What is EU Model Torino?

EU Model Torino is a project dedicated to the EU law making procedure, designed to embrace the two typical moments of scientific learning: analytical on one hand, empirical on the other. All delegates are indeed invited to attend #EUKnow training sessions where renowned experts will provide them with a proper conceptual framework in the fields of Politics, Law, Economics and Informatics so as to proficiently take part in the Conference.

The peak of the entire activity will be the simulation itself. During 4 days of work, participants will debate the legislative proposals and simulate EU law-making by acting as Members of the European Parliament or Members of the Council of the European Union. The staff will be playing the role of the European Commission. For the 5th edition of EU Model Torino, the Press Corps will also be introduced in the Simulation, with a small group of participants working as journalists inside the Parliament and the Council.

The goal is to offer students all over Europe a new, exciting and educational conference simulating the actual work of EU bodies. With its sixth edition in 2020, EU Model Torino is the perfect occasion for beginners and experienced MUNers alike to test their decision-making, negotiation and persuasion skills. This simulation welcomes all those who aspire to reach a deep understanding of the decisional mechanisms of the institutions of the European Union and are curious about the proposed topic.

Your experience will be enriched by side events and social activities where delegates will be able to meet smart, like-minded, and fun-loving people. You will also have the chance to explore the wonderful city of Turin and take delight in its timeless art, its amazing architecture, its vibrant nightlife, and tasty cuisine.

#EUModelTorino is organized by the Executive Board of the Turin section of the Student Movement for the International Organization (M.S.O.I.), under the patronage and support of different institutions and organizations. Check the social media profiles at the bottom of the page to find out more about M.S.O.I. Torino.

The Work-Life Balance in the EU proposal provides a legal framework whose goal is to facilitate the balance of work and family life for workers who are parents or carers. It lays down minimum requirements for the Member States regarding parental leave, paternity leave and carers' leave, with measures that are directed to ensure gender equality and to promote it through specific bodies set up by the Member States. Indeed, the implementation of the principle of equality between men and women, with regard to labour market opportunities and treatment at work across the Union, cannot be sufficiently achieved by the Member States, but can rather, by reason of their scale and effects, be better achieved at the Union level.

This legislative act addresses various fields: labour law, social policies and gender equality. As a Memeber of the European parliament or a Representative in the Council of the EU, you will be called to cooperate in the ordinary legislative procedure in order to reach the best possible outcome for the benefit of your party or Member State. And do not forget that the delegates of the Press Corps will be able to influence your decisions!
Find out more about the EU Model Torino simulation structure below and let the games begin!

Summary of the structure

The European Union Model Torino 2020 aims to offer students from all over Italy and Europe a challenging firsthand experience of the daily functioning of the EU. During the Model participants, divided into three groups, will simulate the workings of the Parliament, the Council and the Press Corps, with the purpose of passing new EU legislation on the topic of the Work-Life Balance in the EU. The Model’s Chairs will represent the EU Commission, and it will start the procedure by making a proposal to the institutions, providing additional information and support to the discussion.

The Ordinary Legislative Procedure

The Model will simulate the ordinary legislative procedure, also referred to as the ‘co-decision procedure,’ in which the Council and the Parliament cooperate to adopt a legislative proposal. The co-decision was introduced with the Maastricht Treaty in 1992 and amended in 1999 by the Amsterdam Treaty; its objective is to grant the same decisional power to both the Parliament and the Council. After the Lisbon’s Treaty reform, the co-decision procedure has become the standard procedure, applied by EU institutions in most cases. In the co-decision procedure, both legislators have identical rights and obligations, and they have to approve the same text.

  • Regulation: has general application and is binding in its entirety. It is directly applicable in the EU member states.
  • Directive: sets out a goal for all member states, which each member states decides how to transpose into national legislation.
  • Decision: binding on those to whom it is addressed (member states or individual companies). It is directly applicable in the EU member states.

The Parliament

The European Parliament is directly elected by EU citizens every five years. It has 751 members and meets in plenary sessions once a month in Strasbourg. The Parliament also meets every month in Brussels in the form of topic-specific committees. The Parliament is chaired by a President elected among all 751 MEPs; the current President is David Sassoli, from the Group of the Progressive Alliance of Socialists and Democrats in the European Parliament.

Currently there are seven political groups inside the newly elected European Parliament: the group of the European People’s Party (EPP); the group of the Progressive Alliance of Socialists and Democrats (S&D); the European Conservatives and Reformists group (ECR); the Renew Europe group; the European United Left – Nordic Green Left group (GUE/NGL); the European Greens/European Free Alliance group (Greens/EFA); the Identity and Democracy group (ID). There is also a group of non-attached members, which counts 57 MEPs. Most of the Parliament’s in-depth work is carried out in the above-mentioned specialized committees, which prepare reports that are later to be voted on in the plenary sessions.

The Council

The Council of the EU is the institution representing the member states' governments. Also known informally as the EU Council, it is where national ministers from each EU country meet to negotiate and adopt EU laws, develop the EU's common foreign and security policy, conclude international agreements and coordinate member states’ policies.

The Council meets in 10 different configurations of 28 national ministers. The work of the Council is prepared by a body composed of permanent representatives (COREPER I or COREPER II), which monitors and co-ordinates work and deals with the Parliament on co-decision legislation. The Presidency of the Council, held by Malta, will be represented by the Secretariat.

Press Corps

The EU Model Press Corps is not an ordinary press team in which participants simply report what happened in the assigned organ. Members of the Press Corps will have the responsibility to act under the policy and ideology of a specific newspaper, creating reports, articles and interviews that are able to affect the future actions of the European Parliament and the Council of the European Union. Being a part of this new and exciting committee will also mean being backed up by the most experienced editors of MSOIthePost (the international affairs journal of M.S.O.I. Torino), who will help and support Press Corps members in every moment of their work.


The activities of EU Model Torino will be taking place in the United Nations Campus, of Turin, home of the ITC-ILO headquarters, the United Nations System Staff College headquarters and UNICRI offices. The complex was originally built in 1961 to celebrate the centenary of Italy’s unity. The buildings represented Italy’s regions and are indeed configured in the shape of a boot. Granted by the Italian government to the UN in 1964, the campus - now organized into five clusters representing the world's continents - welcomes people from all over the world to live and learn together in a stimulating international environment, being the only residential Campus of the UN. The Campus is located at just about 20 minutes from the city centre using public transports and is provided with state-of-the-art infrastructures and facilities. The Piedmont and Valle d'Aosta section of SIOI (the Italian Society of the International Organization), the senior branch of MSOI, currently has its own hedaquarter inside the Campus. -

Getting here

The Opening Ceremony of EU Model Torino 2020 will be held in Palazzo Lascaris, the seat of the Piedmont Regional Council since 1979, located at the heart of the City of Turin, between Piazza San Carlo and Piazza Solferino.

Tips for Preparation

In order to get prepared to EU Model Torino 2020 we invite you to take part to our #EUKnow preparatory conferences, that will take place in February and March, before the event. Further details about the conferences will be added soon to this website and on our social media pages.

Like any other academic activity, EU Model Torino requires a certain amount of preparation in order to experience the simulation to its utmost. If this is your first experience, this is not a problem as the simulation is thought to be an important moment of learning. However we strongly encourage all participants to build the background skills necessary to take part in the debate during the weeks before the conference.

After receiving confirmation of your partecipation you’ll be given a description of the specific profile you will be impersonating during the simulation, whether it be a Member of the European Parliament, a Member of the Council or of the Press Corps. This will constitute the essential compendium for your background, but this is only where the simulation begins! You will need to conduct an autonomous research in order to clarify and embrace your position on the issue and firmly stand up for it during the debate. During the first day of the EU Model Torino you will participate in a training session dedicated to the procedural rules of the EU institution you will be assigned. The accuracy of your preparation will emerge during the debate.

Please do not hesitate to contact a member of our staff for further clarifications on the procedure, the topic or your profile.