Event: Wellington Model European Union 2017
Dates: 27-28th May 2017
Venue: Victoria University of Wellington
Introducing Wellington Model European Union 2017! We are bringing the EU back to Wellington this year even bigger and better than before.
This event requires delegates to both represent their country and balance their parties values whilst debating on important issues.
2017 follows the Brexit decision voted by the British people, a result many did not expect and feel uncertain about the future.
We will delve into the complexities of Brexit under the guidance of our topic experts provided by the National Centre for Research on Europe.
Don’t miss this fantastic opportunity!
Event Handbook:Event Information
|Saturday 27th May- Day 1||Time||Activity|
|8:30-9:00am||Delegate Registration (Hugh Mackenzie Foyer)|
|9:20-9:40am||Rules of Procedure Training|
|9:40-10:15am||Country Representatives Meeting|
|10:45-11:45||Introduction to the theme/Committee Session 1|
|11:45-12:30pm||Political Party Meetings|
|1:15-3:00pm||Committee Session 1|
|3:20-5:00pm||Committee Session 2 (Same rooms)|
|5:00-7:00pm||Social Evening- Dinner and Panel Discussion|
|Sunday 28th May- Day Two||Time||Activity|
|9:00-9:45am||Morning Briefing and Keynote Speaker|
|9:45-10:45am||Workshop (In Committee Rooms)|
|11:00-11:30am||Committee Session 3|
|11:30-12:15pm||Political Party Meetings|
|12:45-2:45pm||Plenary Session 1|
|3:00-4:10pm||Plenary Session 2|
First of all, congratulations on your selection to attend this event! Over the two days of the conference you will have the opportunity to experience the workings of the European Parliament, be exposed to a range of exceptional guest speakers, hone your debating and negotiating skills and to meet a number of likeminded young people. The committee has been working tirelessly since April to put together what will be a fantastic conference, so I hope that you make the most of every single minute! The theme and educational content are not only interesting, but pertain to one of the biggest on-going issues of our time – what will Brexit mean for Britain, the EU, and the global community? Make sure that you enjoy yourself at this event, engage with the material and keep up to date with the other exciting opportunities we will have on offer this year.
I would like to thank our partner organisation, the National Centre for Research on Europe, for all of their support and expertise in the lead up to this event. Wellington Model EU would not be possible without their contributions, and the Regional Council is immensely grateful for everything that they provide.
I look forward to seeing you on May 27th, and wish you the best of luck for your preparations!
Jayden van Leeuwen, Wellington Regional President
Meet the Committee
Welcome to Wellington Model European Union 2017! On behalf of my committee, I would like to congratulate you on your selection and also thank you for choosing to apply! This is the second time Wellington has hosted a Model EU and we are thrilled to see that the interest in this event has grown since last year. Model EU is an event like no other, where you get to represent not only a member state, but also a political party – adding a unique element to your conference experience. When deciding on the theme, it was hard to look beyond Brexit. The result of the June 23rd 2016 referendum was a shock to most, and has triggered a series of complex issues and questions. At the conference it will be your task to address these issues and to answer the tough questions – what will the Brexit deal be and what is the future of the EU once Britain is gone? We look forward to seeing you engage with the material and would encourage you to make the most of the topic experts from the NCRE who will be on hand at the conference.
We hope that this conference is one of your best UN Youth experiences, and that you have as much fun taking part in it as we had putting it together! Good luck with your preparations – we can’t wait to meet you all on the 27th.
Jayden van Leeuwen & the Wellington Model EU 2017 Committee.
We would like to thank all our sponsors for supporting Wellington Model European Union 2017 and being so generous with their time and resources!
Jean Monnet Actions promote excellence in teaching and research in the field of European Union Studies worldwide. The Actions foster dialogue between the academic world and policy-makers, in particular with the aim of enhancing governance of EU policies.
European Union studies comprise the study of Europe in its entirety with particular emphasis on the European Integration process in both its internal and external aspects. The discipline also covers the role of the EU in a globalized world and in promote active citizenship and dialogue between peoples and cultures.
The NCRE holds a Jean Monnet grant to organize this Model EU Training and Simulation event. J
Jean Monnet actions aim to integrate EU topics into the existing curriculum. New Zealand is geographically distanced from the EU and often not directly affected by its day-to-day reality which makes it hard to understand this multifaceted organisation. Model EU events use participatory and experimental learning to engage with complex EU concepts, processes and issues. You receive this handbook prior to the event and are expected to prepare for your individual roles.
Your participation gives you the opportunity to learn about the success of the EU as well as its difficulties. Preparation and participation in this Model EU event will help you with critical thinking, problem solving and decision making.
Wellington Model European Union 2017 will be held at Victoria University of Wellington. Registrations will be held in the Hugh Mackenzie building which is circled in yellow on this map:
Wellington Model European Union 2017 is centred on the theme of Brexit – what kind of deal will be struck between Britain and the EU? At the conference, you will act as the European Parliament, working to pass a directive which will essentially guide the EU negotiators as they seek to reach an agreement in the future. The educational material below has been written by the EU experts from the National Centre for Research on Europe, and will be of great use both at the conference and in your preparations.
Introduction to the EU
First up, this PDF will offer you an overview of what the EU is and how it operates – the perfect place to start!
Introduction to the EU
Introduction to the Theme
This PDF contains an introduction to the theme – Brexit. It’ll help you gain an understanding as to some of the factors that influenced voters and politicians, and some of the reasons why the referendum was called in the first place.
Introduction to the Theme
This PDF has descriptions of all the political parties that will be represented at the conference, and explains both their political leanings, policy objectives and opinions on Brexit. Scroll through to find your party, and learn more about the kinds of things you’ll want to keep in mind during debate!
Members of the EU
Scroll through this PDF to find your country – there’s some background information on every member state and explanations of how Brexit might affect them, as well as some links to websites that might be helpful in your preparation.
This PDF contains information on each committee that’ll be in operation at the conference – find yours to learn more about what your committee does, and what questions you might want to try and answer during debate!
This is the directive, the EU version of a resolution. During your committee, you will be debating the section of the directive allocated to your committee, so focus your preparation on the relevant section. However, make sure you take a look at the directive as a whole – during plenary, all delegates will be in one lecture theatre, debating the entire directive!
This PDF contains some useful definitions and explanations for key terms in the above PDFs – head here if you’re unsure about a term used elsewhere!