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The trip to Strasbourg and Brussels
On Monday, January 12th 2015, we were ready to go. We left campus at 7am and headed to Strasbourg. We visited first the Council of Europe which, unlike the European Union, gathers nearly all European States. Then we went to the European Parliament, the home of the only directly-elected institution of the European Union, which mainly serves the same purposes as the lower house in most democracies. We had the opportunity to visit the building and to meet MEPs (Members of the European Parliament) from all sides and from several countries, helping us to better understand how the house works. We finally had the opportunity to attend a session of the Parliament and to witness the voting of a law which was quite widely commented all across the continent in the days which followed.
After two days in Strasbourg, it was time to go to Brussels. We first went to the European Commission (the European government). We had the great opportunity for instance to meet the chief of staff of Pierre Moscovici, the Commissioner for Economic and Financial Affairs. After that, we talked to lobbyists representing the interests of local regions, of women, and of the atomic industry. Lobbies are very present there because many economic decisions are no more taken at the state level but in Brussels. Finally, we met a member of the French delegation at the Council of the European Union, which serves as the upper house representing the interests of the member states.