European Council

European Council

The European Council defines the EU's overall political direction and priorities. It is not one of the EU's legislative bodies, so the European Council does not negotiate or adopt EU laws. Instead the EC sets the EU's policy agenda, traditionally by adopting 'conclusions' during EC meetings. Conclusions shall identify issues of concern and actions to take. More recently, the EC adopted a 'strategic agenda' of priority areas for longer-term EU action and focus. The members of the EC are the 28 EU member states' heads of state or government, the European Council President and the President of the European Commission. The EC mostly takes its decisions by consensus. However, in certain specific cases outlined in the EU treaties, it decides by unanimity or by qualified majority. 

Level: Intermediate

Number of Delegates: 28 (or 27 - depending on UK withdrawal)

Topic A: Future of the EU as an energy union

Topic B: Future of the Schengen Area

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Youri is a student of BA International Studies at Leiden University Campus The Hague. He is from the Netherlands but grew up abroad. He loves playing D&D, watching Netflix and spending time with friends. Youri is an MUN enthusiast and has attended several conferences both as a chair and as a delegate. In 2017, he set up an MUN society at his campus and led it for a year. He has been a guide for many in terms of resolution writing, public speaking and rules of procedure. Youri can't wait to be at HamMUN again and make the European Council a fantastic experience for the delegates

Youri Moes

Peter Douglas Banks is a 2nd year European Studies student at Leiden University in The Netherlands. Originally from a tiny village in the English countryside, Peter takes a keen interest in U.K. politics as well as Dutch and European politics, and is a member of political parties in the U.K., The Netherlands, Luxembourg, and Switzerland. His MUN career began in Hamburg last year, and he has since attended three conferences in the Netherlands, the U.K., and Germany. Peter received the Best Delegate Award for his work on the European Council committee of MUNOTH, as well as Honourable Mentions at the LIMUN. Outside of academia, Peter enjoys cricket, rugby, folk music, and his beloved dog, Rosie.

Peter Banks