Visions of Europe

A European student conference is taking place at the Freie Universität Berlin with 230 student delegates from all over Europe

Nr. 202en/2000 vom 14.11.2000

The task facing the delegates attending the European Student Conference beginning on 21 November at the Freie Universität Berlin is to develop their visions of Europe. Within only a few days the students from 24 European capital cities will have to agree on a memorandum on "The Making of Europe - Guidelines of European Policy in the 21st Century". The conference is taking place under the patronage of German Chancellor Gerhard Schröder and the President of the Republic of France Jacques Chirac.

The European Student Conference will be officially opened by the University President Prof. Peter Gaehtgens on Tuesday, 21st November at 4.00 p.m. in the Henry-Ford Building, Garystr. 35. After a speech on the topic "A united Europe - aims and problems" delivered by a representative of the German Foreign Office, the student delegations will all present themselves. In the course of the week, problems of the future development of Europe will be discussed in English in ten separate Committees. These working groups will be dealing with

topics ranging from "Regional policy and rural development", through "Foreign policy" to "Law and home affairs", each corresponding to a chapter of the final memorandum.

The Student Conference will end on Friday, 24th November with a public discussion from 9.00 a.m. until 1.00 p.m. in the Audimax of the Henry-Ford building. The President of UNICA, Prof. Gunel Engwall and Prof. Peter Gaehtgens will chair the discussion. Finally, the memorandum will be voted on in plenary session, and then handed over at 3.00 p.m. to the French Ambassador, Claude Martin.

Since the beginning of the year 2000, the student delegations from the participant countries have been engaged in preparations. The ten delegates from the FU Berlin have also been using the past months for intensive training. "It is very interesting to see the different ideas about Europe that the various delegations have developed," says Virginia Moukouli, who is taking care of the project at the FU Berlin.

A final press conference will be given on 24th November at 1.30 p.m. in Lecture Room A of the Henry-Ford Building, with FU President Peter Gaehtgens, the President of UNICA Gunel Engwall and representatives of the student delegations.

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