30
Hey, we have just received the direct link to the event with Maria Noichl:
http://bit.ly/GenderEqualityTalk

You don't need a Webex account. You can join from any common browser. Just click the link above.
📣Reserve quickly. There are only a limited number of seats.

Would you like to be 🔴LIVE during the INAUGURATION of the Conference on the Future of Europe from the hemicycle in Strasbourg? Together.eu has reserved a number of virtual seats for you! You will be there during the speeches and the debate and you’ll enjoy the cultural programme from your virtual front row seat.

The programme includes interventions by French President Emmanuel MACRON, European Parliament President David SASSOLI, Portuguese Prime Minister Antonio COSTA, and European Commission President Ursula VON DER LEYEN.

As a registered guest, you will be invited to an exclusive event where you could meet and debate with EP members of the Executive board of the Conference your proposals, hopes and ideas.

When?
👉This Sunday 13:30-15:30 Brussels time
Only register if you are sure that you can participate the whole time!

Reserve your digital seat now:
https://together.eu/event/your-front-row-seat-at-the-inaugural-event-of-the-conference-on-the-future-of-europe-2021-05-09-316/register
The event is fully booked now.
On May 12th, we talk with Maria Walsh (EPP), a member of the Irish LGBTQI+ community, who was elected an MEP in 2019.

What is our talk about? Although the EU is built on fundamental values such as respect for human dignity and equality, the rights of gay, lesbian, trans and intersex people are ignored in many Member States.

Despite the pressure of many activists and MEPs in the area the Member States are still dragging their heels. The 'Conference on the Future of Europe' is an opportunity for citizens to voice their concerns on the treatment of their fellow EU citizens based on their identity. This and what other ways there are to advocate for LGBTQI+ rights in Europe Maria is telling you on Wednesday afternoon:

15:00 CEST (14:00 BST / 16:00 EEST) on Wednesday 12th May

Register on our website: ➡️https://meeteu.eu/registration/

The event is taking place on Webex. Please note: You don’t need a Webex account. Just click the link you will be receiving close to the event.
Equality is one of the fundamental values of the EU. But unfortunately, some EU citizens are not treated equally.
Join the discussion on the EU's fight against LGBTI+ discrimination with MEP Maria Walsh.

This afternoon, 15:00 Brussels time
Click here to join: 👉 https://bit.ly/2SLfTzu

The event is taking place on Webex. Please note: You don’t need a Webex account. Just click the link above.
Next Tuesday, we will be talking with MEP Daniel Freund from the Greens/EFA:

🤝Saving United Europe by Fixing the Election Process

🗓Tuesday, May 18, 20:00 CEST 19:00 BST 21:00 EEST

Register here to join: ↪️https://meetEU.eu/registration

Elections for European Parliament lack focus on Europe. They are run nationally, by national politicians on national campaign platforms focusing on national issues.

In our talk we will focus on two specific proposals to change that:

1️⃣ the introduction of „Transnational Electoral Lists“, a concept that has been in the making since the ´90s.

2️⃣ the introduction of „Transnational Campaign Platforms“, an ⚡️idea developed by MeetEU and submitted as a proposal to the Conference on the Future of Europe platform.

In our discussion with Daniel Freund we expect to hear from a front-line politician how he rates the pros and cons of these proposals.
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See the MeetEU proposal: https://futureu.europa.eu/processes/Democracy/f/6/proposals/203
EU elections lack focus on Europe. They are run by national politicians on national campaign platforms. In our talk with Daniel Freund we will focus on two proposals to change that:

Tonight, 20:00 Brussels time
Click here to join: http://bit.ly/EuropeanElectionsTalk

The event is taking place on Webex. Please note: You don’t need a Webex account. You can join from any common browser.
What kind of Europe do you want to live in? -- That is the core question of the recently launched "Conference on the Future of Europe": For the first time, EU citizens are called upon to contribute their ideas. At the moment, this is mainly done online at futureu.europa.eu. Soon there will also be local citizens' panels. This process will continue until next spring.

But what is going to happen to the many ideas and suggestions for improvementWill they result in simple work documents or initiate legislative changes? And what if only a few people participate - will the EU politicians then have to follow the results?

Many questions that we want to ask to one of the main actors of the "Conference on the Future of Europe":

🟥Iraxte García-Perez, President of the S&D group in the European Parliament
🗓Tuesday, May 25, 17:00 CEST 16:00 BST 18:00 EEST

Join us on Webex: ↪️ http://bit.ly/CoFoETalk
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Today at 5pm CEST:

Q&A with S&D leader Iratxe García-Perez on "The Conference on the Future of Europe - what difference can it make?"

➡️Join us on Webex: http://bit.ly/CoFoETalk

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Hey everyone, we have another event with an MEP for you this week. Let's speak about regional development with the Pedro Marques (S&D) 🇵🇹

May 27 / 18:00 CEST (Brussels time)
Regional Differences in Europe – How Can we Overcome Them?

Europe is known for its famous cities like Paris or Rome. On the other hand there are rural areas like Alentejo and Transylvania. Having different regions with different economies and different needs in a united Europe presents us with great challenges.

To correct these imbalances the EU has launched several funds to strengthen economic and social cohesion, such as the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF).

What are these funds about, and where does the money go? Have these funds had any effect so far? Join us on our conversation Pedro Marques, MEP S&D.

The Webex link will be published close to event on this channel.
Tonight at 6pm Brussels time:

Discussion with Pedro Marques🇵🇹, Member of the European Parliament (S&D), on "Regional Differences in Europe – How Can we Overcome Them?"

➡️Join us on Webex: http://bit.ly/EUregions
(You don’t need a Webex account. You can join from any common browser).

Hope to see you there!
Next Tuesday, we have a hot topic:

💥EU-Russia Relations in Shambles?

Speaker:
Yana Toom, MEP Renew
🗓Tuesday, June 1, 18:00 CEST 17:00 BST 19:00 EEST

Yana Toom, an MEP from Estonia and member of the EU-Russia parliamentary cooperation committee, is going to explain to us what’s at stake.

Don't miss this unique opportunity to have an expert explain the situation and ask your questions directly to an MEP!

Join us on Webex:
https://bit.ly/3wKZDNJ
Get ready for tonight's debate:

💥EU-Russia Relations in Shambles?

Speaker: Yana Toom, MEP Renew

🗓Today 18:00 CEST 17:00 BST 19:00 EEST

Join us in 5 minutes:
http://bit.ly/EURussiaRelations
Hey, today we would like to present our latest project - a proposal how to make EU elections more European.

What is it about?

European Elections are run nationally, by national politicians on national manifestos focusing on national issues. That is why we came up with an idea to change that: it's easy to implement, and it brings European politics closer to the citizens.

After discussing our idea with Europeans from various countries and meeting with MEP Daniel Freund, a member of the Committee on Constitutional Affairs, we created a detailed paper:
🔽 https://meeteu.eu/enhancing-the-european-focus-of-european-elections/

We also submitted our proposal to the Conference on the Future of Europe. There we welcome your feedback:
🔽 https://futureu.europa.eu/pro.../Democracy/f/6/proposals/203
Next Tuesday we welcome Scottish YouTuber and 😁comedian Grant Gallacher who lives in Prague now. Grant hosts both the Making Europe Grant‘s Again podcast and the YouTube channel VisualPolitik: https://bit.ly/3ghJ0nm

On Tuesday 15th June, 18:00 CEST
Grant is going to tell us how he fled Brexit, how he came to be the host of one of the most successful political YouTube channels (over 1 million followers) and how the beer in Prague is.

Join our talk with Grant on Skype:
👉http://bit.ly/MakeEuropeGrantsAgain
Tonight we will be chatting with Grant_Gallacher, one of the hosts of VisualPolitik EN, about comedy, Brexit and politics. Check it out!

🗓Tue 15 June, 18:00 (CEST) or 5pm (UK)

Join us on Skype:
↪️http://bit.ly/MakeEuropeGrantsAgain
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🗓Tuesday, 22 June | 18:00 CEST / 19:00 EEST / 17:00 UK & Portugal

Mercosur & the EU – What brings the future?

with
Samira Rafaela, MEP (Renew Europe)

In June 2019, a trade agreement with the Mercosur countries (Brazil, Argentina, Paraguay, Bolivia, and Uruguay) was reached. Since then, news about the high use of pesticides, the danger for food safety and the increasing environmental impact of extensive agriculture in the regions have been accumulating. Paris in particular has increased the pressure, officially due to environmental concerns.

At the same time, the Portuguese Presidency is pursuing the goal of moving the agreement forward. What could we expect by the end of the Presidency? What does the delay mean for the general relationship with the trade bloc, and is the agreement compatible with the fight against climate change? And most importantly, could the Brussels effect lead to positive change (e.g. environmental protection in production) in the South American countries?
Tuesday, 22 June | 18:00 CEST / 19:00 EEST / 17:00 UK & Portugal

Mercosur & the EU – What brings the future?
with Samira Rafaela, MEP (Renew Europe)


Your join link for Zoom:

👉http://bit.ly/MERCOSUR-EU
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Meeting ID: 974 4575 0067
Passcode: 070931