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COUNCIL OF THE EU

ENVIRONMENT COUNCIL

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GREEN TRANSFORMATION:

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BEYOND EUROPEAN CLIMATE LAW

ABOUT THE COMMITTEE

Together with the European Parliament, the Council is the main decision-making body of the EU. In the Council of the EU, informally also known as the Council, government ministers from each EU country meet to debate, amend and adopt laws, and coordinate policies.

 

Council meets in one of 10 different configurations, each corresponding to the policy area being discussed. Depending on the configuration, countries are represented by their minister, responsible for the discussed policy area. They also have the authority to commit their governments to the actions agreed on in the meetings. The meetings are chaired by the minister in charge of the country holding the rotating EU presidency. The main purpose of the Council is to negotiate and adopt EU laws, together with the European Parliament, based on proposals from the European Commission, coordinate EU countries’ policies, develop the EU’s foreign and security policy, based on the European Council guidelines, conclude agreements between the EU and other countries or international organizations and to jointly adopt the annual EU budget with the European Parliament. 

 

MUNLawS 2021 will held the meeting of the environmental configuration of the Council, with each delegate representing one of the 26 ministers, responsible for the environment. The working procedure of the Council will be led by two Council Directors, one representing the Slovenian minister in charge of the environment and one the European Commission. Delegates of the Council must write a position paper for the announced topic and submit it to the MUNLawS Academic team. Position papers will be reviewed and scored by the Academic team and shall greatly contribute to the final scores of delegates, upon which Council awards will be based. Instructions on how to write the position paper are published on this website. Failure to follow these instructions or to meet the deadline for the submission of the position papers will result in negative points for the position paper. All delegates shall prepare their opening statement, in which they must present their country's viewpoint on the topic. This shall not exceed 2 minutes per speech. Further on, the simulation will follow as presented in the Rules of Procedure for the Council of the European Union.

The main goal of the Council at MUNLawS 2021 will be to negotiate and adopt a resolution based on the agendas from Discussion Paper issued prior to the conference. Issues that have not been discussed during formal debate may not be included in the Resolution. Every delegate shall read the General Rules of Procedure prior to the start of the MUNLawS Conference for a further detailed description of the procedure.

CHAIRS AT MUNLAWS 2021

Ana Maja Kralj

Gaja Podgornik

Ana Maja has been a member of the Faculty of Law’s Model United Nations Club since the beginning of her first year at the University of Ljubljana. She attended various conferences at home and abroad. Through participating in different committees with topics ranging from territorial disputes, international trade wars, crime prevention, criminal justice, and the rule of law, she became an experienced delegate and chair, with extensive knowledge about the current developments in the world. 

Gaja is an undergraduate student at the University of Ljubljana, Faculty of Law. Her main focus is international and human rights law with a special interest in environmental legislation within the EU. As a first-time chair Gaja wishes to share her interest in the topic of European green transition with other aspiring members of the Environment Council of the EU at the 2021 MUNLawS Conference.