Politics students trip to Brussels

The Politics students trip to Brussels was truly a memorable one. We learnt a great deal about the European Union while also getting an opportunity to experience the city.

On our first full day we visited both the European Parliament and Commission.  A civil servant talked to us about the structure of the European Union in the busy environment of the forum preparing for the arrival of Prime Minister, Theresa May on the very same day to discuss Brexit!  Different sectors of the Commission and European Parliament create a complex system, for example in meetings all languages are translated so everybody can understand everyone else.  We also learnt how the EU Commission is legislative and proposes new laws.  

We got an opportunity to see where MEPs would debate and discuss laws and problems within Europe. Brexit was a hot topic of discussion in which we spoke about some EU myths that were used by the Leave campaign.  We were fortunate to have some of our questions answered including the opinions of what they thought about Brexit.

Once we were taught how the EU Parliament was set up, we then were taught about what the Union actually does. One of the programs they spoke about was the ERASMUS programme which meant that  EU students could travel abroad to study.  The EU also contributes to making sure that refugees can be distributed evenly amongst EU countries and some of the problems caused by immigration.  It was interesting to really learn how the EU works specifically as it’s rarely something people expand on or teach in schools.

Moreover we were also fortunate enough to go sightseeing before we left, we saw the Manneken Pis (the best-known symbol of the people of Brussels which has a weird and wonderful history to it) and the Grand Square. We all really enjoyed our trip to Brussels, it was full of lots of excitement, fun and Mr Johnschwager beating us in almost every card game.  Despite this, it was an amazing trip and one I will remember for a really long time.

Elohor, Year 12