Explaining MEP to someone who hasn’t seen anything of it before is hard, but on this page we aim to tell you as much as relevant. MEP stands for Model European Parliament, which is a programme for youths in the member states, the candidate and the applicant countries of the European Union.
Basically MEP means simulating the European Parliament for one week. The aim is to teach high school youths about European integration and coorperation, to provide them with knowledge about how the EU works and what it does as well as to give them an understanding of common issues in Europe. The programme is one of the first big steps into a political awareness and into an understanding of all the different cultures in Europe.
During their session, participants take part in lots of different events. The most important are cultural events, discussion forums and meetings (sometimes with more than one hundred other youths!). By following the programme, MEP can be a training ground for the leaders and politicians of the future, as well as a challenge for the most talented scholars of Europe.
The sessions in the different countries take place on different scales: from school to national sessions. Apart from those there are the international sessions, where youths meet and discuss with other Europeans of their age. MEP itself is organised in four Euroregional sections (MEP Baltic Sea Region, MEP Central and South Eastern European Region, MEP Mediterranean Regio and the MEP Western European Region), which can also have their own conference, just as WEMEP, which stands for Western European MEP.
We hope this gives you an understanding of what MEP does and what it stands for. If you still want to know more, you can visit the website of MEP Europe.