The University of Washington hosted the “West Coast Model EU” in Seattle on 22-23 February 2013.
More than 60 students attended, representing Universities from across the Pacific North West. They had an opportunity to deepen their understanding of the European Union by participating in simulated negotiations. The themes chosen for the 2013 edition included the reform of EU Cohesion Policy, Banking Union and EU own resources.
The West Coast Model EU is organised by the EU Center for Excellence at UW’s Jackson School of International Studies, which is hosting me during my fellowship. Peter Kerstens from the EU Delegation to the United States in Washington gave the opening keynote address. I was delighted to be invited to make some closing remarks, including feedback on the students’ performance during the negotiations. (They did a great job!)
I also made a short video with testimonials from some of the participants, who shared what they had learned from the experience.