The experience of participating in Euroscola.

- The place where we could affect the future

The EU parliament. Photo by: Wilma Samuelsson

The flags are waving at the top of the flagpoles at 8 a.m. in the cold morning in Strasbourg. You could think that all the strong colours from the flags don´t fit together, but quite the opposite! They are a perfect blend with each other, in a harmonious and balanced way. Behind the 28 flagpoles there is a very proud, solid and round building of glass. I look around to actually realize how big it is. And then I realize that it´s actually in this building where major decisions are taken that affect our everyday life. And also, I understand that, it´s in this building they will decide our future. And maybe, there are some of the future EU parliamentarians here just today? 


In the queue to the security control there are students from almost all of the EU-member countries. Students who are looking forward to getting new experiences, to get their voice heard and to meet a lot of new interesting people. Actually, I don´t think that anyone of the students who are here today knows how educative and important this day is going to become.

Raphael Alm from Sweden is having his presentation speech. Photo by: Wilma Samuelsson

To meet new faces, personalities and brand-new people can be challenging for some people. I should confess, I also think it´s difficult to meet new people. Not because I don´t like other people, in fact, I think it´s because I´m too comfortable, too lazy. I don´t think I´m the only one who thinks like this.  However, to meet so many new people, aspects, and opinions about what the future will look like during the day at Euroscola, made me realise it is vital to be forward and outgoing to really make the most of this opportunity.  To meet young students, with various cultures, a variety of nationalities and diverse opinions is not just an experience, it´s also knowledge that you can use during your whole life. Because despite these differences, we understand and learn from each other. I believe that differences are a strength. 

The parliament is filled with 520 students, and also teachers, and everyone has taken a seat in the chamber, as if we are real parliamentarians. There are students between 16 to 18 years old from 23 different EU- countries. We are gathered to get the opportunity to try to be a parliamentarian for one day as well as learn how the work proceeds in this building in Strasbourg. The day starts with an opening speech by Mr. Luis Martinez Guillen and then a questioning with the vice president of the EU. A questioning where a great number of students step forward and ask very interesting and important questions. The fact that there are so many dedicated students is not a coincidence. I believe we will get used to young Europeans being determined to do what is in their power to improve society even further. It makes me feel inspired and relieved at the same time, because I think that the future is in good hands.

The committee, drugs and alcohol, are having their discussions. Photo by: Wilma Samuelsson

I don’t just see dedication during the first couple of hours in the EU parliament but during the whole of the ten-hour intensively planned day. A day starting with an opening speech, then presentation speeches from all of the 23 participants in the Euroscola, followed by questioning, discussion in the committees, a general discussion and voting about the proposals and at the end, competitions. Despite this demanding schedule everyone stays alert and active through the various activities. This proves that everyone participating, uses all opportunities to make the most of this day.

At the end of the day, it is obvious that all the students from the 23 EU countries have a great deal in common. We all aspire for a future for everyone and for the existence of the EU. As a young reporter, given the opportunity to meet a lot of new people during the day at Euroscola, I learned that despite the difference between us there is more that units. At the press conference with Mr. Luiz Martinez Guillen who said: “It ́s not about what theEU can do for us, it ́s about what we can do for the EU”. And I think that ́s exactly why we were here today in Strasbourg and why we stood in the queue to the EU parliament in the cold morning, at 8 a.m. Not to do what ́s best for ourselves, but to do what ́s best for the EU.

Wilma Samuelsson Peder skrivare skola Sweden

 

2019-11-20Jonas Mollberg

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