The Model European Union Strasbourg (MEUS) 2020


 

 

 

Deadline:  15 December at 23:59:59 CET.
Open to: participants between the ages of 18 and 27 years old
Venue: 14-21 March 2020 in Strasbourg, France

Description

The MEUS Organising Team strives to make MEUS 2020 the most inclusive edition yet. Although we wish to make every aspect of MEUS as accessible as possible, we recognise that participating in MEUS is not always as straightforward as we would like and that some applicants may face more difficulties than others when applying for and participating in our conference. The MEUS Social Fund has been created in the light of this adversity and provides targeted financial assistance to participants who face (or have faced) difficulties in their lives with the aim of making sure that everyone, regardless of their financial or health situation, has the chance to participate in MEUS 2020. You can apply for the MEUS Social Fund as part of the application form for MEUS 2020.

The MEUS Social Fund is split into two parts. The first part of the fund relates to making MEUS more accessible to people with less financial security. We strived to keep the 2020 participation fee as low as possible, but we recognise that its cost can still represent a significant financial obstacle to some applicants, especially when considered in conjunction with the costs related to travelling to Strasbourg. We know that for some applicants, money can be a source of anxiety in their daily lives as they are forced to sustain themselves by juggling multiple jobs or balancing their studies with part-time work. Ultimately, participation in MEUS should never be to the detriment of someone’s career, livelihood or well-being and this section of the MEUS Social Fund seeks to support people in most financial need. We encourage you to apply for the Social Fund if accounting for these expenses would be a considerable challenge for you at this time.

The second part of the MEUS Social Fund seeks to reduce some of the hurdles that can be faced by applicants as a result of disability, illness or health issues. An applicant’s health situation can lead to distinct types of disadvantages and can complicate either their application process or participation in MEUS. Applicants with disabilities (including long-term physical, mental, intellectual or sensory impairments), chronic diseases (including cardiovascular diseases, cancers, chronic respiratory diseases, diabetes and arthritis) or learning disabilities (including dyslexia, dysgraphia, auditory and visual processing disorders, and nonverbal learning disabilities) are therefore encouraged to apply for the MEUS Social Fund. Participation in MEUS should never be dependant on a person’s health or livelihood and this half of the MEUS Social Fund aims to reduce this possibility.

The exact amount allocated to beneficiaries of the MEUS Social Fund will be determined by the Organising Team and is likely to consist of financial contributions (or waivers) for successful applicants’ participation fees and, in some cases, their travel costs.

Eligibility

Are you between 18 and 27 years old, passionate about EU politics and do you want to participate in the most realistic simulation of the EU decision making process in Strasbourg? If that sounds like you, then go ahead and apply for MEUS 2020!

Costs

The MEUS 2020 participation fee is 160€ for all participants aside from Photographers and local residents in Strasbourg, for whom the participation fee is set at the reduced cost of 75€. 

The MEUS participation fee covers:

  • accommodation for the duration of the conference (14–21 March 2020)
  • daily breakfasts and lunches for the duration of MEUS 2020**
  • daily city travel passes in Strasbourg for the duration of MEUS 2020
  • visa fees, if applicable (will be subtracted from the total payable)
  • participation in the MEUS 2020 social programme
  • preparatory materials and conference materials
  • welcome bags upon arrival
  • snacks and refreshments throughout the simulation
 

**Some dinners will also be included as part of our social programme, but this will not always be the case.

The payment of the participation fee will only be requested if your application for MEUS 2020 is successful. If your application is successful, you will receive an e-mail from the Organising Team providing you with the bank details of BETA France, asking you to make a transfer within ten days from your selection as a participant. 

If you wish to apply for MEUS 2020 but the MEUS participation fee represents a significant financial obstacle for you, we encourage you to apply for the MEUS Social Fund, which you can find out more information about below.

Application

The deadline for applications is 15 December at 23:59:59 CET.

In order to apply, register HERE.

If you have any questions, check the FAQ section or please write to:  info@meu-strasbourg.org.

The official web-page.