Model European Union Strasbourg

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Model European Union Strasbourg
MEUS 2017 logo.png
Type NGO – Simulation
Purpose Education
Official language
Director General
Francesca Maria Risso
Deputy Directors General

Marie Colombani

Karen Marie Højgaard Østerby
Website Official Website

Model European Union Strasbourg (MEUS) is the original simulation of the European Union’s legislative process organised by BETA France. It was initiated in the spring of 2007 by a group of university students and has since developed to be the World’s largest and most authentic simulation of the EU’s decision-making process.[1] The conference annually gathers around 180 young people from across Europe in the Seat of the European Parliament in Strasbourg, France.


Model European Union Strasbourg Conference 1.jpg

Model European Union Strasbourg is a simulation of European Union Politics and legislative procedures. It usually features two legislative proposals for a Directive or a Regulation, which are selected by each year's organising team on basis of importance and currency of the topics.

Participants are divided into Members of Parliament(MEPs), Ministers of the Council of the European Union, Interpreters, Journalists and Lobbyists in order to negotiate the directive or regulation according to their interests.

Throughout the course of the week, participants discuss, debate, negotiate and try to reach a compromise on the given proposals. This is achieved by following exactly the same procedures that actual MEPs follow in the exact setting and location of the European Parliament. Thus, the conference takes place in the European Parliament building in Strasbourg, France.

Additionally, Model European Union Strasbourg has its own newspaper which covers not only the legal procedure, but also provides interviews with stakeholders and background information. The journalist team of each edition chooses the name for the newspaper and the whole team contributes to a daily issue of the newspaper. Additionally, there is a press conference taking place on a daily basis in which journalists can ask questions. Not only is this helpful for the journalists, but it makes it easier for all stakeholders to keep up with the development of the negotiations in both chambers.

Organising team[edit]

MEUS 2016 organising team

Each year the conference is organised by a different group of young people with different nationalities and backgrounds which voluntarily contribute to the conference in teams with a certain field of tasks.

The organising team is selected primarily by the Director General and the Deputy Director General of each year's MEUS which are appointed by BETA France (Bringing Europeans Together Association),[2] the main organiser of Model European Union Strasbourg since 2018: until 2017 Model European Union Strasbourg was organised by BETA e.V.

The organising team for the 2018 version consist of 60 volunteers from over 25 countries.[3]

BETA France[edit]

Bringing Europeans Together Association France (BETA France) is a politically independent non-profit association based in Strasbourg, France. It emerged as a sister organisation to BETA e.V.[4] The association aims at enabling all young people to engage in a diverse, connected and inclusive Europe. It follows this priority as by bringing together young people from different backgrounds, ensuring cultural diversity, the organisation allows young people to create long-lasting international friendships, and to enter into dialogue, which is extremely important, taking into account challenges that Europe is currently facing and will face in the future.


The first conference successfully took place between the 4th and 10 March 2007 and has grown ever since.

Organisers No of applications No of Participants Countries Present Topic A Topic B
2007 AEGEE N/A 150 N/A Regulation of a Funding Instrument for the Western Balkans (incl.: Kosovo Listed Among Recipient Countries) Regulation on the Recognition of "Non-Formal Education"
2008 Informal group of young people 250 100 25 Regulation for Compulsory Licensing of Patents Relating to the Manufacture of Pharmaceutical Products Directive on the Laws, Regulations and Administrative Provisions Relating to the Advertisement and Sponsorship of Alcoholic Products
2009 BETA e.V. 400 120 26 Act Concerning the Election of the Members of the European Parliament by Direct Universal Suffrage Regulation on Setting Emission Performance Standards for New Passenger Cars to Reduce CO2 Emissions from Light-Duty Vehicles
2010 BETA e.V. 800 180 27 Regulation on Genetically Modified Food and Feed Directive on Common Standards and Procedures for Returning Illegally Staying Third-Country Nationals
2011 BETA e.V. 1076 180 27 Directive on the Application of Patient's Rights in Cross-Border Healthcare[5][6][7] Directive on Working Conditions of Temporary Workers
2012 BETA e.V. 998 193 29 Directive on the use of Passenger Name Record data for the prevention, detection, investigation and prosecution of terrorist offences and serious crime Regulation establishing a European Agency for the Management of Operational Co-operation at the External Borders
2013 BETA e.V. 750 182 27 Proposal for a Directive of the European Parliament and of the Council on collective management of copyright and related rights and multi-territorial licensing of rights in musical works for online uses in the internal market[8] Simulation of Croatia’s EU membership accession negotiations
2014 BETA e.V. 745 173 30 Negotiations towards a European Social Fund Regulation Negotiating Mandate for a Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP)
2015 BETA e.V. 527 146 31 The Creation of a European Banking Union The General Data Protection Regulation
2016 BETA e.V. 485 176 41 Refugee Crisis [9] Biofuels and Indirect Land Use Change (ILUC)[10]
2017 BETA e.V. 392 167 40 Third country nationals’ access to the internal market Countering terrorism
2018 BETA France n.a n.a n.a Privacy in electronic communications Work Life Balance

Participation criteria[edit]

MEUS 2016 DG Morten Munch Jespersen at the Charlemagne Youth Prize award ceremony with Martin Schulz

Residents of any of the 28 Member States of the European Union, EFTA , EEA countries and Turkey, Macedonia and the Erasmus + Partner countries (Western Balkans, Eastern Partnership Countries, South-Mediterranean Countries, and the Russian Federation)[11] between the age of 18 and 26 are eligible to apply to take part in Model European Union Strasbourg. Such criteria are to maintain the project's goal of youth inter-European learning and networking. All applications are done online via the website.


Model European Union partners up with other (youth) organisations which among others include different universities, student organisations, NGOs, various student simulations of the United Nations and the EU, but also major youth organisations as AEGEE,JEF, AIESEC or Erasmus Student Network (ESN).[12]

Furthermore, the conference was supported by high-range EU politicians such as Martin Schulz, José Manuel Barroso, Hans-Gert Pöttering and Herman van Rompuy.


Model European Union Strasbourg was one of the National winners of the European Charlemagne Youth Prize 2010 and 2016.

The Model European Union Strasbourg 2015 edition, was selected by the European Commission as a success story because it was judged as having a strong fit with the aims and objectives of the grants, including in relation to policy relevance, impact, transferability, innovation and sustainability and / or the communication of project results.[13]


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  10. ^ "Directive (EU) 2015/1513 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 9 September 2015 amending Directive 98/70/EC relating to the quality of petrol and diesel fuels and amending Directive 2009/28/EC on the promotion of the use of energy from renewable sources (Text with EEA relevance)". 15 September 2015.
  11. ^ "Erasmus+ Programme Guide" (PDF).
  12. ^ "Partners - Model EU Strasbourg". Retrieved 2016-08-27.
  13. ^ "Erasmus+ Project Results". Retrieved 2017-12-17.