Our committees are what makes us special
Unique EU Simulation
Yale Model Government Europe simulates the deliberations of the European Union, rather than those of the United Nations. This means that YMGE committees focus on tackling issues particularly relevant to Europe, and encourage delegates to narrow their focus in developing meaningful solutions to the issues they engage.
Unique Committee Roles
YMGE structures its committees to mirror the format of European politics, offering Cabinets, Councils, and Specialized Bodies. Cabinets, in particular, provide delegates the chance to engage in unique crisis simulations. Each Cabinet is comprised of delegates representing specific ministerial positions, and when crises unfold, ministers are asked to reshuffle and coordinate with ministers from other nations who share their roles. This reshuffling promotes the development of uniquely effective solutions to all aspects of the crisis.
At YMGE, each committee is run as a crisis committee, featuring fast-moving crisis updates during every session. However, YMGE crises are unique in that all committees’ crises are interrelated---they are each part of a central crisis scenario. Every action taken by a committee is communicated to and binds the delegates of other committees. This integrated approach to crises makes for more exciting deliberations and calls on delegates to develop practical, nuanced, and globally-aware solutions.
Quality of Staff
YMGE takes the quality of its committees very seriously. To ensure that committees are professionally run, YMGE employs a rigorous selection process to recruit Yale-student Committee Directors with passion for international relations and special knowledge about European affairs. Many of our Committee Directors are members of the Model United Nations Team at Yale, which is consistently ranked as a top MUN teams in the world, and all Committee Directors also chair committees in the high school Yale Model United Nations conference on campus.
75% of YMGE committees enroll fewer than 15 delegates and no committee is larger than 60 delegates. This small committee size ensures that delegates have plenty of opportunity to participate in debate and play substantial roles in their committee’s decision-making process. An intimate committee environment and individual attention from Yale students pushes delegates to reach new understandings of diplomacy, crisis management, and international relations.
In 2017, YMGE will welcome 350 delegates in 17 committees. YMGE offers three distinct types of committees: National Cabinets, Councils of Ministers, and Specialized Bodies.
These cabinets are national executive bodies: one committee composed of all ministers from the country, designed to propose, debate, and ratify solutions to a national problem. The cabinets are interdisciplinary in nature, using the perspectives of various minsters to create clear solutions to multifaceted problems.
THE CABINETS AT YMGE 2017 ARE:
Councils of Ministers
As in the real-life European Union, when crisis strikes, the ministers in each cabinet reshuffle into their respective Council of Ministers. For instance, when reshuffling, all the different Ministers of Foreign Affairs will leave their national cabinets and convene with each other in the Foreign Affairs Council. The Council of Ministers format allows delegates to address issues from a different angle with a greater level of specificity and depth, putting an emphasis on European cooperation and responsiveness to crisis.
THE FOLLOWING COUNCILS OF MINISTERS ARE REPRESENTED AT YMGE 2017:
Culture and Social Affairs
Economic and Financial Affairs
Education and Youth
Employment, Labor Policy, and Consumer Affairs
Food and Agriculture
Immigration and Refugees
Transport, Telecommunications, and Energy
Specialized committees fall outside the boundaries of the traditional cabinets and parliaments. These committees are either intra-national legislative bodies or powerful international institutions that exert their influence on a global level.
THE SPECIALIZED COMMITTEES AT YMGE 2017 ARE:
European Central Bank
North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO)
Congress of Deputies of Spain
Brussels Press Corps
Like the National Cabinets, the Specialized Committees participate in crisis response, but they will not reshuffle into other committees.