Mock Council of the European Union

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

The 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 most recent event took place at Belfast City Hall on Tuesday 11th February 2020.

How many schools can attend?

The event is restricted to only 29 schools; 28 schools representing one of the current member states and 1 school chosen to represent the Secretariat General and the European Commission. From each school, three students and one teacher participate.

Aim of the event

The event is aimed at 16-18 year olds and would be of interest to a team of 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. 


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