EuroNews 01-2007, Invitation for an European Week in Belgium

Come together-be friends

We are a group of students from the Catholic University of Louvain-la-Neuve (UCL) in Belgium. We form an organization named AUEL: Association Universitaire Européenne de Louvain. This organization has the objective to act in order to participate in the creation of a “European public space”, like it has been proposed by the European Council. It is also a good and nice way to bring together European citizens around this big project, which is our future, and especially the future of the students. Our main project is the organization of an European Week; a week where students from different European universities are invited to debate about the communities affairs, as well as to participate to various activities aimed at promoting the cultural diversity and creating a European identity.

This year, the European Week will take place from the 19th to the 23st of March 2007 on the campus of the Catholic University of Louvain-la-Neuve in Belgium (the UCL is located at only 45 minutes by train from Brussels, capital of Europe). Each of the preceding editions have brought together more than hundred participants from all over Europe; from countries already in the European Union but also countries that want to integrate Europe (such as Croatia and Turkey).

We invite you to follow a five-day marathon. The program consists of: a simulation of the European Parliament, debates, conference with deputies, visits of the European Institutions and of Brussels; without forgetting some funny moments like a Welcome Party, a Quiz, a European dinner and an evening where we will go out in Brussels.

Since it has be created, in 2000, the AUEL has received the support of Xavier RENDERS, Vice-President of the Students Affairs of the UCL, and of Melchior WHATELET, former federal Vice-Prime Minister, President Minister of the Walloon Region and Magistrate at the European Court of Justice. Moreover, our organization has different contacts and works in partnership with the Belgian Permanent Representation at the European Union, the Delegation of the French Community at the European Union, the European Movement, Europe Direct (Info Point Europe), CNAPD, etc.

The participation at the European Week is open to all European students, of age , and motivated about Europe. However, it is necessary that each participant has an active knowledge of English (easy and clear oral expression) and, if possible, a passive knowledge of French (oral and writing comprehension). The activities will be made in English and French. Sometimes they will be translated into other languages.

The fee to participate to this European Week is provisory 35 € per person. Due to sponsoring and subsidies that we could obtain soon, this fee will probably be cheaper. The student will get free accommodation on the campus of Louvain-la-Neuve and will live in a student-room with Belgian students. The participants have to take their sleeping bag.

In order to make a real success out of this European Week, we need the largest participation of students from all over Europe. However, we just want to inform you that the number of places will be limited from 6 to 10 participants per country. That is why you are all kindly invited to fill the application form in (on the next pages) and to send it to us before Sunday the 10th of February 2007 at the following email address: auel_ucl(at)yahoo.com.

For more information, feel free to contact us :

Association Universitaire Européenne de Louvain (AUEL)
Rue des Wallons 67, 1348 Louvain-la-Neuve (Belgium)
Website: (under construction)
E-mail: auel_ucl(at)yahoo.com

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