For a year, which is to say ever since I joined MUNTUM, I had been hearing about EuroMUN. “Oh, you should’ve seen us at EuroMUN.”. “Oh, this is nothing, wait until we get to Maastricht.”. “Man, Crisis at EuroMUN was So. Much. Fun.” So yeah, it’s safe to say I was quite expectant at the chance to pack my bags and ship off to the Netherlands for a 5-day conference with all of our delegation. I was also looking forward to the challenge of it, since I chose to participate in the infamous Crisis committee, after my relative success in OxIMUN.
Crisis committees simulate the urgency, hecticness and, frankly, chaos of real life situations and are often seen as a pièce de résistance of sorts in these events, with other committees being influenced by the decisions taken in Crisis. It attracts more experienced as well as more competitive delegates and rewards thinking on your feet, self reliability and a streak of creativity. It’s also the most fun to be had at the entire conference.
Now, you don’t get to prepare for Crisis the same way you prepare for other committees. You have a country, which gives you a general idea of what kind of conflict to expect, but the proverbial devil in the details is conspicuously absent. This year, with the Commonwealth of Independent States and the European Council present, the only conflict possible was the Ukraine, that much we got decipher. However we were presented with a problem of a nature much more cutthroat and ruthless than mere war, truly the stuff of nightmares: we had an economic conflict in our hands. The Commonwealth of Independent States, led along by a defiant Russian Federation, seeked to introduce their own rival to the
Euro: the zanily named Zampa. This threw us completely off.
I had the honor of representing the Republic of Lithuania in the European Council side of the crisis, which presented some fascinating challenges to me. History alone made Europe’s conflict with Russia one of intimate significance to the nation; and despite the Lithuanian people’s more than frosty relationship with their erstwhile Soviet neighbors, their economic structure made them highly succeptible to market volatility and even outright monetary hostility. Suffice it to say, the CIS oil embargo on the whole of the European Union (a truly ghastly prospect), hit the country hard.
The tides of war were rising. Battle plans were drawn and NATO vessels were moved accros the Baltic. I must have driven the back room crazy with all my queries about the status of our border with Kaliningrad and Belarus. But in the end, a precarious, yet precious balance was struck and peace prevailed in the face of overwhelming odds, to the relief of some and the chagrin of others.
So. I guess it’s my turn to tick off the new delegates.
Man, Crisis at EuroMUN was So. Much. Fun.
My name is Kevin Wu and I am a Computer Science student at TUM. EuroMUN was my seventh and last MUN Conference; it was a worthy last one.
Knowing that it would be my last conference, I planned to make it memorable. Representing Greece in the European Council of Ministers discussing economic issues, such as TTIP and the European Social Fund, I got the ultimate chance to leave my mark forever in MUN history.
From the start of the debating sessions to when the gavel hammered a last time on Sunday afternoon, Greece challenged the conventional, stirred up necessary controversy and made sure that instead of aiding those that brought us to the current disasters, we, as a Council, finally write down policies that would help the common citizen.
Our first topic was the European Social Fund and what it should and should not do. While many countries believed that the ESF should fight unemployment through education and training schemes, Greece made clear that it did not believe in this scheme. Of what use are training schemes when businesses are in no mood to hire people. Instead, an economic stimulus consisting of effective monetary and fiscal policies is what is needed.
Our second topic concerned TTIP. While again many countries were in favor of TTIP, Greece warned against murky negotiations
and decreasing product standards. It also warned against American Imperialism and declining business success.
Overall, it was a great experience and I would like to the chance to thank MUNTUM once more for the excellent organization and effort in organizing our trip to this exceptional conference.