What is Euroscola?
The European Parliament set up the Euroscola project in 1990, thus allowing hundreds of thousands of high-school students to participate in a simulation exercise of the work of MEPs.
Each year Euroscola welcomes thousands of students aged between 16 to 18 years old from all 28 European Union Members States to spend a day in Strasbourg and become Members of the European Parliament. Students experience a day as an MEP, engaging in the EU decision-making through debates in the hemicycle, negotiations with their colleagues, voting and adopting resolutions on topical European issues.
It gives students the opportunity to interact and exchange information in a foreign language and also highlights the importance of cross-cultural cooperation. Furthermore, students are given the possibility to introduce their school and the region where they come from, which provides for greater diversity and enriches the cultural dialogue.
There are approximately 20 Euroscola sessions per year in Strasbourg, which attract around 10,000 students annually.
Each European Parliament Information Office is in charge of the selection procedure through competitions in its Member State.
Euroscola is an important communication tool for the European Parliament to reach out to young people and to give young people the possibility to experience the work and decision making process in our European institution.
The Euroscola project is designed for students aged between 16 to 18 years old from all 28 European Union Members States.
Participation is awarded to schools making it through a national competition organized by the European Parliament Information Office in each Member State. Successful candidates get an important subsidy towards the cost of their journey to Strasbourg. To be able to take an active part, the 500 participating students prepare themselves in their schools months ahead and come to Strasbourg already acquainted with the issues up for discussion.
The participating students get an opportunity to familiarize themselves with the workings of the European institutions, to discuss democracy, fundamental rights, European values and to express their personal opinions on the decisions taken at the European Union level.
The students get the unique opportunity to experience EU decision making in the form of a multilingual European Youth Parliament.
Euroscola allows these students to get together, debate, take sides, negotiate, amend, vote and finally adopt resolutions on real European issues.