Formed in 1993 by the Maastricht Treaty, the European Union is one of the most powerful economic and regional unions in the world. It has 28 member states, the latest one being Croatia, which joined the EU on the first of July 2013. It has many institutions from all over the gubernatorial spectrum, like the European Parliament, European Court of Justice, and the European Commission. The European Union’s goal is to expand as much as possible, until one day it hopefully includes every European state, while promoting strong economic and political relations between its countries. Its mandate is to pool together the sovereignty of its members, most of which were once global superpowers that have now individually diminished, and create a powerful European state that has a say in the goings-on of the highest echelons of international politics and diplomacy. The EU votes by consensus, meaning that a directive (resolution) will fail if even one member-state votes against it.
This committee is designed for both beginners and experienced delegates alike. Position papers, although strongly recommended, are not required. However, delegates who wish to be considered for an award must submit their position papers by Sunday, January 7, 2018, at 23:59. More information about position papers will be found on page 3 of each Background Guide.
Europe has always been a centre of demographic change and migration. While these migrants often faced hardships, they contribute greatly in crafting new cultural dynamics which ultimately resulted in a healthier, more diverse Europe. Given its proximity to areas wracked by civil strife in the Middle East and North Africa and its high standards of living and robust economic systems, Europe is often the destination for refugees and economic migrants. As a result of renewed civil conflict in the Middle East and North Africa, millions of foreign-born civilians are entering Europe in search of safety and a better life. This incites divisive debates about national policy in accepting the refugees within EU nations and has resulted in a resurgence of radical, right-wing, nationalist parties within Europe. Delegates must recognize the multitude of issues in dealing with the immigration crisis, ranging from the economic to the humanitarian aspects. Solutions must be multifaceted to both deal with the current crisis and allow smoother integration into European society in the future.
Zehan Zhou | Director
Zehan (name meaning “one who gives greatly”) is currently a Grade 12 student at St. Georges. In his spare time, Zehan can be found engaged in a variety of pursuits besides MUN, ranging from skiing in Cypress Mountain to biking around the Seawall to training animals to even musing over the works of Caesar and Cicero. Zehan is a proud gourmand, a speaker of four living languages(English, Chinese, French, German), and a student of a dead one (Latin), a lover of nature, and a proud member of the Baip ethnic minority in China. Zehan truly hopes that all delegates may come to enjoy the lively debate and the cultural beauty that the European Union may provide.
Kevin Zuo | Chair
Kevin Zuo is a grade 12 student currently attending Fraser Heights Secondary. He is honoured to serve as the chair of EU at VMUN 2018 and is beyond excited to meet all the delegates attending the conference. Kevin has been an active participant of MUN ever since his passion for public speaking compelled him to join in his grade 8 year; since then, he has staffed on multiple occasions. In his spare time, Kevin can be found debating, reading, volunteering, as well as playing the piano for leisure and relaxation; a healthy dose of web surfing also helps him through the day. He cannot wait for VMUN 2018, where he will commit his utmost effort to ensure that all participants have a rewarding time.
Celina Chen | Assistant Director
Currently a senior at Pinetree Secondary, Celina is absolutely thrilled to be serving as the AD for the EU at VMUN 2018. Ever since her first conference back in 2014, she has been mesmerized by Model UN and everything that it encompasses. Although she only spoke a total of 3 times at that conference, she was still fascinated and encouraged by the welcoming, friendly individuals around her. Thus, Celina strongly believes that the experiences and memories one receives through partaking in MUN is truly life changing, and hopes to share that ideology with as many people as possible. When she isn’t busy doing something unproductive, you can find her binging Korean dramas, on a long rant with a friend, or very, very rarely, sleeping at a reasonable time of day.
You can contact the Director at firstname.lastname@example.org. Any questions regarding the committee or its debate procedures will be answered by email. Position papers must also be submitted to this address.