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European Commission

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general information


The European Commission as it stands today was officially established by the Treaty of Lisbon in 2007, having existed under other names since the creation of the European Union’s predecessors in 1951. It is one of the 5 main bodies of the EU and works both as part of the executive and legislative branches of the Union. It is comprised of 27 “commissioners”, one for each member state, and works as a cabinet, where each commissioner holds a specific portfolio. It is presided over by the president of the European Commission, currently, Ursula Von der Leyen, who is appointed by the European Council.
In MUNUSAL 2024, it will be one of two intermediate-level committees, designed for those who already have some MUN experience.
The committee is perfect for those interested in a unique debating experience and who want to put their debate skills into practice and further advance their knowledge of the inner workings of the European Union.



Eastern Enlargement: Ukrainian Accession to the Union
Revisiting the Schengen Agreement

Ever since Ukraine officially became a candidate country for membership in the middle of an ongoing war, European countries have had a mixed response over the expedited nature that the country envisions its accession. The Copenhagen Criteria must crucially be met, but aside from that, membership of a country at war could trigger a mutual defense clause within the Treaty of the European Union. Potential accession would mean reconsidering the notion of a European identity and the granting of the four freedoms of the EU to Ukrainian citizens. Are current member states ready to deliver on their promise at accession? Issues such as political alignment, economic integration, cultural considerations, and the geopolitical implications of Ukraine's potential EU accession can be explored within this committee. Should the EU entertain the request for an expedited application? What would it mean for the EU if it lets Ukraine join in the middle of an ongoing war?

In the ever-evolving landscape of the European Union, the Schengen Agreement is facing some serious hurdles. From tightening security needs and the changing patterns of migration to shifts in global politics, Schengen needs a fresh look to stay effective. It's time to figure out how Schengen can adapt to the modern world, finding new solutions that work for the real issues we're facing. Can Schengen strike the right balance between safety and freedom, manage the new face of migration, and handle the changing politics within Europe and beyond? Can the EU adapt to the refugee crisis while upholding its core principles?


Matilde Rodrigues

Matilde is a 22-year-old master's student from Lisbon. She has been immersed in the MUN world since her discovery in 2021 and hasn't looked back since. She's been all around Europe, taking part in MUNs and collecting wonderful experiences. Besides her love for international relations, she has a soft spot for movies, old music, and little fun facts. This is gonna be her first time in Salamanca, and she's excited to explore the city, make new connections on LinkedIn, and be a part of this amazing conference.


Briana Mifsud‬

Briana is a 22-year-old European Studies graduate from Malta. She first began her MUN journey in 2019 and has participated in various MUNs since, both as a chair and as a delegate. She currently serves as the Vice President of the MaltMUN Society, having previously occupied the role of Conference Manager for the Society's conference in 2022. Briana currently works in compliance, and in her free time, she enjoys curling up with a good book and cheering on her favourite football team.

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