Winners of the Estonian Spring Day competition come to see how EU institutions work

Brussels, 30 June 2010. Spring Day 2010 officially closes with a final study trip to the heart of Europe. A group of eight students from Kuressaare Gymnasium (Kuressaare, Estonia), two accompanying teachers and Irma Kaljulaid, from the Estonian EC Representation, spent two days in Brussels, visiting the European Parliament, the European Commission and the offices of European Schoolnet.

This year, the Estonian EC Representation launched a Spring Day national competition to raise awareness of poverty and social exclusion, in line with the priorities of the current EU Year. Out of many inspired proposals, the "EURopinion” initiative was selected as an excellent mean for reflecting on poverty in a multicultural context.

As the students explained, "EURopinion” is a website conceived to improve the life of disadvantaged communities. The project was developed together with counterparts colleagues from Romania and Croatia, with the aim of investigating what poverty and exclusion mean in present-day society. Carrying out interviews with homeless people, organizing charity events and posting their thoughts on the blog, the students demonstrated their capacity and efforts to take action and tackle social problems.