ConSIMium is European Council simulation experience that makes it possible for top-performing university students in political science, economics and law to step into the shoes of EU decision-makers, negotiate new rules and reach agreements for the whole EU.
The pilot edition was launched with 162 students and 27 national coordinators on 2 and 3 Feb 2023 at the European Council in Brussels. Each EU member state was represented by six students and a country coordinator. The Bulgarian group was made up by students from University of Economics – Varna, Chernorizets Hrabar University and the American University in Blagoevgrad, with Prof. Dr. Juliana Mateeva from Varna Free University as coordinator.
University of Economics – Varna was represented by Yoanna Nikolova and Georgi Georgiev, 4 th - year International Economic Relations students with outstanding academic performance in core and elective courses such as: Diplomatic Relations, European Union Studies, Foreign Trade Policy, International Business, and English.
Students prepped up prior to the event and then teamed up in Brussels to simulate Council negotiations on climate change, in particular curbing CO2 car emissions and building alternative fuels infrastructure. They were able to experience the entire range of European Council negotiations: from establishing national positions, negotiating with other delegations, and fielding questions at press conferences. The Bulgarian students also met with Ambassador Rumen Alexandrov, permanent representative of the Republic of Bulgaria to the EU.
09 Feb 2023