Students debate on Europe

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STUDENTS from across the region will have the chance to gain an understanding of how the European Union (EU) operates.

Pupils from 13 different countries will meet at Shotton Hall Banqueting Suites, Peterlee, tomorrow, for a debate.

They will take on the role of the 27 member states of the EU.

The students will spend the day debating how the EU should allocate education funding to best promote the different economic objectives of the member states.

Shotton School co-ordinator Ian Kell said: “This is an incredible piece of organisation which brings together pupils from many different countries, and allows them to gain an understanding of the difficulties of obtaining a consensus when 27 countries are involved.”

More than a 100 pupils are expected to be at the event, which will be attended by North East MEP Stephen Hughes.

It is sponsored by Europe Direct North-East, a service hosted by Durham County Council.