Asia Pacific Model European Union (13-14 May 2017)



 

The third edition of Asia Pacific Model European Union (APMEU) was successfully held on 13-14 May 2017 at HKBU. This year, 18 participants from 7 different universities in the region joined for the simulation. As a Jean Monnet Project funded by the European Commission, APMEU is jointly organized by European Union Academic Programme Hong Kong of HKBU and National Centre for Research on Europe of University of Canterbury, in association with European Union in Hong Kong and Macao. HKBU delegation (Miss Ng Yi Lam, Karla (Government & International Studies, year 3 and Mr. Iverson Ng, Graduate of International Journalism) won the Best Delegation in this year APMEU.

The participating universities included HKBU, University of Macau (Macau), Chulalongkorn University (Thailand), Nanyang Technological University (Singapore), University of Canterbury (New Zealand), Fudan University (PRC), National Taiwan University (Taiwan), and Yonsei University (Korea)

Mr. Alexander Graf Lambsdorff, Vice President of the European Parliament, welcomed the participants in a video-taped remark. He stressed the challenges the EU is facing amid the 60th  anniversary of Treaty of Rome, a founding treaty of the European Communities. He also sent his special regards to participants from Hong Kong.

At the conference, roles of 9 EU member states were played, including Belgium, Germany, France, Italy, Hungary, Malta, Austria, Sweden, and Greece. The topic for this year’s simulation was the Future of the Europe, based on the ideas put forward in The White Paper 2017: The Future of Europe.

The simulation shed lights on migration policy and counter-terrorism. The majority of the states prioritised the refugee crisis in Europe and put migration issue in their top agenda. The intensity of conversation then escalated after the announcement of a scenario that the assault on the French president-elect Emmanuel Macron. The Heads of States and foreign ministers contributed to the dialogue in order to enhance the scrutiny and monitoring measures on cyber security within the existing digital single market strategy. The participants managed to swiftly react to the news with their abundant knowledge in the mechanism of the EU, and eventually reach a consensus.

Six awards were given to the participants with outstanding performance.

Honorable Recognition

Italy (YANG Jiawei, Fudan University)

Best Position Paper

Greece (Laura Antuérpia Francisco Manhiça and Siyin LU, University of Macau)

Best Position Paper Presentation

Belgium (Michelle LOKE Yook Lin and TEO Jun Yean, Nanyang Technological University)

Best Individual Delegate

Hungary (Ashley STUART, University of Canterbury)

Sweden (LI Xinwei, University of Macau)

Best Delegation

Austria (NG Yi Lam, Karla and Iverson NG, HKBU)