The European Council is a symbolic collective presidency for the EU, standing at both the beginning and the end of the cycle of decisions. For decades, it has operated as a summit for the Heads of States or Governments of the European Union members, assembling in different cities at least four times each year. These meetings serve as a way for Member States to formally declare their interests and priorities through their highest authorities, which then turn into a conclusion that has to be approved by consensus to drive the European Union forward.
We now rewind back to December 2002 in Copenhagen, Denmark. The 15 Member States convene to decide which countries will be the newcomers to the union, thereby redefine what it means to be “European”. Hopes have been high for years, but who will enter 2003 as a Member State has critical implications with the rising tensions and talks of war in the Western world; especially with some of the candidates’ past alignments, inner conflicts and possible burdens to the new eurozone.
The 15 Heads of States of this committee will have the opportunity to discuss the biggest enlargement of the European Union to this date, going back to the issue of Eastern countries in the union. In this turning point for European history, the delegates have the chance to change its course and decide who gets to join the EU in a political arena full of tension and violence, but also of hope for peace and stability
Agenda Item: European Integration and Eastern enlargement