The Project (Edition 2021)

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An ambitious project in exceptional times

The PEL is an event bringing together high school students from all over Europe to encourage them to think about future issues, to discuss them, and to propose solutions. Usually held at the European Parliament in Strasbourg, the PEL 2021 will take place in digital form due ti the global Covid-19 pandemic.

  • Phase 1 program:

    The students simulate a legislative process. Each pupil will be placed in one of the political parties of the European Parliament which he will have to represent during the plenary session. A precise theme will be chosen beforehand and a law proposal for the simulated European directive will be written. Each party then has the opportunity to present various amendments with the aim of subsequently obtaining a majority vote. Preparatory work is expected in advance within the parties in order to be able to defend the proposed amendments and to facilitate possible alliances with other parties.

  • Phase 2 program:

    In the second phase of the PEL 2021 the students change roles and this time attend a simulation of the Council of the EU, which aims to train the participants in international negotiations. The EU Council will focus on the directive developed in Phase 1 and will also deal with budgetary matters.

  • Phase 3 program:

    Participants will discuss the future of the European Union. During this last phase of the PEL 2021, students will be able to share their personal opinions.

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Statistics of the PEL 2021


International schools




Countries involved


Nationalities present

The key themes of the PEL 2021

Simulation of the European Legislative Procedure

EU Youth


Simulation of the Council of the EU

Budgetary Procedure of the EU

Conference on the future of the EU

  1. Themes TBA

Session 2021

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Timeline of the PEL 2021

December 19, 2020


Implementation of the 2021 session

The organization committee is beginning preparations for the 2021 session.

February 12, 2021


Applications: participating schools

Interested institutions can now apply for the 2021 session.

March 29, 2021


Proclamation of selected institutions

All applicants are informed no later than that day of the outcome of their application to participate in the PEL 2021.

February 19, 2021


Applications: participating students

All interested students from the selected schools can now apply for the „Parlement européen des lycéens“ 2021.

April 26, 2021


Final selection of participants

All participants have been selected & are contacted by the organization committee.

May 3, 2021


Repartition of the participants

After indicating their choices in a form, the participants were divided into different thematic groups for the different simulations.