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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:

APE breakfast 26 October 20017Breakfast with MEP Kaja Kallas

Estonia, or better “E-stonia”, is, according to the American monthly magazine Wired “the world’s most digitally advanced society”. As stated by the European Commission, the Baltic country “is the champion in Europe in the online provision of public services, and scores above EU average in digital skills and the use of Internet by citizens”.

At the beginning of July, Estonia took the Presidency of the Council of the European Union claiming that it can help to bridge digital divides among member states and contribute to the bloc’s cyberdefense.

How did Estonia turn into a digital pioneer and how could its model be implemented at European level?

We will have the pleasure to discuss about this with MEP Kaja Kallas, who has been rapporteur on the report on “Towards a Digital Single Market Act”, during our traditional Thursday breakfast, on October 26.

This event is part of the “Days of Estonia”, a three-day initiative organised with the Permanent Representation of Estonia to the Council of Europe to promote the political engagement, the history and the culture of the country holding the Presidency of the Council of the European Union.

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


DEBATE European Defence Union. The end of soft power- 25 October, 7 30 pmDebate “European Defence Union: The end of soft power?”

After years of languishing in the long grass, the process of European defence cooperation has recently been kicked into top gear. Brexit, Donald Trump repeatedly calling into question US commitment to NATO and Emmanuel Macron’s landslide victory in the French presidential election have all led EU member states to start discussing the need to rethink the pillars of their common security.

What is the way forward to put more union in our defence?

And what use would the EU make of its more efficient military capacity?

We will discuss about these and other issues related to the topic during “European Defence Union: The end of soft power?”, a debate that will take place on Wednesday 25 October, starting at 7:30 pm, in the villa of our association.

For this occasion, our guest speakers will be MEPs Urmas Paet (ALDE), rapporteur for the European Defence Union report, and Tamás Meszerics (Greens), shadow rapporteur for the same report. After a brief intervention of the two speakers, the audience will be invited to take the floor and participate actively, with question and comments, to this challenging debate.

At the end of the discussion, all the participants will be invited for a cocktail in the cellar of our association.

This event is part of the “Days of Estonia”, a three-day initiative organised by the European Parliamentary Association and the Permanent Representation of Estonia to the Council of Europe to promote the political engagement, the history and the culture of the country currently holding the presidency of the Council of the European Union.

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


OPENING celebration Days of EstoniaDays of Estonia – Opening ceremony

Since the beginning of July, Estonia took the reins of the Council of the European Union, with its historic first presidency of this institution.

What are the priorities of the Estonian presidency and how did this country manage to be at the forefront of innovation and digitalisation?

We will discuss about these and many other issues during our Days of Estonia, a three-day initiative organised with the Estonian Permanent Representation to the Council of Europe to celebrate the history, the culture and the political engagement of the country currently holding the presidency of the Council of the European Union.

We will start on Monday 23 October, with a celebration open to the public.

A special program is waiting for our guests.

The evening will begin with the screening of the film “The singing Revolution”, a documentary film created by James Tusty and Maureen Castle Tusty about the nonviolent revolution in Estonia in which hundreds of thousands of Estonians gathered publicly between 1986 and 1991, in an effort to end decades of Soviet occupation. The Estonian MEP Tunne Kelam, who contributed to the realisation of the film, will also be there to provide his insights into that dramatic period of the Estonian history.

During the evening, our guests will also have the opportunity to visit the exhibition “The wild side of Estonian landscapes”, which will help you to discover the many beauties of Estonian nature.

And then, at the end of the film screening, participants will have the occasion to experience the culinary culture of Estonia, with a cocktail with traditional Estonian food and drinks.

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