Simulation of European Parliament Canada-Québec-Europe celebrates 15th anniversary
Claude Corbo, Rector, UQAM; José Antonio Torres-Lacasa, Chargé d’affaires and First Political Counsellor, Delegation of the European Union to Canada; Xavier Peich, Executive President, SPECQUE 2012; Richard Deschamps, Vice-chair, Executive Committee, City of Montréal; and Marc Croteau, Deputy Minister, MRI. (Photo : Marie-Alexandre Boutet-Talbot)
Over 180 people from fifteen countries will be in Montréal to participate in the Simulation of the European Parliament — Canada-Québec-Europe (SPECQUE) until August 12.
During the opening event, Deputy Minister of International Relations Marc Croteau underscored the Ministère des Relations internationales’ (MRI) support for this event. A founding partner of the Simulation, MRI was quick to see the potential of this innovative project that brings together young leaders from Europe, Québec, Canada and elsewhere.
Executive President of SPECQUE 2012 Xavier Peich took the opportunity to express the sincere gratitude of the organizing committee and the participants for the unfailing support of MRI. SPECQUE contributes to the development of productive transatlantic ties that enable young Quebecers to build solid relations that will lay the foundations for future collaborations between Québec and Europe. This initiative by young people is a natural extension of the Québec Government’s European Strategy announced at the beginning of 2012 by Minister of International Relations and Minister responsible for La Francophonie Monique Gagnon-Tremblay.
The 15th edition brings together 37 international delegations from August 6 to 12 at the headquarters of the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO), a United Nations agency. During the week, the participants, assisted by an organizing committee composed of thirteen young volunteers, will take on the roles of people involved in European political life to debate four current topics of interest:
- Promotion of European volunteering
- Guidelines for State aid to civil aviation
- Implementation of social signage on products
- Harmonization of working times
Simulation of the European Parliament — Canada-Québec-Europe
Founded in 1998 by a group of international relations student at Université Laval, SPECQUE is the largest French parliamentary simulation in the world. It has a double objective—raising awareness of the major challenges facing Europe and providing an inside look at the workings of the European Parliament. It is different from other simulations due to its exclusively Francophone character, which contributes to promoting and increasing the visibility of the French language. All discussions and work take place in French. SPECQUE receives the political support of the President of the European Commission and the President of the European Parliament each year.
The next edition of SPECQUE will be held in Europe in 2013.
Québec Government’s European Strategy (French only)
Simulation of the European Parliament — Canada-Québec-Europe (French only)