Mid-Atlantic European Union Simulation

Contact Info
Peter Loedel
Phone: 610-436-3435
Ruby Jones Hall 205

EU Simulation 2012

Serbia Macadonia flags

The Mid-Atlantic European Union Simulation seeks to approximate the actual decision-making process of the European Union. For example, the 2012 MEUS focused on EU enlargement and expansion of the EU to include Serbia and Macedonia. In particular, Members of the European Parliament as well as the Council of Ministers, the European Council, and the EU Commission, debated this eight-page legislative proposal on enlarging the EU to include these two countries. The EU Commission first drafted its “white paper” and issued its recommendation to the Councils and to the Parliament. After several days of deliberation, the final resolution was formally adopted. A final version of the resolution can be found here: Final EU Resolution on Enlarging the EU Serbia and Macedonia.

Detailed Program of the 2012 EU Simulation

Over three days, participants were involved in various stages of the legislative process and were briefed by the embassy staff of the country they represented.

Students are required to follow the formal procedures of the European Parliament. It’s not always easy for students to gain a full understanding and appreciation of these rules, but they soon realize the importance of how rules can structure and determine outcomes. They also learn the importance of leadership styles as the committees work toward resolving their differing stands on the resolution.

European Parliament Rules and Procedures