4 days





Eastwest Online Model European Union

Become a protagonist of the European Parliament

The EWEI Intensive Training Course in EU Affairs

The Online Model EU


Training course


Participation fee

Selection procedure



The Eastwest European Institute Intensive Training Course in EU Affairs is a package of experiences to be attended and combined at will by its participants.

Each of them is invited to pick and choose which course or series of courses to attend that fit both his or her calendar and favourite learning approach.

The project offers:

An online component. Get to know the EU from home through our Online Model EU (10-13 November 2020);

One or more onsite learning-by-doing exercise to pick from:

-The Model EU Strasbourg (25-27 January 2021),

-The Model EU Brussels (17-19 May 2021).

-The World in Progress study mission to Brussels (5-8 July 2021),

The Online Model EU is a fully remote role-playing simulation of European politics which provides its participants with an in-depth understanding of the mechanics of the European Parliament’s and the European Council’s role and functioning.

It is organised by the Eastwest European Institute (EWEI) with the support of the Associazioni Diplomatici, two Italian organisations specialised in learning-by-doing trainings in the field of international politics.

The Online Model EU 2020 will be based on real works and debates held recently in the European parliament and within the European Council on the theme of the Next Generation EU fund for recovery.

The highly topical theme will be able to develop an up to date understanding of the internal dynamics of the European institutiosn and of the current challenges the European Union is facing.

In order to become a real e-delegate, you will be able to follow our online course, held in English. The course consists of 4 online webinars and offers a general overview of the  role and structure of the European Union together with a training on the technical aspects of the simulation, providing the knowledge and skills needed to successfully join this experience.

EWEI will also make available its specially designed online training platform to the participants, with access to training and background materials to support their preparation.


Between the 10 and the 13 November 2020, participants will gather through online tools to role-play the vote of a resolution of the European Parliament or to conduct a negotiation within the European Council on the setting up of the Next Generation EU proposal.

Participants will have to negotiate as a real Member of the European Parliament of heads of states would in order to get consensus both within their political groups and between groups, and get their project approved. Remote activities are guaranteed by the use of Zoom®, a powerful tool that let you experience a fun and highly interactive virtual experience.

Registered addresses from President David Sassoli, incumbent president of the European Parliament and Professor Enrico Letta, former Italian prime minister and president of the Jacques Delors Institute in Paris will be broadcasted to the participants.

Vice-president of the European Parliament Fabio Massimo Castaldo will meet the participants live during the Opening Ceremony, while Aleksander Kwasniewski (President of the Republic of Poland from 1995-2005, to be confirmed) will in turn join the Closing Ceremony of the Online Model EU.

Participation fees is 155€ and provides for:

● Model EU Virtual Edition registration fees
● Access to the EWEI E-learning Platform
● Access to the webinars with the EWEI tutors
● Access to the simulation tools
● Model EU E-Certificate of attendance
● Customer service

In order to access pedagogical materials, participants subscribe to the Eastwest online geopolitical magazine for a reduced fee of 5€ (instead of 12€).

The Model EU Online is part of the EWEI Intensive Training Course in EU Affairs and its fee will be deducted from the onsite experience participants choose the attend.

For further information check the Brochure of the EWEI Intensive Training Course in EU Affairs.

In order to apply for the exercise:

  1. Fill in the online application form on the dedicated web page;
  2. Indicate your availability (date and time) to take the interview directly
    on the platform;
  3. Take the selection interview in English via Skype;
  4. If the outcome is positive, you will be able to proceed with the
    registration and payment of the participation fee for the project.




Formal requirements

The Model EU Virtual Edition is open to university level students as well as young professionals.

No language certification is requested  when registering to the Online Model EU, but it is good to keep in mind that the entire activity is held in English. It is therefore necessary to have written and oral interaction skills.


Technical requirements 

As the simulation is carried out remotely,  before registering it is necessary to check that you have an internet connection and one (or more) devices capable of supporting the functioning of the tools you will need to interact with us.
Minimum connection requirements & signal strength between 800kbps and 1.0Mbps
Recommended connection requirements & signal strength greater than or equal to 3.0 Mbps
Essential hardware: Desktop or notebook computer (Win or Mac) with webcam and microphone.
Additional hardware: 2018 Smartphone or tablet onwards (Android or IOs)

The involvement in and understanding of politics is what secures democracy. Therefore, to be involved in a program such as the MEU that the EWEI-Institute provided, was a great way for me to learn about the procedures, tools and skills that are used and needed in contemporary political decision-making. Although I had no thorough understanding of the assignment beforehand, the modelation proved to be a great opportunity to take a look into the actual procedures of the European Parliament. Being assigned the role of a Member of the Parliament allowed me to experience the challenge of defining your ideals, arguing for that position and eventually deciding on how to cooperate with others - as I got to know these aspects, I now feel confident about expressing, presenting and defending my political opinion in front of other professionals. If you are interested in politics, but are afraid of what seems to be so complicated; Don’t hesitate! A MEU is the best way to prepare yourself for actual political involvement and debates, whilst being surrounded and accompanied by lovely, likely-minded students and post-graduates. In conclusion I would say that MEU not only gave me a deeper knowledge about politics, but also the possibility to connect with young europeans, establishing a network of support and learning through each other’s experiences. After all, at the moment of participating, I was only a high-school student, which made it even greater, to get to learn and know how I can, now and in the future, help to secure democracy.

Participating in Model EU Brussels has been a life-changing experience for me. As a law student I have always been really interested in European Institutions and European politics. This model was the best possible way to gather first-hand knowledge on the institutions and politics within the European Union. Not only did I learn more about EU, but, most importantly, I learned that while participating. Model EU was the perfect combination of lectures and real-life practicing. Attending some very detailed and useful lectures was followed by participating in a decision-making body. That unique experience has been a landmark in my life. Reflecting back on it I feel really happy I was part of something so interesting, so knowledge and experience enriching, while I got the chance to meet so many nice and interesting people whom I now count as friends. I would wholeheartedly recommend joining Model EU to anyone interested in European Law and politics.

Being part of this thrilling experience gave me a great deal of fun and personal growth. Having a background as a law student, this Model was for me a chance to deepen my knowledge of EU institutions and, most importantly, a glimpse of what negotiations and political debates are about. At first, I was scared to not fit the situation as my colleagues were much more prepared to face this kind of experience than I was. Thanks to them and my colleague George, I built ever-increasing confidence that made me eventually succeed to represent the Republic of Bulgaria within the Council of the EU. Regardless of what background you have or what role you will play, there is always a margin of personal development, especially if you work closely with your team. A great experience I would definitely recommend!

During MEU Brussels, I had a great time with many different students from across Europe and beyond. This conference with its unique focus on EU policy making really taught me about the challenges that we are facing - internally and externally. Reading about how the EU functions and putting theoretic knowledge to practice during this conference taught me a lot. There are only few opportunities like MEU Brussels where we are gathering to develop public speaking skills, a deep understanding of European politics and the craft of negotiating in one setting, under one theme. Apart from learning and deepening my skills in the aforementioned field, I made many new connections. This conference has left a lasting impression on me and it will help me to foster my future career options.

Participating in the Model EU - Bruxelles organized by EWEI and Associazione Diplomatici has been an unforgettable experience. A simulation of the parliamentary work of the European Union may sound like something for insiders, but it has really been an opportunity to challenge ourselves, to discover our attitudes and abilities surrounded by talented and knowledgeable people, and to see what making decisions and facing conflicting opinions really mean. The possibility to engage in this fields while being in one one the great European capitals and following the steps and advice of real experts has been priceless and really formative. And doing it with almost 200 people from all over Europe of such high stature has made this a truly inspiring and stimulating experience, urging me to give my best and live up to the level I’ve seen before me. I’d highly recommend this course to anyone looking to work in politics and diplomacy, but also to all those who believe in the European project and want to see the EU thrive.

Model EU Brussels gave me more than I had anticipated. Thanks to the comprehensive preparatory course, I learnt much about China-EU relations. When I was signing up, I expected to meet like-minded or inspiring people from around Europe and learn about the procedures of the trilogue. But already on the first day, I realised that I was participating in something that not only was very educational but at the same time simply fun. It was an opportunity for me to train speaking to a large audience and learn how to act on behalf of people/politicians with who I might disagree. It was a unique experience, and I recommend it to all young people who strive towards a career in politics, activism, public relations, geopolitics, etc.




For additional information about the Online Model EU  and how to participate, contact:

Email: [email protected]

Phone (+39) 068 115 64 85

Terms of reference



EWEI Intensive Training Course in EU Affairs

Each participant is invited to pick and choose which course or series of courses to attend that fit both his or her calendar and favourite learning approach.

Apply now

The project offers:

An online component. Get to know the EU from home through our Online Model EU (10-13 November 2020);

One or more onsite learning-by-doing exercise to pick from:

-The Model EU Strasbourg (25-27 January 2021),

-The Model EU Brussels (17-19 May 2021).

-The World in Progress study mission to Brussels (5-8 July 2021),

Download the Brochure of the overall EWEI Intensive Training Course in EU Affairs