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EU

Welcome to the European Union, a group of 28 European nations taking part as an observer organization to the rest of the United Nations. The organization was formed on November 1, 1993 in the Netherlands through the agreements of the Maastricht Treaty.

The European Union, with its sheer number of participating member states, is an international superpower taking part in solving some of the world’s most pressing issues. As the EU covers 7.3% of the world population, it is one of the largest economies of any international organization. As an umbrella organization over many smaller subcommittees, it covers a variety of issues, but always places an important focus on reinforcing mutual transparency between member governments.

While the EU does not hold voting rights within the United Nations, its body includes UNSC permanent members and votes internally through the passing of directives. Directives, similar to operative clauses, require a certain number of signatories to pass. This process gives each member state an important role in a resolution’s passage--or lack thereof. While many observer organizations do not hold an ability to present before the entire United Nations, the EU is unique in its ability to join such international discussion through written proposals, resolutions, and amendments.

The primary goals of the EU are to ensure the free movement of people, goods, and services within the international market. It has permanent diplomatic missions throughout the world and represents itself at WTO, G7, G20, and the UN, along with involvement in many institutions such as the European Parliament, European Court of Justice, and European Commission. The EU hopes to continue to expand with the long-term hope that one day all European nations are to be included in this union.

Position Papers are mandatory, and must be turned in to the dais by 11:59PM on Nov 5, 2017. The dais’ e-mail address is eu@pacificmun.com. Late position papers will not be considered for an award unless an extension has been requested by the delegate and approved by the dais at least 24 hours in advance.

Further questions or inquiries can be directed to the dais at eu@pacificmun.com.

Topic 1: The Present Threat of Terrorism

Topic 2: Technological Development and Modernization

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Staff

Julia Wang

Director

Julia Wang will be directing the European Union at PACMUN 2017. She is currently a junior at Interlake High School, and serves as the Director of Convention Affairs for the Interlake MUN delegation. She began her involvement in Model United Nations as a freshman and has had the pleasure of attending nine conferences since her introduction. Outside of planning or attending conferences, Julia enjoys sketching, robotics, martial arts, blowing bubbles, and engaging in philosophical discussions with friends and family at the dinner table. She hopes that delegates will be able to develop wider understandings of their places within the international community, and be able to learn not only politics, but also about themselves through their experiences here in the EU.

Emily Bass

Chair

Emily Bass is a junior at Inglemoor High School. She is very excited to be staffing her first conference as a part of the European Union committee. This is her second year participating in Model United Nations and her fourth conference. Emily enjoys learning about international issues and policies which was why she joined MUN and participated in the 2017 Euro Challenge competition. Outside of MUN Emily enjoys musical theatre, Tae Kwon Do, and exploring nature; especially if it means being on the water in a canoe. She enjoys broadening her knowledge and understanding of the world through discussion and debate of present and concerning topics. Emily hopes to see delegates do the same over the course of the conference.

Michele Tang

Assistant Director

Michele Tang is a sophomore at Interlake High School. Ever since her friend pulled into a MUN meeting one afternoon, she has enjoyed Model UN as an activity for its focus on delegate collaboration and cooperation, which are critical skills in life. She has since been to 4 conferences and staffed 1. Outside of MUN, Michele is a member of her school's Debate Club, Key Club, and she tutors young students. She enjoys listening to KPop, dancing, baking, watching TV, and sleeping. Michele is very excited to be the Assistant Director of the European Union this year at PACMUN and hopes to see delegates have engaging conversations and debates, create great resolutions, and most of all, have lots of fun!