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 partecipants 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 fifth edition in 2019, 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.

«Cyber-attacks can be more dangerous to the stability of democracies and economies than guns and tanks»
— President Jean Claude Juncker, State of the Union Speech 2017

Cybersecurity is definitely the most challenging aspect of defence in the 21st century. Nowadays it’s absolutely clear that information is a good, with an inestimable value, and as such has to be protected. In these years billions of sensible datas have been stored and shared by IT information networks across the Union, so many that they became the real functional core of the wide European Single Market. In a such integrated context, where Member States act in an unique exchange area, a common strategy on cybersecurity is necessary and unavoidable.

For these reasons the European Commission is proposing a package of measures, which includes a Directive aimed at improving a high common level of security of network and information systems across the European Union. Members of the European Parliament and of the Council of the European Union, now it is your time to act!

Summary of the structure

The European Union Model Torino 2019 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 two groups, will simulate the workings of the Parliament and the Council, with the purpose of passing new EU legislation on the topic of the European Cyber Defence. The Model’s Secretariat will represent the EU Commission, and it will start the procedure by making a proposal to both institutions and 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 Antonio Tajani, from the European People’s Party.

Currently there are seven political groups inside the European Parliament: the European People’s Party (EPP); the Progressive Alliance of Socialists and Democrats (S&D); the European Conservatives and Reformists (ECR); the Alliance of Liberals and Democrats for Europe (ALDE); the European United Left – Nordic Green Left (GUE); the European Greens/European Free Alliance (Greens); the Europe of Freedom and Direct Democracy (EFDD) and the Europe of Nations and Freedom (ENF). There is also a group of non-attached members, which counts 14 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.

Location

The activities of EU Model Torino will be taking place in the Campus Luigi Einaudi, set in the heart of the cultural and educational life of the city of Turin. The iconic building designed by the world-famous Foster&Partners opened its doors in 2012 and has been voted one of the best university campuses in the world. Its 45,000 square meters have been conceived with the most innovative architectural, environmental and energetic technologies. With the purpose of recreating the functioning of the three main European institutions, the activities will be held in three different areas within the campus:

  • Aula Magna: European Parliament
  • Room 3D233: Council of the European Union.
  • Law Department Meeting Room: Trilogue sessions

Getting here

Tips for Preparation

In order to get prepared to EU Model Torino 2019 we invite you to take part to our #EUKnow preparatory conferences, that will take place in March, before the event. Further details about the conferences will be added soon to this website and on our Facebook page.

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 the closure of applications 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 or a Member of the Council. 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.