Want to get a feeling of how the EU decision-making
process really works? The Model European Union 2014 will be held in Strasbourg
from the 29th of March to the 5th of April 2014.
Model European Union (MEU) is a one-of-a-kind simulation of the EU decision-making process and politics, which takes place annually in Strasbourg, a city full of symbolism of peace and democracy in Europe. Every year, MEU brings together a number of highly-skilled and motivated young Europeans and gives them the opportunity to experience the functioning of European institutions in the very premises of the European Parliament. The project is unique in the world of simulations and is already extremely popular among young Europeans from diverse backgrounds and fields of study spanning from Law, International Relations, Political Science and European Affairs to History, Media Studies, and Interpreting.
During the simulation, participants debate two controversial, real-life legislative proposals drafted by the European Commission and simulate EU law-making by acting as Members of the European Parliament or Members of the Council of the European Union. However, the simulation features even more roles in order to enhance its realism. Participants can also act as:
1. Lobbyists, who work to influence the decision-making process in favour of the interests they represent
2. Journalists, who, through press conferences and interviews, cover and analyse debates in a daily newspaper and video footage
3. Interpreters, who use the special equipment provided by the European Parliament to offer professional services in the EU national languages.
It goes without saying that MEU amounts to a unique learning process that focuses on the workings and dynamics of EU institutions when producing EU law. MEU is an educational project that succeeds in giving participants the opportunity to develop their skills in EU law, debating and negotiations at an EU level and to understand the complexities of the EU in practice.
MEU is distinguished by its educational value, academic excellence and professionalism that make it one of the most successful and prestigious simulations in the world. Moreover, by creating a truly European atmosphere in a purely European environment, MEU confirms each year its reputation as a contributor to the goal of European integration and to the emergence of a European identity.
If you would like to take part in this year's MEU, apply here before the 5th of January.