Conference on the European Union–Days 5, 6, and 7

the conference tables and the council of Ministers at the E.U.

learning about the council



After a free day on Sunday, the conference on the E.U. continued on Monday with more info on the European Union.

We visited the Council of Ministers and heard from the Secretariat of the Council. The Council has one member per nation, so we each sat at a ‘country’ seat around the table. We asked about the order of countries and were told it is a complicated combination of the alphabet, previous semester of service, and size of country. Like many of the questions about the E.U. the answer is it’s complicated, but it works.

Me with the nameplate for Romania




After lunch we learned about the U.S. Mission to the European Union and heard a speaker on the European Parliament.

Briefing on the U.S. Mission to the European Union

Speaker on the European Parliment









NATO stuff

Tuesday we headed to NATO Headquarters. They are sensitive about pictures at NATO, so I didn’t take any. Here’s a picture of stuff from NATO.



Flags at the entrance to SHAPE


Wednesday we visited the Supreme Allied Powers Europe (SHAPE). They are less sensitive about pictures there, so I did take a few.

We heard from three speakers about SHAPE and the relationship between SHAPE and the EU. After a lovely lunch we bussed back to Brussels and finished our conference with a dinner.

Some of my dinner companions


One response to “Conference on the European Union–Days 5, 6, and 7

  1. This is all pretty amazing. I had no idea that you would get to be involved in such an educational venture. I suspect that most of us in the US know little about the EU or NATO or just how the US is involved with them. What an amazing experience.

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