A large project including seminars, an international conference, activities at the European Parliament Summer School (EPSS) and a series of web publications.
13 debates will be organised throughout the Czech Republic during May/June 2007 for the general public. Czech Members of the European Parliament and EU experts will take part in the events.
In the same period 13 seminars for high school students will be organised for the same areas. The aim of the seminars is to raise student awareness of the role of the European Parliament and European integration and increase their interest in the 2009 European Parliament elections. The seminars shall be at one and the same time interactive, entertaining and informative. A contest for the best essay will be announced during the seminars. The regional winners will have the opportunity to participate in the international conference in Prague.
The European Parliament summer school will be organised by the International Institute of Political Science at Masaryk University in Brno. It aims at deepening students’ knowledge of European integration and the European Parliament. 40 high schools students, selected on the basis of a letter of application and teachers’ recommendations, will take part in the Summer School. Its PR will form part of the regional seminars.
An international conference entitled “The European Parliament - 50 Years after the Treaty of Rome” will be organised in Prague during September/October 2007. Experts, academics and politicians will participate as speakers.
The university course, comprising 6 seminars and 6 lectures on the role and functioning of the European Parliament will be run by the Masaryk University in Brno and Charles University in Prague from October 2007 to January 2008. At the end of the course, the students will sit a written exam for which they will be awarded 4 ECTS (European Credit Transfer System) credits if they pass.