TDM Portugal Hosts Engaging European Parliament Simulation in Figueira da Foz

Jul 5, 2024 | EP Simulation, Youth Outreach

On April 17th, TDM Portugal organized an immersive and enlightening simulation of the European Parliament in Figueira da Foz, Portugal, as part of our ongoing commitment to fostering youth engagement and democratic participation. The event brought together 20 enthusiastic participants, providing them with a unique opportunity to step into the shoes of Members of the European Parliament (MEPs) and engage in lively debates on environmental legislation. The simulation began with an informative introduction to the European Parliament, highlighting its pivotal role in shaping legislation that affects the lives of millions across Europe. Participants were then assigned to four distinct political groups, each representing varying perspectives on the proposed recycling regulations. Despite the diverse viewpoints, all participants embraced their roles with enthusiasm, contributing to a dynamic and engaging atmosphere.

Throughout the simulation, participants delved into research and discussions, exploring the intricacies of the proposed law and formulating compelling arguments to support or oppose it. Armed with role-cards outlining their group’s core values and positions, they honed their debating skills and collaborated effectively to prepare persuasive presentations. The highlight of the event was the spirited presentations delivered by each group, where they articulated their stances on the recycling regulations with passion and conviction. From advocating for environmental sustainability to prioritizing economic stability, participants showcased a deep understanding of the complex issues at hand. Following the presentations, participants engaged in thoughtful discussions on potential amendments to the law proposal, demonstrating their capacity for critical thinking and compromise.

The subsequent voting session provided an opportunity for all groups to voice their preferences, reflecting the democratic principles inherent in the European Parliament. As the simulation drew to a close, participants reflected on their experiences and the decision-making processes involved, gaining valuable insights into the functioning of the European Union and the importance of active citizenship. The event served as a testament to the power of experiential learning in shaping informed and engaged young leaders. In conclusion, TDM Portugal’s European Parliament simulation in Figueira da Foz was a resounding success, empowering participants to navigate complex political issues and fostering a deeper appreciation for democratic values. We look forward to continuing our efforts to inspire and equip the youth of Portugal with the knowledge and skills to shape a brighter future for Europe.