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Review of SPECQUE (Simulation du Parlement européen Canada - Québec - Europe) 2018

October 19, 2018
From July 29 to August 5, 2018

Montréal University

At the twenty-first SPECQUE (a model European Parliament held by francophone Canadians and Europeans), the Toulouse delegation demonstrated once again its commitment to this parliament simulation.

The Montreal edition allowed 10 candidates from Toulouse to spend an intense week at Université du Québec à Montréal (UQAM). There they debated texts on various topics such as European associations, hate speech and fake news, access to healthcare for undocumented migrants, and environmental responsibility.

The Toulouse 1 Capitole University students played the roles of five euro-parliamentarians, one commissioner, two lobby group representatives and one political party leader.
The delegation won three prizes: Pierre-Jean Thil was named best lobby representative, Maxime Mayot, best negotiator, and Louis Lasserre, best strategist.

The model parliament was rich in debates, exchanges and high-quality speeches. It broached thorny issues like migrant access to healthcare, and more technical topics like the creation of statutes for European associations. The commitment of the organisers to a climate of tolerance and respect for the fundamental principles of the simulation contributed greatly to its success.

This experience would not have been possible if the Toulouse delegation had not received funding from the European School of Law, the Office of the President of Toulouse 1 Capitole University, the Toulouse Faculty of Law, the Solidarity and Development Fund for Student Initiatives of Toulouse 1 Capitole University, the European and International Relations Office and the Europa Toulouse Association.

The next edition will be ‘SPECQUE Garonne’ which will take place in Toulouse and Bordeaux. The new delegation leader, Théo Charpentier, who played the role of commissioner in Montreal, is already working on the preparatory materials for the new delegation.


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