May 5-6-7, 2023, Venice International University

Venice International University (VIU), Ca' Foscari University of Venice and Venice Diplomatic Society, with the support and participation of Europe Direct of the City of Venice and the European Parliament Research Service will organize the seventh edition - in person - of the Venice Universities' Model European Union on May 5-6-7, 2023.

The Model European Union is a simulation of the EU legislative procedure. The participants will adopt the roles of the members of the European Commission, European Parliament and Council of the European Union, following the steps of the ordinary legislative procedure by which directives and regulations are adopted.

The VeUMEU is an excellent opportunity for students to gain an understanding of multilateral diplomacy, and to hone their negotiating and leadership while practicing public speaking.
Students will learn about the legislative process, rules of procedure, revision and introduction of amendments, and how to draft EU Directives and Regulations.
A group of students will also form the Press Corps, reporting on developments during the weekend of activities.

The VeUMEU is part of the City of Venice's Europe Day celebrations which will continue throughout the month of May.


For the 2023 edition, the Legal Acts that will be adopted for the simulation are:

Proposal for a DIRECTIVE OF THE EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT AND OF THE COUNCIL on combating violence against women and domestic violence (COM/2022/105 final)

Proposal for a REGULATION OF THE EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT AND OF THE COUNCIL on nature restoration (COM/2022/304 final)


Support Material

Violence against women and domestic violence
Legislative Train Schedule Legislative proposal on combating violence against women and domestic violence
Briefing on Violence against women in the EU | State of play.
Study on Violence against women and domestic violence | The new Commission proposal in light of European Parliament requests
Topical Digest on Gender-based violence

Nature restoration
Briefing | Initial Appraisal of a European Commission Impact Assessment Regulation on nature restoration.
Briefing | EU Legislation in Progress  EU nature restoration regulation | Setting binding targets for healthy ecosystems.
Legislative Train Schedule Proposal for a regulation on nature restoration.
EU nature restoration regulation: Setting binding targets for healthy ecosystems [EU Legislation in Progress]
Briefing | EU Legislation in Progress  Sustainable use of plant protection products.
EC staff working document on Drivers of food security


The VeUMEU is organized with the support of Europe Direct of the City of Venice. 

The VeUMEU is supported also by the European Parliamentary Research Service (EPRS).
Two policy analysts will participate in the VeUMEU, providing their expert advice and guidance to the students during the deliberations:

apap joanna ridJoanna APAP is a member of the Strategy and Innovation Unit in the European Parliamentary Research Service (EPRS).and acts as a Strategic liaison with Academia and Think Tanks. She was formerly, a coordinator for Members’ Enquiries on External Policies and a policy analyst in the External Policies Unit of the Members' Research Service of DG EPRS, working on human rights in external relations, migration and with the Maghreb countries. Prior to joining Dg EPRS, Joanna worked as an administrator, for five and half years, in the secretariat of the Committee on Internal Market and Consumer Protection (IMCO), subsequent to her post in Policy Department C dealing with Citizens' Rights and Constitutional Affairs. Joanna Apap holds a PhD in European law and politics, specialized in the area of Justice and Home Affairs from the University of Sussex, UK.


zamfir ionel ridIonel ZAMFIR is a policy analyst in the European Parliament Research Service, in the Citizens' Policies Unit, where he focuses on gender equality and women's rights. From 2014 to 2022, he worked on external policies in the EPRS, covering human rights and democracy in the world, multilateralism and the United Nations, trade and development and African affairs. Prior to joining the Parliament, Ionel worked in the EU Committee of the Regions and in the Romanian public administration. He graduated in philosophy and languages at the University of Bucharest and obtained a PhD in political philosophy from Saint Louis University, US, in 2008 with a focus on the international protection of human rights. 


Applications and attendance

Participation is open to students of Università Ca' Foscari Venezia, Università degli Studi di Padova, Università Iuav di Venezia, Global Campus of Human Rights, VIU and VIU member universities.

The selection of the participants and attribution to institutions/committees is supervised by the Organizing Committee in order to reach the highest level of international participation. 


Students interested in participating to VeUMEU will cover the roles of members of the Parliament, the Council of the European Union and the Press.

Application deadline: April 14, 2023. The selected candidates will be notified by April 21, 2023.


 A call for staff is also open to contribute to VeUMEU 2023 in the following positions:
_ Vice-President of the Council of the European Union
_ Secretary of the European Parliament
_ Social Media Manager

Application deadline extended: April 7, 2023.


*Both application form for VeUMEU participants and the full call for staff are available in the boxes at the top of this page.


A preparatory intensive workshop for both staff and participants will be held on April 28, 2023.


Participants must attend at least 70% of the activities (VeUMEU May 5-6-7 and the preparatory workshop). A certificate of attendance will be issued.




Organized by:

logo VDSThe Venice Diplomatic Society (VDS) is a non-profit association created in 2015 by students of Ca’ Foscari University of Venice, Italy. The main aims of this association are giving students and citizens the chance of acknowledging the complex functioning of the greatest international organizations, introducing them to their inner dynamics, organising workshops to train them to speak in a foreign language in front of an international audience, debating on the hottest topics of the planet’s agenda – from current geopolitical crises to environmental issues, but also the theme of refugees, the allocation of foreign investments and violations of international law, gender equality, on-going conflicts and wars, human rights issues. It also puts students in contact with the reality of Model United Nations (Model UN or MUNs), which are extra-curricular activities where students play the role of Delegates of the United Nations and simulate the inner proceedings of UN committees. After the first VeUMUN on 2016, Venice Diplomatic Society is glad to announce the first edition of the simulation of European Union, VeUMEU 2017, with the collaboration of their new partner Bringing Europeans Together Association, BETA Italia.
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VIU logo N black 16 PNG ridVenice International University (VIU) is something unique in the international academic environment: a group of 20 Universities from all over the world sharing a common Campus on the beautiful Island of San Servolo, in the Venice lagoon. These Universities collegially devise study programs to prepare their students to face today’s global challenges: Sustainable Development, Ageing and Welfare, Global Ethics and Cultural Heritage are central topics of VIU programs. Students who choose to spend a term studying at VIU are taught to move across disciplines and through cultures with a flexible approach, an open mind and creative thinking. VIU offers its support for research programs involving the various Universities that form its network, and develops specific programs for advanced training.
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Logo CFCa’ Foscari University of Venice was born as the first business school in Italy and the second in Europe. Today it provides several courses in various departments, such as Languages, Management, Environmental studies, Philosophy, Science, Humanities International Relations and more. Just like the city that hosts it, it is a crossroad of cultures, fields of research, ideas and creativity; a modern university that keeps abreast of things by realizing, within its eight departments, advanced research projects and innovative study programs that guarantee an excellent educational experience. Through its five interdepartmental schools, Ca’ Foscari works with cross-cutting and integrated educational approaches. Whoever studies in Venice can this way acquire a wider range of and more articulate skills: economy interfaces with cultural heritage, languages intersect with economics, restoration meets science just to cite a few examples.
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ve eudirectEurope Direct is a European Commission information network designed to inform citizens about the activities and opportunities offered by the European Union. Europe Direct aims to reinforce citizens' sense of  attachment to the European Union by involving them in the process of building Europe. The Veneto has a Europe Direct information relay, set up by the City of Venice - as leading figure - and 18 institutional partners: the Veneto Region, the Prefettura di Venezia, the Provinces of Venice, Belluno, Padua, Rovigo and Treviso, the Venice Chamber of Commerce, the Eurosportello of Unioncamere Veneto, the Cities of Bassano del Grappa, Chioggia, Jesolo, Padova, Thiene and Valdagno, Università Iuav di Venezia (Architecture and Design), ESU of Venezia (Students' Union) and USR (the Veneto Regional Schools). 32 centers in the region support citizens in accessing information relative to the areas of activity of the European Union. Since 2008 the information relay has also hosted Eurodesk, providing young people and youth workers with information on the sector-opportunities offered by the European Union and the European Council.
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ve eudirectEuropean Parliament Research Service | EPRS’ mission is to provide Members of the European Parliament, and where appropriate parliamentary committees, with independent, objective and authoritative analysis of, and research on, policy issues relating to the European Union, in order to assist them in their parliamentary work.

EPRS provides a comprehensive range of products and services, backed by specialist internal expertise and knowledge sources in all policy fields, so empowering Members and committees through knowledge and contributing to the Parliament’s effectiveness and influence as an institution. EPRS also supports and promotes parliamentary outreach to the wider public, including universities.

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Further information

Participation and logistics:
Venice International University
Isola di San Servolo 30133 Venice - Italy
Tel. +39 041 2719 511

VeUMEU 2023 content and preparation:
Venice Diplomatic Society