European Public Policy Students in Brussels
1 July 2013
On 6th June, students from the Department’s MSc in European Public Policy went on their annual study trip to Brussels to visit the European Parliament, to meet practitioners from the European Commission, the External Action Service and a business organisation, and to gain first hand insights into the institutions, decision-making and policy-challenges studied during their programme.
The first stop was the European Parliament, where the students discussed legislative politics and the EP’s role in international trade negotiations with George Stylianou from the EP's Visitors' Service and with Felix Lutz from the International Trade Committee.
The afternoon was spent at the European Commission’s “Info Point” at Rond Point Schuman. There, the group was joined by three guest speakers: Eric von Breska, DG Regio, discussed the EU’s budget and Multiannual Financial Framework; Anja Fiedler, European External Action Service, explained how the EU’s diplomatic service was set up and functioned in international crisis management; and Jesse Scott, Eurelectic, introduced the students to the ins and outs of EU lobbying.
In the evening, the students met up with EPP alumni for drinks on a sunny Place Luxembourg and to talk about careers and life in Brussels.
Seventeen students joined the trip, organised by Dr
Christine Reh and generously supported by the European Parliament.