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Assumption Grammar School to take part in EU Model Council debate
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28/03/2012 00:00:00

It seems that every other week we hear about another EU Council summit or meeting in Brussels, but what actually takes place at these meetings of EU states and how do they work? Students from Assumption Grammar School in Ballynahinch will get the chance to find out on Friday 9 March at the annual EU Model Council debate in Dublin.

The Model Council debate is designed as a simulation of an EU Council meeting and will involve 27 secondary schools from around Ireland. Each school will adopt the role of the Minister for Finance from one of the 27 EU Member States. The students from Assumption Grammar will be representing Spain. Students will debate a mock European Commission proposal for a Directive to introduce a financial transaction tax in the 27 Member States of the European Union. Ambassadors from each of the Member States have been invited along for the day to see their country represented.

    The event will be held at Dublin Castle and formally opened at 10.30 am by the Minister for European Affairs, Lucinda Creighton T.D and the debate will be chaired by Dáithí O'Ceallaigh, Director General of the Institute for International and European Affairs.

    Each school's team is made up of 3 students, with 2 students speaking during the debate and a third member of the team acting as an adviser, taking notes and preparing questions for and responses to other Member States.

    The mock proposal to be debated is a simplified version of the 2011 Commission proposal on the topic of financial transaction tax. Competing students and their teachers have been encouraged to research and adopt the official position of the assigned Member State to add realism to the debate.

    The winning team on the day will be invited to bring their classmates to Strasbourg in France to participate in the European Parliament's Euroscola project in September 2012. This project allows students from the EU's 27 Member States to work together for a day, just as the MEPs would in the European Parliament. Students in the runner-up team will each receive a small prize also.

    The Model Council of the European Union is an annual debate which has been organised by the European Commission Representation in Dublin each year since 2007.

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