The 2021 edition of the SUNY-Model European Union, is moving ahead, and we invite you and your students to participate.
Because of the obvious circumstances, we have decided to hold the event by using an on-line format. Interestingly, this allows us to simulate what the EU started doing last Spring!
The event will take place over two weekends: April 10-11, 2020, and April 17-8, 2020. Synchronous meetings will be held from 10.00-13.00 (New York time) on each of those four days. This option will allow for the most flexibility for participants in different time zones. We will hold scheduled plenary meetings, but also allow for outside meetings between delegations that might want to consult each other directly.
As always, we will have delegations of four students per EU member: President or Prime Minister; Foreign Minister; Economics Minister; and representative to COREPER II. Faculty advisors will meet separately to talk about teaching, research, etc.
If you would like more information or if you would like to indicate your interest, please contact Juan M. Arroyo, Co-Director, at firstname.lastname@example.org, by November 20, 2020.
SUNY Model EU is a project funded by the Institute of European Union Studies at SUNY (IEUSS), through the Office of Global Affairs, SUNY System Administration, and participant conference fees.
As with many international simulations, students and universities represent country delegations in preparing to attend a European Council Summit. Usually, these delegations are comprised of four person teams, with each student playing an actual political figure from that country’s government. These roles are generally the Head of Government (Prime Minister or President), the Foreign Minister, the country’s ambassador to the EU (COREPER II), and a Finance Minister. Larger teams can also bring an additional deputy minister for Europe or deputy Prime Minister. Host teams will generally chair the Head of Government and Foreign Minister meetings, playing the roles of Council President and High Representative for Foreign Affairs. Additional delegation assignments also play the role of the European Commission and Secretariat, as well as the SUNY Model EU Press corps.
Once assigned “roles,” country teams work to prepare a single-page proposal for an item to be discussed at the summit, and submit it to the presidency team a little over a month prior to the simulation and the presidency team works with the secretariat to generate an initial agenda of items to be debated in each functional group setting. We try to debate the most important and timely issues confronting Europe, from the crisis in the Eurozone, to the military action in Libya, and problems integrating recent immigrants into European society. Students debate the issues and come to common positions on items before them, working first in small groups (of just their partner ministers) before putting the final conclusions of the presidency to a vote of the whole.
Model EU has proven to be an enormously rewarding experience for our past participants, and a visit to our SUNY Model EU Facebook page will confirm this. Students from all over the SUNY system and northeast have an opportunity to meet and work with students from all over Europe, to learn about one of the most complex and important actors in the international arena today, and to develop their social capital in learning how to present their views before both a small group and plenary setting. Smaller than most Model UN simulations, it is a more participatory experience for all those who do come, and there are fewer “spectators” given the small size and the importance of each country in EU Council decision making.
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