Cambridge Model European Council 2010
5th February - 7th February 2010
Applications for CMEC 2010 are no longer open as it has unfortunately not been possible to find a suitable venue for the conference.
We hope to run the CMEC again in 2011 and we hope to see you there!
For seven years running the Cambridge Model European Council (CMEC) has been a
highly popular and successful conference run by the CUEUS that has attracted
students from all over Europe.
As in previous years, about 150 students from all over Europe will descend on
Cambridge, in late February, to learn from each other and to find
out how difficult negotiating and compromising really is in the world of
European politics. Assuming the roles of Commissioners, Heads of Government/State, and
Ministers, they will debate a wide range of issues on the European agenda, from
foreign affairs to the Common Agricultural Policy.
This weekend offers a unique chance to learn about Europe and its
institutions. There is much room for idealism, but, going by experience, the
horse-trading that develops between delegations brings you closer to the reality
of politics than you might have hoped! However, a rich framework programme including
a Cambridge-style formal hall offers plenty of opportunities
to meet the other delegates, make friends, and overcome diplomatic deadlocks...
The conference is entirely organised by students; students will take all the
roles in our simulation - and students will also report on proceedings and
decisions in the role of journalists. The ministers will have to declare
themselves in interviews and press conferences, and some will no doubt use the
press skilfully to their ends. The control exercised by the journalists is a
vital ingredient to the realistic atmosphere of the conference.