EuroSim 2020 was hosted by the Faculty of Social Sciences of the University of Antwerp, gathering nearly 200 students from 17 partner universities from both sides of the Atlantic. In the simulation, participants negotiated the imposition of enhanced restrictive measures against Russia and Iran, as well as the creation of a European framework for sanctioning human rights abusers, modelled on the US Global Magnitsky Act.
The Europa-Institut team had the honor and responsibility of taking over the European Commission role, which included drafting the legislative texts of the decisions and regulations on sanctions against Russia and Iran. Dealing with Iran was particularly challenging as new escalating developments were taking place during the simulation following the US airstrike in Baghdad, killing Iran’s top general. The team received praise for its outstanding drafting work and creative approach from the EuroSim hosts, but also from representatives of the European External Action Service invited for an expert guest lecture. At their request, the documents, as adopted at EuroSim, will be sent to the European Commission. Thus, if you ever read in the paper that the European Union is imposing sanctions on Russian luxury goods - be it Fabergé eggs, Siberian diamonds, vodka or caviar - it might well be that it got inspired by our students’ drafts.
Apart from the academic component, participants had the possibility to discover the city of Antwerp, visit the Red Star Line Museum and socialize with their peers over numerous coffee breaks, a reception and party. We congratulate the entire team for their remarkable group effort: well done, everyone!
Curious? EuroSim 2021 will be hosted by the University of Niagara (NY, USA)!