PEL 2023

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Session 2023

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Statistics of the PEL 2023


International schools




Countries involved


Nationalities present

Key themes

Learn more about the themes of the Parlement européen des lycéens 2023

Simulation of the European legislative procedure

A sustainable and social transport policy

European Media Freedom Act and Digital Services Act

Strengthening Europe's Crisis Management

European Defence Policy

Simulation of the Council of the EU

Directive on Corporate Sustainability Due Diligence

Personal debates

  1. Cyber security - the battlefield of the future?

  2. Die Verkehrswende - Schlüssel zum Erreichen der Klimaziele?

  3. Intelligence artificielle – vers un paradis ou une menace potentielle pour l’humanité ?

  4. Space exploration – necessity or luxury?

  5. Une transition énergétique commune - plus importante que jamais ?

  6. Europäische Bankenaufsicht und Währungspolitik – Verbesserungen zur Gewährleistung der Finanzstabilität?

  7. Federalisation of the European Union – the logical next step

  8. Protection civile européenne – un problème de communication ou de compétences ?

  9. Digital euro – a digital euro for the digital era?

  10. Europäisches Einstimmigkeitsprinzip – Notwendig oder zur Reform bereit?

  11. Transformation numérique - Shaping Europe's digital future

  12. Europäische Verteidigungsunion – Zukunftssicherung oder unrealistische Utopie?

  13. Climate change – the biggest threat of the 21st century?

  14. European minimum wage - Should workers get a uniform minimum wage across the EU?

  15. Fake News – EU-wide minimum standards to address a growing threat to democracy?

  16. Protection civile européenne – un problème de communication ou de compétences ?

  17. Marché du travail – prêt pour l’Europe du 21ème siècle ?

  18. Réforme des formes juridiques – introduire de nouvelles formes plus accessibles ?

  19. Europäische Bildungspolitik - bröckelndes Fundament des Wohlstands?

  20. Politique étrangère européenne – renforcer le Service européen pour l’action extérieure (SEAE) ?

  21. Genetic engineering – boon or bane?

  22. Éducation civique – une jeunesse plus active dans la politique

  23. Santé - un avenir plus sain pour les Européens

  24. Europäische Sozialunion – Sollte die Europäische Union eine Sozialunion werden?

An ambitious project in exceptional times

The Parlement européen des lycéens (PEL) is a project bringing together high school students from all over Europe, encouraging them to reflect upon the future of the European Union, to discover the functioning of the European institutions, to debate on international issues, and to propose solutions to European challenges. The final event of the PEL 2023 took place in the European Parliament in Strasbourg from 15 to 17 May 2023.

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  • Phase 1 programme:

    The participants simulate the legislative process of the European Union. Each pupil is placed in one of the political parties of the European Parliament and represents it during the plenary sessions. Multiple themes are chosen beforehand and law proposals for simulated european directives are written. Each party 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 programme:

    In the second phase of the PEL the students change roles and attend a simulation of the Council of the European Union, which aims to train the participants in international negotiations from the point of view of the Member States. Each participating school is representing a Member State and prepares an opening statement for the plenary session as well as an amendment to a proposed european directive.

  • Phase 3 programme:

    The participants are split into small and discuss the future of the European Union. During this last phase of the PEL they can share their personal opinions.

Timeline of the PEL 2023

May 20, 2022, 10:00

Implementation of the 2023 session

The organization committee is beginning preparations for the 2023 session.

August 30, 2022, 12:00

Applications: participating schools

Interested institutions can now apply for the 2023 session.

October 1, 2022, 20:00

Proclamation of selected institutions

All applicants are informed no later than that day of the outcome of their application to participate in the PEL 2023.

September 18, 2022, 16:00

Applications: participating students

All interested students from the selected schools can now apply for the „Parlement européen des lycéens“ 2023.

November 7, 2022, 20:00

Final selection of participants

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

January 3, 2023, 23:00

Repartition of the participants

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

January 4, 2023, 09:00

Digital preparation phase of the participants

The participants are in contact with each other online and prepare intensively for the final event.

May 15, 2023, 12:00

Final event in Strasbourg - Day 1

All participants arrive in Strasbourg and take part in cultural activities.

May 16, 2023, 08:00

Final event in Strasbourg - Day 2

The second day of the final event takes place in the premises of the European Parliament in Strasbourg.

May 17, 2023, 08:00

Final event in Strasbourg - Day 3

The last day of the final event takes place in the premises of the European Parliament in Strasbourg.