European flags in front of the Berlaymont building, headquarters of the European commission in Brussels.

Venice Universities’ Model European Union

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.