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Essay On The European Union

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Topic: The European Union's Goals and Guidelines for the Brexit Negotiations

European Council Formally established in 2009, the European Council is not a branch of the United Nations, but a branch of the European Union, a 28-member political and economic union based in Europe. The goal of the European Council is to define the European Union’s, or EU’s, overall political direction and priorities. It is not a legislative body of the EU and therefore does not negotiate or adopt EU laws. Alternatively, the European Council defines the EU’s policy agenda, traditionally by espousing “conclusions” during European Council meetings. These conclusions identify issues of concern and recommend actions to take in order to resolve
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The European Council is composed of 30 delegates, which are the heads of state or government of the 28 EU member states, the European Council President, and the President of the European Commission. Although the European Commission is not involved in this simulation’s proceedings, delegates should take note of the European Commission’s role in the EU, as the institution responsible for proposing legislation, implementing decisions, upholding the EU treaties and managing the day-to-day business of the EU. For the sake of this simulation, the duties of the European Council President and the President of the European Commission will be performed by the dais. In addition, only 15 of the 28 EU member states will participate in this simulation. Those states, which have the largest stake in the aftermath of Brexit as determined by the dais, are: Belgium, Cyprus, Denmark, France, Germany, Ireland, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, the Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Spain, and Sweden. The United Kingdom, or UK, will not be in attendance as the UK is barred from any European
Council meetings discussing Brexit. Finally, the negotiation guidelines drafted and approved by the European Council on April 29, 2017, will be disregarded for the sake of this simulation as the purpose of the committee is to draft its own version of the negotiation guidelines.
Parliamentary Procedure The European Council diverges from the United Nations in the way in which it
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