Today we went to visit the Belgian parliament in Brussels. We had the chance to present our laws to our fellow students and hoped they would vote for it and because of that all the representatives presented their own law in an original way. They also tried to answer the questions the other “members of parliament” as well as possible. I got the chance to present our law about the use of electrical cars and it was a once in a lifetime experience that I will never forget. We were lucky that a member of parliament, Mr Sander Loonis wanted to guide the discussion. After all the proposals had been explained and voted, we made a tour in the parliament and Senate. We learned Belgium has king but he doesn’t have the power the government has. You have the green room for the representatives – they approved the laws and they check the government. The Senate is the red room and it used to be for rich people in the past. That’s why there is so much gold, paintings and other art pieces. Today the Senate only has to vote if the parliament wants to change the constitution. It was an educational morning about democracy in Belgium but in this way we also know what the other pupils have been up to in the previous days.
Marie Dewulf (5WWIA2)