Students for Europe Brussels (SFEB) is a Belgian non-profit organization, founded in 2000 by Master students in European Studies. It is a project which is passed on every year from Second Master voluntary students to First year students, in cooperation with the following Universities: Université Catholique de Louvain (UCL) and Facultés Universitaires Saint-Louis (FUSL). Our organization's headquarters are in Louvain-la-Neuve, the city of students, and in Brussels, the capital of the European Union. The main goal of Students For Europe Brussels is to bring young Europeans together around the great project of European construction and integration. For that purpose, each year, we organize a European Week during which students from all over Europe and beyond are invited to discuss EU affairs and to take active part in various events. These activities are aimed at promoting cultural diversity and creating a European identity, especially within young people. In the present academic year, the European Week will take place in the end of March 2013 at UCL and FUSL. The five-day programme consists of debates, conferences on specific topics and visits of the city and European Institutions. During the whole week, the participants will experience the day-life of MEPs, discovering the mechanisms that characterized the EU decision making process, whereas the last day will be dedicated to a simulation of the Plenary Session of the EP. This week will enrich participants with cultural and institutional knowledge of the EU, without neglecting the social opportunities offered by the capital of Europe.
Université Catholique de Louvain (UCL), Facultés Universitaires Saint Louis (FUSL).
Founded in 2000 by a group of students from the Université Catholique de Louvain (UCL), and more precisely by students of the master in European studies, the AUEL, which later became SFEB, sees its legitimacy and credibility reinforced by the adoption of the non-profit organization status, administered by students only.
If today we call ourselves SFEB, it’s because the organization felt the need to go even more international. This name also reinforces the student and universitarian character of the organization founded by young passionate European students and passed on over the years until now. Its main goal is indeed to contribute to the integration between young Europeans through debate, information and cultural exchange.
We are now recruiting approximetely 60 participants interested in the practical functioning of the EU from all over the world, so they can enjoy this enriching experience.
There are some topics that create great ideas and generate great debates. The European Union is, nowadays, one of those. The European Union is a reality: it exists economically, politically and legally. It also imposes itself in other essential domains of our daily lives such as cultural and social matters. The EU is far from being understood by everyone and its functioning is still a mystery for many of us. With the willingness to fulfil those gaps, Students for Europe Brussels (SFEB) acts in order to create a “European public space” such as the one suggested by the European Council in the Laeken declaration in December 2001. SFEB intends to gather the European citizens around this project in order to debate, exchange and reflect on the European Union in a constructive and innovative way.
Once a year, SFEB sets in motion a major project, as a living proof of its European commitment: the "European week". Therefore, SFEB summons to a European Parliament simulation approximately sixty young Europeans, but also participants from EU-border countries (Belarus, Ukraine, Turkey etc...), as well as non-European students interested in European matters (Americans, Chinese, Japanese etc).
This activity represents the number one asset of the SFEB, as it facilitates the opportunity to build a "European public space", focusing on its human dimension.
Young Europeans, but also participants from EU-border countries (Belarus, Ukraine, Turkey, etc.), as well as non-Europeans interested in European matters (Americans, Chinese, Japanese, etc.).
During this "European Week", the students will play the role of Eurodeputies, as the simulation is organized in different Parliamentary Commissions as well as in different Political Groups where the propositions of resolutions are established, debated and amended. One month prior to the commencement of the week, the participants are distributed according to their preferences, in Political Parties (Group of the European People's Party, Group of the Progressive Alliance of Socialists and Democrats, Group of the Alliance of Liberals and Democrats for Europe, Group of the Greens/European Free Alliance, etc.) and in the relative Parliamentary Commissions.
In order to facilitate the preparatory works in the Commissions, the participants are given out documentation on the approached topics along the week. The European Week accomplishes its activity with a day of plenary session where the resolution projects are submitted to voting procedure.
In addition, in the course of the week, SFEB also arranges visits to European Institutions located in Brussels, hence completing the human experience by getting acquainted with the institutionalized Europe.
Participants from all over the world are invited to discover the EU capital and its surrounding.
Last year our project won the Charlemagne Prize in Belgium handed by the EU Parliament.
This is the article on our success:
"The Charlemagne Prize for European Youth: and the Belgian winner is… « Students for Europe – Brussels – European week » !
The European week, which is held by students from the European Studies Institute of the UCL Louvain as well as students from the European faculties of Saint-Louis in Brussels, is the Belgian winner of the 2012 Charlemagne Prize for European Youth.
It is the students themselves who organised the entire event. In 2011, over 50 students from 20 countries took part in the European Week held in Brussels. The students spent a week in the shoes of MEP’s, discussing proposals originating from the Commission, drafting amendments and voting for legislation in a plenary session.
The Jury, which is made up of representatives for each Youth Council (« Conseil de la Jeunesse et de la Belgique francophone », du « Rat der Deutschsprachigen Jugend » (RDJ) et du « Vlaamse Jeugdraad ») and of two Belgian MEP’s, did not face an easy task when choosing the Belgian winner between all 17 candidatures.
Through its choice of the « European Week », the Belgian jury has been willing to reward young Europeans’ commitment to a project which was entirely designed by them. The creation of a European identity and the establishment of relations between students from very diverse backgrounds, thanks to practical experiences within European institutions and particularly the European Parliament, were highly valued by the Jury.
On the 15th of May in Aachen, the European Jury will reveal, during a ceremony, the names of the three European winners of the fifth edition of the Charlemagne Prize for European Youth. The winners will be rewarded with respectively 5.000, 3.000 and 2.000 euros. A Belgian representative will be assisting the ceremony, as will the other 26 winners of each member states."
(Original Article: http://www.europarl.be/view/fr/le_bi_a_bruxelles/ep_news/ep_news-2012/ep_news-2012-Mar/ep_news-2012-Mar-8.html)