ON March 12th and 13th, 2018 the Delegations from 5 different European countries visited the building of the European Parliament in Strasbourg. The delegations from Belgium, Turkey, Romania, Norway and Croatia received a guided tour through the Louise Weiss building, where all the votes of the Parliament have to take place in. Members of Parliament are required to have twelve sessions throughout the year in Strasbourg, the official seat of Parliament, although additional sessions can take place in Luxembourg or Brussels.
The Louise Weiss building in Strasbourg was designed by a team of architects from the Architecture-Studio. One of the main ideas which they had to incorporate into the building was transparency which is why most of the building is made of glass, meaning that everyone has a right to see what their representatives. A part of the building is still left unfinished, showing the constant development and expansion of the European Union.
On the second day, the delegations faced their hardest task yet. The plan for the day was to try and be members of parliament, to see what one of their working days looks like. They had to work together to reach a common goal for the good of the people and their parties, speak to citizens about their everyday issues and pass a new law. In order for a new law to actually be passed the majority of the members of parliament have to vote for the proposition. They had to overcome their differences and find things they can agree on and make certain compromises, which may not have been in their best interest, in order to do what’s best for the people, the European Union and the World.
The entire visit helped the Erasmus+ group to get a slight insight into what happens in the European Parliament and made them aware of the difficulty of the jobs of the Members of Parliament. It showed them the amount of pressure they have to deal with and the sacrifices which need to be made in order to help the world become a better place.
WRITTEN BY: Ivor Horvat