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 are mandatory and must be submitted by April 17, 2022, at 23:59 PST. More information about position papers can be found on page 3 of the Background Guide.
Since its inception, the EU has established strong relations with the U.S. and Canada, reaping substantial economic and political benefits. However, transatlantic relations have recently soured, particularly during U.S. President Donald Trump’s administration. The U.S.’ withdrawals from key international organizations and its view of the EU as an economic competitor have created a division between both parties. While the U.S. and EU are currently working to improve transatlantic relations, certain countries are hesitant to re-establish strong connections, rather pursuing other relations such as investment deals with China. As transatlantic countries have driven world progression and stability in the past, it is essential for the EU to reassess the future direction of transatlantic relations.
Right-wing populism is the political ideology that perceives political and economic establishments as against the common citizen and is often characterized by nationalism, anti-immigration, and Euroscepticism—the criticism of the EU. After the Brexit Referendum, in which the UK voted to leave the EU, populist movements have risen all across Europe, garnering support at an alarming rate. Since then, parties have heavily criticized the feasibility of the EU, spreading misinformation on digital platforms and challenging international organizations and EU projects. As economic disparities, unemployment, and immigration rates continue to rise within Europe, populist movements are gaining more success than ever, threatening the sustainability of the EU as a whole.
Rachel Weng | Director
A Grade 11 student at Richmond Christian School, Rachel is honoured to be serving as the Director of the European Union. Ever since her first Model UN conference at VMUN 2020, she has been captivated by the fast-paced debate and the opportunity to explore global affairs. From nervous walks to the podium to actively raising her virtual placard on Zoom, Rachel deeply cherishes every experience she has had in MUN. In her free time, Rachel can be found impulsively baking, going on bubble tea excursions, and wallowing over seemingly endless syntax errors in her code. Rachel looks forward to an unforgettable weekend full of exhilarating debate and is beyond thrilled to welcome delegates to the European Union at VMUN 2022!
Anik Nielsen | Chair
A Grade 12 student at St. George’s School, Anik is honoured to serve as the Chair of the European Union at VMUN 2022. Since embarking on his Model United Nations journey over four years ago, he has grown immeasurably through his indulgence in the world of diplomacy, having delegated and staffed at an array of conferences. He hopes, as his Daises did for him, to make this iteration of VMUN a uniquely rewarding weekend for each and every delegate, regardless of their prior MUN experience. Outside of MUN, Anik is passionate about music, food, politics, and sports such as basketball, soccer, football. Anik eagerly looks forward to a memorable conference filled with spirited debate!
Katrina Sun | Assistant Director
Currently in her Grade 12 year at West Point Grey Academy, Katrina is overjoyed to serve as the Assistant Director of the EU at VMUN 2022. Since attending her first MUN conference in 2016, Katrina has been continually amazed and inspired by the stimulating debate of Model United Nations. Discovering both lifelong friends and new outlooks on international affairs, she hopes to motivate every delegate to step out of their comfort zones and be outspoken while discussing each fascinating topic. In her spare time, you can find Katrina visiting beaches around Vancouver, eating hot pot, or taking many, many naps. She is looking forward to meeting all of you for a weekend of riveting discussions and diplomacy.
You can contact the Director at email@example.com. Any questions regarding the committee or its debate procedures will be answered by email. Position papers must also be submitted to this address.