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The European Parliamentary Association (APE) brings together Members of the European Parliament belonging to different political groups and members of the diplomatic and consular corps of Strasbourg. It provides a unique place on the European scene where to foster an informal dialogue and create synergies among political actors carrying different perspectives but sharing the same desire to cooperate beyond political cleavages.

To do so, the APE organises every plenary session different exclusive events for MEPs and diplomats. In addition, its members can use for free the rooms of Villa Schutzenberger for any event linked to their activity and benefit from various discounts in several restaurants and stores of Strasbourg.

Moreover, the European Parliamentary Association organises different kinds of events for students and other members of the civil society of Strasbourg, to communicate the activity of its members and, more in general, to give visibility to the work of the European Parliament and of other European institutions.


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OUR NEXT EVENTS:

BREAKFAST Labour Reform in France. What impact on SMEs - Thursday 5 October 2017Breakfast with Vanessa Wagner, Secretary General of the French building federation of Bas-Rhin

The French government is moving rapidly to reform its country’s labour laws.

What is the content of the new proposals and how could they impact on the French economic system?

We will discuss about it during our next breakfast on the topic “Labour Reform in France: What impact on SMEs?”, which will take place on Thursday 5 October, starting at 8 am, in our villa.

Our guest speaker will be an expert in this field: Ms Vanessa WagnerSecretary General of the French building federation of Bas-Rhin, Secretary General of the National Federation of SMEs operating in the metallurgy sector and regional councillor for the region “Grand-Est”.

Ms Wagner will outline the pillars of this new reform and discuss with you its potential effects for small and medium enterprises.

For more information on the organisation of the event write at: contact@ape-europa.eu 


DINNER DEBATE What is the future for EU-Russia relations - 4 October 2017Dinner Debate “What is the future for EU-Russia relations?”

Since 2014 EU-Russia relations entered a difficult phase, after the aggression of Russia in Crimea and eastern Ukraine.

The EU reacted by imposing sanctions against Russia, while Russia retaliated with counter-sanctions. However, economic ties between the two sides remain close.

In a global context characterized by rising uncertainty, should the EU transform its Russia’s policy? And, if yes, in which policy areas is it worthwhile for the EU to pursue cooperation with Russia? And again, should the EU maintain the original linkage of sanctions removal with Russia’s actions in Ukraine?

We will try to answer these questions during our dinner debate “What is the future for EU-Russia relations?”, which will take place on Wednesday 4 October, starting at 8 pm, in the villa of our association.

Four main experts in this field will intervene as guest speakers. They are:  MEP Othmar Karas, President of the Delegation to the EU-Russia Parliamentary Cooperation Committee, MEP Eugen Freund, Shadow Rapporteur of the report on EU strategic communication to counteract propaganda against it by third parties, Gabriel Galice, President of the Geneva International Peace Research Institute, and Maxime Lefebvre, professor, diplomat and former Permanent Representative of France to the OSCE.

This informal dinner debate is specially meant for MEPs and other members of the APE to provide them with an opportunity to engage in a constructive dialogue on EU-Russia relations. That is why, after the brief introductory interventions of our guest speakers, the floor will be opened to informal discussion among the MEPs who will decide to participate.

Olivier Mirguet, journalist of the French newspaper La Tribune, will moderate the event.

To confirm your participation, please, write at: contact@ape-europa.eu.