Join teachers and students across the UK and organise your own Mock Council at your school, college or youth group.
Setting up your own Mock Council is a great way to engage young people in the workings of the European Union and gives them a chance to participate in lively debate about issues concerning the EU and European citizenship.
A Mock Council meeting involves groups of students, each representing one of the EU member states, the European Commission or the General Secretariat. Students research two topics leading up to the event, which they will then defend at the meeting from the position of the state they are representing.
The official debate topics for the 2011 Mock Council of the EU are:
||Arab Spring: what should the EU be doing to encourage democracy and growth in the countries of North Africa and the Middle East?
||EU Growth: what does the EU need to do to compete with emerging economies?
Setting up you own Mock Council couldn't be simpler. Here are some documents to help get you started:
Mock Council 2011 Process Explained
An overview of how the Mock Council meeting works and an outline of the debating and voting processes
Arab Spring Position Paper
Background to debating topic “Arab Spring: what should the EU be doing to encourage democracy and growth in the countries of North Africa and the Middle East?”
EU Growth Position Paper
Background to debating topic “EU Growth: what does the EU need to do to compete with emerging economies?”
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