Council of the
European Union

The Council of the European Union (EU) is one the most important institutions within the European framework. Not to be confused with the Council of Europe or the European Council, the Council of the EU is the institution representing the Member States’ governments, providing a meeting place for national ministers from EU countries. Together with the European Parliament, it negotiates and adopts new legislation. The Council of the EU also coordinates EU Member States policies in a wide array of fields such as economy, education, employment and culture. It is also responsible for the common foreign and security policy, concluding international agreements and adopting the EU budget together with the Parliament.

Topic 1

The future of AI
in the European Union 

AI research has seen massive progress in the last 20 years with the emergence of artificial general intelligence. AI is no longer restricted to impressive feats in logical games such as chess or Go, but has grown to be more human-like. Top machine learning experts predict that by the end of the 21st century, AI could be better and cheaper than humans at performing almost any task. The implications of such a development could be as, if not more significant, than the issues we face with climate change today. With this massive social change on the horizon, will the EU move to regulate the use of AI before it is too late?

Topic 2

Modern solutions to modern problems: revising the Charter of Fundamental Rights

In light of the significant technological advances of the past 20 years, ranging from the invention of the internet to progress made in machine-learning, there is much catching up to do in the area of fundamental rights. While the EU Charter of Fundamental Rights protects individual’s freedom and dignity, modern rights such as the right to internet access or an inhabitable planet have been neglected. What action can the EU take to modernise this fundamental pillar of EU legislation?

COUNTRY MATRIX

- Bulgaria

- Denmark

- Finland

- France

- Germany

- Hungary

- Italy

- Lithuania

- Luxembourg

- Malta

- Netherlands

- Poland

- Portugal

- Slovakia

- Slovenia

The grey colored countries are already allocated and cannot be chosen anymore.

Jessica Fenger

My name is Jessica Coletta Fenger and I am 23 years old (will be 24 in October 2021). I study Biomedicine and Political Science at the University of Zurich. My mother tongues are English and German, and when I have the opportunity I speak decent French and Mandarin. I started MUN back in 2018 when I started attending University and instantly fell in love with the fusion of academics and drama I found in my local MUN team. When I am not MUNing I am usually organising debating tournaments or watching gymnastics competitions. 

Jelle van der Ham

I am Jelle Willem van der Ham, 21 now (although 22 when the conference starts).

I study both Spatial Planning & Landscape Architecture, in Wageningen, and Political Sciences, in Nijmegen, both in the Netherlands.

I speak Dutch and English although I am currently training and taking courses in both French and German.

I started MUN’ing when I was very young, in High school, aged 15! I participated in a one-day conference organised by another high school in my hometown. I participated in a few more, including in Copenhagen and in Stuttgart, before we decided to organise our own at our high school; this conference, FAMUN, was relatively successful for a few years, with participants from almost 40 countries in the second edition. I was ‘Conference Officer’, in charge of planning and logistics, for the two first editions. I then took a break from MUN’ing while I started University, and got into MUN’s again after a while. I love the international atmosphere of MUN’s, and the fact that even though lots of people consider it a social event first, I think they learn more from it than they might realise. 

I enjoy all sorts, but I’m always up for reading a good book (Currently: the world of yesterday by Zweig), watching a good series (currently: Community), cycling (mountainbiking!) and my main hobby is travelling, and especially trains: I’ve set it as my goal to visit all train stations in the Netherlands, and currently I’m up to 335 out of 398.

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