The Project (Edition 2020)

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An ambitious project in prestigious premises

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. Initially scheduled to take place in the European Parliament in Strasbourg on 19 & 20 March 2020, the PEL 2020 had to take place in digital form because of the global Covid-19 pandemic.

  • Initially planned program for the first day:

    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.

  • Initially planned program for the second day:

    The second day will be composed of discussions and debates in small groups. There will be a variety of topics, all of which are related to EU policies. During this phase of the project, each student can fully express his own political opinion and thus share his political knowledge. The aim of this second day is for participants to improve their ability to debate as well as their reasoning skills and their knowledge of European politics. There will also be a simulation of the Council of the European Union that aims to train participants in international negotiations.

  • Digital program:

    The simulation of the European legislative process has been caught up in digital form in October 2020.

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Statistics of the PEL 2020

10

International schools

150+

Participants

4

Countries involved

21+

Nationalities present

The key themes of the PEL 2020

Simulation of the European Legislative Procedure

Environment

Digital Health

Simulation of the Council of the EU

Cancelled

Personal debates

  1. Cancelled

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Timeline of the PEL 2020

May 19, 2019

15:30

Implementation of the 2020 session

The organization committee is beginning preparations for the 2020 session.

June 17, 2019

18:00

Applications: participating schools

Interested institutions can now apply for the 2020 session.

September 30, 2019

08:00

Proclamation of selected institutions

All applicants are informed no later than that day of the outcome of their application to participate in the PEL 2020.

October 1, 2019

08:00

Applications: participating students

All interested students from the selected schools can now apply for the „Parlement européen des lycéens“ 2020.

October 18, 2019

20:00

Final selection of participants

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

November 4, 2019

14:00

Repartition of the participants

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

November 5, 2019

08:00

Start of work

The participants start with the preparatory work.

January 14, 2020

23:00

Publication of themes & working papers

The themes of the 2020 session are broadcast.

February 18, 2020

10:00

Opening of the participants panel

The specially designed panel for PEL participants is activated for this edition.

March 3, 2020

23:00

Temporary suspension

Due to the situation regarding COVID-19, the PEL 2020 cannot take place as planned.

September 18, 2020

15:00

Continuation of the PEL 2020

Participants are informed about the digital mode of operation of the PEL 2020.

December 6, 2020

20:00

End of PEL 2020

The PEL 2020 is completed and the results of the debates are sent to the participants.