By Sandra Ozarín Ramos and Lucía Vinaixa Kinnear.
Currently, at the University Carlos III of Madrid is taking place a simulation of how three main bodies of the European Union work (Parliament, Council and Commission). These youngsters from many parts of Europe can perform different roles such as journalist, minister, lobbyist during four days and they are also part of very different parties and organizations, even though they all have some common ideals that they are trying to develop and improve. This event helps to foster diversity in between students and make our minds to be more educated in these terms.
This event is held and organized by many institutions and associations who like to debate, negotiate, vote and defend their thoughts. Those institutions are, for example, the JEF (Young European Federalists) who have pretty clear what they want and what they are trying to promote. We have talked with Iñigo Cruz, part of the JEF association and he has let us know what the purposes of the MEU are: ” We believe in a strong European Union where political representatives can negotiate important topics under the European style. We stand up for every citizen to act together. It is based on using more actions than theory because the theory is what we are aware of as other countries are, but Spanish youngsters need to learn these ideas without making them extreme because youngsters have the power to spread the aim of Europe as a one” Iñigo Cruz said.
There is also the aim of not just academic knowledge but rouse skills of teamwork and constructive opinions. Also the University ”Carlos III” of Madrid is offering a great opportunity for people to get to know others who have the same goals and ideals.
Of course, those ideas are perfectly attached to the philosophy of the model. These youngsters have pretty clear that they do not want to let the potential of empowering the European Union to get lost because it has the capacity to improve their quality of life, so they are spreading the relevance of the European institutions. They encourage university students to put up for what they believe in and also be comprehensive with the aims of other people who do not have the same points of view creating debate and helping each other to grow up in an educated European atmosphere.