There are three different types of position available, and we are sure that
there will be something that suits you. Have a read through and see what
intrigues you. Each job will need preparation, but you will certainly
get a lot out of it too! The Commisioners jobs listed below have now been taken, but the description remains since it is useful for applicants to know all of the roles.
Commissioners are at the heart of the conference. They prepare three major
proposals, which will be discussed on the Discussion Board. The final proposal
will be taken to the Conference, and each Council will vote on whether to
accept, reject or amend the three proposals.
Since Commissioners play such a crucial part in determining the content of
the Conference they are selected very early, and all positions have now been filled..
Heads of Government (or State)
In a slight change to previous years, and to make the terminology reflect that used
in the real European Council, the term 'Head of Government' will be used for all countries
except Cyprus, France and Finland, which will be represented by a 'Head of State'. Their
roles will of course be identical, and they will meet in the 'General Affairs Council'.
As a Head of Government (or State), your most important responsibility is to assemble a
delegation that will represent your country. Take them out for a drink, get them
to know each other, oh, and don't forget to discuss the proposals of course!
Each country has to have a National Agenda, which should reflect the
real-life interests of its country. As Head of Government (or State) you need to make sure that your ministers
act in accordance with these principles. You will also have to defend your own
and your ministers’ actions in press conferences, in which the press has the
potential of unravelling any inconsistencies.
Finally, it is in the General Affairs Council that the really important and current political
issues are discussed. You are most likely to get your hands on the infamous
European Constitution, and who knows what else will be on the agenda this year…
A by no means less important role is played by the Ministers. You will
discuss the proposals, you will negotiate even the smallest changes, and you
will have the final vote. You can give your Commissioner grief about his
proposals, and you can choose who your allies are.
Once the first draft of the proposals is posted on the website, the
discussion starts, and you can let them know what you and your country thinks of
them. This is the chance for you to ask for amendments and make innovative
suggestions that should be implemented in the final proposals. Find out who your
friends are, and where you will have opportunities to bargain at the conference
Don't be fooled into thinking that big countries with many votes are all too
important, because it is often the small ones that play the decisive role!
There will only be a small number of journalists (around a dozen). Ministers will need to
declare themselves in interviews and press conferences, and the control
exercised by the journalists is a vital ingredient to the realistic atmosphere
of the conference.
Two journalists will closely follow each Council and write about its
progress, as well as the animosities and all the juicy gossip. Our own newspaper
will be printed at the end of the conference so that everyone can take a copy of
those stories home, and our journalists will, no doubt, be remembered for their
breaking news and wit, which will make them a joy to read.
|| Ministers present
| General Affairs
|| Heads of Government (or State)
| External Relations and International Development
|| Foreign Affairs Ministers
| Economic and Financial Affairs
|| Finance Ministers
| Justice and Home Affairs
|| Home Affairs Ministers
| Environment, Energy and Transport
|| Environment, Energy and Transport Ministers