2015-16 Study Trip to BrusselsLast Updated On: 11/01/2016
The annual study trip to Brussels for a group of 98 first-year students took place from 16 – 18 December, 2015.
The students had the opportunity to discuss current EU affairs, such as the Economic and Monetary Union, the European Social Dialogue, Climate Change, or crisis management in Ukraine, with representatives from the respective EU institutions. The following meetings were organised:
• At the Permanent Representation of Austria to the EU: briefings by Robert Wank (DA graduate, Delegate CIVCOM Committee, Political and Security Policy Committee of the European Union, Permanent Representation of Austria to the EU), Kornelia Lienhart (DA Graduate, Austrian Federal Economic Chamber [WKÖ], Permanent Representation of Austria to the EU), and Victor Vaugoin (DA graduate, European Affairs Manager, ÖBB [Austrian Federal Railways Group])
• Socialising with DA alumni working in Brussels
• At the European Parliament: briefing by Māris Graudiš (Visits and Seminars Unit, DG Communication)
• At the European Commission: briefings by Robert Gangl (Unit Communication, Directorate-General Economic and Financial Affairs), Peter Zapfel (Head of Unit, Implementation of ETS, Directorate-General Climate Action), and Erik Johansen (Policy Advisor, Civilian Planning and Conduct Capability, European External Action Service)