A Brief Introduction to the European Crisis Council
What is the European Council? What does it do in the broader institutional framework of the EU? What are the Council’s tasks, and what does the crisis element consist of? TEIMUN’s Deputy Secretary-General, Nathan Lauer, explains.
On the ECC’s Agenda: The European Pandemic Response
“In the blink of an eye, a virus that started on the other side of the world has become a deadly pandemic with tragic consequences also here in Europe.” (Ursula von der Leyen, President of the European Commission)
One year since the global pandemic started, the tragedy of its escalation is still very much enshrined in European memory. What started out as naïve optimism that the virus will blow over by summer has turned into bleak cynicism over time. With healthcare systems all across Europe being overwhelmed, political leaders have been called to account.
As the European people looked to their representatives and the European Union for a way out of the pandemic, governments went into full crisis mode. One year later, the question arises: Have European institutions done their best to overcome the challenges that the pandemic has posed? Did they provide a useful forum for cross-country coordination or did they merely provide a stage for national representatives to voice their discontent?
In the European Crisis Council, delegates will be tasked with answering this question directly. Representing heads of states or one of three high-level European representatives, they will have to step into the shoes of European leaders during the crucial early months of the 2020 pandemic (March to July). With infection counts and economic effects simulated in real-time, delegates will be faced with the same issues that the European leaders faced, and will have to find ways to cooperate in this time of crisis. Otherwise, history will repeat itself.
Meet Your Chair:
Hey, my name is Rizqi. I am a graduate of International Relations and Organization from the University of Groningen. I was a former Deputy Secretary-General of TEIMUN and I currently work as a Media Analyst at a consulting firm in Jakarta. I have had 20+ experiences in the European MUN circuit. Obviously, TEIMUN is my favourite MUN, and that is why I am here to make my final return.
My background is International Relations and International Organization. I have a particular soft spot for the study of neocolonialism and regionalism but lately due to my job I have been really focused on understanding how the media and the digital world shape our reality. On a side note, my current hobby is photography.
Fun Fact: I was once a background extra for a South Korean daytime soap opera.
Hey, I’m Shane and I’ve already been in the Model UN circuit for three years and counting. My first international MUN was at HamMUN 2018 in Hamburg and it was here that I really got interested in Model UN! From there I went on to serve as Secretary-General of the National Model UN conference at University College Cork, which is the largest Model UN conference in Ireland.
I’m currently taking part in the Erasmus programme at Charles University where I study Law. Outside of MUN, I can be found cooking, debating in a moot court, or pulling an all-nighter in the library!
Fun Fact: I speak fluent Irish.