Model European Union: Brussels, Belgium, Jan 4-11, 2016

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 2016 we are back in Brussels, from Jan 4-11, 2016. Ithaca College is tentatively listed as playing the Netherlands, which will have the Presidency of the EU in that semester. This means organizing and helping to choose topics for the Council meetings. More specifically, IC will chair the ECOFIN and COREPER committees if playing the Netherlands.

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. If Ithaca College plays the Dutch Presidency, IC students will help choose the agenda topics and will help the Council run the actual 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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