From November 18 to 20 we, students from 4AK, 5AK and 1BA, and our teachers Ms Lenzeder, Ms Morth and Mr Pleyl went to Brussels to attend the European Youth Seminar on security and to visit some of the institutions of the European Union.
We had an early flight to Brussels and met at 7 a.m – on a Sunday! After arriving in the Belgian capital city, we had to hurry to the Parlamentarium where we played a game simulating the law-making procedure within the EU. It was big fun, as we represented different political parties, had to find solutions and make compromises - which was not that easy. Then we went to the House of European History. In this interactive museum we got plenty of information about the history of the European Union. It was very interesting to learn about the people who fought for the freedom of Europe and a union between countries and to realize that we take this union for granted. In the evening, we went for a stroll through the city and ate Belgian “Fritten” and waffles for dinner.
On the second day, we first visited the Permanent Representation of Austria in the European Union and discussed Austria’s responsibilities during our EU Council Presidency. Then we walked to the European Commission to listen to presentations about cyber-security, terrorism and the European internal market. In the evening, we had free time and enjoyed the city of Brussels with our friends.
Our last day was the most exhausting, but also the most interesting one, as we participated in the European Youth Seminar on security in the European Parliament. Not only students from our school, but also students from the Czech Republic and Finland took part in this seminar. We had to exchange our ideas on cyber-security, cyber-terrorism and ideas about how to make Europe a safer place. In the end two MEP of the European Parliament listened to our ideas and gave some nice feedback.
Overall, we really enjoyed our stay in Brussels and we think we have benefitted a lot from having had the opportunity to “look behind the scenes” of different EU-institutions.
Hagar Mohamed, 5AK
I really enjoyed being in Brussels again. This time it was different because we had the opportunity to take part in the EYS on Security and get to know new people. Especially the discussion about data security was very interesting for me. (Ezgi Kilic, 5AK)
Participating in the European Youth Seminar was a really interesting experience for me. I enjoyed meeting other young people who are facing the same issues that I do. Talking and exchanging thoughts with them helped me seeing things in different ways and motivated me to set myself higher goals. (David Petrovic, 5AK)
The days in Brussels were very adventurous. The best experience was the EYS, as we had to cooperate with people from Finland and the Czech Republic to find solutions on security issues. It was also interesting to see how all the European institutions work, however, we were in a hurry all the time. I enjoyed the time in Brussels and we learned a lot about the work of the European Union.” (Anastasia Balucic, 4AK)
The European Youth Seminar was very entertaining and informative for me. I had a lot of fun with my classmates and met other students from Finland and the Czech Republic. It was exciting to see EU representatives and to talk to them. I have learned a lot and now I understand better how EU laws are made. (Dschamilja Bugaeva, 5AK)
The trip to Brussels was a wonderful experience for me, as I am really interested in politics. Especially the House of European History and the simulation game at the Parlamentarium fascinated me. Overall, I had a great time in Brussels. (Mehmed Sisic, 1BA)