Friday 20 February 2015
Experiencing the institutions of the EU
Home to principal European Union institutions including the Council of the European Union, European Commission and European Parliament, Brussels is a central hub for international politics. For five days in February 2015, it was also home for students from Southampton Solent University.
Law students made the visit to experience first-hand what goes on at the three main institutions of the European Union (EU), building their knowledge and understanding of EU law to support their classroom learning.
Senior Lecturer in Law and trip organiser Mark Wing said: “Amid tight security for the Heads of State summit on 12 February, we were hosted by senior EU Officials who explained the inner workings of their institutions, their roles in EU law and policy making.”
“Students sat in the same rooms to be used by senior politicians from across the EU during negotiations the next day, getting a real insight into the institutions,” he continued.
In a change to their usual campus setting, students also got the opportunity to explore the city, in their own time, visiting famous sights such as the Grand Place and Mannekin Pis.
Mark Wing adds: “I was overwhelmed at the reception offered to us by the EU institutions right before a summit of world importance. The speakers were both candid and authoritative and imparted some real gems of information. Students are already asking where we’re going next year!”
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