Debatowanie po europejsku, czyli sesja parlamentu młodzieży w Katowicach

Jako, że sesja prowadzona była w języku Szekspira, pozwoliłam sobie zrelacjonować ją w taki sam sposób.

9th of December, Saturday, 8:00 a.m., probably most of Staszic students (and teachers) still asleep. Except from me, as I was heading to Mickiewicz High School in Katowice, to attend the Day of EYP (European Youth Parliament). Having assigned just two weeks earlier, I had had no idea, how hard my brain would have had to work for 12 consequetive hours on the 9th.
The session started from team bonding in the committee we were earlier assigned to, which was then used in many ways, starting from cooperation, moving on to new friendships created.
My committee was called LIBE II which stands for Committee on Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs II. As we finished getting to know each other really fast, we moved on to solving our problem which was stated as: “Right to nationality: Should European Union interfere in ongoing and future conflicts between Member States and separatist movements?”

We firstly stated the problem, by discussing where it is actually present and which ways are possible to solve it. We focused on the Catalonia and Scotland mainly, as they are the autonomic regions claiming to want independence. We were considering the possible activities, and then came up with the solutions.

The second part of our deliberation took part in the building of Parliament of Silesia in Katowice. Feeling as if we were attending a real life European Parliament session, all 6 committees represented their resolutions for the problems they were considering. After each presentation we voted whether the resolution should pass, or be declined. Our resolution get through the process leaving us really happy as we were working on it all day. That’s were our one day sessions met it’s end.

Considering how tired, but satisfied I was, I would strongly recommend taking part, as it is a great way of practicing English in a more practical than usual form, but also to get to know the politics and powers of the European Parliament.

Agnieszka Starczewska

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