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Europe Day Quiz, 8 May 2014, 6:00pm

Our popular annual quiz returns with a light-hearted test of your knowledge of all things European. Enter as a team (maximum 4 people per team) or, if you would like to take part as an individual, we can allocate you to a team. A free buffet will be provided, and the winning team will receive goody bags. Places are limited so book early to avoid disappointment!

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Past events

 

European Parliament elections - will you be voting?, 27 March 2014

EP Elections Event 2014

The Cardiff EDC and the Centre for European Law and Governance (CELAG) at Cardiff University held an event called European Parliament Elections 2014 - will you be voting? at the Cardiff EDC on 27 March. An audience made up of students and staff from Cardiff University and external guests came to hear two speakers and to discuss the issues.

Professor Roger Scully of the Wales Governance Centre outlined the role of the European Parliament in the EU policy making process and highlighted the increased powers the Parliament has obtained over the last thirty years. View Professor Scully's presentation.

Frederico Rocha from the Cardiff EDC led an interactive exercise involving the attendees voting on a range of seven issues which had been voted on in the European Parliament in the last few years, then illustrated how the voting patterns of our participants compared with that of the MEPs.

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Elections to the European Parliament will be held in the UK on 22 May 2014. EU citizens wishing to vote in the UK must register by 6 May. Download our guide here:

 

 

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Careers in the EU, 13 February 2014

The Cardiff EDC held a ‘Careers in the EU’ event at the Centre on 13 February. The objective was to help young people find out about the procedures for getting a job or traineeship with the EU Institutions, and to hear from people who are working or have worked for the EU.

The event was organised jointly by the Cardiff EDC and Charles Whitmore, EPSO Ambassador to Cardiff University 2013/2014.

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Further information about careers in the EU institutions is available in the following documents:

 

 

What Europe Means To Me 2013

What Europe Means To Me, 28 November 2013

The Cardiff EDC, in collaboration with the Centre for European Law and Governance in the Cardiff Law School, held its third annual ‘What Europe Means To Me’ event on Thursday 28 November. Twelve young Europeans (mainly from our current full-time and part-time interns) spoke ‘from the head and the heart’ on the theme of what ‘Europe’ means to them in 2013.  

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Erasmus Reception 2013

Erasmus Reception, 24 October 2013

We held our annual ERASMUS reception at the Cardiff EDC on Thursday 24 October 2013. Students visiting Cardiff on the ERASMUS programme from twelve European Union countries (plus Morocco and Turkey) joined UK students at Cardiff planning to go on an ERASMUS exchange.

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Reception for the Consular Association in Wales and the Vice Chancellor of Cardiff University, 16 September 2013

Prof Colin Riordan

The Honorary Consuls of the Consular Association in Wales and the President and Vice Chancellor of Cardiff University, Professor Colin Riordan attended a reception at the Cardiff EDC on Monday 16 September 2013. The aim was to introduce the objectives and work of the Centre to these key people. Janet Peters, Director of University Libraries, and Ian Thomson, Director of the Cardiff EDC, hosted and spoke at the event.

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Europe Day Quiz, 9 May 2013

Europe Day Quiz 2013 winners

The sixth annual Europe Day Quiz took place on Thursday 9 May 2013 at the Cardiff EDC. Ten teams took part, composed of students, academic and administrative staff from Cardiff University, and members of the local community.

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The question sheet for the quiz can be downloaded from the link below. The answers are available on request - please email edc@cardiff.ac.uk.

 

 

Wales and the EU 2013

Wales and the European Union: Past, Present and Future, 18 April 2013

With 2013 marking the 40th anniversary of Wales joining the European Union, Professor Richard Wyn Jones, Director of the Wales Governance Centre, spoke of developments over those forty years and of current and future challenges. David Hughes, Head of the European Commission Representation in Wales, also contributed to the evening, followed by a lively open discussion.

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Regionalism and Separatism in the European Union, 21 February 2013

Issues relating to regions such as Scotland, Catalonia and Flanders are in the news. What are the wider implications for the European Union? A discussion led by Dr Jo Hunt, Cardiff Law School.

Further information about the issues discussed at the event can be found in this presentation:

 

 

What Europe Means To Me 2012

What Europe Means To Me, 6 December 2012

The Cardiff EDC, in collaboration with the Centre for European Law and Governance in the Cardiff Law School, held its second “What Europe means to me” event on Thursday 6 December.

Twelve of our current full-time and part-time interns spoke intelligently, eloquently and movingly from the head and heart on the theme of what Europe means to them.

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ERASMUS Reception, 1 November 2012

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The annual Cardiff EDC ERASMUS Reception took place on Thursday 1 November. Students from ten other European countries who are currently visiting Cardiff on the ERASMUS Programme were joined by UK students planning to go on an ERASMUS exchange.

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Europe Day 2012

Europe Day Quiz, 9 May 2012

The fifth Europe Day Quiz took place on Wednesday 9 May at the Cardiff EDC. Ten teams took part, composed of students and staff from Cardiff University plus members of the local community.

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The question sheet for the quiz can be downloaded from the link below. The answers are available on request - please email edc@cardiff.ac.uk.

 

 

Librarians from across Europe visit the Cardiff EDC, 20 April 2012

Visiting Librarians 2012

Cardiff EDC Director Ian Thomson (2nd from left) with the visiting librarians

Thirteen university librarians from the Czech Republic, Finland, Germany, Poland and Spain visited the Cardiff EDC for the morning of 20 April 2012.

They were taking part in an Erasmus Staff Development Programme, organised by Information Services at Cardiff University, consisting of a week of visits and discussions with the University's library staff.

During their visit to the Cardiff EDC they heard about the activities of the Centre and, in particular, the electronic information service European Sources Online.

 

 

French Presidential Election Debate, 18 April 2012

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The first round of the 2012 French Presidential Election took place on Sunday 22 April, with a second round on Sunday 6 May. Who becomes the next President of France is important both for the people of that country and for other countries in Europe.

The Cardiff EDC held a pre-election discussion on the issues and the candidates on 18 April, led by four of the current Cardiff EDC interns. Our special guest for the evening was Madame Claude-Annik Rapport, the Honorary French Consul in Wales. We were pleased to welcome around 30 guests, who were offered a glass of French wine on arrival.

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European Citizens’ Initiative, 21 March 2012

European Citizens Initiative

The EU launched its new European Citizens' Initiative (ECI) on 1 April 2012, an opportunity for EU citizens to play a more active role in EU policy making. A petition from at least one million EU citizens on a topic within the legal competence of the EU will formally invite the European Commission to put forward a legislative proposal.

This innovative idea has aroused considerable interest amongst pressure and single interest groups and individual citizens. To mark the occasion the Cardiff EDC held an informal event with its team of student interns, who each suggested a topic or issue that they would like to be the subject of a European Citizens' Initiative. 

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The Edukators

European Film Evening, 8 March 2012

Cardiff EDC and the School of European Languages, Translation and Politics presented an evening of European film on 8 March 2012.

This year the chosen film was The Edukators. Jan, Peter and Jule are united by their passion to change the world. They become 'The Edukators', mysterious activists who warn the rich their days of plenty are numbered.

Professor Alexis Nuselovici (EUROP) introduced the film and led a discussion afterwards. A wine and canapé reception was held prior to the film.

 

 

Wales, Europe & World Group Photograph 2012

Winning team (Left to right): Tesni Rhianedd Galvin, Sara Megan Watkins, Marged Elen Rees, Eli Edwards

Wales, Europe and the World, 3 February 2012

This annual event for children in Wales highlights Cardiff and Wales's European and wider links and helps pupils to find out more about working, studying, travelling and volunteering in Europe, whilst highlighting the benefits of learning other languages.

The Cardiff EDC hosted a Euro-quiz for fifteen teams from a range of schools and colleges in Wales. The winning team was from Ysgol y Preseli. Tesni Rhianedd Galvin, Sara Megan Watkins, Marged Elen Rees and Eli Edwards scored an excellent 15 out of 16.

Click on the link below to see the questions. Email edc@cardiff.ac.uk if you would like a copy of the answers and sources.

 

 

Erasmus reception group shot 2012

Left to Right: Ian Thomson, Siobhan Gilliam, Andy Klom

ERASMUS Reception, 2 February 2012

Cardiff EDC's fourth annual ERASMUS Reception was held on Thursday 2 February 2012. We welcomed sixty guests, including students visiting Cardiff as part of an ERASMUS exchange and also UK students who are thinking about an ERASMUS exchange in the near future.

Ian Thomson, Director of Cardiff EDC, spoke about 2012 being the 25th anniversary of the launch of the ERASMUS Programme and the desire of the European Commission to further expand the programme in the future. The programme was all about ‘changing lives and opening minds’.

Andy Klom, Head of the European Commission Representation in Wales, also welcomed the guests and spoke of how participating in an ERASMUS exchange can help the job prospects of young people. Finally, Siobhan Gilliam from the School of Healthcare Studies at Cardiff University spoke of her recent experience in Gothenburg on an ERASMUS exchange.

The guests, from Austria, Bulgaria, the Czech Republic, France, Germany, the Netherlands, Poland, Turkey and the UK, enjoyed a free buffet and drinks.

 

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What Europe means to me, 13 December 2011

The first event to be organised by the Cardiff EDC in its new location in the Guest Extension Building was held in the evening on Tuesday 13 December 2011. Ten of the current batch of interns working in the Centre each spoke on the theme of 'What Europe means to me'. Amongst the speakers were students from Russia, Slovakia, Germany, France, and Spain currently studying in EUROS and CARBS, as well as others from Wales and England.

Amongst the topics discussed were: European identity, Euroscepticism, the importance of the EU for farming, Diversity in Europe through language and ethnicity, Freedom of movement through such programmes as Erasmus, Fortress Europe and the importance of football in Europe. Following the contributions, Andy Klom, the Head of the Representation of the European Commission in Wales launched a lively debate amongst the students and other guests on themes brought out by the speakers.

Some of the students brought national food of their country. All of the attendees found the event both enjoyable and stimulating and praised the EDC for organising such events as a way of raising its profile. We will probably repeat the format again in the next few months so please look out for details.

 

 

Mock Council Debate, 14 September 2011

Mock Council 2011

The fourth Mock Council of the European Union was held at the National Assembly for Wales in Cardiff Bay on 14 September 2011. Schools and colleges from across Wales, plus a school from Poland, participated in the event, which was launched by Leighton Andrews AM, Minister for Education and Skills for Wales. Cardiff EDC staff attended the event and hosted an exhibition stand.

 

Europe Day Quiz, 9 May 2011

Europe Day Quiz 2011 winners

The fourth annual Europe Day Quiz took place on 9 May 2011 at the European Documentation Centre. Twelve teams took part, including students and staff from Cardiff University and UWIC, plus members of the local community. Last year’s winners, from the School of Psychology, continued their winning streak in 2011. They were presented with wine and Europe Direct goody bags. A collection for charity raised £55, which was donated to local charities supported by Cardiff University's Social and Community Action Network (SCAN).

The question sheet can be downloaded from the link below. The answers are available on request - contact us by telephone: (029) 2087 4262 or email: edc@cardiff.ac.uk.

 

 

Europe Day 2011

Europe Day, Cardiff Central Library, 9 May 2011

Cardiff EDC staff took part in an all day event at the Cardiff Public Library on 9 May 2011 to mark Europe Day. Ian Thomson, Cardiff EDC Director, and interns Siret Salm and Johanna Kämäräinen answered questions about Europe from the general public. In addition, Ian Thomson gave a training session on European Sources Online to twenty librarians from the South Wales area. Other activities during the day included European story telling, musical entertainment, and job advice.

 

 

Ysgol Llangynwyd

PSE Day at Ysgol Llangynwyd, 13 April 2011

Two Cardiff EDC interns, George Gurescu and Silvia Caneva, gave presentations on the EU to groups of Year 9 pupils at Ysgol Gyfun Gymraeg Llangynwyd, Bridgend on 13 April 2011 as part of their Personal and Social Education (PSE) day.

 

 

Wales, Europe and the World, 8 February 2011

Wales, Europe and the World 2011

This annual event for children in Wales highlights Cardiff and Wales's European and wider links and helps pupils to find out more about working, studying, travelling and volunteering in Europe, whilst highlighting the benefits of learning other languages. The Cardiff EDC hosted a short Euro-quiz for teams from a range of schools and colleges in Wales. The winning team, from Ysgol Glantaf in Cardiff, scored an impressive 13 out of a possible 16. 

Click on the link below to see the questions. Email edc@cardiff.ac.uk if you would like a copy of the answers and sources.

 

 

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