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

If the developments in matters related to COVID allow it, in 2021 the conference will be in New York City, tentatively on the first weekend of April

Each MEU team usually has four members. Participating colleges are assigned one of the 27 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.

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: jarroyo@ithaca.edu.

Previous Council events and IC assignments

2020  Brussels, Belgium: Spain, Belgium and Press Corps

2019   New York City: Secretariat

2018   Brussels, Belgium: Portugal, Netherlands and Press Corps

2017   New York City: Spain

2016   Brussels, Belgium: France

2015   NYC: EU Secretariat

2014   Brussels: Spain and Press Corps

2013   NYC; Spain

2012   Exeter, England; Italy and Press Corps

2011   New Paltz, NY: Spain

2010   Limerick, Ireland; Press Corps

Coverage of Model EU at IC