MEU in a Nutshell

European Politics Simulation

Model European Union Strasbourg is the original simulation of European politics. 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. The intense, weeklong conference is held at the seat of the European Parliament in Strasbourg – a city that symbolises the unification of Europe and embodies the values of the European Union. During the conference, they have the chance to interact with each other in a professional and friendly environment, where they can truly comprehend the internal functioning of the EU.

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During the conference, 150 participants have the chance to interact with each other in a professional and friendly environment, where they can truly comprehend the internal functioning of the EU. Each year they debate two real-life legislative proposals drafted by the European Commission and simulate the EU decision making process by taking on the roles of:

  • Members of the European Parliament
  • Ministers of the Council
  • Lobbyists
  • Journalists
  • Interpreters

MEU is not only a unique educational project that gives its participants the opportunity to develop their skills in debating, communication and lawmaking in a truly international setting. It is also a place where lifelong friendships are formed and where the true spirit of European integration flows!

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This event offers a fantastic opportunity to experience first­hand how the European Institutions operate, and to come together, from across the continent, to make links and to break down national barriers (...)This is certainly a once­in­a-lifetime chance to gain a deep understanding of the founding principles of the EU, and to really develop your European identity - so grab it with both hands.

- Cecilia Malmström, European Commissioner for Trade

During your time in Strasbourg, you will get a taste of what it is like to be a part of the legislative process: the cut and thrust of debate, the challenge of working in 23 official languages, the scrutiny of the press, the need for compromise and agreement. I hope that the experience will be enriching and enlightening; maybe it will even persuade some of you that a career in the EU is for you!

- Maroš Šefčovič, European Commissioner for Interinstitutional Relations and Administration

Cela est un outil, parmi d'autres, pour contribuer à combattre cette idée que l'Europe est une machine coupée des citoyens, alors même que nous, députés européens, prenons chaque jour des décisions qui influent sur le quotidien de 500 millions d'Européennes et d'Européens. Pour ces raisons, les simulations législatives comme le Model European Union, qui permettent à des étudiants de se mettre à la place des décideurs européens, sont d'excellentes initiatives.

- Sylvie Guillaume, Member of the European Parliament


  • enjoyed the conference 100%

  • find the conference realistic and professional 96%

  • would recommend the conference to someone else 98%

  • say it has improved their understanding of the EU 95%

  • find the conference well organised 94%


One of the most amazing experiences of my life.

Best decision in my professional career as interpreter.

An incredible experience that makes you grow on many different levels.

Absolutely enlightening and stimulating. It shows what great things young people are able to do.

Challenging, exhausting but definitely worth it: The best experience in my life.

The best simulation of European Politics out there.

Simply amazing