Model European Union

Eastwest Model European Union Brussels

To be protagonists of the Council, Commission and European Parliament decision-making processes

Start date: 05.10.2020
End date: 07.10.2020

Duration: 3 days

What is it about

The EWEI Model EU Brussels is a project conducted by the Eastwest European Institute in partnership with Associazione Diplomatici in which university students and recent graduates with the most varied and multicultural background are invited to rethink the concept of Europe by proposing and discussing their own ideas and solutions on current issues by taking on the role of Commissioners, Council members and Parliamentarians, thus building for the future a network of young professionals with a strong awareness of European values.

The main goal of the project is to make participants learn more about the functioning of the main European institutions thanks to direct experience of the ordinary EU legislative procedure, the “Trilogue”, with the learning by doing method.


Each participant will be called to represent a member of Parliament or to take on the role of EU Commissioner or Minister of the Council of the EU to confront other European and international students on issues of crucial importance for the European agenda and draft legislative proposals on relevant topics.

The goal is to identify the three priority projects on which to focus efforts to draw “The future of Europe”.

The members of the Trilogue will be received by the Vice President of the European Commission Dubravka Šuica to whom the final document of the simulation will be delivered, which will then be advertised in the media.

Training course

In the months preceding the simulation, the delegates will take part in a training course held online through an e-learning platform.

In particular, they will take part in a series of meetings held by experts, journalists from the eastwest magazine and diplomats.

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.

The knowledge of the functioning of the European institutions will be deepened, a focus will be placed on the “Trilogue” and on the techniques of public speaking and diplomatic negotiations.

The online course and all communications with the staff will be held in English, the official language of the project.


On the 05, 06 and 07 of October, simulations of the three major European institutions and the “Trilogue” will be held in the offices of the European Union in Brussels, with the aim of providing students with complete knowledge of the decision-making process of the European Union.

The “Trilogue” refers to a consultation between the Parliament, the Commission and the Council of the EU on legislative proposals, aimed at reaching a common final position.

Participation fee

What is included in the participation fee?

  •  Online course
  •  Management of all the meetings and activities listed in the program
  •  Teaching materials
  •  Certification of participation

What is not included in the participation fee?

  •  Flight to/from Brussels
  •  Airport – Hotel and city transfers
  •  Hotel
  •  Meals
Requirements & Selection Procedures

Participation requirements

  •  ongoing or completed university studies
  •  B2 level of English

Selection procedures

1.  online pre-registration

2.  skype interview to be booked on a dedicated software

3.  reception of an e-mail with the  outcome of the interview

4. payment of the participation fee  within the next two working days from the reception of the e-mail

UNICREDIT Bank S.p.A. – account number: IBAN IT 23 T 0200 8032 92000104987144

Beneficiary: “European Diplomacy” (the operative company of the EWEI Institute)

Transfer Funds for: “First and Last Name of the participant, Down payment Model EU 2020

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Henry Robinson, awarded Best Delegate of the Online Model EU (1st edition)

Participating in the EWEI virtual model EU was a thrilling experience. The EWEI created a unique platform where I could put my academic knowledge in political science into practice, as well as meet over 100 like minded participants. The simulation has equipped me with an in depth understanding of The EU’s institutions, as well as the ability to analyse several negotiating positions and arrive at a final agreed resolution. The EWEI also gave me the opportunity to engage with high profile figures in the field of European politics such as president of the European parliament David Sassoli. I’d highly recommend this course to anyone looking to build a career in politics and public policy. A brilliant experience with amazing people!

Ada Gavrila, Honorable mention of the Online Model EU (1st edition)

From my point of view, the Model European Union Online 2020 has been definitively an amazing experience. Even though it has been the first time that such an event has been organized by the EWEI, I have noticed since the beginning that the whole staff is very well-organized and I admire their hard work and dedication to this project.
Moreover, the provision of webinars and of the materials is a key factor in not only preparing students for the simulation, but also motivating them to acquire more knowledge about the functioning of the European Union.
I am looking forward to repeating this experience also in Brussels, in October and this time in a live session.

Héctor Peña Pedrero, Honorable mention of the Online Model EU (1st edition)

Joining the Model EU organised by Eastwest European Institute gave me the opportunity to become familiar with the internal and political affairs of the European Parliament, in a simulation that provides you an accurate immersion into the elected chamber for the representatives of the Member States. Definitely, an experience that is worth and recommended.

Monica Richards, Honorable mention of the Online Model EU (1st edition)

I walk away from this course with a much deeper insight into the integral functionings of the European Parliament. You gain a multifaceted perspective: your assigned country’s values, as well as your party’s. I felt supported throughout both on a logistical and theoretical front, and it was brilliant working and connecting with so many like-minded individuals. I look forward to participating in future events!

T.J. Toomey, Honorable mention of the Online Model EU (1st edition)

The Model Online EU was a fantastic experience. It was a great way to learn the about the European parliament. It gave me an opportunity to work alongside knowledgeable, supportive and ambitious people. I was honoured to be chairman of the Identity and Democracy Group (I.D.G), and have the best delegate on our team. My approach to the work of chairman was to ensure that everyone could contribute as I believe it leads to greater enjoyment for all. The main reason I decided to participate in this project was because it appealed to my sense of adventure. In fact, it even went beyond my expectations. My political stance is more centre left, so it was quite a leap for me to position myself to the right wing politics of I .D.G. The experience has opened my eyes to the world beyond my island of Ireland.

Nolan Roffelsen, Honorable mention of the Online Model EU (1st edition)

The Model European Union Online 2020 was a very rewarding experience for me. I had the opportunity to have a foretaste of a field that interests me and to get in contact with likeminded people. I appreciated that the Eastwest European Institute was able to provide us with a very well organised experience even though it was the first online edition. Overall it gave me a lot of understanding about the working of the European Union and an opportunity to improve various skills. I decided to also partake in the upcoming live edition in Brussels.

Sara Maniar, Honorable mention of the Online Model EU (1st edition)

It was a great pleasure to have taken part in the first Online Model EU conference. Students came together in order to address socio-economic and environmental issues faced by Europe in the light of the COVID-19 pandemic. EWEI has given me knowledge of the workings of the EU, confidence in taking part in group discussions and debates and it has provided me with the opportunity to form new friendships and connections with like-minded individuals.

Xavier Atkins, Honorable mention of the Online Model EU (1st edition)

The EWEI Model EU was an incredible experience. I must admit, I was originally concerned that discussions would be stilted and that it would be difficult to really engage with people I had never met before over Zoom, but this fear was soon laid to rest. I was more than able to communicate with the rest of my team, I felt that I was always able to contribute to discussions, the structure and layout of the proceedings were always abundantly clear, and I was able to do all this without a commute and from the comfort of my own home. Don’t think for a moment that this is a mere online replication, the model is very much its own thing and if you’re willing to put in the work it truly is very rewarding

Johanna Kuhn, Honorable mention of the Online Model EU (1st edition)

The Model EU online has dramatically improved my communication skills: I have gained an invaluable experience in public speaking and I have also had the opportunity to draft parts of a highly technical legal document, a European Parliament Resolution. On top of that I have extraordinarily expanded my network, meeting incredibly qualified young people from all corners of Europe. I would recommend this experience to anyone interested in learning how the European Union’s Institutions work.

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fee due for the preparation course: 295€

Model EU Brussels is part of a package with Model EU Online.

By registering for the Model EU Online you will be able to register for the Model EU Brussels (for 295€ in total for both events).


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