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EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT
COMMITTEE ON FOREIGN AFFAIRS (AFET)

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ENLARGEMENT OF THE EUROPEAN UNION – YES, NO, AND HOW?

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THE ROLE OF THE EUROPEAN UNION IN THE GOVERNANCE OF ANTARCTICA

ABOUT THE COMMITTEE

The European Parliament has always played a pivotal leadership role in the determination of representative democracy at the EU level.

In an environment of multi-institutional competition, it has proved to be remarkably successful in influencing individual policies as well as co-shaping the agenda of system development. The EU Parliament holds legislative, budgetary, and supervisory powers, and covers a wide range of areas, such as economic and monetary affairs, immigration, energy, agriculture, fisheries, transport, the environment, and consumer protection. Parliament also partakes in matters of foreign policy and human rights. Parliment's in-depth political and legislative work is carried out by 20 standing committees. They examine legislative proposals, amend and vote on them and then submit their report to Parliament as a whole.

The Parliamentary Committee on Foreign Affairs is, in particular, responsible for common foreign and security policy and European security and defense policy, relations with other EU institutions, the strengthening of political relations with third countries, negotiations concerning the accession of European states to the Union and issues concerning human rights and the promotion of democratic values in third countries.

In the European Parliament Committee, delegates will represent relevant Members of EU Parliament of the Committee. The working procedure of the Committee will be led by the Committee Directors. All delegates must write position papers and submit them to the MUNLaws Academic team. Position papers will be reviewed and scored by the Academic team and shall significantly contribute to the final scores of delegates, upon which Committee 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 present their opening statements on the discussed topic after setting the agenda. Once every delegate presents their opening statement, which must not exceed 2 minutes, a general speakers list will be established and the floor shall be open to points or motions, as described in the General Rules of Procedure. Delegates recognized from the general speaker's list shall have no more than one and a half minutes to address the Committee.

The main goal of the Committee is to adopt a final document. Issues that have not been discussed during formal debate may not be included in the document. Every delegate shall read the General Rules of Procedure before the start of the MUNLawS Conference for a further detailed description of the procedure.

COMMITTEE CHAIRPERSONS

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