Model EU – Christchurch


The new US government: A Trump for the EU?  


EUCN in partnership with UN Youth Canterbury, the University of Canterbury (UC) and the NCRE  are very happy to bring this exciting event to Christchurch for another year!

The 2016 presidential elections in the US met with various reactions: from excitement to disappointment. Will the new administration renew the EU-US relations? What implications can announced election promises have on current and future agreements, for instance on trade, migration, human rights, security and defence, external relations,….?

We are now inviting you to “step into the shoes” of Members of the European Parliament (MEPs) and negotiate a Directive to guide future relations.

Delegates will be allocated a political party of the European Parliament (EP) and represent a Member State (MS) in a Committee. MEPs work with members of their own parties and those with similar interests to form a position on the various issues and find the best outcomes. Debate takes place in Committees on topics such as Civil Liberties, Human Rights, Economics, Trade, Foreign Affairs and Climate Change. Negotiations culminate in the Plenary Session on Friday afternoon where MEPs work hard to agree on the Directive.

To get the most of this event, study the Canterbury Model EU Handbook carefully, familiarise yourself with your allocated political party and Committee.


Event Details

Dates: Thursday & Friday, 7+8 September 2017
You are required to sign in on both days. Sign in starts on Thursday at 8.30am. A detailed timetable will be published closer to the event.

Resources: Canterbury Model EU Handbook

Registrations are closed. 

Eligibility: All New Zealand secondary students Years 9 to 13

Costs: A fee of NZ$20 will be charged when you register for the event. The fee covers the event materials and catering (Morning & Afternoon Tea on Thursday and Friday, lunch on both days and dinner on Thursday). Please inform us about dietary requirements during the registration process.

Financial support: A limited number of scholarships are available for students from low-decile schools, Maori, Pacifica and special needs students. Mobility subsidies and limited accomodation options are available if you live outside the Christchurch region to assist you with travel and accommodation costs. Please contact Yvonne (email below) for more information.

Parental Consent: For participants under the age of 18 we require consent of your parental or legal guardian. During the registration you will need to indicate that you have their approval to participate – this is legally binding, so be sure that you have their approval before your register.

We also require the details of a parent or legal guardian and their emergency contact details. In the event of an emergency, we will contact them directly.


Yvonne Grosch
Phone +64 (0) 3 36 94 395, extension 94395