Date: 22/06- 26/06
Participation fee: 50€, includes board and lodging as well as transportation within Mainz
Closing Date for Applications: May 1st
Model European Union Mainz (MEUM) is a simulation of European politics organized by a group of students from Mainz University. The event is a cooperation between the Department of Political Science at the University of Mainz, AEGEE Mainz/Wiesbaden and Bringing Europeans Together Association (BETA). 70 participants will come together in Mainz for a 3-day simulation of the ordinary legislative procedure, pre-Lisbon known as “co-decision”. Half of the participants will be students from Mainz University, the other half will be made up of students from all over Europe. Participants will slip into the roles of national ministers, members of the European Parliament and journalists. MEUM offers young Europeans the chance to get a first-hand insight into the workings of the complex political system that is the European Union.
Starting point for the debate will be two proposals for legislation that have been drafted by the European Commission in recent years. Participants, in their roles as MEPs and ministers, will deliver speeches, work on amendments to the proposal texts and organise majorities in order to adopt their suggestions for changes to the legislation while Journalists will monitor and critically report on this political process.
The Model European Union Mainz 2011 conference is much more than just a non-formal learning process with a focus on the European Union. Participants will also practise and improve their negotiation and their English language skills working in a truly international atmosphere. A diverse social programme will be organised for participants providing the opportunity to get to know fellow participants and organisers beyond the mere procedures of the simulation.
The application period commences on April 11th and closes on May 1st.
In order to apply for MEUM either as an MEP, a Minister, or a Journalist, you have to fill out an online application form (link here)
and answer one of two essay questions:
1) The aim of the Lisbon Treaty was to make the EU ”more democratic, more transparent and more efficient”. Has this goal been achieved?
2) In response to the financial and the EURO crisis, should the Member States of the EU coordinate their national economic and social policies?
The essay should comprise no more than 500 words.
The accommodation included in the participation fee will be one dormitory for all participants. You will have to bring your own sleeping bag/blanket and camping mat. To foster friendly and professional exchange between our international and local participants we will assign you for your first night to stay with one of our local participants.
To create a professional working atmosphere during the simulation we ask all our participants to wear formal attire. That means suits for men and smart skirts or trousers for women.
The whole simulation will be held in English.