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Becoming the Head of the European Parliament, Council of Europe, High Representative of the EU, or party leader at the European Parliament – in real life it needs years of experience and hard work. However, for students it has become possible just through an application and interview process. On 7-9 October Armenian and international students gathered in Yerevan to take part in the “Armenia Model European Union (AMEU)” youth conference financed by the EU Delegation to Armenia. During this unique, political simulation conference, participants undertook the roles of Heads of EU member states, EU leaders, and many other officials.
More than 100 Armenian students from various regions, as well as 30 international participants took part in the project, after being selected through a competitive two-phased procedure through which 500 applicants applied. International selected participants came from Finland, Estonia, United Kingdom, Latvia, Germany, and many other countries.
The Head of the EU Delegation to Armenia, Ambassador Piotr Świtalski, attended the event, where he talked about current developments in the EU and answered participants’ questions: ‘The future of the EU will not be easy; however, my main message to you is to be positive and optimistic. It’s true that the EU faces very serious challenges, existential challenges and risks, this is admitted by top officials. You know the kind of challenges to which I refer: firstly political, for example, the results of the referendum in Britain and its impact on the future of the EU. As you know, the reflection process is ongoing and it is too early to judge the impact on the EU’s future. There are two current tendencies which were clearly manifested during the recent summit in Bratislava. The first is to deepen the integration and make a closer step towards the federation project. The second is take a step back and take stock, to strengthen the national foundations of the common project and to rethink the idea, as well as the prerogatives delegated to Brussels. I believe that the European project will continue to develop, even without the United Kingdom we will be powerful enough to attract the attention and the interest of other countries. The European project will also produce tangible benefits for stability across the globe. Our newly adopted global strategy contains a number of very important indications of where and how the EU is going to project its values to the wider world, including in this region to countries like Armenia’.
Luis Antonio Cervera Bojorquez, a student from Mexico now studying at the UWC Dilijan international school in Armenia, had the opportunity to attend the conference and valued his participation: ‘Living in Armenia is an amazing experience and I would not change it for anything. The conference gave me an opportunity to meet a lot of new people. It was the kind of experience you would not get anywhere else, it was very exciting. It showed me how the EU works and experience what it means to be in diplomat’s shoes for a day or two’.
14650348_1125630454157549_334085314560057312_nViktorya Muradyan from Armenia participated in AMEU years ago, but is now one of the head organisers of the event: ‘This conference gave me a lot – firstly the willingness and motivation to change something, as well as a new life vision. It gave me friends who will stay with me forever. Organising a model conference in Armenia even after six years in a row is hard but, as you can see, it’s possible’.
During the conference, participants simulated the EU legislative procedure of adopting decisions. They addressed recent migration processes and the refugee crisis in Europe. The aim of the event was to simulate civic activism and improve EU-related knowledge and the level of European awareness among the Armenian youth. The organiser of the event was “AEGEE-Yerevan/Yerevan European Students’ Forum” Youth NGO. On the closing day of the conference, Ambassador Świtalski presented participants with Certificates of Appreciation.

The “Armenia Model European Union 2015” youth conference (AMEU 2015) was organised on 14-15 November 2015 by the AEGEE-Yerevan and Yerevan European Students’ Forum NGO, with support from the EU Delegation to Armenia. During the conference participants filled the roles of heads of the EU member states and leaders of the Eastern Partnership countries, as well as the offices of several other high-level EU officials.
More than 80 Armenian students and activists from various regions of Armenia and 20 international participants participated in the project. They were selected from around 400 applicants through a competitive two-phase procedure.
10675508_924165990970664_3290856329734345821_nThe Head of the EU Delegation to Armenia, Ambassador Piotr Switalski, gave advice from his own experience to the young people present at the conference: ‘All of you offer a better future for Armenia. Your fathers and grandfathers build the independence of this country after centuries, but now it is your turn, you must be the game changers, you must build the Armenia of the 21st century, you must build an Armenia capable of fulfilling your dreams. It is all up to you alone. Having a good diploma is not enough, you must believe in some very important values, European values. I hope that this event will help you to develop your understanding and consolidate your belief in these European values’.
Participants addressed recent political developments in the Eastern Partnership region and made decisions taking into account current trends and pressures within the European Union. Indeed, participants represented the national interests of their assigned state expressed during the EU-EaP summit. In the weeks leading up to the conference, participants had the opportunity to participate in 2 preparatory training sessions, learn about the activities of EU institutions, and acquaint themselves with the cornerstones of the EU common foreign and security policy. 12241390_924724680914795_3519069433732465066_nDuring the conference, participants also had the possibility to improve their negotiation skills. The main aim of the model conference was to stimulate civic activism and improve the EU-related knowledge and level of European awareness among young Armenians.
On the closing day of the conference, Ambassador Piotr Switalski presented the participants with certificates of appreciation.

The “Armenia Model European Union 2014” Youth Conference (AMEU 2014) was held on 8 November. More than 110 Armenian students and activists from various regions of Armenia as well as 18 international participants from different European countries participated in the project. These participants were selected through a competitive, two-phase procedure involving 450 applicants.

The key topic of the youth conference was “EU Common Foreign and Security Policy in Light of the Ukrainian Crisis”. Participants took on the roles of members of the European Parliament as well as the offices of several high-level EU officials.

Ambassador Hristea highlighted the importance of this type of event: ‘The EU believes in youth, because you are the ones with the potential to shape the future and be the initiators of changes. You have the opportunity to meet economic, cultural and social challenges head on. This is the reason that we have launched several projects concerning youth. The EaP Youth Programme that was founded in 2012 has sought and continues to seek to promote greater participation of young people in social, political, economic and professional spheres, and to develop dialogue between young people in EaP countries’.

The conference participants simulated the activities of the European Parliament, the only directly elected institution in the EU. Over the previous 4 weeks all participants in AMEU 2014 were divided into the respective political groups represented in the real European Parliament. During the event they made decisions in the context of ongoing political developments and pressures within the EU, also taking into account the national interest of the EU citizen groups represented at the parliament. The main aim of the model conference was to stimulate civic activism and improve EU-related knowledge and the level of European awareness among young people.