On the 2nd of December, SCOPE Maastricht left for its annual trip to the capital of Europe.
For this one-day event focused on governmental institutions, 25 students travelled to Brussels to visit the European Parliament and the European Commission.
The group met early on Monday at Maastricht’s central station to start their train journey to Brussels. Upon arrival, the students walked to the European Parliament, where they were welcomed by a representative who gave a presentation and answered their questions. The group heard all about the roles of the Parliament, what it is like to work there and some challenges the European institutions are facing. To conclude the visit, the representative gave a tour of the hemicycle, which is where the plenary sessions are held when the Parliament is in Brussels.
After a lunch break in the Parc du Cinquantenaire, in the centre of Brussels, the group walked to the European Commission’s visitors centre. At the Commission, the students were given two presentations, the first on the European Commission in general and the second on its Economic and Monetary Affairs.
Next, the participating students joined for a drink at the Delirium Café, a renowned bar in Brussels, and enjoyed some free time in the city – an opportunity to taste local waffles and do some sightseeing.
In the evening, our 25 students took the train back to Maastricht to get some well-deserved rest after an insightful and fun day in the European capital.