Six University of Limerick students will travel to Brussels next week as Irish representatives for the first edition of ConSIMium, a European Council simulation experience in which 27 teams of students from across the EU will experience first-hand the negotiations between member states and the decision-making process at a European level.
The final year students from the BA European Studies and BA Applied Languages degrees, Sarah Doyle, Thomas Gibbons, Pádraig McCarthy, Niamh McLoughlin, Sarah Nunan, and Kristina O'Brien, will attend the event in the Belgian capital on 2nd and 3rd February, accompanied by the national coordinator, Prof Joachim Fischer, Jean Monnet Chair in European Cultural Studies, UL.
ConSIMium, organised by the General Secretariat of the European Council, will host a total of 162 students (6 per member state) and 27 national coordinators who have been selected at national level on the basis of agreed principles and criteria.
During the course of the two days, participants will gain a better understand of the role which member states play in EU decision-making, learn more about how different EU institutions operate, particularly the European Council, and will also acquire insight into future professional opportunities within EU institutions and in public service across the member states.
Further information about ConSIMium: a Council Simulation Experience can be found here.