What Is It?
The European Council is composed of the 27 heads of state or government of the EU member states, the European Council President and the President of the European Commission. The role of the council is to define the EU's overall political direction and priorities, setting the EU's policy agenda and identifying issues of concern and actions to take.
1) The Question of Forced Labour and modern slavery in North Africa and the Middle East, and its impact on immigration into the EU
2) The Question of the Expansion of the common EU defence policy
My name is Reuben, and I’m in my fourth and final year of studying History and International Relations at Exeter. My reasons for studying history and IR are also why I’m involved with model UN; a desire to understand global structures and the forces driving their formation and change.
My interests therefore lie in colonialism and state formation, the consequences of which are still a major focus of the UN’s efforts and have enduring relevance.
Despite its appearance as a docile south-western town, Exeter does possess a vibrant student night-life and some hidden jewels: Timepiece, Unit 1 and Fever take care of the weeknights (much to the dismay of the local population), and a quick train trip to Exmouth beach provides a suitable setting to nurse a hangover on the weekend. Despite this, last year
I decided to take a quick study year/holiday abroad in Mannheim, Germany through the Erasmus programme, a vibrant and unique city that I recommend you visit – it defies its reputation as an ugly centre of industry.
I had not even heard of Model United Nations before I came to university, but from my first session onwards I was convinced of its academic and social value. I’ve become involved with the project by working on the ExMUN Committee and by attending conferences as a delegate, and I look forward to help organise SWMUN as USG Finances.
Outside of academia, I enjoy cycling both on and off road, watching and (as of this year) playing rugby where I support Wales. I also have a passing interest in astronomy and astrophotography, so check out my Insta (@reubyp) for some of that. I’m always up for a chill night at the pub so if any of you know any good haunts in Reading let me know.
Dimitra is from Athens, Greece, however the last 5 years she is living in the UK. She is studying an LLM Human Rights at the University of Cardiff, with focus on Health Governance and Mental Health Law. However, by the time of ReadiMUN she will either be a PhD candidate or an unemployed adult. She started MUN randomly in High School 7 years ago and she immediately fell in love with it. She has done pretty much everything in a conference: from Human Rights and WHO to Security Council and Crisis. Also, with MUN she had the chance to explore many countries: Greece, England, Germany, France, Netherlands, Spain and Israel! She enjoys bubble tea, making awful jokes and watching pointless shows on Netflix. She dislikes rude people and commercial music. Aside from (obviously) committee room you will probably find her either at the smoking area or searching for croissants and donuts. This will be her second year in ReadiMUN and she is very excited to serve as the Chair of the European Council. She is looking forward to meet you and have a great week learning about diplomacy and having fun in Reading.
Fun fact: The ball social of ReadiMUN 2018 was her favourite social event ever, of all MUN conferences she has attended and she secretly hopes it will be repeated this year
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