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MEP Vienna 2014
Model European Parliament Austria
29 March – 5 April 2014
For the first time since 2000 MEP Austria has the pleasure again of hosting the Model European Parliament.
This comes as a special honour as 2014 is a momentous year:
the centenary of the outbreak of WWI, European Parliamentary elections, the Fall of the Berlin Wall one quarter of a century ago, as such not only important events for Austria but for the whole of Europe.
Theresianische Akademie in Vienna and BG International School Klosterneuburg will be setting the stage for an unforgettable week of European youth parliamentarism.
After the grand opening ceremony in Vienna’s Town Hall, 10 committees will set to work on drafting resolutions on the burning issues of our time: youth unemployment, global warming, an ageing society, the wage gap, education and mobility, discrimination, human trafficking, obesity, etc.
Austrian Parliament & National Library
In Austria’s Parliament, on two days, the resolutions will be presented to the General Assembly and defended by the committees. Resolutions passed will be forwarded to all 766 Members of the European Parliament literally on the eve of EU elections, voicing the opinions of Europe’s future decision makers.
The MEP Vienna 2014 session not only aims to embrace the opportunity to reflect on the past but also wishes to send out a strong message from Europe’s youth, from Vienna, the peace capital.
To mark the occasion a Roundtable Discussion is to be held in the State Rooms of the National Library, bringing together representatives of international organisations in Vienna, leading EU parliamentarians and diplomats, a representative of Serbia and a descendent of Archduke Franz Ferdinand to evaluate Europe’s position as a global player of world peace.
For we shall not fight for the worse of Europe, but debate for the better of it!
The Model European Parliament will also be celebrating the twentieth anniversary of its foundation in 1994.
In celebration, we will be staging a MEP re-union weekend, inviting former participants to come to see the GA and attend a traditional Viennese Ball (Fr 4.4.) and enjoy some socialising events on Sat/Su 5th/6th April.