School pupils attending Mock Council of the European Union

The Mock Council of the European Union is an annual event organised by the British Council. 

The annual event brings together over 130 students and teachers from 29 schools. Each of the participating schools represents an EU country with teams of students taking on the roles of government ministers. 

As in the real Council of the European Union, students have the opportunity to debate and vote on topical issues affecting the EU.

By participating in the day, the students find out more about the main decision-making body of the European Union.  They also have the unique opportunity of practising their debating and diplomacy skills and find out first-hand more about local governance.

The next event is planned to take place at Belfast City Hall on Wednesday 10 February 2021, dependent on Covid-19 regulations. Should it not be possible to hold the event face-to-face, British Council will run a competition for registered schools.

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How many schools can attend?

The event is restricted to only 28 schools; 27 schools representing one of the current member states and 1 school chosen to represent the Secretariat General and the European Commission. From each school, 1-2 students and one teacher participate. These numbers will be confirmed closer to the time in line with Covid restrictions.

Aim of the event

The event is aimed at 16-18 year olds and would be of interest to students with an interest in European affairs or politics. By participating in the initiative, the students will find out more about the workings of the main decision-making body of the European Union. 

Contact

 For more information on the programme, please contact: iepni@britishcouncil.org

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