European Council

About Concept Agenda


 Agenda  Establishment of the Copenhagen criteria
 Committee  European Council in Copenhagen
 Year  1993
 No. of Countries
 Co-delegate (pair): 12 (Single delegate is also available.)
 Single delegate: 21
 Language  All in English
 Director  Risa Suenaga  (The University of Tokyo)
 Chair  Kohei Yagura  (The University of Tokyo)
 Secretary  Motoi Nagata  (Keio University)
 Press  Marica Hamada  (Waseda University)

Country List

Czech Republic
Serbia Montenegro
★United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland

No marks: single delegation, no voting rights; observer

Concept of the committee

To consider the future of coexistence by facing differences and similarities

This committee considers how we can create a future of coexistence by facing both differences and similarities of yourself and others. To achieve this aim, the committee is designed with the following two points.

First is the agenda which considers whether east European countries would join the European Union or not. In here, participants will face both differences and similarities between the current members of EU and the East European countries, and consider what it means to coexist within EU, and what standards are needed to be upheld.

The other point is the coexistence of Japanese- and international-style MUN. The committee aims to provide an opportunity for participants where advantages of both Japanese and international MUN can be experienced, which will be the first step towards understanding and joining respective MUN again in the future. This committee has been arranged in procedures and preparation phase to let respective traits coexist – Japanese MUN where depthful discussion on process to outcome is put importance – and international MUN where active and speedy debate unfolds.

From these two points, this committee aims to deliberate the ways of coexistence through facing both differences and similarities of different actors.

What we would like from participants

To have firm ‘self’
Since the committee holds “considering the future of coexistence by facing differences and similarities,” it aims to have participants who already have firm ‘self’ re-face and re-discover themselves through participation.

To challenge yourself
Understanding the agenda, setting national interest, and merging both international and Japanese style MUN… our committee has a lot of unique and challenging points. Participants who want to challenge themselves would certainly enjoy this committee.

To want to achieve ‘considering the future of coexistence by facing differences and similarities’
This committee is consistently designed to achieve the above concept. Thus our committee wants participants who want to achieve the theme.

Agenda and Points of Discussion


When the Cold War ended in 1991, East European countries started to democratize, and gradually they started to hope to join the European Union. The existing members of EU also considered it necessary to have those Eastern countries considering the necessity in security and economic cooperation, and start to seek coexistence. However, under the situation in 1993, differences and gaps between the existing members and East European countries were too large to fill, and it was difficult to admit their joining to EU immediately. As a result, an idea of setting certain standards and criteria to join the EU came up.

Points of Discussion

① Purpose of European Integration
In this committee you will discuss why Europe needs integration.
More details are as follows;
・ Purpose of economic / currency integration
・ Purpose of security cooperation
・ Purpose of European cooperation in human rights protection
・ What it means to be ‘European’

② What criteria new members need to satisfy to join the EU
Reflecting upon the purposes set in 1, you will discuss what kind of criteria are needed to be set. Here, you will also discuss relationship between criteria and above purposes.
More details are as follows;

・ Relationship between purposes and political criteria, and concreteness of criteria
・ Relationship between purposes and economic criteria, and concreteness of criteria
・ Whether to consider the governance of newly joining members or not