Mock Council 2013
Mock Council of the European Union Schools are invited to participate in the annual mock Council of the European Union meeting. This prestigious event is once again being organised by the British Council and the European Commission Office in Northern Ireland. We would like you to nominate a small group of students to role-play a mock meeting of the Council of the European Union. The mock Council will take place on Friday 18 October 2013 in the Senate Chamber in Parliament Buildings, Stormont.
The Presidency of the Council of the European Union is currently held in turn by each member state for a period of six months. From the 1st January 2013 until the 30th June 2013, the Republic of Ireland will hold the Presidency with Lithuania taking over on the 1st July 2013.
Who should attend? We would like you to identify a small team of three students and one teacher to participate in the October event. This is a restricted event with space for only 29 schools; 28 schools representing one of the current member states and 1 school chosen to represent the Secretariat General and the European Commission.
The students will be expected to participate in a live debate on two topical European subjects with students from other schools from across Northern Ireland. Further information about the event will be distributed to registered schools in the current academic year but the scenario and agenda of the debate will not be distributed until the beginning of September 2013. The event is aimed at 16-18 year olds and would be of interest to a team of students with an interest in European affairs or politics. By participating in the initiative, the students will find out more about the workings of the main decision-making body of the European Union. They will also get a chance to practice their debating and diplomacy skills in a realistic setting in the Senate Chamber in Parliament Buildings observed by teachers and students from the twenty-nine participating schools.
Registration; If you would like your school to participate, please register before Friday 17 May 2013. You will then be sent further information about the event and background information on the workings of the Council. To get a feel for the event, you can watch last year’s webcast on www.britishcouncil.org/nireland
Before registering please check that the date does not clash with school diary commitments as places are strictly limited. Please also ensure that you have senior management support confirming your participation in the event and ensure that your school principal has signed the form before submitting.
Please complete and sign the application form below and send via post - details on form.Schools Newsletter 2011-2012
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