Events . . .
Throughout the year we hold various events, some of them in conjunction with other organisations, especially student groups. The events often take the form of panel discussions with noted politicians, academics, business leaders and journalists. Our members and the general public are invited to most of our events.
Most events will take place in either Edinburgh or Glasgow, although we do make an effort to hold events outside these areas when possible.
We also hold some social events, such as the annual Dinner and the annual Pub Quiz.
March for Europe
Saturday 25th March, 13:00
Change of start. Now Waterloo Place.
What do Edinburgh, London, Rome, Berlin and Aalborg have in common? All of them are European cities, and they’re all planning to show their love for Europe on the same day.
25 March marks the 60th anniversary of the Treaties of Rome. These are the landmark agreements which founded the European Union and paved the way towards the creation of a European single market, underpinned by democracy and the rule of law, and a continent-wide set of citizens' rights.
It's well worth celebrating an unprecedented 60 years of peace, prosperity and co-operation in Europe.
Sixty years after the Treaties were signed, the European project remains as relevant as ever. This voluntary union of independent countries allows us to trade free of any barrier with our neighbours, in the wealthiest and largest trading bloc in the world and with some 50 other countries. It means we can tackle global challenges like cyber-crime and climate change together - the only way such problems can be defeated. We enjoy rights and oppportunities as EU citizens that simply cannot be replaced by Westminister, whether it is the right to study, work or retire across our continent or to take part in collaborative research projects, or to access EU funds for investment in Scotland.
To celebrate the anniversary, Europeans far and wide will gather to show their support for the European project.
In Edinburgh, the March For Europe will be an occasion to speak up for Europe and out against Brexit. At the march organised by Young European Movement Edinburgh, with support from the European Movement in Scotland, we
will stand up for Scotland's Voice in the process. Scotland did not vote to leave the EU and we do not want Theresa May's Brexit. It is important that they hear us. We do not have to accept hard Brexit. We can continue to
make the case for a European future for Scotland and the people who call this home.
We want to show that Scotland too is a part of Europe. The message from Rome to Edinburgh is the same: “We are European”.
We are supporting this event which is being organised by the Young European Movement Edinburgh. The march will start at Waterloo Place and end at the Scottish Parliament in Edinburgh.
Just turn up and bring your EU flag!
Breakfast not Brexit
Saturday 22 April, 10.15-11.15am
Filmhouse Café, 88 Lothian Rd, Edinburgh, EH3 9BZ 10.15 – 11.15am
Enjoy a fabulous breakfast/brunch and the chance to share views, learn more and have your say about latest Brexit developments and what they mean here in Scotland and more widely. Our "Breakfast not Brexit" meetings are facilitated discussions where the topics will vary according to interest.
April's Saturday morning breakfast meeting has a special focus on the French elections, as well as chat about latest Brexit developments.
Free to members, supporters and their guests.
Refreshments available to purchase.
Previous events this year
The European Union's 60th Anniversary
The Members’ Room, Scottish Parliament Building.
Prof Craig Parsons
Thursday, 23 March 2017
We spent an excellent evening yesterday celebrating the European Union's 60th Anniversary with a lecture and reception, hosted by Michael Russell MSP, Minister for UK Negotiations on Scotland’s Place in Europe.
A talk was given by Professor Craig Parsons, Head of Political Science at the University of Oregon on "Why the European Single Market surpasses the American model: the many ways in which the EU Single Market rules are better than those which govern trade between the US states." and the event was introduced by Iain Macwhirter, journalist with the Sunday Herald.
Professor Craig, speaking to a packed audience, raised some interesting comparisons, which most of us had probably never considered. Examples of products, such as lifts, showed how the US single market is actually more fractured than that of the EU with many hindrances to the freedom of movement within the US. There were many stimulating questions at the end and we were able to discuss the issues raised over a drink, courtesy of University of Oregon Office of International Affairs.
Our thanks go to Michael Russell for allowing us to use the prestigious venue of the Members' Room in the Scottish Parliament and to Ian MacWhirter of the Sunday Herald for his introduction. Last but not least, our thanks to Professor Craig Parsons for his excellent talk and presentation which was very much enjoyed by all the audience.
Left to right: Mike Russell MSP, Professor Craig Parsons,
Vanessa Glyn (Chair EMiS), Ian Macwhirter.
Scotland's Future in Europe
Thu 23 February, 18:30 – 20:00
"The choice for all of us who are deeply uneasy about Brexit is between whimpering and whining, or fighting back. Yes, we could fight and lose. But if we don’t fight, we’ve lost already."
These stirring words from Sir George Reid, former Presiding Officer of the Scottish Parliament and now member of the First Minister’s Standing Council on the EU, set the tone for our sell-out event.
George has returned to front-line politics to stand up for the European Union and to work, across party divides, to deliver "this nation’s needs". He saw a key role for the European Movement in Scotland and other groups in Scottish business, third sector, academia and society, to galvanise the country to consider what sort of nation we want to be. "Post Brexit: Who are we and how do we carry ourselves in the world?"
We also heard a rallying cry from John Edward, Scotland Director, Open Britain, to take a more creative approach to how Britain operates internationally. He drew on the example of Flanders, which has greater autonomy in EU matters while still remaining part of the Belgian state.
Laura Cram, Professor of Politics and Neuropolitics at Edinburgh University, gave us fascinating insights into the importance of "voice" in people’s thinking about politics. It matters very much that people feel they are being listened to in policy making. This connected into a discussion about where Scotland’s voice, with a 62% majority for Remain, was in the UK Government’s headlong rush to hard Brexit.
Noelle O’Connell, European Movement Ireland, offered a stark overview of the damaging effect Brexit is already having on Ireland’s economy and the catastrophic potential impact on the peace process.
Discussion with the audience ranged over Scottish Labour’s proposals for a new Act of Union, detail of the process of Article 50 negotiations and what happens after, to how to find the leadership in the UK to fight Brexit.
We were pleased to have one of our Vice Presidents, Struan Stevenson, former MEP, in attendance.
Vanessa Glynn, Chair of the European Movement in Scotland chaired the event.
See also Sir George's comments on our media page.
Breakfast not Brexit
Saturday 28 January 2017
We enjoyed our Breakfast much more than we expect to enjoy Brexit!
Concerned members and friends shared views on where Scotland stands now in light of the Prime Minister's determination to press for hard Brexit and the Scottish Government's equal passion to keep Scotland in the Single Market.
We talked about some of the ways we as individuals can fight back against Brexit:
-email politicians to say why you do not consent to Brexit, not just your own MP but party leaders in UK and Scotland and MSPs. Email addresses easily found online.
- go to events about the EU, sign petitions, go on marches and rallies, speak to friends and family about why Brexit is bad for Scotland, organise a meeting in your house or local cafe (EMiS can advise), write to newspapers in UK and Scotland, be active in promoting Europe on social media.
- find arguments, facts and figures on EMiS website - we'll aim to keep them fresh
- tell EMiS what you're doing and share your successes so that we can magnify the effect through our network.
- join European Movement in Scotland today and make a positive difference to this country's future.
Thursday 12 January
Our first Cafe EMiS was a lively discussion with topics covered including the upcoming Supreme Court judgement on whether Parliament must legislate on Art.50 and whether that Article is reversible when the UK realises its mistake.
We also spoke about the importance of Freedom of Movement especially in Scotland and had a first look at whether Scotland could achieve a differential outcome from the Brexit negotiations. All agreed that the Remainers must continue making the case for why the EU is our best option.