Mairead McGuinness MEP for Westmeath and first Vice-President of the European Parliament recently welcomed students from Ireland to the European Parliament in Brussels, one of whom was Marist College student, Sorin Stoleru, who resides on Retreat Road in Athlone.
Participating in the graduate.ie schools competition, an online competition to win a trip to the European Parliament to participate in Euroscola, the students aged between 16 to 18 from across the EU are offered the opportunity to become an MEP for a day. They debate, negotiate, amend, vote and adopt resolutions on real European issues.
They visited the Parliament in Brussels before travelling to Strasbourg. MEP McGuinness explained the functioning of the EU institutions to the students, Ireland’s role in the EU and current topical issues.