The students of our Master Programme European and European Legal Studies (MEELS) visited key European institutions and organisations on a study trip to Luxemburg and Brussels from June 12th to 16th.
The visit to the European Court of Justice was a highlight of the trip for many students. After a short introduction to the Case C-367/16 “Piotrowski” dealing with questions regarding the execution of the European Arrest Warrant, our group had the opportunity to attend the oral hearing before the Grand Chamber of the Court. In the afternoon talks given by Chamber President von Danwitz and Mr. Sobotta, Member of the Cabinet of Advocate General Kokott rounded out the programme.
In Brussels, experts from the European Commission and the Council of the European Union presented and discussed issues such as the current state of EU trade policy, challenges associated with the migration flows into the EU, the Commision’s plan for clean energy supplies and future scenarios for the Union at large, as laid out in the White Paper put forward by Jean-Claude Juncker. Finally, our students had the opportunity to gain insights to regional representation in Brussels in the Permanent Mission of Hamburg and Schleswig-Holstein, the so-called Hanse Office.