Students Katharine Burton and George Collins were selected to take part in this years event, representing Hungary. Once they had details of the topics for debate, they met regularly with the College’s Mrs Stirling and last year’s student representatives, Amelia Mills and Joseph Sutton. Students had to find out as much as they could about their country and the topics, taking one each: Katharine looked into the European Arrest Warrant and George looked in to Erasmus+.
To help get to know the country in question, Christ the King set up an eTwinning project with a Hungarian school. This project also involved the Year 10 Citizenship class and Mrs Filep’s Year 9 MFL class.
Once the proposals were sent out to schools, Katharine and George had to write an opening statement and had to consider what Hungary’s stance would be on their issues for the UK once UK leave the EU. To help with their statement, the students visited the Hungarian Embassy recently to meet with Csaba Aber, second secretary for EU affairs and Brexit issues. The meet turned out to be very useful as Mr Aber had actually worked at the EU, as well as at the Embassy.
The mock EU council was held on Thursday at Church House, next to Westminster Abbey. All EU countries were represented and debates went on throughout the day, in different groupings, including over lunch and during breaks, until compromises were reached.
Mrs Stirling said:
“This is an excellent opportunity for our students; learning about the workings of the EU, finding out about another country, learning how to debate and negotiate, as well as meeting students from other schools and making new friends.
“Well done to all of those involved”.