VeUMEU 2021 | Venice Universities' Model European Union
V edition - Venice Universities' Model European Union
May 8-9, 2021
The Model European Union is a simulation of the EU legislative procedure. The participants will adopt the roles of the members of the European Commission, European Parliament and Council of the European Union, following the steps of the ordinary legislative procedure by which directives and regulations are adopted.
The VeUMEU is an excellent opportunity for students to gain an understanding of multilateral diplomacy, and to hone their negotiating and leadership while practising public speaking.
Students will learn about the legislative process, rules of procedure, revision and introduction of amendments, and how to draft EU Directives and Regulations.
A group of students will also form the Press Corps, reporting on developments during the weekend of activities.
For the 2021 edition the Legal Acts that will be adopted for the simulation are:
- European Climate Law (Regulation): Proposal to complement the existing policy framework by setting the long-term direction of travel and enshrining the 2050 climate-neutrality objective in EU law, enhancing adaptation efforts, establishing a process to set out and review a trajectory until 2050, regular assessment and a process in case of insufficient progress or inconsistencies. It also tasks the Commission to review existing policies and Union legislation in view of their consistency with the climate-neutrality objective as well as with the trajectory identified. (read here).
- The Right to Disconnect: This is a legislative initiative report calling for a new measure that will innovate and cater for new technologies as well an update and amend of the former directive. In the context of the digital transformation in the world of work, the European Parliament's Employment and Social Affairs Committee has adopted a legislative-initiative report calling on the Commission to propose an EU directive that lays down minimum requirements for the right to disconnect. (read here).
The VeUMEU is supported also by the European Parliamentary Research Service (EPRS). Three policy analysts will participate in the VeUMEU, providing their expert advice and guidance to the students during the deliberations:
Gregor Erbach - Head of Section of Climate Action Research and Tracking Service, EPRS.
Nora Milotay - Policy Analyst in Economic Policies Unit, EPRS.
Joanna Apap - Strategic Liaison for Academia and Think Tanks in the Strategy and Coordination Unit, EPRS.
Applications and attendance
The participation is open to students of Ca' Foscari University, Global Campus of Human Rights, VIU, and VIU member universities.
The selection of the participants and attribution to institutions/committees is supervised by the Organizing Committee in order to reach the highest level of international participation.
A preparatory intensive workshop will be held online on April 17, 2021.
Participants must attend at least 70% of the activities (VeUMEU May 8-9 and the preparatory workshop), a certificate of attendance will be issued.
The selected participants will be informed by April 9.
L'evento si terrà in inglese
Venice Diplomatic Society (VDS), Ca' Foscari University of Venice, Venice International University (VIU) with the support and participation of Europe Direct of the City of Venice and the European Parliament Research Service and BETA Italia