The Model European Union Mainz (MEUM) takes “Experiencing Europe” to another level. During a four-day simulation, participants assume roles of the Ministers of the Council of the European Union (CEU) or of the members of the European Parliament (EP), while two experienced attendees act as European Commissioners.

 

Mirroring the actual legislative processes, real EU directive are proposed to be discussed and amended. Being one of the oldest EU simulation projects, this 12th edition of MEUM launched its call as a FORTHEM collective short-term mobility and attracted about 50 international students from nine countries who met in Mainz from 22nd to 26th June.

Once again, the student organisation “Bringing Europeans Together Association“ (BETA), alongside professor Michèle Knodt from TU Darmstadt and professor Arne Niemann and his team from JGU, were instrumental in coordinating the MEUM 2022. The legislation proposals chosen for this year’s debate covered subjects such as reaching climate neutrality and reforming migration policies. This made for intense and controversial debates.

Arne Niemann stresses the value of the MEUM format: holding sessions and discussing within the model chambers, allows students to become more knowledgeable and gives them a real idea of the demanding process involved in reaching international and intercultural consensus.

To balance out the full days of debating, voting, and defending the subsequent amendments, participants relaxed in the evening with social activities like wine tasting and visiting local garden pubs. Thanks to clever timing, participants also had the opportunity to enjoy one of the highlights in the city’s events calendar: the “Johannisnacht Mainz”. It’s a four-day celebration around St John’s Eve with concerts and carnivals dedicated to the city’s famous son and JGU namesake Johannes Gutenberg. The participants spent their final evening together at the traditional “European Night”, sharing dishes and stories about their home countries.