Members of the Parliament
MEPs are directly elected representatives of the European citizens. As well as in the national parliaments, MEPs are reunited in factions which work following their political orientation and not their nationality.
MEPs debate the Commission’s and Council’s proposals. They are supported by their faction but they have to respect the willing of their national parties anyway. This can lead to a conflict of interests within the factions that represents sometimes an obstacle to the achievement of a common position. Despite every faction tries to follow a common idea, some MEPs who do not agree with the final position, can vote differently from their party.
As a Member of the European Parliament, you should work together with your faction colleagues in order to achieve a common agreement within your party and thus reach the majority in the Parliament.
Within the political parties, faction leaders are elected during the first day of the simulation. Faction leaders have to organize and coordinate the work of the party, such as the writing of the amendments to the legislative proposal. At the beginning of the debate about every proposal, faction leaders give an introductory speech clarifying their faction’s position.
Competent Ministers of the 28 national government meet up in the Council of the European Union to discuss and decide about political and legislative issues. During Meuregio, Ministers discuss, amend and vote the legislative proposal introduced by the Commission.
Ministers represent national interests and their number of votes is proportional to the dimension of the represented Member State.
This will make the debate even more exciting, due to the fact that an amendment needs a qualified majority in order to pass. So, to reach their aim, ministers have to form coalitions, through formal discussions and private chats with other ministers.
Moreover, the Council has to find an agreement with the European Parliament in order to make a law pass. For this reason, it is very important that the negotiations with the Parliament will be productive.
Journalists follow the events of the Council and the Parliament choosing and filtering facts and news that are relevant for the participants and the audience. They gather as much information as possible during coffee breaks and social events through interviews and press conferences.
Afterward, they publish a newspaper to make all the participants aware of what is going on. Journalists do also use social media, pictures and videos to make Meuregio even more remarkable! Journalists have to be well prepared about the proposals too.