More than 130 university students from Québec, other Canadian provinces and several European countries took part in the 12th European Parliamentary Simulation/Canada-Québec-Europe (SPECQUE). For the first time, the sessions were held in the German cities of Berlin (August 10-12) and Dresden, the capital of Saxony (August 12-14).
In association with its offices in Munich and Berlin, the Government of Québec lent its support to the event by presiding over the opening ceremony at Berlin’s state parliament on August 10, where the SPECQUE participants were joined by approximately 30 representatives from the diplomatic and academic communities.
Charles Villiers, Québec’s Delegate General in Berlin, paid tribute to Québec’s presence in the German capital for the past 10 years. He also congratulated the students for taking part in a parliamentary simulation conducted entirely in French and offering both academic and social learning opportunities. At the invitation of the Saxony state government, Québec also participated in the closing ceremonies in Dresden on August 14.
SPECQUE was founded in 1998 in Québec City through the initiative of a group of Laval University students seeking to broaden their knowledge of European institutions and to foster trans-Atlantic exchanges.
Québec Government Office in Munich
Québec Government Office in Berlin