Students at the College of Europe are accommodated at a number of halls of residence in Bruges.
"It was above all at the building on the Biskajerplein in the city centre where the rules were breached. We had agreed with the College of Europe that they could hold a party to celebrate the end of the academic year. However, this was only intended to be for the students that live in the respective halls of residence. They were not allowed to go and visit each other. But then there we 150 people present and that is a breach of the corona rules”, Mr Van Nuffel said.
When the police arrived they faced a barrage of abuse. “We were sworn at in English and they provoked us by filming us with their telephones”.
The parties ended as agreed at midnight and no fines were issued. However, the organiser of the parties will be issued with a crime report.
The College of Europe is considered by many to be the place where the European Union’s top civil servants and politicians of tomorrow go and study.
As this isn’t the first time that there have been issues with students at the college in recent months, Mr Van Nuffel says that Monday’s incidents give him cause for concern.
“Graduates of the College of Europe that will one day be at the top of European politics, the European civil service and the diplomatic corps behaved in an abhorrent and arrogant way”, Bruges’ police chief told the VRT.