A-level students engage in "feisty discussion" with MEP in Brussels

PUBLISHED: 15:05 21 March 2013 | UPDATED: 15:05 21 March 2013

Sixth-formers at Saffron Walden County High School visited Brussels to meet MEP Geoffrey Van Orden.

Sixth-formers at Saffron Walden County High School visited Brussels to meet MEP Geoffrey Van Orden.

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SIXTH-FORMERS took part in a "feisty discussion" about the EU's finances after paying a visit to Brussels to find out more about the workings of the European Parliament.

The group of students from Saffron Walden County High School were welcomed in Belgium by East of England Conservative MEP Geoffrey Van Orden earlier this month.

They heard firsthand about the workings of the EU institutions, British policies on Europe and how their MEP works on behalf of the people of Essex.

Mr Van Orden said: “It is always enjoyable and stimulating to receive local students from home here in Brussels, and it’s important that I have the opportunity to engage with them and answer their questions.

“Over the years I have built up a strong rapport with our local schools. While many of us do not like much of what goes on in the EU and want to change it, it has to be taken seriously and understood.

“I was able to discuss many issues with the group – from the referendum on our relationship with Europe and the importance of understanding what happens here in Brussels.

“I was heartened to hear how our A-level students were engaging with these subjects and we had an interesting, feisty discussion about the EU’s finances and the need to make cuts.”

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