European Union

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 27 member states and many institutions from all over the gubernatorial spectrum, like the European Parliament, the 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 confederation with a say in the goings-on of the highest echelons of international politics and diplomacy.

This committee is specifically designed for intermediate and experienced delegates. Position papers, although strongly recommended, are not required. However, delegates who wish to be considered for an award must submit their position papers by February 7th, 2020, at 23:59 PST. More information about position papers can be found on page 3 of the Background Guide.

Topic A: The Rise of Illiberal Democracy (Click to show summary)

Topic B: A Post-Brexit Budget (Click to show summary)

Ben Kang

Ben Kang | Director

Ben is a Grade 10 student at St. George’s School and has the distinct honour of serving as the Director of the European Union for VMUN 2020. Ever since being dropped into the sea of MUN in Grade 7, Ben has constantly been enraptured by the unique debate, statecraft, and diplomacy that Model United Nations provides. From heated debates, to chaotic unmods and invigorating crises, Ben’s experiences as a delegate have left amazing memories forever ingrained, and he hopes this committee will do the same for you. When not making vociferous speeches or calling for decorum, Ben can be observed hacking vast quantities of grass with his golf clubs and attempting to learn Latin without cases or declensions. He wishes delegates the best in their forthcoming deliberations and looks forward to a weekend of fruitful debate.

Serena Chen

Serena Chen | Chair

​Currently in her senior year at Crofton House School, Serena is excited to be serving as the Chair of the European Union at VMUN 2020. After starting her Model UN journey in Grade 9, Serena has attended numerous conferences both as a delegate and staff member and has grown to love the vivid debates and intricate resolutions. Outside of MUN and school, Serena spends most of her time either attempting to make noise on her cello or trying not to roll her ankles on the basketball court. The majority of her free time is spent scouring Facebook for new food places to try in Vancouver, and rewatching episodes of Lucifer on Netflix while consuming copious amounts of coffee. Serena looks forward to meeting everyone at VMUN 2020 and hopes that it will be a memorable experience! ​

Angel Yuan

Angel Yuan | Assistant Director

Angel is currently a junior at Crofton House School and in her fourth year of Model United Nations. She is ecstatic to be serving as the Assistant Director of the European Union at VMUN 2020. Ever since starting her Model UN journey in Grade 8, she has grown to love the sleepless nights and intense debate. She hopes to help delegates discover a new side of themselves just like Model UN has done for her. When not cramming for tests, Angel enjoys volunteering in her community, staying up late rewatching Brooklyn Nine-Nine episodes, and getting judged by friends for watching food ASMR. Angel cannot wait to meet all the delegates and wishes everyone the best of luck at VMUN 2020!

You can contact the Director at Any questions regarding the committee or its debate procedures will be answered by email. Position papers must also be submitted to this address.

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