|Model Council of the European Union debate
On Tuesday, 3 March 2015, the European Commission Representation in Ireland organised a debate on the topic of renewable energy legislation, involving 28 secondary schools from across the country. The annual Model Council of the European Union took place in Dublin Castle, the venue used for several meetings during Ireland's 2013 Presidency.
The event was officially opened by Minister of State for European Affairs, Dara Murphy and was chaired by the leader of the Green Party, Eamon Ryan. The debate judges were the environmentalist and TV presenter, Duncan Stewart, and Noelle O'Connell, Executive Director of the European Movement Ireland.
Ambassadors of the EU Member States in Ireland also attended the event and met with the students representing their Member States.
The Model Council is designed as a simulation of a Council meeting with each school taking on the role of one of the 28 EU Member States. The debate was based on a mock European Commission proposal for a Regulation to achieve a 35% share of energy from renewable sources in the European Union by 2030. Schools were asked to adopt a stance either in favour or against the proposal and were encouraged to research and to adopt the official position of the assigned Member State.
|EU stand at the BT Young Scientist and Technology Exhibition
Each year the European Commission Representation in Ireland hosts a stand at the BT Young Scientist and Technology Exhibition in the RDS, in conjunction with the Joint Research Centre (the European Commission's in-house science service) and the European Parliament Information Office in Ireland.
The Joint Research Centre (www.jrc.ec.europa.eu) is the scientific and technical arm of the European Commission and provides scientific advice and technical know-how to support a wide range of EU policies.
Each year, the European Commission invites schools across Ireland to host a visit from a past pupil who works for the EU institutions in Brussels. The visits allow students to learn about the work of Irish people in the EU institutions and about the European Union in general. The exercise is mainly geared towards senior cycle secondary school students.
In February 2013, more than 80 schools across the country hosted "Back to School" visits from past pupils.