On December 12, 2022, the Political Science and Philosophy Department of Khazar University organized a countrywide simulation on the meeting of the European Council over its response to Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.
Organized within the Erasmus+ Jean Monnet Module, the simulation of the European Council meeting was attended by students from 6 different HEIs.
Previously instructed by the academic coordinators of the Erasmus+ Jean Monnet project Dr. Elmar Mustafayev and Zibar Huseynova on the roles and competencies of the EU and its institutions, the students were split into the roles of heads of states or governments of the member-states, the President of the European Council, and the High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy. The participant students were tasked with studying the position of their respective roles from the perspective of their national interest and security concerns, as well as the common European interests.
During the simulation day, the sanction packages of the EU to Russia become the subject of heated debate among the member-states. While some member-states demanded imposing sanctions on Russia’s energy sector, the others due to their considerable reliance on Russia’s energy disagreed to hit on Russia’s energy export.
Despite the differences, the students simulating the EU summit agreed on imposing a new sanction package, as well as the humanitarian, economic and military assistance of the Union to Ukraine.