This year's ESC with the title "Visions4aNewEurope" with almost 40 participants from 21 nations finally took place again this year on site at the European Academy Otzenhausen. The ESC is aimed at young, active and open-minded students interested in the European Union and its current challenges and is organized by the Europa-Institut in cooperation with the European Academy Otzenhausen (EAO) and the ASKO Europa-Stiftung and financially supported by the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) with funds from the German Federal Foreign Office.
From 1 to 10 August 2022, participants discussed the legal, political, and economic development of the EU, listened to exciting lectures on topics such as European integration, human rights, and European data protection, and applied their acquired knowledge in simulations. In addition, excursions to Luxembourg, Strasbourg, Trier and the Europa-Institut in Saarbrücken were on the agenda.
The first day started with an introduction to European integration by Dr. Mareike Fröhlich and Jana Stehlíková. In addition, Justine Bitam held a seminar on "Intercultural communication". On the second day, the participants were able to deepen their knowledge of the European Union through exciting presentations on the political goals of the Union as well as the institutional structure, held by Sebastian Zeitzmann. Finally, the participants discussed the role of the European Parliament in the EU with MP Karsten Lucke. The third day was dedicated to human rights and took place at the Europa-Institut. Professor Thomas Giegerich introduced the human rights protection system and the participants were challenged to apply their knowledge in a case study. In addition, the students had time to explore Saarbrücken before returning to Otzenhausen.
The next day, the participants took a trip to Strasbourg to visit the Council of Europe and the European Parliament, followed by a guided tour of the city. On Friday, the participants discussed the war in Ukrainian with Professor Roman Petrov and Professor Tetiana Kyselova, before Alexander Metternich visited the Celtic ring wall Otzenhausen with the students.
After a lecture by Professor Joachim Schild on the role of Germany and France in European integration on Saturday, the students departed for Trier and then had a wine tasting in Longuich.
On Sunday, the participants focused on sustainability and data protection in the EU with lectures by Dr. Marian Feist and Professor Darko Samardzic, before the week came to an end with a barbecue.
On the following Monday, the students went to the European Court of Justice in Luxembourg, where they had the opportunity to discuss the future of Europe and Euroscepticism with Dr. Sybille Seyr and Professor Anna-Lena Högenauer. On Tuesday, the participants were able to apply and deepen their knowledge in another simulation.
On the last day, Jelisaveta Puac from the Department for the Czech EU Presidency, Office of the Czech Government presented an outlook on the future of Europe with the lecture "Quo vadis, EU?". The future of Europe was highlighted, ideas were exchanged, but also the hurdles that the European Union has to face were discussed and showed the importance of bringing together young people who may one day help shape the future of Europe.
With this in mind, the team of this year's ESC would like to sincerely thank all participating students and lecturers for their commitment and willingness to work together! We are already looking forward to the ESC 2023!