European Council

The European International Model United Nations

European Council

The European Council is a collective body that defines the European Union’s overall political direction and priorities. It comprises the heads of state or government of the EU member states, along with the President of the European Council and the President of the European Commission.

Level: beginner

Council Topics

European Energy Union

Energy security as well as the creation of an integrated energy market have always been seen as fundamental areas within the European Union. It is therefore not surprising that in February 2015, the European Commission unveiled its blueprint for an EU Energy Union. This constitutes an important first step in the creation of an integrated European energy market, where member states cooperate to strengthen their energy security, decarbonize their economy and reduce waste in energy consumption.

Making the EU’s energy sector more climate-friendly and decreasing its reliance on external energy suppliers are the overarching objectives of this ambitious project.

However, despite these promising steps, the issue of energy security has resurfaced in recent months after the US imposed sanctions on the construction of the Nordstream 2 gas pipeline in the Baltic Sea.

From the start, this project was controversial with many EU member states originally opposed to the idea due to the alleged compromise of internal security. Recent remarks by President Trump calling Germany a ‘captive’ of Russia have only added fuel to the fire and sparked debate about the EU position in regards to its common energy policy.

How can the EU develop a coherent European energy strategy that will enable the creation of a more sustainable and secure energy network?

European Basic Income and Social Welfare

The European Council (EC) has set the standard policies that made the European Union one of the strongest economic blocs in the world.

Decades of neo-liberal economic policies and a free market have brought the EU to this point.

But nowadays, the EU faces new threads to its economic position and the benefits that EU citizens gain from this.

The rise of Artificial Intelligence costs more jobs every year, climate change threatens new vulnerable groups and longer lives increases the demographic pressure of elderly people in the EU.

The EU partakes in climate accords, has a Social Protection Committee and tries to create a Europe ready for the digital age.

Nevertheless, there is no broad European Welfare System that can strengthen the position of the weaker groups in the EU or creates unitary responses to proposed policies.

The consequences of and support for other policies differ strongly between EU member states as a result of this.

In this tangle of welfare policies in EU member states, should the EC therefore look into the possibility of an European Welfare System, or maybe even a European Basic Income?

Council Chairs

Thomas Stavrinos

Thomas Stavrinos is a 23 year old bachelor student in International Relations at the University of Groningen. Throughout his life he has participated in countless of MUNs and debating sessions both in Cyprus (his home country) and throughout the whole world.

After chairing last year for the very first time in GrunnMUN he is more than enthusiastic to return to the Foundation and join TEIMUN and bring with him his passion for debating. He hopes together with the delegates to create a conference filled with a welcoming atmosphere, tough negotiations and a tiny bit of southern Mediterranean humor.

As a chair he looks forward to meeting new people and to ensure that TEIMUN is a worthwhile experience for everyone.

Carina Antonin

Carina Antonin is a German student of law, political science and French romance studies. In 2019, she joined her very first Model United Nations in The Hague and took part in the Security Council by representing the Kingdom of Belgium. Speaking from her own experience, participating in one of the Councils provides you a much deeper insight into the work of the United Nations and International Relations than you could ever learn from a book or a lecture. Understanding the different angles of a conflict and working together with so many creative minds, with the aim of finding solutions and consensus within the Council, really expands one’s mindset and improves the understanding for different nationalities and the communication between people from all over the world.

Having made this amazing experience as a delegate, she now is looking forward to changing perspectives and helping delegates to find solutions for the problems the European Union is facing within the next decade. In 2020 she will be chairing the European Council together with her Co Chairs Linsey and Thomas. She can’t wait for TEIMUN 2020, meeting again this amazing bunch of people with political fire in their hearts!

Linsey Keur

Linsey Keur is a 22-year-old history student at the University of Groningen. She is currently finishing up her bachelor’s degree with a specialization in Eastern European history, before she wants to start a master in Public Administration: Public Leadership and Management. After joining last year’s TEIMUN as a delegate, she is thrilled to join this year as a chair.

In the last years, Linsey spent a lot of time in competitive debating tournaments but also as a coach and trainer of debaters all throughout the Netherlands. Her interest in rhetoric and the power of words previously led her to develop a University minor, but will definitely come in good for TEIMUN as well.

Aside from all this serious work, she enjoys her Christmas movies all throughout the year, just like all other overly romantic movies and series. She is very excited to meet all the great people of TEIMUN!