Institute for European Studies hosted the 31st edition of EuroSim







Between 4 and 7 January the IES hosted the 31st edition of EuroSim, an annual international, intercollegiate simulation of the European Union, bringing together 200 students and staff from more than 20 colleges and universities from the US and the EU. This year’s participants were tasked with negotiating on a Commission proposal for a regulation on implementing an Entry-Exit System (EES) as part of its wider policy of border management in the EU. The parallel negotiation sessions were complemented by line-up of distinguished guest speakers: IES President Karel De Gucht delivered the opening keynote on the current and future challenges for the EU, biometrics researcher Catherine Jasserand (University of Groningen) delivered a lecture on the legal and ethical issues raised by the collection and the further processing of biometric data in the context of the EES proposal, while an expert from the field, Superintendent Kenneth Pennington (Royal Ulster Constabulary, Police Service of Northern Ireland) discussed demilitarisation and border managements, and the impact of Brexit on the Northern Ireland border. Following the tremendous success of this edition, EDU and EuroSim Coordinator Silviu Piros will assemble a delegation of PILC, EuroMaster and PGC students to represent the IES at the 32nd EuroSim that will take place in Pittsford, New York, at the St. John Fisher College between 28-31 March 2019.