I was the Member of the European Parliament for one day!
Online high-school competition: The Euroscola Program
I was a high-school-student when I heard about the Euroscola Programme for the first time. It’s a competition for high-school students, and the winner gets the opportunity to travel to Strasbourg, and visit the European Parliament itself. The winner could participate in the Europe Day event and wander around Europe.
On this day, more than 500 European students represent the 28 member states of the EU: 20-20 students from all member states: the UK, France, Germany, Poland, Slovakia, Hungary and so on. We took part in a virtual parliamentary seat, where we could make law proposal in six topics and could accept or deny them. So, we had the chance to be European Representatives for a day.
It was such a strange feeling. Until that moment, I had never dealt with the actions of the EU, only when this competition was announced. I had never thought that once I’ll have the chance to sit in the vast, black armchairs, by the tables, covered with blue velvet… to that place, where the representatives of our countries’ make decisions day by day in topics, which determines our everyday lives.
During the day, the Belgian representative of the EP, Marc Tarabella welcomed us, and described us the European Union’s role, activity and targets. He told us, what questions the Parliament make decisions of, and we could raise our own questions. The other students had very interesting questions, concerning migration or environmental protection, just to mention some.
After lunch, we went to the different chambers, to discuss that particular topic, we got, out of the six. We made proposals after a long conversation, choose two representatives with voting, to stand out and introduce our proposal. Anyone could ask questions, concerning the bill, and after that, we decided to accept or deny it, by voting, too.
What did we talk about?
I found the students really creative; they managed to cope with these serious questions. Among the six topics to be processed, we had to deal with environmental protection and the renewing energy sources: how can we prosper sustainable development? The second topic was about security and human rights: what is our stand in limiting human rights, if safety at stake?
We talked about European development politics, in particular, what kind of help can the European Union give to develop the third countries.
Migration was also important to debate – as far as it way actual at that period. This topic was sharing, as everybody had difficult opinion about how can migration can managed, and how can we manage to integrate them into the European society in a way, which is harmonic to everyone.
Employment of youth was also a question at that day: what does the EU offer in searching for a job. We described our plan on what acts should the member states and the Union take to help career entrants to get to the labour market more efficient.
And the final question was the Future of Europe: what do we think what kind of relationship should Europe hold up with the neighbour states and what do we consider as ideal European Union?
What did I learn on that day?
We HAVE to be aware of the problems that surround us, and we have to tell our opinion because it’s OUR future. It is worth considering: what is YOUR opinion on these questions?
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