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Venice Universities’ Model European Union

First Edition


5-7 May 2017



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Under the high patronage of the European Parliament

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Venice International University, Ca' Foscari University of Venice, and the Venice Diplomatic Society, with the support of Europe Direct of the City of Venice and the collaboration of Bringing Europeans Together Association (BETA Italia), will organise the first edition of the Venice Universities' Model European Union on 5-7 May 2017.


The Model European Union is a simulation of the EU legislative procedure. The participants will adopt the roles of the members of the European Commission, European Parliament and Council of the European Union, following the steps of the ordinary legislative procedure by which directives and regulations are adopted.


The organizing committee chooses the sample proposals for Directives in advance, so that the participants will be well-prepared on arrival to the VeUMEU in May and whose focus reflects aspects of the European Commission's 2017 work programme to deliver “a Europe that protects, empowers and defends”, in particular priorities 3. “A resilient Energy Union with a Forward-Looking Climate Change Policy” and 7. “An Area of Justice and Fundamental Rights Based on Mutual Trust”.

For the 2017 edition the Directives that will be adopted for the simulation are:
• Proposal for a Directive on the promotion of the use of energy from renewable sources (2016/0382 (COD))
• Proposal for a Council Directive on implementing the principle of equal treatment between persons irrespective of religion or belief, disability, age or sexual orientation- COM (2008) 426:


The VeUMEU is an excellent opportunity for students to gain an understanding of multilateral diplomacy, and to hone their negotiating and leadership while practising public speaking.
Students will learn about the legislative process, rules of procedure, revision and introduction of amendments and how to draft EU Directives and Regulations.

Participants will act like real MEPs or Council delegates; a group of students will also form the Press Corps, reporting on developments during the weekend of activities.


The VeUMEU is organized with the support of Europe Direct of the City of Venice, for the Venetian celebrations of Europe Day, 5-25 May 2017.

This recurrence, now on its fifth edition, includes two important dates for the history of Europe: May 5, 1949 - the Council of Europe foundation by the Treaty of London - and May 9, 1950 - the launch of the European Union (former European Coal and Steel Community) with the "Schuman Declaration".

On this occasion, VIU will host the exhibition "The Founding Mothers and Fathers of the European Union" ("Le Madri e i Padri fondatori dell'Unione Europea"), that will be inaugurated on May 5 at 11 am.


Festa dell Europa 2017

See the full program for the Europe Day in Venice (pdf 1.62 MB)

Press release - Ita. (pdf 143.26 KB)

More details on Comune di Venezia website (Ita)






The participation is open to students of VIU member universities attending the Globalization Program and students from Ca’ Foscari, Iuav, Padova and Tor Vergata universities. This activity is compulsory for students attending the course at VIU S1716 Global Governance for Peace and Security, Cooperation and Development.


A seminar workshop in preparation of the MEU meeting will be organized by Ca’ Foscari and the Venice Diplomatic Society at VIU, San Servolo island on Saturday, April 8 (9am - 4 pm).

Participants must attend in full the three-day event (May 5-6-7) and the preparatory workshop, a certificate of attendance will be issued.


Applications are open to a limited number of participants and will be accepted between March 15 and March 30, 2017.



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altThe Venice Diplomatic Society (VDS) is a non-profit association created in 2015 by students of Ca’ Foscari University of Venice, Italy. The main aims of this association are giving students and citizens the chance of acknowledging the complex functioning of the greatest international organizations, introducing them to their inner dynamics, organising workshops to train them to speak in a foreign language in front of an international audience, debating on the hottest topics of the planet’s agenda – from current geopolitical crises to environmental issues, but also the theme of refugees, the allocation of foreign investments and violations of international law, gender equality, on-going conflicts and wars, human rights issues. It also puts students in contact with the reality of Model United Nations (Model UN or MUNs), which are extra-curricular activities where students play the role of Delegates of the United Nations and simulate the inner proceedings of UN committees. After the first VeUMUN on 2016, Venice Diplomatic Society is glad to announce the first edition of the simulation of European Union, VeUMEU 2017, with the collaboration of their new partner Bringing Europeans Together Association, BETA Italia.


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