During March 22-24th, a group of 11 students from EES participated in the Model European Council (MEC) for the first time. MEC is a simulation of the European Council in which students from several European Schools represent delegations of European Union member states and discuss current affairs in five separate councils.
MEC 2015 was organized by the European School of Karlsruhe, and took place at the European Parliament. EES students had the opportunity to participate as one of three Press Teams, adopting the name The European Echo and issuing three trilingual newspaper editions during the event. Delegates and journalists alike, clad in suits and smart clothes, were able to move freely within selected perimeters of the European Parliament during the event.
The five different councils at MEC were : General and Foreign Affairs, Economic and Financial Affairs, Justice and Home Affairs, Environment and Energy, and the European Council. The aim of the council meetings was to analyse and discuss propositions, in order to pass or to reject them so that member states could then execute the councils’ decisions. The Council of General and Foreign Affairs, for instance, focused on European relations with Russia and dealing with illegal immigration into Europe. The European Echo dedicated itself to publishing different opinions which revealed numerous controversies, thus generating a heated debate during the council meetings.
The Model European Council proved to be a great experience for EES students, both academically and at a personal development level. EES students were able to hone diplomacy, public speaking, and problem-solving skills, as well as understanding the job of the press within European institutions.
The Model European Communities Programme (MECP) is a yearly political simulation organised by the . Selected students from each of the 12 schools take on roles as politicians from the 27 member states of the EU, and take part in a 3-day run of council and plenary sessions. It is divided into MEC (Model European Council) and MEP (Model European Parliament).
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