Institutions of the European Union in Strasbourg

 

The European Parliament

 
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Contact:
European Parliament
Allée du Printemps
BP 1024/F
67070 STRASBOURG CEDEX
Tel: +33 (0)3 88 17 40 01
Fax: +33 (0)3 88 17 51 84
Internet: http://www.europarl.europa.eu
 
The European Parliament is the legislative institution of the European Union. It represents about 508 million inhabitants of the EU. It is the only institution to be directly elected by European citizens.
The seat of the European Parliament is in Strasbourg. During the plenary sessions, the European deputies come together to debate EU legislation.
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The European Ombudsman

 
Emily O'Reilly
Contact:
European Ombudsman
1 avenue du Président Robert Schuman
B.P. 403
F-67001 Strasbourg Cedex
Tel: +33 (0)3 88 17 23 13
Fax: +33 (0)3 88 17 90 62
Internet: http://www.ombudsman.europa.eu
Emily O'Reilly (from 1 October 2013)
 
The European Ombudsman intervenes in cases of maladministration by institutions and bodies of the European Community.
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Schengen Information System

 
The Schengen Information System (SIS), set up in 1985, allows national police authorities of Member States to exchange computerized data concerning people and objects moving between countries.
 
 
 
 

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European diary


    • 23 june 2017

      Luxembourg National Day

    • June 23th marks the anniversary of the sovereign of the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg. Originally celebrated on 23 January, the birthday of the Grande-Duchesse Charlotte, June 23 was chosen since 1961 due to climatic conditions which fit with outdoor celebrations.
      On this day, two major events punctuate the celebrations: the Te Deum in the Cathedral of Our Lady of Luxembourg and the taking up of arms, accompanied by a civilian event, organized the Liberty avenue in Luxembourg.
    • 25 june 2017

      Slovenia National Day

    • The National Day commemorates the independence of Slovenia, obtained in 1991.
      The first Slovenes, the Slavic people, settled down in current Slovenia, at the borders of the Italy, Austria and Hungary, during the fourth century.
      Since the eighth century, Slovenia was incorporated into various empires or states. The last one was ex-Yugoslavia from which it would become independent in 1991.
      Its independance was recognized by Germany in December, 1991 and by the international community in January of the following year.

    • 26 june 2017

      International Day in Support of Victims of Torture

    • Torture seeks to annihilate the victim’s personality and denies the inherent dignity of the human being. The United Nations has condemned torture from the outset as one of the vilest acts perpetrated by human beings on their fellow human beings.

      Torture is a crime under international law. According to all relevant instruments, it is absolutely prohibited and cannot be justified under any circumstances. This prohibition forms part of customary international law, which means that it is binding on every member of the international community, regardless of whether a State has ratified international treaties in which torture is expressly prohibited. The systematic or widespread practice of torture constitutes a crime against humanity.

      On 12 December 1997, by resolution 52/149, the UN General Assembly proclaimed 26 June the United Nations International Day in Support of Victims of Torture, with a view to the total eradication of torture and the effective functioning of the Convention against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment, (resolution 39/46), annex, which entered into force on 26 June 1987.