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XVIIIème édition de la Simulation du Parlement européen Canada-Québec-Europe
Start date: Aug 1, 2015, End date: Oct 31, 2015 PROJECT  FINISHED 

The SPECQUE (acronym for Simulation du Parlement Européen Canada-Quebec-Europe) is an international French-speaking model of the European Parliament, now the largest in the world. Founded in 1998 by students of Laval University (Quebec, Canada), it has become a reference for models on both sides of the Atlantic. Since its first edition, the SPECQUE has developed the double ambition of promoting the major issues of European current affairs and of giving its participants an inside look into the functioning of the European Parliament. Beyond these academic goals, the SPECQUE allows students from all over Europe and Canada to broaden their horizons by exchanging ideas and opinions. In its 18 year history, the SPECQUE has established itself as a reference model for both Canadian and European institutions. With its particular atmosphere, bringing together work and pleasure, the SPECQUE allows the emergence of an international, dynamic, enthusiastic and motivated student network, intending to play a major role in society. As a model parliament, the SPECQUE also helps its participants to develop their public speaking skills, cultivate a sense of initiative and learn the art of persuasion. They also gain the ability to thoroughly analyze sensitive issues and approach them under a legislative angle. The model also allows participants to meet young people from different environments and cultures, thus acquiring an open-mindedness that is invaluable in a context of globalization. The simulation is organized by the SPECQUE-Europe, a non-profit organization based in Paris. This association is governed by a Board of six members, all of whom have participated at least once in the model. The Board consists of executive members who take charge of the organization of the event, and of non-executive members who handle the broad guidelines of the association, while ensuring its financial health and sustainability. During the week of the model, participants wear the shoes of those involved in European political life. While most are Members of the European Parliament (MEPs), some will be European Commissioners or members of the Council of the EU, President or Secretary-General of Parliament, Rapporteurs, heads of a political group, chairman or secretary of commission... But the model would not be the same without its journalists (newspaper, TV news, blog) and its lobbyists. All are brought to take part in discussions on four topics relating to the current affairs of Europe. Some of the recurring areas of interest include safety, economy, foreign trade, company law, social affairs, health or European defense. The discussion of the four topics is submitted to a legislative process, divided up between, plenary sessions and in-depth committee work. After much political plotting, on the last day, participants finally vote on the four texts and their amendments. It is also when that the motions presented by the MEPs are put to a vote. See you in Lille for the next edition!
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