Sixth-formers visit local MEP in Brussels
Conservative MEP Geoffrey Van Orden welcomed a group from Saffron Walden County High School into the European Parliament on Thursday (30 January), where they were able to hear firsthand about the workings of the EU institutions, British policies on Europe and how their MEP works on behalf of the people of Essex.
This was the school's ninth year of visits to European Parliament and included VI Form members studying Government and Politics or Economics. The students will also be discussing European economic matters on their visit to the National Farmers Union offices, the Audi production line and a Belgian artisan chocolatier, as well as the implications of climate change in a simulation exercise at Oxfam, Brussels.
Mr Van Orden commented:
“It is always very uplifting to receive students from home when I am over in Brussels. It’s vital that our young people hear something of what's happening there and know how they are represented so that they can help lead their own generation in the way that's best for Britain. While many of us do not like much of what goes on in the EU, it has to be taken seriously and understood.
I was able to discuss many issues with the group - from the efforts we Conservatives are making to change Europe and get a grip on immigration to our successful battle against an 'EU Army' and access to healthcare as we live longer. I was heartened to find the students passionate about EU reform, and we had a very interesting discussion about the implications of David Cameron's call for an end to 'ever closer union' and the other measures that we want to bring back under national control."