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Our Lady and St. Patrick's College, Knock takes on the role of the European Commission
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17/09/2013 00:00:00

Students from Our Lady and St. Patrick's College, Knock have been chosen to represent the European Commission at an annual debate on European affairs to be held in Parliament Buildings in October. 

Organised by the European Commission Office in Northern Ireland and the British Council, the Mock Council of the European Union is a prestigious event which sees 29 schools from across Northern Ireland coming together to debate and vote on current European issues.

Four students from Our Lady and St. Patrick's College will take on the role of the European Commission at the debate and will put forward European Commission proposals on the topical issues of energy needs in a global market and the democratic legitimacy of the EU.   

    Our Lady and St. Patrick's College, Knock takes on the role of the European Commission

    The four students recently began their research for the event as they met with Colette FitzGerald, Head of the European Commission Office in Northern Ireland, who gave them an insight into the role of the European Commission and the importance of Northern Ireland's membership of the EU. 

    Students also had the opportunity to meet with the British Council who provided an overview of the Mock Council event. 

    Congratulating the students for taking up the role of representing the European Commission, Colette FitzGerald said:

    "It is important to remember the impact that the European Union has on Northern Ireland and the opportunities it offers to build trade, educational, cultural and civic links throughout Europe.  The Mock Council event at Stormont provides young people with a unique chance to gain an insight into the workings of the European institutions and the importance of the EU to Northern Ireland."

    British Council Director, David Alderdice speaking ahead of the event:

    “The British Council is pleased to be working in partnership with the European Commission on the annual Mock Council of the European Union. The event encourages debate and discussion on topics that impact on all our lives. A highlight in our calendar of events for local schools, which this year again was oversubscribed.”

    Dominic Kealey, teacher from Our Lady and St. Patrick's said: "We at Knock are delighted that our students have been asked to take on the role of the Commission for the forthcoming Mock Council of the EU at Stormont. It is a great honour given the key role that the Commission plays in the EU. Having represented the Netherlands at the Council last year, the students are taking on a very different role this time and through it will gain tremendous insights into the work of the Commission and its relationship with other bodies."

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      • For further information, please contact Catherine McShane, European Commission Office in Northern Ireland, Tel: 028 9024 0708 or email catherine.mcshane@ec.europa.eu 
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