Model EU - November 2021
Model European Union

Virtual Model EU – November 2021

Become a protagonist of the European Institutions

Start date: 22.11.2021
End date: 25.11.2021

Duration: 4 days


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 upcoming and recent discussions.

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.


Between the 22 and the 25 November 2021, 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 upcoming proposals.

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.

In order to become a real e-delegate, you will be able to prepare yourself with our online webinars, 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.

Remote activities are guaranteed by the use of Zoom®, a powerful tool that let you experience a fun and highly interactive virtual experience.

Participation fee

Participation fees is 185€ and provides for:


• theoretical courses on EU history, institutions and current challenges;

• a set of encompassing materials to allow you to master background knowledge efficiently;

• live Q&As with our EU experts;

• an online simulation of the European Parliament (22-25  November 2021);

• A certificate of participation.

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.

Check other related Courses

The EWEI Intensive Training Courses in EU Affairs are encompassing, highly flexible programmes which enables its participants to gain first-hand knowledge and understanding of EU politics.


The courses offered in this programme are:

– Virtual Model EU (22-25 November 2021). An online course. Get to know the EU work from home.

– Model EU Strasbourg (24-26 January 2022). Onsite learning-by-doing exercise where you can experience the work of Parliament in Strasbourg.

– Study mission to Brussels – Spring 2022 (14-17 March 2022), where you can meet officials, representatives of EU Institutions, Ambassadors and many others important figures.






Download the brochure of all EWEI Intensive Training Courses in EU Affairs Fall/Winter 2021-2022 here

Selection procedure and requirements

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 VIRTUAL MODEL EU  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)




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.

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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The Virtual Model EU is a unique training experience.
Without leaving your home, you can acquire new skills, better understand European politics and meet new people.

The Virtual Model EU offers:

• theoretical courses on EU history, institutions and current challenges;

• a set of encompassing materials to allow you to master background knowledge efficiently;

• live Q&As with our EU experts;

• an online simulation of the European Parliament (22-25 November 2021);

• A certificate of participation.




If you apply to more than one course you can get a special discount!

Download the brochure of all EWEI Intensive Training Courses in EU Affairs Fall/Winter 2021-2022 here

For additional information about the VIRTUAL MODEL EU  and how to participate, contact:


Phone (+39) 068 115 64 85

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