May 10-12, 2019 Venice International University
Venice International University (VIU), Ca' Foscari University of Venice and Venice Diplomatic Society, with the support of Europe Direct of the City of Venice and Bringing Europeans Together Assocation (Beta Italia), will organise the third edition of the Venice Universities' Model European Union on 10-12 May 2019.
The Venice Universities' Model European Union is organised under the patronage of the European Parliament, and also of the Council of Europe Programme Office in Venice.
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.
For the 2019 edition the Directives that will be adopted for the simulation are:
REGULATION EU 2016/679 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 27 April 2016 on the protection of natural persons with regard to the processing of personal data and on the free movement of such data, and repealing Directive 95/46/EC (General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR)) (EP procedure 2012/0011(COD)).
REGULATION (EU) 2017/2403 OF THE EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT AND OF THE COUNCIL of 12 December 2017 on the sustainable management of external fishing fleets, and repealing Council Regulation (EC) No 1006/2008. (EP procedure 2015/0289(COD)) .
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, and included in the Venetian celebrations of Europe Day.
The VeUMEU is organised with the support and participation of the European Parliamentary Research Service (EPRS).
Two policy analysts from EPRS will participate in the VeUMEU, providing their expert advice and guidance to the students during the deliberations.
Irina Popescu is a policy analyst for fisheries in the European Parliamentary Research Service. She previously worked in the Parliament’s secretariat of the Committee on Fisheries (PECH), and in the Policy Department B - Structural and internal policies, where she dealt with fisheries issues, providing internal and external expertise to the PECH committee. Prior to joining the European Parliament, Irina was a marine scientist at Geoecomar (Romania), Ifremer and the University of Lille (France) and the University of Gent (Belgium). She holds a PhD in marine geosciences from the European Institute for Marine Studies of the University of Brest, France.
Shara Monteleone is a Policy Analyst in the Citizens’ Policy Unit of the Members’ Research Service within EPRS. Previously, she worked as a legal researcher (Rosalind Franklin Fellow) at the University of Groningen (The Netherlands). Involved for many years as a legal researcher in European projects related to privacy and data protection in the information society, she has also worked for INRIA (France), the European University Institute (EUI), and the European Commission (JRC), addressing policy and legal issues of the emerging technologies, including behavioural studies in the field of privacy protection. She published several journal and conference papers.
In advance of the event EPRS has provided Topical Digests to the student participants on the issues that will be discussed and debated during the simulation. See the documents below in the Support material section.
Applications and attendance
The participation is open to students of Ca' Foscari, EIUC, VIU and VIU member universities.
Application deadline March 21, 2019
Admitted candidates will be notified by March 28.
Selected candidates must confirm their participation by April 4, in order to contact other students in the ranking should some places become available. Withdrawals after April 4 will be accepted only in case of certified university commitments and health issues.
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 Saturday April 13, from 9am to 4pm.
Participants must attend at least 70% of the activities (VeUMEU May 10-11-12 and the preparatory workshop), a certificate of attendance will be issued.
VeUMEU Study Guide - soon available
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 18 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
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
Tel. +39 041 2719 511
VeUMEU 2019 content and preparation:
Venice Diplomatic Society