As a Minister, you represent the interests of the country you have been assigned to. You will be solely responsible for how your country’s opinion is reflected in the final legislative proposal. To be successful in this endeavour, you will have to work not just with your fellow Ministers, but also make connections with Members of the European Parliament (MEPs). You will also identify the Interest Representatives whose agendas are in line with the policies of your government.

You should be prepared for the fact that you will be engaging and discoursing more than you would if you were in Parliament. This means you may come under more pressure to form alliances with other countries, especially if your views are in the minority. Even if you are representing a small country, you can wield influence over the proceedings, for instance by blocking decisions. Your arguments will have to be persuasive and you have to articulate convincing points.

Even after you manage to find a compromise in the Council, you still need to leverage your connections inside the Parliament to ensure that your amendments to the legislative proposal pass or even have amendments which did not pass in the Council reintroduced in the Parliament.

Just as in real life, you will have to consider the political implications of what you say and do during your time in the Council, as well as during your 'off-hours' like lunch-time, coffee breaks, and press conferences, as the Journalists are ever-present and seeking their next headline.

Furthermore, we are lucky to have Interpreters present for various European languages, giving you the opportunity to argue your points in your native tongue. Details of supported languages will be available as the conference nears. Representing the interests of the majority can allow you to be elected as a representative for trialogue meetings or to speak on behalf of the whole Council during the mandatory press conferences.

The Council of the European Union consists of representatives of government ministries of individual Member States and is referred to as “the Council”. National ministers or state secretaries from each Member State meet to adopt laws and coordinate policies, with the Presidency of the Council being shared by each of the Member States on a rotating basis. Despite the Council being one legal entity, it meets in 10 different configurations based on the topic at hand and, depending on the situation, makes decisions using different voting procedures: simple majority, qualified majority or unanimous voting. In MEUS, qualified majority voting will be used.