Every April, more than 160 college and university students meet to decide the future of the European Union (EU). Playing the roles of prime ministers and presidents, ambassadors and commissioners, ministers and diplomats,they spend three days debating policy, resolving disputes, building compromises, and charting the course of European integration. The Midwest Model European Union (MMEU) is one of only a half dozen events of its kind in the United States.
Midwest Model EU
Registration for MMEU 2021 is now closed.
Created in 1993 by Prof. John McCormick of the Department of Political Science at Indiana University Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI), the MMEU is the second oldest intercollegiate simulation of the EU in North America. Originally hosted by IUPUI, it was moved to the Indiana University Bloomington (IUB) campus in the spring of 2014. In 2021, MMEU will take place entirely virtually.
Design and Process
Colleges send delegations of 7 members each, representing the 27 EU member states. Over a period of 48 hours, they meet in formal and informal sessions as the European Council, the European Commission, and several different councils of ministers.
From Thursday afternoon through Saturday afternoon, students introduce, discuss, and reach decisions on EU policy. National leaders provide overall direction, ministers huddle to work out the details of policy, commissioners and their directors-general try to give new direction to foreign and security policy, the single market, eastward enlargement, and the development of the euro, and emergency joint meetings are held to break impasses.
Organization for the EU-Midwest begins in January each year when invitations are emailed to faculty advisers and students begin forming delegations.
Here are some pointers for this year:
- The 2021 MMEU will be held virtually, and we are waiving all registration fees in hopes of welcoming new (and/or lapsed) participating schools!
- Registration will close by 11:59 pm (EST) on Friday, February 5th.
- There can be only 27 delegations – one for each EU member state – thus, registration will close if and when 27 delegations have registered.
- Countries will be assigned and announced by 5:00 pm (EST) on Monday, February 8th.
- All proposals must be submitted by 11:59 pm (EST) on Wednesday, March 24th.
- Once you have registered your delegation(s), you will receive more information about the details of our first ever virtual MMEU that will be run on a platform that will work on mobile devices, tablets, Chromebooks, laptops, and of course, desktop computers. It is our sincere hope to make this event available to students with any form of technology that is affordable to them, however it is the participating schools’ responsibility to ensure their students have the technology they need – and connection to internet -- in order to participate fully.
A total of 44 colleges and universities from fifteen states have taken part in past simulations:
- Ball State University, IN (Best Delegation, 1994, 1995, 1999, 2008, 2010, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2017)
- Bradley University, IL
- Butler University, IN
- Clark University, MA
- DePaul University, IL
- DePauw University, IN
- Denison University, OH
- Drake University, IA (Best Delegation, 2007)
- Drury University, MO
- Earlham College, IN
- Florida Altlantic University, FL
- Florida International University, FL
- Grand Valley State University, MI
- Indiana University-Bloomington, IN (Best Delegation, 2011)
- Indiana University-South Bend, IN (Best Delegation, 2001, 2005)
- Indiana University Southeast, IN
- Indiana University Purdue University Indianapolis, IN (Best Delegation, 1997, 1998, 2006)
- Iowa State, IA (Best Delegation, 2015, 2016, 2018)
- Kennesaw State University, GA
- Loyola University Chicago, IL
- Luther College, IA
- Maryville University, MO
- Missouri Southern State University, MO
- Muskingum College, OH
- Oakland University, MI (Best Delegation, 2009)
- Principia College, IL (Best Delegation, 2000)
- Purdue University, IN (Best Delegation, 1996)
- Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology, IN
- Stephen F. Austin State University, TX
- Syracuse University, NY
- Texas Woman's University, TX
- University of Arkansas, AR
- University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, IL
- University of Indianapolis, IN
- University of Missouri-Columbia, MO (Best Delegation, 2002, 2003, 2004)
- University of Missouri-St Louis, MO
- University of Notre Dame, IN (Best Delegation, 1993)
- University of Oklahoma, OK
- University of Toledo, OH
- University of Wisconsin-Parkside, WI
- US Air Force Academy, CO
- Wayne State University, MI
- Western Illinois University, IL
- Western Michigan University, MI
The Model EU is really the high point of my various classes dealing with European politics, both for my students and for me.Jonathan Olsen, Faculty advisor, University of Wisconsin-Parkside