The main idea of a MEU is based on the „learning-by-doing“ philosophy: we want to make people aware of „how the European Union works“ by connecting people all around the world and providing them the opportunity of experiencing all the processes involved in the creation of a legally binding text. Each year, two original proposals will be discussed and the participants will take the role either of Minister in the Council of the European Union or as a Member of the European Parliament. Together with the European Commission, those two institutions are in charge of EU legislation. The Commission drafts and initiates new EU legislation, the Parliament and the Council then in turn adopt, reject or amend it. The Commission will be played by the Organising Team, which drafts the directives or the regulations for the simulation in advance. The discussion on the proposals is made by amending the initial text through altering or deleting existing paragraphs or adding new ones. Participants can also take the role of journalists, covering the event via a newspaper, blog, videos, radio or any other way they want to. With this experience, they will be able to understand how the legislative process within the European Union works.
The MEUs, despite being focused heavily on the law-making process, are not aimed only for people having a legal background or Political Science studies. Our educational program would like to be useful for any kind of people who is genuinely interested on how the decisions that affect us everyday are made. Being part of this decisions and facing the difficulties is one of the most extraordinary ways to „getting out of yourself“ and open your mind for new insights or ideas that could be useful in the future. The enrichment of participating in one of this simulations is unique, not only because of the content itself but also because of the many people from all over the world that one has the opportunity to meet. It’s no coincidence that all the Organizing Team are former participants. It’s very easy to get bitten by the MEU bug.