Visit of Europa – Park

(5.07.18) On Thursday 5 July the European Parliamentary Association organised for its members an exclusive trip to discover one of the world’s most popular theme park resorts: Europa – Park.

For our members, their families and their collaborators this was an opportunity to get to know one of the most prestigious companies of the Upper Rhine Region and employer of 3500 people.

Participants to this trip were received during the late afternoon by Mr Michael Kreft von Byern, Executive Director of Europa-Park, and seized the opportunity of a short guided tour that included some of the park’s main attractions, like the famous rollercoaster “Silver star”.

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Breakfast with Tomáš Boček

(14.06.18) On Thursday 14 July our members had the opportunity to discuss about the way in which Europe in addressing migration issues with Tomáš Boček, Special Representative of the Secretary General of the Council of Europe on Migration and Refugees, Thorbjørn Jagland.

The mandate mandate of Mr Tomáš Boček is to gather information on how the fundamental rights of migrants and refugees are protected on the ground in the member States of the Council of Europe, and to develop proposals for action at national and European level. He has also undertaken fact-finding missions to hotspots, camps and detention centres in several member States.

The event was organised in collaboration with the Amicale of the Council of Europe.


“Free movement of Europeans. And now what?”

(13.06.18) Can freedom of movement rights once granted be taken away? How could widening the notion of EU citizenship underpin integration, social cohesion and economic development in the EU? Where do the main challenges and barriers lie in terms of defending the notion of EU citizenship and Europe as a space of human rights in the future?

These and other questions were discussed during the conference debate “Free movement of Europeans. And now what?”, that the European Parliamentary Association organised in collaboration with the association New Europeans.

The aim of the event was to invite reflections on the future of European citizenship and freedom of movement in the wake of Britain’s decision to the leave the EU and the rise of nationalism and right wing populism in Europe.

We did it with the help of four prestigious guest speakers: MEP Claude Moraes, chair of the Committee on Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs, MEP Elmar Brok, member of the Committee on Constitutional Affairs and of the Committee on Foreign Affairs, Madeleina Kay, Young European of the Year 2018, and Frédérique Berrod, Professor of EU law at Sciences Po Strasbourg and at the College of Europe in Bruges.

The conference debate was moderated by Mr Roger Casale, Founder and Secretary General of New Europeans. A substantial part of the debate was devoted to the discussion between the panelist and members the public, who were invited at the end of the debate for a cocktail in our cellar.

Garden Party 2018

This year our traditional garden party took place on Wednesday 4 July and, once more, it proved to be a not-to-miss event for many MEPs and their collaborators.

The 2018 edition was particularly successful thanks to the support of many valuable partners.

They are Daimler, Crédit Agricole, the restaurants “La Casserole”, “Maison Artzner” and “Au Cèdre”, the wineries “Joseph Gross”, “Clos Meckert” and “Carastelec”, the Alsatian beer producer “Meteor”, the distillery Massenez and Spirits Europe. Then, “Les Secrets du Chocolat”, the European Snacks Association, Vanessa Dawe and the Bundesverband der Deutschen Süßwarenindustrie.

Moreover, also this year we had the great pleasure to collaborate with some prestigious fashion brands and stores like Guerlain, Ludan Andres and Galeries Lafayette. In particular, Galeries Lafayette organised a spectacular fashion show, which captured the attention of the majority of our guests.

Finally, a special mention goes to the Dutch Flowers Association, which put in place a revisited version of its traditional European flower wall. What is a garden party without beautiful flowers?

Breakfast with Michaela Noll

(31.05.18) On Thursday 31 May, members of the European Parliamentary Association had the honor to welcome Ms Michaela Noll, newly elected President of the German Parliamentary Association, for an informal breakfast debate. Throughout the debate, our members engaged in a fruitful discussion about the political challenges that Europe is facing and on how to strengthen cooperation between our two associations.

The APE sends Ms Noll its best wishes for her new function and hopes to continue the excellent collaboration that it has developed during the years with its German partner.


Boat trip to the port of Strasbourg

(30.05.2018) On Wednesday 30 May, the European Parliamentary Association and Ms Catherine Trautmann, president of the Port of Strasbourg and member of our association, invited the Members of the European Parliament for a boat trip to visit the port of Strasbourg.

Around 200 MEPs and their assistants, as well as members of the diplomatic and consular corps of Strasbourg, took part in the event.

After a very instructive guided tour, which allowed us to discover and admire the city from a completely new perspective, we were warmly welcomed in the prestigious Palais Rohan by Mr Roland Ries, Mayor of Strasbourg. Here we had the opportunity to enjoy a cocktail offered by the City of Strasbourg and a tasting of European wines, presented by Christophe Lasvigne, sommelier of the Théâtre du vin.

The APE thanks Catherine Trautmann, Roland Ries, all their staff, Christophe Lasvigne and every participant who alltogether made this evening an unforgettable experience.


Breakfast with Daniel J. Costello

(24.11.16) On 24 November 2016, our members had the pleasure to meet Daniel Costello, Ambassador of Canada to the EU, and to debate with him the newest developments of CETA, the EU-Canada Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement.

Breakfast with Bernd Wichterich

(6.10.16) On 6 October 2016, our members had the pleasure to meet the executive director of the German Parliamentary Association of Berlin, Bernd Wichterich. With more than 1000 members, the German Parliamentary Association promotes the dialogue among German parliamentarians of different political groups. The breakfast was an occasion to renew the dialogue and the collaboration among our two associations.

Breakfast with Jean-Paul Costa

(15.09.16) On Thursday 15 September 2016, we had the pleasure to welcome Jean-Paul Costa, former President of the European Court of Human Rights, for our traditional breakfast debate. He presented the activity of the Court to our members and discussed with them the challenges facing human rights defenders in Europe and in the neighbouring countries.

Breakfast with Anthony Gardner

(9.06.16) On Thursday 9 June 2016, our members had the pleasure to meet Anthony Gardner, US Ambassador to the European Union, and discuss with him the future of the relations between the US and the EU.

Breakfast with Bernard Kirch

(12.05.16) On Tuesday the 12 May 2016, the members of the APE welcomed Bernard Kirch, Head of Operation Department of the European Agency for the operational managment of the large-scale IT systems in the area of freedom, security and justice (eu-LISA), to discuss with him about the Schengen information system.

Breakfast with Frédéric Bierry

(4.02.16) On Thursday 4 February 2016, the members of our association had the pleasure to meet and discuss with Frédéric Bierry, President of the Conseil Départemental du Bas-Rhin.

Breakfast debate with Frédérique Berrod

(21.01.16) On Thursday 2 January, the members of the APE had the chance to discuss with Frédérique Berrod, Professor at the University of Strasbourg and at the European College Bruges, about a the future of European energy policies.


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