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 January 22nd, 2021, at 23:59 PST. More information about position papers can be found on page 3 of the Background Guide.
In the past decade, relations between the European Union and Turkey have steadily deteriorated. Through the unravelling of many critical events, Turkey’s democracy has been systemically dismantled, as President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan empowered himself with the ability to control the legislative, judicial, and executive branches of the Turkish government. These actions have deeply concerned the EU; as a result, Turkey’s accession talks were suspended, damaging the EU-Turkey relationship. Despite the dire condition of Turkey’s political climate, Turkey’s roles in counter-terrorism and the refugee crisis have deemed itself an irreplaceable partner to the EU. The future of Europe now hinges on the EU’s ability to repair relations with Turkey.
In the wake of the Syrian refugee crisis, immigrant populations in Europe have skyrocketed. As such, the smooth economic and social integration of newcomers is of utmost importance to EU leaders. In many member states, ensuring the capacity to address the needs of a suddenly growing and diverse group of refugees—many of whom lack basic skills—has proven to be a sizeable challenge. Concurrently, this unique situation has opened up opportunities for innovative solutions involving a wide range of stakeholders. As migration to Europe evolves due to increasing mobility, immigrants will only continue to diversify. EU member states must address this new phenomenon by implementing a constructive resolution to aid the millions of immigrants that currently reside in Europe.
Austin Ma | Director
Austin is a junior at St. George’s School and is beyond thrilled to be serving as the Director of the European Union. Since venturing into the bureaucratic battlefields in grade seven, Austin has quickly developed a strong affinity for this non-spectator sport. From the exhilarating midnight crises to the breathtaking speeches that would take place in the committee room, Austin has learned to truly cherish and appreciate every aspect of Model United Nations. When not navigating through the turbulent seas of schoolwork, Austin can be found swinging a badminton racket, rewatching an iconic Nolan, or spending quality time with friends. Austin is looking forward to what is certainly going to be another exceptional iteration and hopes that everyone has a memorable and enriching experience at VMUN 2021!
Jasmine Yang | Chair
Currently a senior at Juanita High School, Jasmine is thrilled to be serving as the chair of the European Union at VMUN 2021. Jasmine’s Model UN journey began her freshman year, since which, she has grown to love diplomacy, the ardent debate, and the sleepless weekends. Outside of Model UN, Jasmine can be found surfing, hitting the slopes, at volleyball tournaments, and spending way too much time shopping. She looks forward to a successful weekend filled with unforgettable memories and passionate debate. Jasmine can’t wait to meet everybody and is ecstatic to welcome delegates to the European Union at VMUN 2021.
Finn Meiklejohn | Assistant Director
Finn is currently a senior at Rockridge Secondary School. For his third year of Model United Nations, he is thrilled to be serving as the Assistant Director of the European Union at VMUN 2021. Since grade 10, he has met so many amazing people through the wondrous world of MUN and has been a participant in many fantastic discussions. In his free time, Finn enjoys reading with a lovely cup of tea, staying up until 2 am for the next music video release of his most beloved artists, and going on lengthy walks whilst making opinionated remarks on the architecture around him. Finn is honoured to be a part of this year’s iteration of VMUN and cannot wait to see you all in committee!
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.