We are very happy to announce that we will be organising a Model EU simulation event and Teacher Professional Development Workshop in Rotorua! The event will simulate discussions taking place at the Parliament of the European Union, where democratically elected members (MEPs) from all EU member states meet to discuss, amend and adopt a EU Directive or Regulation.
2021 Model EU Rotorua
News, Fake News and No News – Freedom of Expression and Information in the EU
REGISTRATIONS CLOSE ON 09 JULY 2021.
The European Parliament is the EU’s law-making body and an important forum for political debate and decision-making at EU-level. The Members of the European Parliament (MEPs) are directly elected by voters in all member states to represent people’s interests with regard to EU law-making and to make sure other EU institutions are working democratically. Delegates assume the roles of Members of the European Parliament to debate a draft directive focused freedom of expression and information in the EU.
- MEP’s sit in political groups – they are not organised by nationality, but by political affiliation. Before every vote in plenary the political groups scrutinise the draft documents drawn up by the parliamentary committees and request amendments to them.
- Members are also divided among specialised standing Committees, and the political makeup of the Committees reflects that of the whole parliament. Committees draft, amend and adopt legislative proposals which will then discussed in plenary.
Delegates will assume the roles of MEPs and represent an EU member state and political party in a Committee. Delegates work with members of their own party and those with similar interests to form a position on the various issues and find the best outcome to dealing with the crisis. Debate takes place in Committee and political party sessions over 2 days and culminates in a Plenary Session at the end of the second day when Delegates attempt to accept a new Directive.
For more information on the European Parliament visit its website.