Euromodel is an EU programme that recreates the functioning of the institutions that participate in the EU legislative process, that is: the European Commission, the European Parliament and the Council of the European Union.
In Uruguay, the programme is executed by the Center for Development Studies (CED) and is supported by the Konrad Adenauer Foundation of Germany, the Revel Foundation of Colombia and the New Generations Foundation of Argentina.
What are the programme's main objectives? To train future decision makers in leadership and political participation. Euromodel is aimed at young people from all the country's universities, both public and private, and aims to bring European institutions and values closer to young Uruguayans. Europeans and Uruguayans share a great tradition of democratic values.
The first edition of the Euromodel in Uruguay took place in 2020, with more than 200 young people participating. In Latin America there are more than 1000 youths who have participated in the programme in different countries.
Euromodel consists of two stages. The first, which this year will take place during the month of August, is called #AcercateAlaUE. It is a stage open to all audiences that seeks to bring Uruguayans closer to European institutions through different webinars with European and national experts, as well as with various training materials on EU Foreign Action and on the theme selected for this year's program: THE NEW DIGITAL ERA.
The second stage, which this year will begin in September, is also divided into two parts. It starts with the application to the Uruguayan university youth program up to 25 years of age and the selection of 60 of them to participate in this second stage.
Once this is done, the first part begins, aimed at training and educating, where each student is given a role - as a parliamentarian, commissioner or advisor - and a political party. During the preparation months - September and October - the students will have talks with national and European experts about the new digital era, as well as about leadership and negotiation, among others topics, and will prepare for the final activity - with the help of tutors - where they must simulate the functioning of our main institutions. It should be noted that this first part is completely virtual.
The second part is the face-to-face simulation. In it, the young people will participate in two days of work in commissions, and one day of plenary session. The committees will be: (i) Foreign Affairs, Human Rights, Security and Defense, (ii) Development, Trade, Industry and Consumer Protection, (iii) Budgetary, Economic and Monetary Affairs, (iv) Employment, Public Health and Food Safety , (v) Environment, Fisheries, Agriculture and Rural Development, (vi) Education, Culture, Tourism and Technologies. and (vii) Constitutional Affairs, Civil Liberties, Justice and Gender Equality. In them, young people will present proposals, discuss and modify them; and then present them to the plenary session for discussion and voting. This plenary session is expected to be held at the Chamber of Deputies of the Uruguayan Parliament.
Euromodelo is an international experience that has proven to have an enormous impact on the young people who do it. It is carried out in alliance with important actors from the public and private sector of the country, such as: the Uruguayan Parliament and public and private universities throughout the country.
The launch of this year's program was attended by Omar Paganini, Minister for Industry, Energy & Mining, and Alfredo Fratti, President of Uruguay's Chamber of Deputies.
For further information, please visit the Euromodel Uruguay website.