Students Staff

15 May 2017

Students get insight into working of European Parliament

Filed under: Latest news, Student experience — Communications Office @ 11:39 am

BrusselsAbout 40 students got the chance to meet members of the European Parliament during a special trip to Brussels.

The trip was funded by the Opinion Multiplier Scheme, which aims to encourage more interest in the European Parliament. During the trip the Government and Language and Linguistic students met people who work at the European Parliament and also visited the European External Action Service, which manages the funding for charities, third world countries and relief aid for natural disasters.

Professor Han Dorussen, from the Department of Government, said: “The visit to the European Parliament and the European External Action Service has given Essex students a unique opportunity to learn about the day-to-day activities of the EU. EU officials gave an honest introduction to the ambitions and challenges of European cooperation and fully addressed questions. They also informed students about internships and working in Brussels.”

Lexa Olivera-Smith, from the Department of Language and Linguistics, said: “We are very grateful to Essex Abroad and the Opinion Multiplier Scheme for this wonderful opportunity. Our students felt privileged to have first-hand experience of the inner workings of EU institutions. For the MA Translation students it was particularly exciting to learn more about the linguistic side of operations and to have a close look at the impressive interpreting facilities.”

Jan Spalek, Short-term Programmes Manager at Essex Abroad, said: “We were delighted to receive a grant from the European Parliament Opinion Multiplier Scheme to take 40 students to Brussels to visit the European Parliament and European External Action Service. We have been able to visit the voting chamber, listen to engaging presentations and learn a lot about how these important organisations operate. As a very engaged group – we have also debated variety of issues including Brexit, and the future of Europe as well as the recent changes in the European political climate. We were also pleased to meet Essex alumnus Georgi Nenchev who now works at the European Parliament and who delivered an excellent talk.”

Klaudijus Jarusevicius, who is studying international relations, said: “I enjoyed my time in Brussels. I learned about the European parliament, all its values and the day-to-day agenda. It’s a perfect eye-opener as to where I want to work, and it gave me a glimpse into the future job I would like later on in life.”

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