Friday 9 March: Model Council of the European Union, Dublin Castle
The Model Council of the European Union debate for secondary schools will take place on Friday, 9 March in the Printworks Conference Centre in Dublin Castle.
The Model Council is an annual debate for secondary schools organised by the European Commission Representation in Ireland. It is a simulation of a meeting of the Council of the European Union and involves teams from 28 secondary schools, each of which represents an EU Member State. The event allows schools to gain first-hand experience of the EU's decision-making process.
The event will be formally opened by Minister of State for European Affairs, Helen McEntee TD. Former Secretary-General of the European Commission, Catherine Day will chair the debate. The debate judges are Noelle O'Connell, Executive Director of the European Movement Ireland and Mary McCaughey, Head of Information and Communication in the European Foundation for the Improvement of Living and Working Conditions.
The theme of the 2018 debate is the Future of Europe. Schools will debate a simplified version of the European Commission's 2017 White Paper: The future of Europe – Reflections and scenarios for the EU27 by 2025.
The winning team will receive a prize of a 'Euroscola' visit for their class to the European Parliament in Strasbourg in autumn 2018. Euroscola allows students aged 16-18 from the 28 EU Member States become 'an MEP for a day'.