May 11-13, 2018 Venice International University
Venice International University (VIU), Ca' Foscari University of Venice, Venice Diplomatic Society, and the European Inter-University Institute for Human Rights and Democratisation (EIUC), with the support of Europe Direct of the City of Venice, Bringing Europeans Together Assocation (Beta Italia) and San Servolo Servizi Metropolitani, will organise the second edition of the Venice Universities' Model European Union on 11-13 May 2018.
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 organizing committee chooses the sample Directives in advance, so that the participants will be well prepared on arrival to the VeUMEU in May and whose focus in 2018 will be on Environment and on Education.
For the 2018 edition the Directives that will be adopted for the simulation are:
Directive 2016/801/EU of 11 May 2016
on the conditions of entry and residence of third-country nationals for the purposes of research, studies, training, voluntary service, pupil exchange schemes or educational projects and au pairing
Directive 2013/30 of 12 June 2013
on safety of offshore oil and gas operations and amending Directive 2004/35/EC
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.
The VeUMEU is organized with the support of Europe Direct of the City of Venice, for the Venetian celebrations of Europe Day, 5-25 May 2018. Link to the full program
Applications and attendance
The participation is open to students of Ca' Foscari, EIUC, VIU and VIU member universities. This activity is highly recommended for students attending the VIU course S1813 Global Governance for Peace and Security, Cooperation and Development (Prof. Sara De Vido).
The selection of the participants and attribution to institutions/commitees will be supervised by the Organizing Committee in order to reach the highest level of international participation.
A preparatory intensive workshop will be organized at Venice International University on April 21, from 9am to 4pm.
Participants must attend at least 70% of the activities (VeUMEU May 11-12-13 and the preparatory workshop), a certificate of attendance will be issued.
Download VeUMEU Study Guide - pdf 125 MB
This year's VeUMEU will be dedicated to the memory of Prof. Hiroshi Nishihara from Waseda University, who taught at VIU in Fall 2017 and who died suddenly in January 2018.
The Venice Diplomatic Society (VDS) is a non-profit association created in 2015 by students of Ca’ Foscari University of Venice, Italy. The main aims of this association are giving students and citizens the chance of acknowledging the complex functioning of the greatest international organizations, introducing them to their inner dynamics, organising workshops to train them to speak in a foreign language in front of an international audience, debating on the hottest topics of the planet’s agenda – from current geopolitical crises to environmental issues, but also the theme of refugees, the allocation of foreign investments and violations of international law, gender equality, on-going conflicts and wars, human rights issues. It also puts students in contact with the reality of Model United Nations (Model UN or MUNs), which are extra-curricular activities where students play the role of Delegates of the United Nations and simulate the inner proceedings of UN committees. After the first VeUMUN on 2016, Venice Diplomatic Society is glad to announce the first edition of the simulation of European Union, VeUMEU 2017, with the collaboration of their new partner Bringing Europeans Together Association, BETA Italia.
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Venice International University (VIU) is something unique in the international academic environment: a group of 17 Universities from all over the world sharing a common Campus on the beautiful Island of San Servolo, in the Venice lagoon. These Universities collegially devise study programs to prepare their students to face today’s global challenges: Sustainable Development, Ageing and Welfare, Global Ethics and Cultural Heritage are central topics of VIU programs. Students who choose to spend a term studying at VIU are taught to move across disciplines and through cultures with a flexible approach, an open mind and creative thinking. VIU offers its support for research programs involving the various Universities that form its network, and develops specific programs for advanced training.
For more information: http://www.univiu.org
Ca’ Foscari University of Venice was born as the first business school in Italy and the second in Europe. Today it provides several courses in various departments, such as Languages, Management, Environmental studies, Philosophy, Science, Humanities International Relations and more. Just like the city that hosts it, it is a crossroad of cultures, fields of research, ideas and creativity; a modern university that keeps abreast of things by realizing, within its eight departments, advanced research projects and innovative study programs that guarantee an excellent educational experience. Through its five interdepartmental schools, Ca’ Foscari works with cross-cutting and integrated educational approaches. Whoever studies in Venice can this way acquire a wider range of and more articulate skills: economy interfaces with cultural heritage, languages intersect with economics, restoration meets science just to cite a few examples.
For more information: http://www.unive.it
The Centre was founded in 2002—thanks to EU funding—with the aim to develop educational activities, research and interdisciplinary training on the issues of human rights protection. The EIUC has its roots in Europe, but a global vision. It is now the hub for a network of over 100 universities (Global Campus of Master’s Programmes and Diplomas in Human Rights and Democratisation) representing the EU member states and university networks in Asia, Africa, Latin America, the Caucasus Region and South East Europe: institutions and partners that make the EIUC/GC a unique institution.
The Institution aims to contribute broadly to the dissemination of a shared global knowledge of human rights and democracy. It is located at the Monastery of San Nicolò in the Venice Lido, sharing with the town its ambition to become a European Capital of Human Rights.
For further information: www.eiuc.org
With the support and participation of:
Europe Direct is a European Commission information network designed to inform citizens about the activities and opportunities offered by the European Union. Europe Direct aims to reinforce citizens' sense of attachment to the European Union by involving them in the process of building Europe. The Veneto has a Europe Direct information relay, set up by the City of Venice - as leading figure - and 18 institutional partners: the Veneto Region, the Prefettura di Venezia, the Provinces of Venice, Belluno, Padua, Rovigo and Treviso, the Venice Chamber of Commerce, the Eurosportello of Unioncamere Veneto, the Cities of Bassano del Grappa, Chioggia, Jesolo, Padova, Thiene and Valdagno, Università Iuav di Venezia (Architecture and Design), ESU of Venezia (Students' Union) and USR (the Veneto Regional Schools). 32 centers in the region support citizens in accessing information relative to the areas of activity of the European Union. Since 2008 the information relay has also hosted Eurodesk, providing young people and youth workers with information on the sector-opportunities offered by the European Union and the European Council.
For more information: http://europa.eu/contact/ , www.comune.venezia.it/europedirect
And with the support of:
Participation and logistics:
Venice International University
Isola di San Servolo 30133 Venice - Italy
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VeUMEU 2018 content and preparation:
Venice Diplomatic Society