As an MEP you are elected directly by the citizens of your state. In the Parliament you represent both your country and your political party. Together with your faction you discuss EU legislation and topics of interest of the European citizens. Factions on the European level are usually more heterogenous than the political parties of nation states and on some controversial topics it may not be possible to find a common ground within the own faction. Even though it is expected to have the same positon as your faction, it is not mandatory to do so.
As a MEP you should work together with your colleagues to reach common ground and then push for a consensus within the European Parliament and, later on, with the Council of the European Union. To reach an understanding with the Council, a few MEPs should be elected to join the Trilogue which also consists of Council Members and Commissioners.
The 28 Ministers of the Council of the European Union represent their national government. Depending on the topic at hand, different Ministers meet for different topics. In the MEU Vienna, the Council of the EU discusses and makes amendments on legislation equal to the European Parliament. As there has to be a consensus between the EP and the Council, as a Minister you should take the position of the Parliament into account when negotiating. Cooperation between the two bodies is supported by the so-called Trialogue meetings, consisting of members of both chambers plus a Commissioner. In the Council of the EU, a qualified majority is needed, so the Ministers need to seek for alliances according to their national interests.
As a journalist in the MEU Vienna, it is your responsability to get all the latest news, insights and positions out there, becoming one of the most exciting parts of the conference. You will probably need to interview MEPs, Commissioners and Ministers, but it’s not only that. You will have the possibility of making a newspaper, a video-blog, a radio session or taking photos and join Press Conferences, where you will be able to ask directly the European representatives in front of a public audience. Every day, one or several editions of The jEUrnal will be released. The editorial line is not established and it’s your choice to take one. The more involved you get on the conference, the new ideas you’ll be able to produce. Your role is acting as the „real press“ would act, and there are multitude of tendences. Usually, our famous jEUrnal has a satirical-critical humorous tone combined with a couple of serious articles about what’s going on in the chambers, but it’s up to you and your team to change it.