Simulation of EU decision-making

We have chosen the program "Web Course CT" to conduct the simulation.This Web course works much like e-mail, but is limited to use on the web and within a particular group of participants. Participants will be expected to post messages to the forum on a regular basis. The interface is clearly labeled and easy to use.

To enter the seminar you must first log on to the seminar with the User ID you have been provided with. You will need an account to do so. To obtain an account, you must send an e-mail to Include in the message your name, student number, country information, and any personal information about youself you would like to include.


(requires username and password issued by administrator)



About the seminar

Developing materials to conduct simulations over the web is part of the mandate of the Canada-EC exchange programme on the Politics of Multilevel Systems of Governance. Simulations allow students to experience and learn about processes of negotiation and decision-making. Conducting simulations over the web allows students at physically separate universities to work with each other and gain an understanding of decision-making in a multilevel system of governance.

EU Simulation 2000 is our latest attempt to design and implement a simulation of European Union decision-making involving students at students at participating universities. Previous efforts involved a simulation of European Council decision-making on regulations for leg-hold traps in fall, 1997, and a simulation of European Council decision-making on immigration, asylum and the free movement of people in the fall of 1998. Participants include students from the University of Calgary, Memorial University of Newfoundland and the University of Limerick in Limerick Ireland.

EU Simulation 2000 deals with an issue which is making the public and political leaders very nervous - the use of genetically modified organisms (GMO's) in food products. EU Simulation 2000 uses the co-decision procedure, the legislative procedure prescribed for environmental and consumer affairs. Co-decision involves the European Commission, the European Parliament, and the Council of Ministers, in the consideration of legislation under the co-decision procedure. Students at Calgary are simulating both the European Commission and the European Parliament. Students at Memorial and Limerick are simulating the Council of Ministers. Memorial students are responsible for Portugal, Ireland, Germany, the Netherlands and Denmark, while students at Limerick will play the remaining ten member-states.

Negotiations will take place via Web CT and occasional video conferences. The simulation will take place in February and March, 2000.



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