TOPIC A The Future of the European Commission After Brexit, 2020
TOPIC B The Greek Debt Crisis, 2009
DELEGATION SIZE Single
- Sanjay Srivatsan (he/him)
- Benjamin Jaffer (he/him)
The European Commission (EC) is the Executive body of the European Union. Containing 27 member countries and the President, the committee promotes the general interest of the EU by proposing and enforcing legislation as well as by implementing policies and allocating the EU budget. In addition, the European Commission can propose and enforce new laws, and represent the European Union in international bodies. The main purpose of the European Commission is to uphold European order and stability and manage the European Union’s finances.
Topic A: The Future of the European Commission After Brexit, 2020
The European Union has suffered a terrible blow after one of its most important members, the United Kingdom, voted to leave the EU in 2014. Delegates must now determine how to best move the European Union forward financially without a major economic partner, and determine how to deal with external security threats such as Russia. Delegates must also deal with negotiating the status of European laws and regulations in the UK, including the jurisdiction of the European Court of Human Rights. Delegates must also deal with Gibraltar the Ireland-Northern Ireland border, which are now technically international boundaries following Brexit.
Topic B: The Greek Debt Crisis, 2009
The Great Recession has struck Europe in a devastating fashion. Many of its members are now in severe debt, including Greece, which has recently defaulted on its debt. Greece’s entry to the Eurozone in 2001 was already troubling, as financially it did not meet all of the Maastricht standards necessary entry, including a debt higher than its GDP coinciding with a 3% budget deficit. The European Union is now facing the consequences of its lenient standards as a debt crisis now cripples the continent. It is up to delegates to determine whether to bail Greece out, or to force them to leave the Eurozone. Such a decision has both economic and political ramifications, as European representatives decide how important Greece is to the European community.