Cambridge Model European Council
Model European Council Simulation
The Cambridge Model European Council is an annual student-run conference based in the city of . Young people from all across Europe, mainly students, spend one weekend simulating the .
Model European Council 2015 « European School Bergen
The Model European Council (MEC) and Model European Parliament (MEP) programmes were created in 1984, based on the initiative of two teachers at the European School of Munich, Jimmy Campbell and Henry Christian. Since then, these programs have established themselves and developed with great success. Today they are strongly implemented and essential parts of the lives of European Schools. MEC is a realistic simulation of a European Council meeting with ministers and heads of state, i.e. a simulation of the extremely complicated decision-making processes in the European Union. It is an enormous and very complex role-play. A team of pupils representing the European Commission - with support from the real Commission – prepares the proposals before the summit of the Council. The teams taking on the roles of ministers and heads of state then debate these proposals and decide upon them. The themes on the agenda are always the same issues the EU is currently working on. MEP follows the same guidelines: the pupils, however, impersonate members of the European Parliament.
We try to alternate between both programmes. However, MEC takes place more often as it is easier to organise. This is also the reason why the conference is frequently held in Munich as the European Patent Office generously makes its facilities available. There are precise criteria by which interested pupils are chosen. Each school sends one or two teams, each representing a member-state of the EU. Additionally, there are always two journalist crews who accompany and comment the meeting. In this way, the ministers and heads of state learn how to deal with the merciless press.