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Study Mission Brussels – March 2022

Onsite learning-by-doing exercise where you can experience the work of the Council of the EU in Brussels.



Participation fee



Webinar Speaker

Brussels is the capital of Europe, not only because of the presence of European Institutions, but also because of other international organizations such as NATO Headquarters, the Cornerstone of a strategic alliance between the EU and the United States, and the reference point of the Euro-Mediterranean security, or the WHO Brussels office.

During this Study Mission, we will give voice to the key players of this reality, offering participants opportunities to meet high-level personalities: politicians, diplomats, representatives of institutions, and private companies.


The project will help students to understand the importance of the Institutions present in Brussels and will orient participants to elaborate analysis and perspectives on different topics.

The main goal of the project is:

  • through meetings with EU bureaucrats, International Organisations, and NATO officials diplomats, as well as actors representing private interests, to allow participants to open their minds and get a first-hand experience
  • through the simulation game of the Council of the EU, to widen their knowledge of the functioning of the main European Institutions thanks to a direct experience of the EU decision-making process.

University students and recent graduates will gather to exchange their ideas and to build a network of young professionals with a strong awareness of European values.



Topic “Geopolitical Union in Times of a Pandemic”

The structure of the  Study Mission to Brussels is divided into 3 parts:

  •  6 webinar February 28 – March 11, 2022
  •  Brussels: 1 day of simulation of the European Parliament in plenary session;
  •  Brussels: 3 days of meetings with European Institutions and International Organizations representatives, Diplomats, Managers, Professors and Opinion Makers.

EWEI will make available its online training platform for the participants, with access to training materials to support their preparation.

Remote activities are guaranteed by the use of Zoom.

Participation fees is 850€ and provides for:

  •  Preparatory webinars
  •  Hotel stay in shared rooms
  •  Breakfast
  •  Simulation
  •  Meetings and activities
  •  Certification of participation

What is not included in the participation fee?

  •  Round-trip airfare to/from Brussels
  •  Lunches and dinners
  •  Museum fees
  •  Airport-hotel transfers and short city transfer

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


For further information download the Brochure of the EWEI Intensive Training Course in EU Affairs Fall-Winter 2021/2022.


English level B2 to partecipate in discussion. Certificate by home university is accepted.

The Model EU is open to university-level students as well as young professionals of any field of study.


Technical requirements 

To take part in the webinars, 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.


Giuseppe Scognamiglio is Diplomat, Manager, Journalist, Professor. Since September 2018, he teaches “Geopolitical scenarios and political risk” at the LUISS University of Rome and at the University Federico II of Naples. He is the Founder and President of the “Eastwest European Institute”. In the political elections of March 2018, he was a Candidate in the Chamber of Deputies with the list “+ Europe with Emma Bonino”, Campania District. He was a member of the Management Board of UniCredit and Executive Vice President for Group Institutional and Regulatory Affairs. He has dealt with the United Nations (human rights and equal opportunities to then represent our country in Turkey, as Consul in Izmir, and in Argentina as Political Counsellor for External Relations at the Embassy of Italy in Buenos Aires.




Thomas Christiansen Thomas Christiansen is Professor of Political Science and European Integration atLuiss University, Rome. He previously held positions at Maastricht University, at the European Institute of Public Administration, at Aberystwyth University of Wales and at Essex University. He is Executive Editor of the Journal of European Integration and co-editor (with Sophie Vanhoonacker) of the ‘European Administration Governance’ book series at Palgrave Macmillan. He has published widely on different aspects of European Union politics.




Giulia Gallinella Giulia Gallinella is a Ph.D. Candidate and Teaching Assistant at the Department of Political Science of Luiss University. Since 2019, she is the Editorial Manager of the Journal of European Integration. She has previously worked as Research Assistant at the Department of Political Science of Luiss University and at the Istituto Affari Internazionali (IAI). Giulia graduated in Politics and International Relations from the University of Aberdeen, and later earned a master’s degree in European Law and Governance from Luiss University.




Charles de Marcilly Charles de Marcilly is Administrator, General Secretariat, Analysis and Research at the Council of the European Union . He previously held the position of Adviser/Institutional Team at the European Commission: European Political Strategy Center (EPSC), for two years. From 2014 to 2018 he has been Media Contributor/Analyst/ Chronicles at BFM Business/ Radio RCF comments & debates every week about European policy for BFM, more than 200 media appeareances/quotesradio/Tv/newspapers.




Clara Portela Clara Portela teaches Political Science at the Law School of the University of Valencia, having previously served as a professor at Singapore Management University and as a research fellow with the Institute for Security Studies of the European Union (EUISS) in Paris. Her research focuses on multilateral sanctions, arms control and EU foreign policy. She holds a PhD from the European University Institute in Florence and an MA from the Free University of Berlin. She is the recipient of the THESEUS Award for Promising Research on European Integration.











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