Europa Experience: An interactive place in Paris to better understand Europe

Inspired by the parliamentarium in Brussels, but with the success of the Europa experience in Berlin, a space of 1500 m2 has opened its doors to any visitor who wants to get a better understanding of Paris and Europe. And you, do you know what Europe can bring to your life?

From May 14 the Royal Madeleine Church has a new neighbor. In place, a brand new building catches the eye with its large animated screen in the window. Above the entrance, the name, “Europa Experience”. Since when is Europe a test? entered

What is happening in real time in the European Parliament and Commission?

The interior is spacious and lively. A total of 1,500 m2 has been installed, including augmented reality rooms. The visitor literally walks over Europe drawn to the ground. On a tablet, icons are sometimes seen to discover a project, sometimes a program supported by the EU. The purpose of animation is to show what member countries are doing today. But to stay as close to reality as possible, viewers can also observe what is happening in real time on a touch screen, in Parliament and in the European Commission. The tool undoubtedly came to life in the vicinity of the June 8 climate deal, an electrical issue that particularly touched MEPs.

EU: Christophe Edwards

The Europa experience or how to better understand Europe and how it works

For many citizens, European institutions are remote and their activities vague. The role of parliaments, commissions and councils and how they work together is difficult to distinguish. Trying to explain a humorous and touching tool about who votes in the budget, adopts the next law or validates international agreements. If the concept is fundamental, then understanding with the image of reality, no matter how complex.

Besides, who works in these organizations? A question that Europa Experience wanted to answer by providing two vertical screens with a search module by current MEP and EU Commissioners by portrait, age, political group or country.

And, to get closer to the citizens’ questions, the Europa Experience provides 65 portraits of Europeans on the touch screen. A policeman, a bus driver, a teacher or even an entrepreneur told about their daily life or their job; One way to explain, without favor, is how Europe is part of everyone’s life.

The Europa Experience recalls the EU’s challenges through images and a role

Europe is moving forward, but there are many challenges ahead. To illustrate this, the Europa Experience has a modern, circular room with a 360 screen. An 8-minute rhythmic film of 2018 has been shown. The work looks back at the major events that the EU has created, but also remembers the famous challenges that Europeans have to stay together and overcome.

Viewers of the Europa Experience watch a 360-degree film
EU: Christophe Edwards

The space dedicated to Europe further pushes the experience by proposing to divide oneself into the shoes of a member of the European Parliament. For 2 hours, guided by a separate telephone call and in one of the EU’s 24 languages, a group of four new deputies discussed, voted, negotiated, cooperated, and finally decided on two fictitious water supply bills. , Other data protection. By the time they left, they probably had a better understanding of how Europe works …

The audience puts on the shoes of a MEP to play a role
EU: Christophe Edwards

The ambition to open a “Europa experience” across the EU by 2024

Since its opening in 2016, it has been visited by 150,000 visitors every year “Erlebnis Europa” Equivalent to the Europa experience in Berlin, Paris. Paris manager Laila Old wants an example of a success: “ We open May 14. That day, there were 2,500 visitors and since then we have had 900 curious people every week. Our ambition is to be able to open other locations across the European Union. “. A Europa Experience is planned to open in Stockholm (House of Culture) in November, in Rome (famous place in Venezia) in September but in Vienna in May 2023. Today, such places exist in Lublin, Helsinki, Copenhagen. , Tallinn and Strasbourg. 1.4 million visitors have already visited one of them.

Several Europa experiences are located in the EU

The purpose of Parliament and the European Commission, jointly conducting this great educational project, is to explain to every European citizen what Europe is and what it can bring to him today and in the future. Of course, keep in mind the European elections that will be held in May 2024.

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