BIR European Union Simulation 2017

@Edgardo Schiena

This event was mainly organized for students to experience first-hand how European institutions and Member States operate and negotiate, how the EU institutions and the EU decision making process works and analyze current topics such as migration and refugee problems in Europe.

This year the IE School of International Relations was pleased to organize the 2nd Edition of the European Union Simulation, where students from BIR, Dual BBA-BIR and Dual LLB-BIR were invited to participate.

The event took place May the 5th of this year in our Segovia Campus and was led by Jochen Müller, political counsellor at the Representation of the European Commission in Spain.

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This event was mainly organized for students to experience first-hand how European institutions and Member States operate and negotiate, how the EU institutions and the EU decision making process works and analyze current topics such as migration and refugee problems in Europe.

Students who participated in the event were divided into pairs representing different teams of member states (team Germany and Austria, team Italy and Greece, team Hungary and Slovakia, team Spain and France) and European institutions (European Commission and European Parliament) with the common objective of reaching a final agreement for a solution regarding refugee crisis in Europe. After hours of debating and negotiations, the students successfully managed to come to an agreement and offered solutions that included the creation of a European Union Coast Guard as well as rules for the deployment of such a force in case of necessity.

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The application process for who is interested to join this event in the future follows specific steps. It is important to bear in mind that this application process is a competitive one, meaning that places are limited and will be mostly based on GPA decision and evaluation of essay response. Any International Relation student from both Madrid and Segovia campus can apply.

The application process consists of a small essay (between 450-550 words) answering the following question “Does the current refugee crisis represent a threat or an opportunity for the future of the European Union?”. Afterwards, the student has to state his preferred role, where the student can apply for a maximum of two roles and finally submit an email with the following information; name, last name, nationality, degree, year, campus and IE email.

Every International Relations student is recommended to participate to this event, as it gives the possibility to understand and practice how the European Union works and especially the mechanism of decision-making between countries over topics that concern people globally.

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