Deadline: 11 January 2016
Open to: participants between the ages of 18 and 26 years old
Venue: 2 – 9 April 2016 in Strasbourg, France
Model European Union Strasbourg (MEUS) is a unique simulation of EU decision-making and politics that takes place annually in Strasbourg, a city that carries a lot of symbolism in relation to peace and democracy in Europe.
During the course of the simulation, participants debate two controversial, real-life legislative proposals drafted by the European Commission and simulate EU law-making by acting as Members of the European Parliament or Members of the Council of the European Union. The simulation, however, features even more roles for participants in order to enhance its realism. Specifically, participants can also act as: (1) Lobbyists, that work towards influencing the decision-making process in favour of the interests they represent; (2) Journalists, who, through press conferences and interviews, cover and analyse debates in a daily newspaper and video footage; and (3) Interpreters, offering professional interpreting services in the national languages of the EU using the special equipment provided by the European Parliament.
Each year, the conference brings together 200 highly motivated students and young professional, giving them the exclusive opportunity to have first-hand experience of the functioning of European institutions right on the premises of the European Parliament. The project is thus completely original in the world of simulations and is already extremely popular among young Europeans from diverse backgrounds, from Law, International Relations, Political Science and European Affairs to History, Media Studies, and Interpreting.
Anyone officially residing on one of the following states is eligible to apply:
- All 28 EU Member States
- EFTA countries: Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway and Switzerland
- Eastern Partnership Countries: Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Moldova, Ukraine
- Southern Mediterranean Countries: Algeria, Egypt, Israel, Jordan, Lebanon, Libya, Morocco, Palestine, Syria, Tunisia
- Western Balkans: Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Kosovo, Montenegro, Serbia
- Russian Federation
- Republic of Turkey
- Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia
Applicants must be between 18 and 26 years of age throughout the duration of the conference.
All the MEUS awesomeness is there for you for just 150€. This includes hotel accommodation, breakfasts and lunches, social programme and local transportation in Strasbourg. Do you need financial support? For those most in need we offer to waive the participation fee and reimburse up to €100 of your travel expenses. to find out more!
In order to successfully complete your application, you must:
- Attach your CV
- Fill out the Application form;
- Write a short motivation letter (250 words ±10%)*;
- Answer ONE essay question (500 words ±10%, no endnotes)*
- Upload any document required for your application;
*Special requirements apply for the role of Interpreter, Print Journalist and Video/Photojournalist. Please consult the application criteria below.