A Weekend in the EU: MEU Blagoevgrad Vol.2
For a second consecutive year, Model European Union Blagoevgrad (MEU) took place in AUBG’s Balkanski Academic Center. In a span of three days, April 1-3, and with more than 100 participants from over 15 countries, the event attempted to simulate the European Union functions.
In this year’s MEU Blagoevgrad, the participants were separated in groups to represent the European Parliament (EP) and the Council of the European Union, simulating their members’ functionalities and duties. The topic of the event was the EU’s GMO approach. The MEU Blagoevgrad’s team members drafted a proposal of the European Commission (EC) and presented it to the participants.
For Lisa Glybchenko, a second-year student, the debates were her favorite part of the event. She noted that the conference provided her with interesting insights. However, she preferred to have “more representatives of each EU body to participate in the trialogue meeting, so that [they] all get the experience.”
“It is very interesting to see your friends in life turn into fighters for some country’s interests for the three days of the conference. Stepping out of your normal life and taking on a role of the whole country is a unique experience in terms of responsibility and the knowledge you get while participating in the conference,” she said.
For the first time, MEU Blagoevgrad introduced the duties of lobbyists. They were representing different pro- and anti-GMO interests, and various NGOs’ agendas. After the proposal of the European Commission, both the European Parliament and the Council of the EU discussed it simultaneously.
“I was in the Council of the EU. I represented Netherlands, which holds the rotating presidency of the Council. The proposal was approved by both parties and everything was good,” Petar Georgiev, President of MEU Blagoevgrad, said.
Towards the end of the conference, both institutions made several amendments to the proposal and approved it.
Carl Addoumieh, a second-year student, said that although “the organizers needed to double check their facts, the organization was great.”
“I loved the key speakers. [But] I think we needed a bigger time frame,” he said.