Brussels European Forum 2017

A Global State of Emergency? Designing Common Strategies Against Instability

12 – 18 March 2017, European Center La Foresta, Belgium

Deadline for applications
Don’t miss out on BEF 2017

The Brussels European Forum offers students from across the world the chance to bridge the divide between spectator and actor and take an active role in understanding the institutions which help shape our lives. Through simulating the roles of politicians, foreign ministers and world leaders and by meeting decision-makers and experts in Brussels, participants are offered a unique opportunity to deepen their knowledge of how the Council of the European Union, NATO and the G-20 operate.

The global challenges that are faced at the beginning of the new decade are both physical and financial and there exists a clear need for institutions to react in order to confront these growing threats. Whilst the focus of the Council of the European Union and the G20 will be on the effects of the migration crisis that the world is facing, the focus within the North Atlantic Council will be split between typical security concerns and emerging, less traditional challenges.

Through the media committee and the Advocacy Group at the conference, a degree of realism to the challenges faced will be added. The unique opportunity that the Brussels European Forum offers is one not to be missed!

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BEFs

500

Students

60

Universities

35

Countries

You have the chance to:

  • Be part of an international affairs conference with students from all over the world
  • Gain a deeper understanding of how international organisations work
  • Meet policy-makers and experts in Brussels
  • Take over the role of heads of states, ministers, activists and journalists
  • Represent a country or party position in one of three distinct simulation committees or cover the simulation outcomes as a journalist

What do our alumni say?
SIMULATED BODIES

Foreign Affairs Council

  • Security inside and at EU borders
  • Strategic Concept for the EU as a global actor
  • Relaunching the European project

North Atlantic Council

  • Security inside and at NATO’s borders
  • Strengthening capabilities of allies and partners
  • Readiness Action Plan for Assurance and Deterrence

G20 Committee

  • Financial stability: regulated economic development
  • Promoting global sustainable development
  • Global governance of migration flows

Media Committee

  • Organize daily press conferences
  • Create a daily newspaper
  • Create a daily news show

Advocacy Group

  • Raise awareness on the impact of the decisions made in the other committees
  • Attend hearings with decision makers
  • Organize daily advocacy events
THE VENUE

The Brussels European Forum will take place at the conference facilities of the European Center La Foresta in Vaalbeek. A medieval monastery picturesquely situated in the landscape close to Leuven and Brussels, the Center offers an ideal setting for both the intensive committee work of the forum and the intercultural dialogue between participants from diverse countries.

PREPARATION

As part of your preparation, you will prepare and submit three written assignments prior to the conference. They are meant to prepare you for drafting various types of documents necessary during a simulation conference (press releases, policy memos, briefs etc.) and will focus on the topics from your committee’s agenda. You will receive feedback on these assignments from your committee chairs, which will guide you throughout the entire preparation period.

Don’t miss out on BEF 2017
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