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 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.
Across the Union, a new phenomenon has arisen and a new threat is emerging: illiberal democracy. Described by many EU officials as democratic backsliding, the rise of illiberalism in Europe has steadily amassed concerns from EU members. In the past decade, many illiberal governments have come to power, quickly consolidating political control and establishing hegemony. Ranging from hostile takeovers of the judiciary to the censorship of media, illiberalism has permeated Europe and edged countries closer to authoritarian rule. At the heart of this issue in Europe are two EU member states: Hungary and Poland. With both countries garnering international scrutiny for passing invasive laws, the EU will have to find ways to subdue waves of illiberalism, both presently, and in the future.
With a recent rise in anti-EU sentiments across the continent, the EU’s existence as a supranational organization is increasingly under threat. Differences in opinion on the handling of continent-wide problems—ranging from terrorism to immigration—have led Europeans to question the EU’s purpose, and more concerningly, the necessity of the EU. Thus, in a time fraught with skepticism and instability, the EU stands precariously at a crossroads. The next EU budget, from 2021-2027, will determine whether the EU succeeds or is deemed a failed experiment. The initiatives, investments, and actions the EU undertakes in this budget will either stand testament to the EU’s effectiveness, or will fan the flames of eurosceptic discontent.
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 | 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 | 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 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.