Model European Union: New York City, March 26-28, 2015

Ithaca College participates actively in the simulation of the European Council Summit, sponsored every year by the State University of New York at New Paltz. In odd years, the simulation is held in New York State. In even years the event is hosted by Vesalius College in Brussels, Belgium.

In 2015 the event will be co-hosted by the City University of New York in NYC, March 25-26. Ithaca College has been invited to play the EU Secretariat. This means organizing and chairing the Coucil meetings. More specifically, IC will play the important roles of President of the European Council (currently Hermann van Rompuy) and the High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy of the EU (currently Catherine Ashton).

Each MEU team usually has four members. Participating college are assigned one of the 28 EU member countries, and the four students adopt the roles of the Prime Minister, Foreign Minister, Finance Minister and the Permanent Representative to the EU (COREPER). Additional participants might play roles with other college teams, or may be assigned to the press corps.

Before the event, each member of the team submits agenda items that he or she would like to address in committee. A few weeks before the event, the agenda is published and we get to work to develop our nation's positions. For March, 2015, Ithaca College will be playing the EU Secretariat. IC students will help choose the agenda topics and will help the Council run the actuall committee meetings.

The simulation opens with a dinner on Thursday, followed by short meetings to fine-tune the agenda. Full sessions are held Friday and Saturday, in the morning and in the afternoon. Each session is followed by a press conference to announce the conclusions of the preceding meetings.

The press corps publishes the "SUNY MEUs" every day of the conference, with pictures, profiles and articles on what is happening at the summit.

Contact faculty advisor Juan Arroyo, Politics, for more information:

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