More than two hundred students, drawn from universities in North America and Europe, participate in the simulation. All students are assigned roles, including heads of government, Members of the European Parliament and the press. Students prepare for the simulation at their own universities, with the help of faculty advisers and guidance that is provided through the EuroSim Web and course management site. Researching the simulation topic and the assigned roles constitutes an important part of all students' preparatory work. The simulations themselves are held over a period of four days, with the venue alternating between the U.S. and Europe annually.
Recent issues simulated include energy policy, asylum policy, food safety, enlargement, the Constitutional Convention, the Intergovernmental Conference and EU neighborhood policy.
The idea for a model European Union came in the fall of 1987 when students at SUNY (State University of New York) College at Brockport asked the political science department to sponsor a model United Nations. After thorough consideration by faculty, students at SUNY Brockport agreed to be involved in a project regarding what was formerly called the European Community.
The first simulation was held on the Brockport campus, April 8 - 10, 1988. Involving SUNY and private New York schools, the simulation held the title SUNYMEC (State University of New York Model European Community). It wasn’t until 1992 the simulation established the label EuroSim and became a trans-Atlantic exchange with its first overseas meeting in Luxemburg. The 2003 simulation event was the first time EuroSim was a trans-Atlantic endeavor - a sure sign of the simulation’s maturity. The term “trans-Atlantic” indicates the simulation is organized and planned by faculty and students from both Europe and the United States. In fact, EuroSim 2003 was the first time the simulation was planned by U.S. and European student directors equally.
The most recent simulation was held at Europaisch Akademie in Otzenhausen, Germany from the 3nd till 7th of January 2008. The topic of the simulation was the Kosovo and the situation in the Balkan.
EuroSim is funded and supported through sponsorship by the following organizations:
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