Each school's team is made up of 3 students, with 2 students speaking during the debate and a third member of the team acting as an adviser, taking notes and preparing questions for and responses to other Member States.
The mock proposal to be debated is a simplified version of the 2011 Commission proposal on the topic of financial transaction tax. Competing students and their teachers have been encouraged to research and adopt the official position of the assigned Member State to add realism to the debate.
The winning team on the day will be invited to bring their classmates to Strasbourg in France to participate in the European Parliament's Euroscola project in September 2012. This project allows students from the EU's 27 Member States to work together for a day, just as the MEPs would in the European Parliament. Students in the runner-up team will each receive a small prize also.
The Model Council of the European Union is an annual debate which has been organised by the European Commission Representation in Dublin each year since 2007.