The Model EU is composed of an intensive course delivered by the Eastwest European Institute, and the simulation in Brussels conducted by eastwest ONLUS.
The main goal of the program is to make participants learn more about the functioning of the main European institutions, thanks to a role-playing simulation of the ordinary EU legislative procedure through the learning-by-doing method.
This year’s topic focuses on new paths for fostering LGBTQ+ rights within European Union and its Member States.
In 2021 the European Parliament passed in plenary session Resolution 2021/2557 (RSP) declaring the territory of the European Union as an ‘LGBTIQ Freedom Zone’. Nevertheless, achieving the objective is still a long way off.
To participate you do not need to be familiar with the process you will learn it through the online intensive course.
The course consists of:
In October, the students will take part in 10 online intensive webinars of an hour and a half each. All webinars will be recorded and can be watched at any time.
In this way, students will have the opportunity to have a complete understanding of the policies adopted by the Member States and political parties and thus, be ready to put into practice the knowledge acquired.
Moreover, the knowledge of the functioning of European institutions, techniques of public speaking, and negotiation processes will be deepened during the courses to prepare students for the simulation.
Virtual activities will be held on Zoom.
On the 15 and 16 of November 2023, simulations of the European Parliament will be held in Brussels at the European Committee of the Regions.
The simulation aims to provide students with complete knowledge of the decision-making process of the European Union.
Each participant will be called to represent a member of the European Parliament to confront other international students on a specific global issue and draft legislative proposals on relevant topics.
As a Member of the European Parliament (MEP), you will have to collaborate with your party and at the same time support your national interests. However, it is up to you to decide how big your support is and how it will affect your relationship with the rest of your political group. You will need to work as a team if you want that your proposals will be effective in Parliament.
During the plenary, you will have to show all your public speaking skills and try to impress your colleagues from other parties. In this way, they will see you as a point of reference for a future coalition. Remember to make contacts in the Council as well; the ideas will not pass unless both the European Parliament and the Council agree.
Since the EWEI staff will assign the roles, it may happen that you will represent a party whose ideas you entirely disagree with. However, try to use this occasion to understand a different point of view from your own and it may be even more interesting to put in the shoes of someone so different from you for three days.
If you will represent the biggest or the smallest party in the Parliament you will have some pros and cons. It is true that if you are inside the EPP your political group will have a major relevance during the discussions. However, you will have to collaborate and convince more people from your party and it may be hard to find a common strategy. The opposite happens if you are inside the GUE/NGL, you will not be able to let all your proposals pass so you will have to choose carefully the strategy you want to pursue if you want to make a mark during the debates.
As a Minister of a country, your first goal is to obtain the best outcome possible for your people. Remember that your voters at home will remember what you will do in Brussels and will account you and your party fully responsible for what will emerge from the final legislative proposal. To be successful in this endeavor, you will need to collaborate not only with your colleagues’ Ministers but also with Members of the European Parliament (MEPs).
Due to the smaller size of the Council in contrast to the Parliament, you should expect a more engaged discussion than you would in Parliament. This implies that you may face more pressure to create coalitions and it is probable that there will be more than one alliance. You have to be smart and understand to which side you should give your endorsement so that you can come back to your home country with a victory.
Due to the double quorum inside the voting procedure of the Council (you may find more details here), you cannot rely only on numbers. You will have to convince 55% of member states, representing at least 65% of the EU population. Thus, it is important to elaborate a winning strategy inside your coalition and know who asks for its vote.
If you are interested in European politics and you have a passion for photography, this is the perfect role for you!
Take advantage of this opportunity and take pictures of the main European institutions, expand your knowledge of the European Climate Policies, and live an encompassing experience in Brussels with around 200 international students.
You will choose the most significant images, edit them, and add your pictures to the Model EU Brussels Flickr album, which will be available online after the event. In this way, you and your pictures will gain prestige throughout our socials and among our followers!
If you think that you can be the official Photographer for the Model EU Brussels 2023, and you possess a professional camera, apply through this form or send an email to [email protected] with your name, and surname, where you live and study, and link to your best pictures.
English level B2 is required to participate in the discussion. Certificates issued by the home university are accepted.
The Model EU is open to university-level students as well as young professionals in any field of study.
N.B. The certificate of participation will be mailed one month after the completion of the program.
*The interview will be held according to the Central European Time Zone (CET).
The participation of minors is accepted via the submission of the following Consent & Release of Liability Form to be filled in by the parents or guardian and sent to registrations(at)ew-ei.eu.
Note: The fee does not include flights, meals, and visas. There is no transfer from the airport. Participants are expected to make their way to the accommodation. For the VISA, after the payment, we will send you a letter of support that the participants can use to request it
“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 taught me about the challenges that we are facing – internally and externally. Reading about how the EU functions and putting theoretical knowledge to practice during this conference taught me a lot. There are only a 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 Model EU Brussels has been a life-changing experience for me. As a law student, I have always been interested in European Institutions and European politics. This model was the best possible way to gather first-hand knowledge of the institutions and politics within the European Union. Not only did I learn more about the EU, but, most importantly, I learned that while participating. Model EU was the perfect combination of lectures and real-life practice. 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 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.”