Jean Monnet 2023-2024 Academic Year Scholars Gathered At The Heart Of The European Union

Jean Monnet scholars from the 2023-2024 academic year, currently continuing their academic studies in EU member states and the United Kingdom, gathered in Brussels on May 23-24, 2024, for the traditional Brussels Study Visit. Hosted and supported by Permanent Representation of Türkiye to the EU, and with contributions from numerous EU institutions’ representatives, the visit provided scholars a close understanding of the EU and Türkiye-EU relations.

The visit commenced on the evening of May 22, 2024, with a welcome dinner. The event began with opening speeches by Gökhan Aralan, Deputy Permanent Delegate of Türkiye to the EU and by Hakan Atik, Head of the Department of Project Implementation at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Directorate for EU Affairs, offering scholars the opportunity to meet and network.

On the first day of the visit, scholars attended a session hosted by Permanent Representation of Türkiye to the EU, starting with an opening address by Ambassador Faruk Kaymakcı, Permanent Delegate of Türkiye to the EU. This was followed by speeches from Ambassador Willem van de Voorde – Permanent Representative of Belgium to the EU, and Ambassador Bálint Ódor – Permanent Representative of Hungary to the EU. The program continued in the afternoon with a visit to the European Parliament, where scholars received interactive presentations on the Parliament’s roles and responsibilities. The first day of the Study Visit concluded with a reception hosted by the TÜSİAD Representation in Brussels.

The second day of the visit, May 24, began with a visit to the European Commission. Scholars received presentations on the Commission’s role and duties, digital transformation in the EU and Türkiye-EU relations. The program’s final segment included a visit to the House of European History. The museum, which highlights the process of European integration and cultural heritage, provided participants with a deeper understanding of the continent’s past.

The traditional annual Brussels Study Visit of the Jean Monnet Scholarship Programme continues to be a cornerstone for scholars, facilitating direct engagement with EU institutions and strenghthening a comprehensive understanding of the European integration process. These visits also make an important contribution to academic and professional growth of scholars.