Europe at Work

The aim of Europe at Work is to work out a directive that can be supported by a qualified majority. On the agenda are the rules governing the conditions for working or studying in another EU country than their own. Each actor will try to pull the directive as close to their own priorities as possible to earn the most influence.

First, students are divided into different negotiating groups of the EU - eg. a national delegation, the Commission or one out of four groups in the European Parliament. Some will be given roles as journalists or lobbyists.

After a short video introduction to the Team Mission , participants will prepare themselves for their individual tasks as ministers, advisors, parliamentarians aso. The rest of the day will be a sequence of meetings to negotiate the draft and for participants to influence the final results as much as possible. The day will be finalized with a Council of Ministers meeting - in a best case scenario - to adopt and celebrate the directive.

The process is in many ways a simplified version of a real negotiation. For instance, the so-called Priorities that participants will fight for are limited to those in the textbox. Each participant holds 2-3 of these priorities. The Priorities are pieces of a puzzle that must fit together in a way that can be supported by a qualified majority.

Therefore, participants must be alert and flexible. They must be ready to learn about the EU and the labour market quickly. This requires the right information at the right time. All this will be supported with the groundbreaking CASE-technology. All of this isn't easy at all and most students will know very little from the beginning. Some of them might feel rather uncomfortable about it. But they will get the help they need and the platform will nudge them forward after a carefully thought out plan. Soon they will find themselves and fellow students engaged in negotiations with governments, communication with journalists and meetings with lobbyists. Gradually they improve their understanding of the system as well as the views of the other actors.