Curious? The events below were organised with the help of the “Model EU in Schools” grant 2014-2017.
Auckland, 16-17 September 2017, UNEXPECTED – Brexit and the future of the European Union?
In a smaller setting, students at the 2017 Auckland Model EU represented ministers of the Council of the European Union. Presented with a draft EU mandate for Brexit negotiations, the students came together to try and reach consensus on three different topics:
Home Affairs, focussing on migration policies, protection of EU citizens as well as pan-EU cooperation on matters of justice and security.
Economics and Trade, focussing on the complex economic issues of the EU-UK divorce, including the future of their trade relations and the recognition of each other’s standard particularly in the domain of financial services.
Foreign Affairs, focussing on future cooperation on issues such as defence and security and the fight against climate change.
With a policy of consensus, or otherwise Qualified Majority Voting the setting of the Council of the EU encouraged participants to negotiate and bargain in order to successfully amend the proposed mandate.
Christchurch, 7-8 September 2017, UNCERTAIN – Donald Trump and the European Union
Trump is the word!
At the Model EU event in Christchurch, students from around the country were asked to consider how the election of President Donald Trump in the US may affect relations between the two cross-Atlantic allies. The student were asked to once again step in the shoes of Members of the European Parliament and defend their position vis-à-vis President Trump and his policies. The event encouraged strong understanding of complex political issues by presenting the students with a draft Directive, focussed on topics such as foreign affairs, trade, immigration and Human Rights, placing special attention to minority as well as women’s rights. The students were then asked to propose, defend and vote on amendments based on their party positions.