Mid-Atlantic European Union Simulation

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

Want to join the Simulation?

Fees and Registration

Current fees for participating in the Mid-Atlantic European Union Simulation are:

  • $300 registration fee (per school), plus
  • $20 for each participating student

The fees cover the costs of the hotel conference facilities, program events, speaker and printed material (name tags and program).

Additional costs:

  • Hotel Rooms: $129.00 (plus taxes) a night - you can fit four into a room if you want. You pay that directly – the simulation does not involve ourselves in that payment process.
  • Dinners: 2 Dinners are scheduled parts of the simulation and are paid for by each University after the simulation is completed – These are billed later. Figure about $30.00 per student/dinner.
  • Travel to DC: that varies considerably by university.
  • Additional meals: usually meals in between - lunch/breakfast.

Total costs thus vary per university – but figure around $2,500-$4,000 depending on total number of students. Some universities do this for less with cheaper travel and fewer students participating. Schools vary widely in how the expenses are financed. While all universities have some limited support from departments and administration, some manage to charge students no additional fee; others have the students covering nearly all the costs.

To gain more information, ask questions, and register, please contact the MEUSC Executive Committee.

Short Summary of the Simulation Time-Line and Activities

MEUSC is held typically in the middle of November from Thursday morning through Saturday around 5pm at the Georgetown Holiday Inn outside DC (with many of the groups arriving Wednesday night). View the timeline and program.

On Thursday, after visits to the embassies of the countries our schools are representing, we have an opening session with a speaker and speeches by the students representing the heads of government and key EU officials (e.g., Herman van Rompuy). Then, it’s down to business. European Parliament (EP) party groups begin selecting their party leaders and discussing party platforms.

Friday and Saturday, the students debate a resolution written by the Commissioners (other students who have spent the semester writing the legislation). The two parliament committees each deal with one half of the resolution as do the two ministerial councils; each of the four bodies can only amend the resolution.

On Saturday, there is more debate. Both the EP and the Ministers finalize their versions, no longer in split sessions. They then meet in a conciliation committee, trying to work out differences. Finally, the resolution is sent to the Heads of Government (who have spent the last day and a half discussing other issues important to Europe) for a final vote (though we often then send it to parliament for a final say).

We do realize that this is not exactly the way the “real” EU writes and handles resolutions; however, it is the only practical way to include the Parliament, Ministers, Council, and Commissioners.

What is each University’s role in the simulation?

  • Each school selects a country to represent. Schools with smaller delegations often select smaller countries.
    • Some schools adopt two countries when they bring large delegations.
  • The roles that students fulfill are (numbers permitting):
    • Head of Government
    • 2 Ministers (Ex: Foreign Minister and Defense Minister – depends on the topic)
    • Members of the European Parliament (MEPs), split into two committees (ideally divided along party lines in such a way that is reflective of the country’s actual split). Example: Economic and Monetary Affairs and the Committee on Employment and Social Affairs.
  • Students adopt the persona of the actual individuals (Head of Gov’t, Minister, MEP) and so it is important that they prepare for that “role.”
  • Come prepared. Participate. Attend all sessions. Be on time.
  • Be respectful in the hotel. It’s occupied by others too, so it’s important that students behave themselves.

Role of Faculty

  • Select a country. Select the roles that should be filled.
  • Help prepare the students. Some of the schools do this as a club, others as part of a class. So, approaches vary dramatically as do the preparation levels of students.
  • Contact the embassy representing “your” country and set up an appointment Thursday morning (often around 10am). The embassies have often been very welcoming.
    • If someone has been that country before, they may have contact information
    • If the embassy has a scheduling conflict and can’t meet the students, ask around; maybe one of our other embassies would be willing to have you visit too.
      • This is often a highlight for students.
    • If you need transportation to the embassies (some are within walking distance), for a small number of students, taxis are often the best way. Some faculty drive in the vans they used to transport from campus. There is also a van service; if needed, please ask and I can find the contact information.
  • Make the hotel reservations. Holiday Inn Georgetown. Wisconsin Ave.
  • Most of us observe our students most of the time.

Description of Student Roles:

  • Commissioners: these are students who have attended before and are typically good students who can function independently. [This would not be something a school does the first year].
    • They’re role is to write the resolution on the topic chosen by faculty. There is faculty oversight, but the students do a tremendous amount of work in the first weeks of the semester to prepare a resolution for the simulation.
    • There are only five or six a year (usually) and are volunteered by faculty willing to work with them.
    • The Commissioners do participate in the session by attending all sessions and being available to answer questions about the resolution and what was intended by its authors
  • Heads of Government
    • They spend most of the simulation in a room with other HoG and HoS discussing anything of importance except for the resolution. Only on Saturday do they discuss the resolution itself.
    • The Heads of Government also give a brief speech on Thursday to all the attendees.
    • Heads of Government have to be able to handle a lot of information and be ready to speak about a wide range of information.
  • Ministers:
    • They spend much of the simulation in simultaneous session: each table of ministers going around dealing with their half of the resolution.
    • They focus only on the resolution, but do have to frequently discuss and contribute to the group (usually about 12 students around the table)
  • Members of European Parliament (MEPs):
    • They spend much of the time caucusing within their own parties, talking to other parties, and generally surviving the chaos that is parliament.
    • There are officer positions (three for each committee and for the plenary session—chair, vice chair, and rapporteur). Only students who know the rules and can run a meeting should consider running for any of these.
      • We don’t use Robert’s Rules; when I find them, I’ll forward you a copy of our rules)

Other details:

  • For the students, especially, this is business wear; jackets, ties, or at least button down shirts and slacks for the men and the equivalent for women. Professional dress and decorum is emphasized.
  • Dinner on Friday night is billed to the schools as is the buffet (not designed to be a full dinner, but students can eat on their own). Beyond that, it’s up to the school how to cover the other meals.
    • There’s a nearby grocery store if students want to live cheaply. Lots of nearby restaurants and coffee shops. At least two Starbucks in walking distance.