Application Guide

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The application period is open from 5th December 2014 until 21th January 2015!


Please read the notes of guidance carefully before starting your application

Download the Application Guide: (available soon)

In order to successfully complete your application, you must:

- Fill out the online Application form: or

- Write a short motivation letter (250 worlds ±10%)*

- Answer ONE essay question (500 words ±10%, no endnotes)*

- Upload any document required for your application

*This does not apply to Interpreters, Photojournalists, Videojournalists - please see the specific requirements below.

Notes of guidance

 1. General

In order to participate, you need to have your application submitted and accepted, be able to cover your travel costs both to and from Strasbourg and pay the 150€ participation fee. The participation fee covers the accommodation in Strasbourg as well as breakfasts and lunches, social events and transportation within the city.

Anyone holding a valid short-term or long-term residence permit in one of the following states is eligible to apply:

all 28 European Union member states,

EEA Countries (Norway, Liechtenstein, Iceland and Switzerland),

Eastern Partnership Countries (Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Moldova, Ukraine),

Southern Mediterranean Countries (Algeria, Egypt, Israel, Jordan, Lebanon, Libya, Morocco, Palestine, Syria, Tynisia),

Western Balkan Countries (Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Kosovo, Montenegro, Serbia),

Republic of Macedonia,

Republic of Turkey,

Russian Federation.

Applicants must be between 18 and 26 years of age throughout the duration of the conference.

All fields in the application form MUST BE filled in British English, the official language of MEU2015.

Once you have submitted your application, you will receive an automatically generated confirmation.

2. Essay

As stated previously, essays must be written in English. We strongly advise that you keep a copy of your essay after submitting your application. Note that, due to anti-plagiarism procedures, two identical essays from two different applicants will disqualify them both. Application with no essays or essays on a different topic that those proposed will be automatically rejected.

You must choose one of the following essay questions:

1. The 'right to be forgotten' was recently strengthened by the European Court of Justice. The ruling has been criticised as restricting rights such as freedom of speech. Discuss the European Court of Justice's decision.

2. If EU Member States share a currency, they should also share responsibilities over banking. Discuss.

3. In October 2014, Commissioner Cecilia Malmström criticised a number of EU Member States for being uncooperative and not taking their fair share of the asylum seekers that have arrived in Europe as a consequence of the crisis in the Middle East. Do you agree that asylum seekers should be more evenly distributed across the EU and, if so, how would you propose achieving this?


3. Roles

You may choose from the following roles. Please note that you may apply for maximum of two roles. You have to submit a motivation letter for both your 1st and 2nd choice

- Member of the European Parliament (MEP)

- Minister of the Council of the European Union

- Lobbyist

- Journalist

- Photojournalist, Videojournalist

- Interpreter (only 1st choice)

Once you have selected your position, different boxes will appear. These are:

  • Member of the European Parliament (MEP): essay (500 words ±10%), motivation letter (250 words ±10%), Curriculum Vitae. You may also indicate whether you would be interested in becoming faction secretary for the pre-conference period.
  • Minister of the Council of the European Union: essay (500 words ±10%), motivation letter (250 words ±10%), Curriculum Vitae.
  • Lobbyist: essay (500 words ±10%), motivation letter (250 words ±10%), Curriculum Vitae.
  • Journalist: essay (500 words ±10%), motivation letter (250 words ±10%), Curriculum Vitae, previous piece of journalistic work (radio, print, TV, online).
  • Photojournalist: motivation letter (250 words ±10%), Curriculum Vitae, 10 picture portfolio.
  • Videojournalist: motivation letter (250 words ±10%), Curriculum Vitae, video sample (1min 30sec).

Applications for the position of Photojournalist and Videojournalist have to be sent via email to the Journalists’ Coordinator (Ms Dina Rokić, d.rokic[at]beta-europe[dot]org)

  • Interpreter: CV, motivation letter (500-1000 words; see points below), reference letter about your interpreting skills, transcript of records from the two last years of your studies (if your university does not provide a copy in English, upload the original version and provide a translation into English). Students in the second year will provide only the transcript for the previous year (without being disadvantaged because of this). Please bear in mind that the grades are not a decisive factor in the selection process and will be taken into account only as an advisory factor in case of equally good applications.

Note: No essay is required for those applying for the role of interpreters.

The motivation letter is the most important part of your application. Please include the following information:

  • Your general background information;
  • Your studies with emphasis on interpreting;
  • Your English language level;
  • Your interpreting level (from and into English);
  • Your practical interpreting experience so far;
  • Why you want to take part in MEU and what you expect to get out of participating;
  • How you are planning to prepare for the conference if selected. 

Please note that if you apply to two roles demanding an essay each, you will have to write ONE essay ONLY. If the two roles you selected require a motivation letter each, you will have to write TWO motivation letters.

Before submitting your application, you will need to agree with the Terms and Conditions.

4. File upload

You may upload up to 5MB in total. If you encounter any error, upload a smaller file or contact the Head of Participants Coordination via e-mail.

Please consult the FAQ for more specific instructions or contact the Head of Participants Coordination (Mr Josef Williamsonparticipants[at]meu-strasbourg[dot]org). Those applying for interpreter positions  may directly get in touch with the head of Interpretaion (Ms Jana Hulová, This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it )


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