Students get a taste of Europe

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STUDENTS from 13 countries will gather to learn more about the European Union.

More than 100 pupils will meet at Shotton Hall Banqueting Suites, in Peterlee, on Friday, for the schools’ project, which will see them taking on the role of the 27 EU member states.

North East MEP Stephen Hughes will also attend.

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

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

Coun Neil Foster, cabinet member for regeneration and economic development, said: “This type of event is extremely worthwhile and beneficial for everyone involved.”