As a Member of the European Parliament (MEP), you will simultaneously support your political group’s agenda regarding the legislative proposals, while arguing in line with your own national interests. Nonetheless, it is up to you to consider the extent of your support and how it might impact your relationship with the rest of your political group. You will have to seek support for your proposed amendments from not just your political group, but also other MEPs in the EP.
While in the Parliament, you should strive to create a strong image of yourself by arguing your points persuasively and consistently. You will want to be noticed and remembered by other MEPs who will be more likely to work with you if they see you as a formidable and reliable ally.
Do not forget to build connections in the Council as well — the proposals cannot pass without the approval of both the European Parliament and the Council. Connections are not just vital to passing the proposals, but also in ensuring that your efforts in the Parliament are not subsequently overturned in the Council.
You will additionally have to consider the political implications of what you say and do since Journalists are ever-present and seeking their next headline. On the other hand, you will be approached by Interest Representatives who will do their best to influence you and push their agendas forward, but they can also offer you vital information and themselves serve as invaluable allies.
Since you can not choose which party and country you get assigned to, you might end up representing a MEP whose values you do not support. However, it is vital that you embrace your role and put yourselves in their shoes to drive their agenda as best you can. You will have to do your best to convince others to support your vision for the future of Europe. Gaining an understanding of a faction you personally disagree with is key to engaging in respectful and productive debate in modern political discourse.
Even if you are selected as a MEP for a smaller political group, you can still stand out by being vocal; you can find yourself leading the debates, and perhaps strategically working to block amendments and inciting other MEPs fight to get your group on their side.
Furthermore, we are lucky to have Interpreters present for a multitude of working European languages, granting you the unique opportunity to argue your points in your native language. Details of supported languages will be confirmed closer to the conference.