University of Washington

2013 West Coast Model EU


The European Union Center of Excellence hosted the 2013 West Coast Model EU on February 22-23, 2013, at the University of Washington in Seattle.

The Model European Union is a simulation of a European Council Summit. Teams made up of two undergraduate students play the roles of representatives of EU member state delegations, the European Commission, the European Central Bank and the European Parliament. At Model EU 2013 participants negotiate issues that will be discussed during the Irish Presidency in the first half of 2013. The 2013 Model EU featured two concurrent summit negotiation sessions focusing on the following issues: Towards a stronger financial Union and the reform of the Cohesion Policy.

The 2013 West Coast Model EU was sponsored by the European Union Center of Excellence and the Center for West European Studies at the Jackson School of International Studies, University of Washington. Please find the Model EU 2013 invitation here.

 Peter Kerstens

We were also honored to welcome Peter Kerstens, Economics and Finance Counselor at the Delegation of the European Commission to the USA as our 2013 West Coast Model EU keynote speaker.



Outstanding Head of Government

Skye Herrick
Brigham Young University


Outstanding Head of Government

Karen Maniraho
University of Washington

European Central Bank

Outstanding Minister of Interior

James Theibault-Jarvis
University of British Columbia


Outstanding Minister of Interior

Alex Kuehl
University of Washington

European Central Bank

Honorable Mention

Samantha Houghton
Oregon State University

Minister of Interior, Estonia

Honorable Mention

Niklas Enrentreich
Oregon State University

Head of Government, Denmark

Honorable Mention

Matthew Stone
Brigham Young University

Minister of Interior, Bulgaria

Honorable Mention

Mark Bennett
University of Wisconsin

Vice President,
European Commission



Towards a stronger financial union

Reform of Cohesion Policy

Student delegates participating in the Model EU are expected to prepare a position paper and draft resolution which address the Agenda developed by the Presidency in advance for the Model EU. 

View Position Papers


Event schedule (updated 1/23/2013)

Presidency agenda (updated 11/21/2012)

Communication by the Presidency on negotiation topics (updated 11/2/2012)

Rules and Procedures (updated 10/2012)

Guidelines Position Papers (updated 10/2012)

Guidelines Draft Resolutions (updated 10/2012)

Judging Criteria (updated 10/2012)


Hotel: Check-in at the Hotel DECA is 3PM. Check-out is 12PM. If your return flight is late in the evening, we recommend storing your luggage at the Hotel DECA and returning to pick it up after the conference has concluded. We strongly suggest that you do not bring luggage to the conference venue, so as to avoid overcrowding.

The hotel address is:

Hotel Deca
4507 Brooklyn Avenue NE
Seattle, WA, 98105

Map: Walking directions from Hotel DECA to the HUB (for Friday night) can be found here, and walking directions from the hotel to Mary Gates (for the Saturday negotiations) can be found here. A UW Campus map with all buildings labelled - as well as walking directions and a printable PDF version - can be found here.

Internet access: Due to a new Model EU policy we will not provide wireless internet access for the participants this year. All students are welcome however to bring their laptops to the negotiation sessions. 

Attire: All events for the Model EU will require business dress. Standard delegate attire for the conference is business jacket, slacks (or skirts for women), dress shirt (with tie for men) and dress shoes. Dress sweaters, shorts, ball caps, jeans, sneakers and sunglasses are considered too casual. Clothes that expose excessive bare skin or are otherwise revealing are inappropriate.

Speeches: At the Opening Plenary Session on Friday, February 22, each Head of Government/ State will be called upon to make a brief speech (strict maximum of 2 minutes) to introduce his or her country's positions on a stronger financial Union and the reform of the Cohesion Policy. Therefore, each Head of Government/ State should consult with their Minister of the Interior to understand their country's position on that issue.

Useful websites:

Irish EU presidency

European Council - The President

News resources:


View the 2012 West Coast Model EU web site

View the 2011 West Coast Model EU web site

View the 2010 West Coast Model EU web site

View the 2009 West Coast Model EU web site

View the 2008 West Coast Model EU web site

View the 2007 West Coast Model EU web site

View the 2006 West Coast Model EU web site


Assigned Country University
Presidency of the European Council University of Washington
European Commission University of Wisconsin - Madison
European Central Bank University of Washington
European Parliament University of Washington
Austria Lewis-Clark State College
Belgium Brigham Young University
Bulgaria Brigham Young University
Cyprus Portland State University
Czech Republic University of Utah
Denmark Oregon State University
Estonia Oregon State University
Finland Portland State University
France University of Idaho - Moscow
Germany Western Washington University
Greece University of Victoria
Hungary Gonzaga University
Ireland University of Washington
Italy Gonzaga University
Latvia Gonzaga University
Lithuania University of Colorado - Boulder
Luxembourg Oregon State University
Malta Portland State University
Netherlands The Claremont Colleges
Poland University of British Columbia
Portugal University of Colorado - Boulder
Romania Brigham Young University
Slovakia University of Victoria
Slovenia Western Washington University
Spain University of Utah
Sweden University of Washington
United Kingdom University of Oregon

Other Model EUs in the United States:


University of Pittsburgh:


Southwest Model EU (University of Oklahoma):


Midwest Model EU (Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis):


SUNY Model European Union: 




European Union Center of Excellence
120 Thomson Hall
Box 353650
University of Washington
Seattle, WA 98195-3650
(206) 616-2415 office
(206) 616-2462 fax