European Union (1999) EU
GROUP: Online Traditional (Medium)
- Topic A: European Citizenship
- Topic B: Transportation of Goods
TOPIC A European Citizenship
TOPIC B Transportation of Goods
DELEGATION SIZE Double
- Josh Neudorf
- Zian Li
The European Union is a political and economic union in Europe that currently has 27 member countries. It has successfully developed a market where people, goods, services and capital can be moved freely throughout member states. It also enacts legislation to maintain common policies on trade, agriculture, fisheries, and regional development.
The European Union was formally established after the Maastricht Treaty was signed in 1993. This treaty marked the beginning of the process of creating a closer union in Europe. It laid the foundation of many cooperations between European countries. In this committee, the treaty is just signed and the countries are discussing how to execute it. No matter which of the two topics is chosen to discuss in this committee, please keep in mind that the European Union is always looking to recruit new members.
Topic A The treaty states that every citizen in the member countries can have European Citizenship. Thus they have the right to live and travel freely between member states. Most importantly, they can vote and stand as a candidate in both the local and the country they live in. This must have caused a lot of conflicts in countries, for now foreigners can participate in their political movements. As no country will want visiting tourists to vote for the next president, delegates will debate on how to execute this clause while protecting the interest of their countries.
Topic B The European Union is trying to set up an international market between its member countries. Now that they have agreed to a common currency, the next step for the countries is to establish efficient transportation of goods. As the union is forming, the countries can simplify the process of transporting to attract firms to participate in a market that is still in theory. Think about means of transport, trains, planes, or cargo ships. Think about routes, is there any space of improvement or new ones?
(Nota bene:This committee will include limited crisis elements. Though no previous experience is required, it will be helpful if the delegates can learn the procedures beforehand.)