On 29 April, the first student conference conducted within the Erasmus+ Jean Monnet project "European identity in terms of language policy of the European Union" was held in the conference hall of the main building of Voronezh State University. The project is implemented by the Department of French Philology of the Faculty of Romance and Germanic Philology with financial support from the European Union. The conference started with a welcoming speech by the vice-rector for Economic Development and International Cooperation Oleg Belenov. He said that the theme of the student conference is in line with the large-scale research into European identity and its image in Russia.
The head of the Jean Monnet project "European identity in terms of language policy of the European Union" and the head of the Department of French Philology, Elena Alexeyeva, in her welcoming speech emphasised the complexity of the phenomenon of European identity and the timeliness of the research for a deeper understanding of the geopolitical, economical, and social vectors of the development of the European Union.
Among the participants of the conference were third and fourth year students from the Faculty of Romance and Germanic Philology and the Faculty of International Relations. The talks were dedicated to various aspects of the formation of European identity and mechanisms of advancement of European values, as well as to the most pressing issues of migration and European scepticism. All the talks were presented in French.
The programme of the conference included the following talks: "To be European in Europe: an overview of results of a series of surveys dedicated to the issue of European identity" by third year students of the Faculty Romance and Germanic Philology, Yekaterina Derkach and Anton Mezhov; "Language policy as an instrument of European identity formation" by a third year student of the Faculty Romance and Germanic Philology, Marina Taranzhina; "European identity as a mechanism of the EU sphere of influence extension in the Eastern partnership" by a fourth year student of the Faculty of International Relations, Yulia Golotvina; "Phenomenon of European identity in the context of influx of immigrants" by a third year student of the Faculty of International Relations, Yevgenia Rybalko; "French immigration policy and difficulties of assimilation of immigrants in France" by a fourth year student of the Faculty of International Relations, Vera Oroshanu; "Influence of European scepticism on European identity" by a fourth year student of the Faculty of International Relations, Sergey Stepnyak; and "The issue of European identity as reflected in posters of European countries" by a third year student of the Faculty Romance and Germanic Philology, Ksenia Romanenkova.
The speakers were awarded with certificates in both French and the Russian languages, certifying their participation in the event.