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3rd Annual European Union Simulation in Segovia

3rd Annual European Union Simulation in Segovia

The European Union Simulation is an event held by the IE Bachelor in International Relations and is focused on simulating the EU governing body and the process by which decisions are made regarding pressing issues facing the EU. Participants are 2nd year Bachelor of International Relations and Dual Degree in Bachelor in Business Administration students who have excelled in the, International Relations Unplugged III: The EU, course.

Students at the roundtable of discussion.

Students at the roundtable of discussion.

The theme of this year’s EU Simulation was the 2016 Migrant / Refugee Crisis. Participants were broken up into teams of 4 to 5 students each. Each team represented a different area of the governing process, there were teams for the 2016 Dutch Presidency, The European Union Commission and the European Union Parliament as well as 4 teams representing pairs of countries with similar objectives for an overall outcome.

The country teams must argue for their position while the governing teams help mediate compromises between them in order to reach a final agreement. Once the teams had reached an agreement, a mock press conference was held in the television studio where each team defended their work and answered questions on camera.

In the end, 2 winning teams were chosen by the participating students and prizes of 500 and 250 euros respectively have been awarded to those teams.