Topic of the debate “EU – Turkey relations”
The Model EU is composed of an intensive course conducted by the Eastwest European Institute in partnership with Associazione Diplomatici, and Model EU Conference in Brussels organized by eastwest ONLUS.
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 with the learning-by-doing method.
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 the months preceding the simulation, the students will take part in around 10 online intensive course of an hour and a half each. The courses will be held in the period, July 25-29 and September 5 – 16.
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 the European institutions, techniques of public speaking, and negotiation processes will be deepened during the courses.
Remote activities are guaranteed by the use of Zoom®, a powerful tool that lets you experience a fun and highly interactive virtual experience.
EU INSTITUTIONS VISIT (optional)
On September 20, 2022, students will be able to visit some EU Institutions in Brussels. More information is coming soon.
MODEL EU CONFERENCE – SIMULATION
On the 21, 22, and 23 of September, 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 European Parliament to confront other European and international students on issues related to EU – Turkey relations and draft legislative proposals on relevant topics.
The simulation does NOT require any cost or fee.
MEMBER OF THE EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT
As a Member of the European Parliament (MEP), you will have to collaborate with your own party and at the same time support your own 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.
Both if you will represent the biggest or the smallest party in the Parliament you will have some pros and cons. It’s 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 own party and it may be hard to find a common strategy. The opposite happens if you are inside the GUE/NGL, you won’t 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.
MINISTER OF THE COUNCIL OF THE EUROPEAN UNION
As a Minister of a country, your first goal is to obtain the best outcome possible for your own 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, so 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 EU and Turkey and live an encompassing experience in Brussels with more than 200 international students.
You’ll 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 2022, and you possess a professional camera, apply through this form or send an email to email@example.com with your name, and surname, where you live and study, and a link to your best pictures.
English level B2 is required to participate in the discussion. Certificates 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.
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