Students take on EU country roles

December 7, 2015

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On November 26th, Students from 27 schools from England and Scotland put forward their proposals and debated how to advance the European Union’s Digital Single Market and its Circular Economy during a mock meeting of the Council of the European Union.  The 55 students – representing the EU Member States, the European Commission and the Council General Secretariat – convened in the Grand Locarno suite of the Foreign and Commonwealth Office. Hele’s school were represented by sixth formers, Ed Knight and Sam Harris. This was the first time Hele’s have participated in an event like this and it was momentous! The students were given an authentic experience of top level European Union debating.

Welcoming the students, Jacqueline Minor, Head of the European Commission Representation in the UK, remarked that “the topics discussed today may contribute to an informed decision by those students who will vote in the forthcoming EU referendum, whilst the debating and drafting skills acquired will serve all the students throughout their lives”.

The event provided an insight into how EU Member States work with each other and the European Commission in order to debate and shape policy that has an impact throughout the European Union. Representing Ireland, Ed and Sam presented ‘their’ country’s standpoint and made alliances with other Member States during working groups, before casting their final votes on the proposals in the closing plenary session.

The presiding commissioner was very impressed with our students and we will certainly be applying to take part again next year.

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