19th Brussels European Forum

calendar_today August 29 – September 4, 2021

place Vollmar Akademie – Kochel am See, Germany

19th Brussels European Forum

calendar_today Aug 29 – Sep 4, 2021

place Vollmar Akademie
Kochel am See, Germany

emoji_events Winner of the Altiero Spinelli Prize for Outreach 2019

Our committees

G20

• Shaping the Future of Work
• Promoting Energy Diversity and Sustainability
• Trading in the Digital Age

North Atlantic Council

• Collective Defence and Deterrence
• Security Inside and at NATO’s Borders
• NATO’s Role on the Global Stage

Foreign Affairs Council

• Migration Policies and Border Control
• Climate Change and Energy Autonomy
• Ongoing Trade Wars

Media Committee

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

Our partners & sponsors

Our activities are only possible with the support of our trusted partners and sponsors.
This year our special thanks go to everyone who believed in us and our mission.

What you’re in for

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 will focus on EU Foreign Affairs and defence, the G20 will discuss matters of migration and energy and 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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Experience

Experience the process that sets our world in motion within the North Atlantic Council, Foreign Affairs Council of the EU, or as a head of state in the G20

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Report

Cover the simulation outcomes as a journalist or make your voice heard as a member of our advocacy group

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Visit

If possible we will organize visitation programmes to places and organizations of political importance in Munich

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Network

Network with like-minded peers in a multicultural environment

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Improve

Hone your writing skills and critical view by contributing to our blog

Editions

Attendees

Universities

Countries

Our committees

Through simulating the roles of world leaders, journalists and advocates you benefit from a unique opportunity to deepen your knowledge of the intricate workings of the Council of the European Union, NATO and the G-20.

G-20 Leaders' Summit

The G-20 Committee at the Brussels European Forum is replicating the real-life G-20 Leaders’ Summit, the meeting of the heads of state. Here you seize the opportunity of representing one of the 20 most economically influential countries.

You will get to discuss the most pressing geo-political issues subsequently having to find solutions to complex global problems. Despite different backgrounds and priorities, you will need to broker consensus on current issues such as economic development, migration or energy and environmental policies.

Join us now to forge a new framework for international cooperation and decision-making!

Become a Head of State

North Atlantic Council

The simulated North Atlantic Council (NAC) meets annually at the Brussels European Forum. Together, the largest military alliance on the planet is tasked with guaranteeing the safety of all its members and coordinating collective defensive strategies.

Representatives of NATO nations will be faced with one week of intensive and impactful debate where old paradigms meet new challenges and the policies of the future are forged.

Join now and take international defense and world stability into your own hands! Become a member of the North Atlantic Council at the Brussels European Forum 2021.

Become a MoD

Foreign Affairs Council

The simulated Foreign Affairs Council (FAC) dares to assemble within its Agenda the most challenging matters the EU is facing nowadays. The implacable climate change, widening internal divisions and potential trade wars are issues you will be provoked to realistically tackle while in La Foresta, Belgium.

You will get the chance to shape the future of the European project through engaging in intense negotiations, finding strategic allies and brokering consensus for the pan-European good.

Join the FAC, get an insight into how European affairs are being conducted, make your voice heard and have a lasting echo in the new global order!

Become a MoFA

Media Committee

Journalism and the right of free speech have always been one of the core elements of democratic societies. The Media Committee aims to complement the simulation by creating a medial frame and connection around and between the negotiation committees just like real-life journalists.

Representing one of three differently oriented news outlets, you will be interviewing representatives of the NAC, the FAC, and the G20, as well as creating a daily news show and inform the participants about the events happening within the committees via our own social media channel.

The way you portray the delegates to others might even influence the way the committees work together, so the journalists’ work is not to be underestimated at La Foresta.

Become a journalist

G-20 Leaders' Summit

The G-20 Committee at the Brussels European Forum is replicating the real-life G-20 Leaders’ Summit, the meeting of the heads of state. Here you seize the opportunity of representing one of the 20 most economically influential countries.

You will get to discuss the most pressing geo-political issues subsequently having to find solutions to complex global problems. Despite different backgrounds and priorities, you will need to broker consensus on current issues such as economic development, migration or energy and environmental policies.

Join us now to forge a new framework for international cooperation and decision-making!

Become a Head of State

North Atlantic Council

The simulated North Atlantic Council (NAC) meets annually at the Brussels European Forum. Together, the largest military alliance on the planet is tasked with guaranteeing the safety of all its members and coordinating collective defensive strategies.

Representatives of NATO nations will be faced with one week of intensive and impactful debate where old paradigms meet new challenges and the policies of the future are forged.

Join now and take international defense and world stability into your own hands! Become a member of the North Atlantic Council at the Brussels European Forum 2021.

Become a MoD

Foreign Affairs Council

The simulated Foreign Affairs Council (FAC) dares to assemble within its Agenda the most challenging matters the EU is facing nowadays. The implacable climate change, widening internal divisions and potential trade wars are issues you will be provoked to realistically tackle while in La Foresta, Belgium.

You will get the chance to shape the future of the European project through engaging in intense negotiations, finding strategic allies and brokering consensus for the pan-European good.

Join the FAC, get an insight into how European affairs are being conducted, make your voice heard and have a lasting echo in the new global order!

Become a MoFA

Media Committee

Journalism and the right of free speech have always been one of the core elements of democratic societies. The Media Committee aims to complement the simulation by creating a medial frame and connection around and between the negotiation committees just like real-life journalists.

You will be interviewing representatives of the NAC, the FAC, and the G20, as well as creating a daily news show and inform the participants about the events happening within the committees via our own social media channel.

The way you portray the delegates to others might even influence the way the committees work together, so the journalists’ work is not to be underestimated at La Foresta.

Become a journalist

Preparation

Your preparation for the conference should begin as soon as you have received confirmation of participation. Make yourself familiar with the basic details, structure and role of your committee. Have a look at recent decisions and start researching the planned agenda topics.

Assignments

You will draft and submit 3 written assignments prior to the conference. They should prepare you for writing various types of documents necessary during a simulation conference (press releases, policy memos, briefs etc.) and will focus on the topics from your committee agenda. You will receive feedback from your committee chairs, which will guide you throughout the entire preparation period.

Dress code

Business attire is strictly required during all sessions, workshops and visits to the institutions in Brussels. This is designed in part to create the atmosphere of a real summit, but also to show respect to your fellow participants and organizers, and a sign of personal professionalism.

19th Brussels European Forum

calendar_today August 29 – September 4, 2021
place Vollmar Akademie, Kochel am See, Germany

Conference venue

The Brussels European Forum will take place at the conference facilities of the Georg-von-Vollmar Academy in Kochel am See, Germany. Next to Lake Kochel and close to Lake Walchen as well as to Herzogstand mountain, this picturesque location offers an ideal setting for both the intensive committee work of the forum and the intercultural dialogue between participants from diverse countries. Kochel is an hour and a half away from Munich Central Station with public transportation, which makes it easily accessible.

Frequently asked questions

Do you have questions about the next BEF? Check out the FAQ section or contact a member of our staff.

How much does it cost?

Participation fee: 450,- €

The participation fee covers full board and accommodation during the event, as well as the conference materials.

A limited number of participants may benefit from a reduced rate, should they be unable to participate otherwise. In order to receive the reduced rate they will be required to write a second letter of motivation, outlining why the rate is necessary.

You will be required to transfer the participation fee after you confirm your invitation to attend the event.

Please note that transportation to and from the conference venue is not included in your conference fee, nor can it be discounted from this amount.

What if I need a visa?

If you require a visa to travel to Germany, please contact us in advance.

We will provide you with the details of our organisation and with an invitation letter for you to present at the embassy.

Please note that obtaining a visa is sometimes a lengthy process, so do plan ahead. Also know that we cannot cover your visa fees, nor discount it from your participation fee.

What if I am travelling from outside Europe?

If you are travelling from outside Europe and you require to do your travel arrangements well in advance, please contact us so we can review your application earlier than the announced deadline. We recognise that travel fares can be quite high when travelling large distances so we will attempt to give you a speedy reply to your application so that you can book your flights as soon as possible.

How are the conference venue and facilities?
The conference is organised in seminar rooms of appropriate sizes for the group expected.

Meals are cooked in house and served at the venue. Vegetarian options are available, and special attention is offered to allergies and dietary restrictions.

Accommodation is offered in rooms with 2 and 3 beds. Accommodation in single rooms is possible at a preferential rate to be paid in addition to the conference fee.

The conference venue is situated in the outskirts of Leuven, in the middle of nature. Jogging or walking in the vicinity is not only possible, but also recommended.

What happens if I have to cancel my trip-last minute?
  • Cancellations made 28 days or more prior to the start of the official schedule, will receive a 100% refund of the participation fee.
  • Cancellations made between 27 to 15 days prior to the start of the official schedule, will receive a 50% refund of the participation fee.
  • Any cancellations made less than 14 days prior to the start of the official schedule, cannot receive a refund of the participation fee.
How do I apply?

Step 1
Fill out the application-mef form.

Step 2
Send us your CV and a letter of motivation to office@europeanforum.de no later than 16 July 2021.

Step 3
We will reply via email to all applications submitted to us. If you do not receive an email from us, please check your Spam folder and/or get in touch.

Are there any further recommendations to participants?

We encourage you to make sure that your health insurance is valid in Germany and the countries you might travel through on your way to the BEF.

COVID Policy

Here you will find the measures and precautions we are taking to ensure your health and safety at the BEF 2021 this summer.

Exposure

We will be the only group at the BEF venue, the Georg-von-Vollmar-Akademie in Kochel.  This is advantageous because not only will it reduce the number of people with whom we come into contact throughout the duration of the simulation, but it also ensures that we will be able to enforce compliance with our Covid preventative measures among every member of our group.

Vaccinations

Our partner universities are based in the EU, UK, US and Israel. In these countries the vaccination rates are relatively high, which reduces the likelihood of widespread infections in those countries. Also, we encourage everyone to get fully vaccinated with an European Medicines Agency (EMA) approved vaccine, before attending the BEF. Being fully vaccinated means that a full vaccination cycle was administered. EMA approved complete vaccine cycles are either one dose of the Janssen vaccine by Johnson & Johnson or two doses of either Comrinaty by BioNTech & Pfizer / Covid-19 Vaccine Moderna by Moderna / Vaxzervira by AstraZeneca. The most recent vaccination has to have been administered at least two weeks before the start of the BEF, meaning the latest date to receive the last vaccination is the 15 of August 2021. Participants who are not fully vaccinated at the beginning of the BEF, will have to comply with our testing requirements. Those rapid-tests will be provided by us. Our conference managers will be monitoring the results of these tests.

Testing

We will implement a testing scheme at the BEF 2021:

  • Each participant is obligated to provide us with either their proof of vaccination OR a negative PCR-Covid-Test that is no older than 72 hours OR a negative Antigen-test that is no older than 48 hours. However if you come to our event from outside of Germany, you should check if additional test or quarantine requirements apply to you (German Ministry of Health and RKI). If this is the case, you have to meet those requirements before meeting us at the BEF venue. There is NO possibility to quarantine at the event venue. Antigen-Tests are readily available at testing centers in the city of Munich, at the Munich Airport and in most pharmacies.
  • All of our unvaccinated participants will be provided with daily saliva antigen tests that can be self administered. They will be required to take them and report the results to us. The tests we will provide have been approved by the German Medicine Agency. Unlike nasal or oral swabs, saliva tests are less invasive and less uncomfortable while still allowing for high test sensitivity. 
  • We will monitor the pre-arrival test results & vaccine status of everyone when they arrive at the venue as well as the results of the tests conducted throughout the BEF.
Quarantine

Should there be a positive COVID test during the simulation, the infected individual will be isolated from the other participants and staff, and transported to a PCR testing facility. If the PCR test is also positive this information will be reported to the Bavarian Ministry of Health, as required by law. The health authorities will then implement the standard Covid protocol to prevent the further spread of disease. An important aspect of this is that quarantine is mandatory for everyone who tested positive and for any unvaccinated person with whom the infected individual came into contact. More information can be found on the local municipality’s website , the Bavarian Ministry of Health, the German Ministry of Health, as well as the German Foreign Ministry, the EU CDC, and the Robert-Koch-Institut (RKI), which is the German equivalent of the US’ Center for Disease Control (CDC). We want to emphasize that we are not responsible for providing participants with a location at which to quarantine after the end of the BEF or if someone tests positive before the start of the BEF.

Tracing

We encourage each of our participants to download the “Corona Warn-App” before they travel to the BEF. The app alerts its users, if other app users with whom the subject has come into contact have tested positive for Covid. The data is anonymous and no personal information is collected besides the temporary Bluetooth identification. It also enables app users to anonymously report having tested positive, which warns others that they might have been exposed to the virus. Those users can then get tested and quarantine in order to reduce the exposure of others. The German app is compatible with other European apps with the same functionality so it is also very helpful to have the app installed during your travels to the BEF as it can alert you to exposure before you experience any symptoms.

Speakers

Thanks to the convenience of technology at our event we will still benefit from having engaging and stimulating speakers who will join us via Zoom, thereby limiting the number of contact people at the venue. We are very pleased that we will be able to benefit from the insights of these speakers who will share with us details of their experiences working at international institutions, such as NATO and the EU.

Support

Members of our BEF staff will be at the venue at all times during the event to support our participants with any issues that may arise.

Monitoring

Throughout the event, our staff will closely monitor our Covid regulations and ensure compliance. Additionally, we will ensure compliance with our health security concept, as well as with all national and regional Covid rules.

Expertise

In the creation of our Covid-Protocol, we have consulted the information from German and European Health Agencies, as well as American authorities. You can find a list of our sources below.

Testimonials

BEF is a week-long international conference providing students and young professionals such as yourself with a complex overview of international decision making process, while at the same time offering an immersive learning experience to our participants. Check out some first-hand impressions about BEF2018.

“Being part of the BEF was an amazing experience that left a lasting impact on my academic and personal development. I was deeply inspired by the intelligent, driven and kind-hearted people that I shared this journey with. The BEF has made me realize how important it is that our generation engages in politics, since among us are outstanding characters whose voices deserve to be heard.”

VERENA

Germany

“BEF was my first international experience and it was so good that I report to this event every time. Why do I say that? The simulation is realistic and you often feel responsible for the actions and that NATO’s fate is on your shoulders. The environment in which it develops is one that favors dialogue, the topics are adapted to the current events and many of the actions that they actually appear in the coming months. The organizing team thoroughly prepares each detail to give you a unique experience and creates an interaction between committees so you can get to know all the participants and work on resolutions together.”

IULIAN

Romania

“BEF 2018 was one of the most inspiring and motivating experiences I’ve had so far. Coming together with so many people of different national and educational backgrounds within different committees caused a bond to form which can hardly be reached by anything else. Joining the association afterwards was one of the easiest decisions in my life so far and I’m looking forward to pass these emotions on to future participants.”

FRANZISKA

Germany

“Brussels European Forum is the ultimate practical experience any student or passionate about the field of international relations should participate in. I have never thought that only after one week of negotiations, brainstorming, debates, intense communication and great achievements, I could broaden my knowledge and my personal skills at such a great scale. BEF is a great challenge, a life-changing experience which will contribute to your understanding of not only world politics, but also your own identity. Joining BEF helped me mature and gave me a proper perspective on how diplomacy works and taught me how to communicate more efficiently and how to approach issues with great professionalism.”

ANA MARIA

Romania

“It has been a great experience attending the Brussels European Forum 2018. As one of the BEF delegates in the Advocacy Group in March 2018, I met many intelligent and sharp international colleagues, experienced attorneys, legal experts, specialists in various legal disciplines, legal practitioners from different legal cultures and great future politicians. Personally I think this Forum was very well organized and very successful. I fully enjoyed the one-week event with so many interesting seminars, discussions and debates on various legal and political topics. It helped me gain a lot; from having new amazing creative friends, to having new ideas and experience new challenges. I would recommend everyone to take the chance and join BEF 2019; I will definitely apply again next year.”

YARA

Palestine/Jerusalem

“Attending the BEF was an incredible experience. In one week, I experienced an array of emotions, was challenged to think, speak and act spontaneously but with purpose, and was intellectually stimulated. I would recommend this simulation to everyone, not just political science students and avid news consumers. The BEF is way more than that: it’s an opportunity for individuals to step out of their comfort zone, engage in public speaking and debate, find creative solutions while improving upon interpersonal and diplomacy skills, but most of all, one of the best things the BEF has to offer is comradery and friendship. My memories of meeting people from diverse backgrounds and learning about different cultures during my BEF time will stay with me for much longer than the memories of sparring with Vladimir Putin on the G20 committee will. Participate in BEF! Have the time of your life! And don’t go too easy on Vlad.”

KELLIE

USA

“Empowering – Collaborative – Enriching. That is my MEF-BEF experience in 3 words. Empowering because gives you the chance to improve your critical thinking, argumentation skills and public narrative; Collaborative because unites different institutions, groups of people and multicultural stimulus in the most constructive way; and Enriching because, expect of the communication channels which it opens, it also provides you with a variety of cultural impacts that can be absorbed only though bilateral/multilateral relationships. Being for one week in La Foresta with people from all over the world, collecting experiences, cultural insights and from the one hand giving my best of myself and from the other side the best of my alter ego it was a challenging experience but most of all it is an experience that it should be relived more than once!”

VICKY

Greece

“Had a wonderful experience participating at BEF in Brussels in 2018. The one-week forum took place in a castle and welcomed participants from more than 10 countries. During that week, we had intense negotiations on committees representing the interests of our states on different topics. I really liked the atmosphere because you had to stay in character all the time, giving interviews, conducting behind-the-scenes negotiations, and discussing creation of coalitions that, from my experience in diplomacy, completely reproduced reality. Also, I would love to mention the professional level of organization and would definitely recommend those who are interested in diplomacy to participate in such events as it will give them fantastic experience. By the way, this is a great place to build a network of contacts and make a lot of friends.”

DAVID

Ukraine

Brussels European Forum

calendar_today August 29 – September 4, 2021 | place Vollmar Akademie – Kochel am See, Germany

Brussels European Forum

calendar_today August 29 – September 4, 2021

place Vollmar Akademie – Kochel am See, Germany

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Join us and experience what it’s like to be part of the global decision making process.

Step 1: Application form

Fill out the application form below. Please note that we only ask for necessary details and we will use your personal data only for the purpose of the upcoming conference.

Step 2: CV & letter of motivation

Send us your CV (Surname Name_CV BEF.pdf) and a letter of motivation (Surname Name_LoM BEF.pdf) to office@europeanforum.de no later than 16 July 2021. Should you require a reduced rate, please send us a second letter of motivation, outlining why the rate is necessary.

Step 3: Confirmation

We will confirm your participation via email to all applications a week after applications close. If you do not receive an email from us, please check your Spam folder and/or get in touch.

Step 4: Participation

You will be required to transfer a participation fee of EUR 450 after you confirm your invitation to attend the event. For more details, check our FAQ section. If you have been granted a reduced rate,  you will be required to transfer a participation fee of EUR 200.

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Evaluation

Applications will be accepted on the basis of their merit as well as the order in which they are received. Preference will be given to political science, international relations, communications or law students demonstrating a special interest in the topics discussed.

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Preferences

The committee choice will determine your role at the conference. On our website you can find more information about the simulated bodies.

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Your role

We try our best to match with your preferences and to suite you with your first choice. Don’t hesitate to approach us in case of any problem within the application process.

Personal information

  • Date of birth

 

Studies

 

Committee preferences

  • Italy (Presidency - reserved)
    Germany, USA, China, Russia, South Africa, Brazil, Turkey, United Kingdom, Canada, India, Australia, Argentina, Mexico, France, Saudi Arabia, Indonesia, Japan, South Korea, European Union
  • Slovenia (Presidency - reserved)
    Germany, France, Italy, Spain, Sweden, Denmark, Greece, Hungary, Romania, Poland, Estonia, Austria, Ireland, Netherlands, Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Portugal, Finland, Belgium, Cyprus, Malta, Luxembourg, Lithuania, Croatia, Slovakia, Latvia
  • Secretary General (Chairmanship - reserved)
    USA, UK, Germany, Turkey, France, Romania, Poland, Canada, Norway, Estonia, Greece, Belgium, Denmark, Iceland, Italy, Luxembourg, Netherlands, North Macedonia, Portugal, Spain, Czech Republic, Hungary, Bulgaria, Latvia, Lithuania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Albania, Croatia, Montenegro
  • Please specify a news agency, newspaper or news show you often follow and the guidelines of which you would uphold as journalist at BEF.
 

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