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Press Release of EUropa.S. 2017

The Institute of Research & Training on European Affairs (I.R.T.E.A.) organized the biggest EU Simulation in Balkans for its 8th consecutive successful year, EUropa.S. 2017 on April the 7th to 10th, 2017 at the premises of the University of Piraeus and the Michael Cacoyannis Foundation.

17917243_10155202017248430_3810487638255641644_oEUropa.S. 2017 was dedicated to the Maltese Presidency of the Council of the European Union and supported for the second consecutive year by the European Commissioner on Education, Culture, Youth and Sport, Mr. T. Navracsics.

The Conference was supported by the School of Economics, Business and International Studies of the University of Piraeus, the European Parliament’s Office in Greece, the European Commission’s Representation in Greece, the French Institute of Athens, the British Council, the Europe Direct Information Centre Municipality of Thessaloniki, the Europe Direct Information Centre of Crete, the Europe Direct Information Centre of Xanthi, the Europe Direct Information Centre ELIAMEP, as well as other institutions of public and private interest.

17917982_10155223473533430_6246892955870458090_oThe Opening Ceremony of EUropa.S. 2017 was hosted at the Michael Cacoyannis Foundation and followed from the Conference on “New Skills Agenda”, with speakers from the European Commission Representation in Greece, the European Parliament Information Office in Athens and the Youth and Lifelong Learning Foundation – INEDIVIM.

EUropa.S. 2017 gathered more than 300 young students passionate in EU affairs, policies and Institutions. During the Opening Ceremony, the Conference was dedicated to the Maltese Presidency of the CoEU where his Excellency the Ambassador of the Embassy in Greece, Mr. Cuschieri, who delivered a welcoming speech and presented the priorities of the Maltese presidency to the audience. Moreover, I.R.T.E.A. awarded for his outstanding ethos and support to the European Venture the Head of the European Commission Representation in Belgium, Mr. Jamar, who addressed the participants of the Conference with his inspiring speech and was followed by the Hellenic Member of the European Parliament with the Political Party “THE RIVER”, Mr. Kyrkos. Furthermore, the welcoming speech of Mr. Navracsics was presented via the Video provided to the organizers by the Cabinet of the Commissioner and the welcoming speeches of the supporters of the Conference followed.

17973489_10155219972988430_1378881817985236745_oDuring the following three days participants followed the Institutions’ sessions where they debated on each specialized agenda set for every simulated Institution, discussed their proposals on the future of Europe and shared their considerations. On the final day of the Conference, during the Closing Ceremony the best participants elected by each Institution’ participants and the respective Board member selected were awarded for their distinction to the activities of EUropa.S. 2017. Besides that, the Council of the European Union was distinguished for the procedures followed, the innovation of the discussions while also for the inner-workings, through their active participation in the whole process of the simulation. Last but not least, participants of the Conference renewed their appointment for EUropa.S. 2018, the 9th edition of excellence.