Model European Union Iasi 2017 is a one-of-a-kind simulation that brings together motivated young people interested in learning about European institutions and how European Union works. This is an opportunity for them to have a first-hand experience of the working and functioning of the European Parliament and Council of the European Union.
During MEU Iasi 2017, the participants will debate two real-life legislative proposals and simulate EU law-making according to a modified ordinary legislative procedure, by acting as Ministers of EU countries in the Council of the European Union or members of the European Parliament.
Model European Union Iasi 2017 is the first conference of this kind where young people with ages between 18 and 26 from Romania and Republic of Moldova can participate and it will take place in February 24-26 2017 at Iasi, Romania. In cooperation with BETA – Bringing European Together Association, we, ASD – Law Students’ Association from Iasi, aim to offer a great experience to all the participants.
Role of Minister in the Council of the European Union
In the Council of the European Union, the 28 ministers – representatives of 28 EU national governments discuss upon the European legislative and policy issues. The Council shares power over EU budget and legislation with the European parliament.
The ministers in the Council will each represent the political interests of the EU national governments in the debated topics. The main roles are to debate, negotiate with the ministers of other member states, form alliances with them and MEPs so the amendments and resolutions in the Council will be voted on in the Parliament.
Role of Member of European Parliament
The European Parliament is the only directly-elected EU institution, representing EU’s inhabitants. EP shares power over EU budget and legislation with Council of the European Union.
The members of the European Parliament or MEPs will represent a political group and will also be assigned nationalities so that national differences can be observed as in the real European Parliament. As MEPs in MEU Iasi 2017, the participants will work together to have a common position within the factions, to reach a consensus within the European Parliament and later to cooperate with the Council of the European Union.