MEU ALBANIA 2011
Model European Union Albania 2011
Tirana, November 8-13, 2011
From 8-13 November, for the first time in the region, in Tirana, Albania more than 120 selected participants from EU and non EU countries participated in the simulation of the EU institutions, Model European Union Albania 2011. The activity was organized by JEF – ALBANIA Section and CIVITAS Foundation.
For 5 consecutive days the participants learned about the proceedings of EU and European democratic processes. The main purpose of the conference was a simulation of decision-making process of the EU, mainly concentrated in the usual legislative procedures between the European Parliament and European Council. The MEU Simulation was held inside the buildings of Kristal University and Albanian Parliamentary buildings.
During the conference, participants played the roles of Ministers of the Member States of the EU (Consilium), European Parliament MEPs (Parlamentuem Europaeum), lobbyists and journalists. The conference of the Model European Union 2011 it was more than simply a process of informal learning focusing on European Union. Participants had the opportunity to practice and improve their negotiating and English-speaking skills. Above all, they experienced a truly European atmosphere, being in contact with different cultures and disseminating stereotypes and prejudices.
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During the simulation of the Consilium and the European Parliament, two were the proposal that discussed during the simulation:
- Returns Directive Directive 2008/115/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council on common standards and procedures in Member States for returning illegally staying third-country national.
- Instrument for Pre-Accession Assistance (IPA) Council Regulation (EC) 1085/2006 establishing an Instrument for Pre-Accession Assistance. Format After the official opening ceremony of MEU-ALBANIA 2011 Conference, participants were informed with the rules and procedures for debate and participation in the workshop titled “debating skills”.