Duration: 4 days
Topic of the program “A new Climate Law for Europe”
The course consists of:
The Virtual Model EU is a fully remote role-playing simulation of European politics that provides its participants with an in-depth understanding of the mechanics of the European Parliament’s and the European Council’s role and functioning.
The time schedule of the simulation is from 15.00 to 19.00 Rome Time. In this way, we give the European students the opportunity to participate fully in our simulation without losing classes. Plus, we strongly encourage students coming from both south and north America to join this program and, thanks to this time schedule, it will be possible to participate actively despite the different time zones.
To participate you do not need to be familiar with the process you will learn it through the preparatory webinars.
It is organized by the Eastwest European Institute (EWEI) with the support of the Associazioni Diplomatici, two Italian organizations specializing in learning-by-doing training in the field of international politics.
The Virtual Model EU 2022 will be based on the results of the Conference on the Future of Europe, and more precisely will focus on Climate Change. The students will take over the roles of the members of the European Parliament or the ministers of the Council of the European Union and will have to decide on how to amend the Climate law according to the results of the Conference on the Future of Europe.
In order to reach an interinstitutional agreement on the amendment proposals for the Climate Law, the participants will have to negotiate like real members of the European Parliament or real ministers of the member states. The article which shall be modified is the 4°, paragraphs 1, 3, 4, and 5. Each group has to propose up to 3 amendments. The amendments will be firstly discussed by the European Parliament and then by the Council. If the vote is successful, the new text of the Climate Law will be considered the outcome of the simulation.
This topical theme will be able to develop an up-to-date understanding of the internal dynamics of the European institutions and of the current challenges the European Union is facing.
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. While all the remote activities are guaranteed by the use of Zoom.
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.
The Virtual Model EU is open to university-level students as well as young professionals. English level B2 to partecipate in discussion. Certificate issued by home university is accepted. In case you do not have a certificate you can schedule an interview with our staff.
The participation fee is €185+22% VAT 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 session
• An online simulation of the European Parliament and the Council of the EU (21 – 24 November 2022)
• A certificate of participation
In order to access pedagogical materials, participants have to subscribe to the eastwest online geopolitical magazine for one year at the reduced price of €5 (full year).
Roma Tre University
For the students currently enrolled in the degree programs of Roma Tre University EWEI reserves a 20% discount on the total fee.
In order to participate in the program please fill in the form below or request an interview to get more information –> click here
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)