Tipperary School’s Role Play EU In Dublin 1 March

The ninth annual Model Council of the European Union debate for secondary schools will take place on Tuesday 1 March in the Printworks Conference Centre in Dublin Castle. The topic of the debate is migration.

The debate is a role-play of the Council of the European Union and involves 28 secondary schools from around Ireland, each of which represents an EU Member State.

Each school will represent the Minister for Justice or Home Affairs from the 28 EU Member States. Each school will present its case either for or against a mock European Commission proposal for a Decision ‘establishing provisional international protection measures to support Italy and Greece’. The proposal is based on the actual European Commission proposal from May 2015 to establish an emergency relocation mechanism for the benefit of Italy and Greece.

The debate judges are Brian Killoran, CEO of the Immigrant Council of Ireland and Noelle O’Connell, Executive Director of the European Movement Ireland. The debate will be chaired by Mary McCaughey, Head of Information and Communication, European Foundation for the Improvement of Living and Working Conditions.

A photocall with students and teachers will take place from 9.30am to 10.30am. The debate itself will get underway at 10.45am.

The Model Council is an annual event organised by the European Commission Representation in Ireland.

The winning team will be invited to bring their classmates to Strasbourg to participate in the European Parliament’s Euroscolaproject on a date between September and December 2016. This project allows students from the EU’s 28 Member States to work together for a day, as the MEPs would in the European Parliament.

Migration is a priority for the European Commission. In May 2015, the Commission announced a strategy to respond to the crisis in the Mediterranean and to manage migration in the medium to long term. Since then, a number of measures have been introduced – including the adoption of two emergency schemes to relocate 160,000 people in clear need of international protection from the Member States most affected to other EU Member States. More here on the current state of play (29 Jan 2016): http://europa.eu/rapid/press-release_IP-15-6134_en.htm.

The Council of the European Union is made up of government ministers from each of the 28 EU Member States. One of the main roles of the Council is to adopt EU legislation. On most issues – including on migration – EU legislation is adopted jointly by the European Parliament and the Council. Normally, EU Justice and Home Affairs ministers meet every three months.

The list of schools participating in the debate is as follows:

Member State
Belgium Beaufort College, Navan, Co Meath
Bulgaria Cross and Passion College, Kilcullen, Co Kildare
Czech Republic Deansrath Community College, Clondalkin, Dublin 22
Denmark St Kilian’s, Clonskeagh, Dublin 14
Germany Presentation Secondary School, Waterford
Estonia Sandford Park School, Ranelagh, Dublin 6
Ireland St Vincent’s Secondary School, Dundalk, Co Louth
Greece St Joseph of Cluny, Killiney, Co Dublin
Spain St Andrew’s College, Blackrock, Co Dublin
France Mountrath Community School, Co Laois
Croatia St Paul’s Secondary School, Monasterevin, Co Kildare
Italy Holy Family Community School, Rathcoole, Co Dublin
Cyprus Coláiste Dun Iascaigh, Cahir, Co Tipperary
Latvia Coláiste Chill Mhantáin, Wicklow Town
Lithuania St Louis Secondary School, Dundalk, Co Louth
Luxembourg Clonkeen College, Blackrock, Co Dublin
Hungary Coláiste Chiaráin, Croom, Co Limerick
Malta St. Oliver’s Community College, Drogheda, Co Louth
Netherlands St Flannan’s College, Ennis
Austria Christ King Secondary School, Cork
Poland St Anne’s Community College, Killaloe, Co Clare
Portugal Abbey Vocational School, Donegal Town
Romania St Kevin’s College, Finglas, Dublin 11
Slovenia Gaelcholáiste na Mara, Arklow, Co Wicklow
Slovakia Gaelcholáiste Choilm, Baile an Chollaigh, Co Chorcaí
Finland Mercy College, Sligo
Sweden Coláiste an Spioraid Naoimh, Bishopstown, Cork
United Kingdom St Joseph’s Secondary School, Tulla, Co Clare

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