Model European Parliament – Macedonia (MEP-Macedonia) is a national high school, extracurricular program that is aimed at high school students. Its primarily goal is, through hands-on models of learning, to enhance the understanding that high school students have of the processes of the legislative arm of the European Union (the European Parliament), European integration, the functioning of EU institutions, the policies and laws they create and the impact they have.

The MEP-Macedonia national program was established in 2009, by NOVA International Schools.

This program currently functions in 12 cities throughout the country within 21 high schools. The coordination of the work of these clubs, the curriculum they follow, the creation and organization of tournaments, is through the MEP office that functions as a part of NOVA International Schools.

This program was created by the initiative of the Embassy of the Kingdom of Netherlands in Macedonia and NOVA International Schools. After its establishment, the program became a part of the International MEP foundation formerly based in The Hague, The Netherlands and now in Vienna, Austria.

From 2009 MEP – Macedonia has participated in several international sessions including:

 -  2009:  Nicosia (Cyprus), Bonn (Germany);

 -  2010: The Hague (The Netherlands), Istanbul (Turkey);

 -  2011: Tallinn (Estonia), Skopje (Macedonia) – NOVA host school and organizer;

 -  2012: Ljutomer, Kamnik and Ljubljana (Slovenia), Madrid (Spain);

 -  2013: Northwich (UK),  Vilnius (Lithuania);

 -  2014: Vienna (Austria), Luxembourg City (Luxembourg)

 -  2015: Italy (Naples and Rome), Berlin (Germany)

MEP- Macedonia was also the host-organizer of the 35th jubilee MEP international session that took place in Skopje in November 2011. The delegation that represents Macedonia at MEP international sessions is a combined delegation of student’s from more than one school out of the participating Macedonian high schools.

The MEP clubs follow a practical curriculum that prepares the students to function as national delegates within the European Parliament, to be able to discuss debate, write and hold speeches for and against certain current EU related issues. The MEP clubs combine lectures on public speaking skills, writing skills, presentation techniques, negotiation, debate skills, and at the same time focus on EU institutions and the work of the European Parliament. Appointed coordinators at each school (teachers) organize lectures for the students; additionally, partners from Universities, local NGO’s, public officials and think-tanks are involved in order to widen the understanding and perspectives of the participating students. Finally, twice a year the MEP Office at NOVA International Schools organizes a national competition for all MEP clubs. The national competitions so far were organized either as public speaking competitions, or simulations of the work of the European Parliament.

Until today the MEP office has organized 5 national MEP simulations. The first national simulation was organized in September 2012 when 110 delegates from 20 high schools in Macedonia participated as delegates. The MEP office at NOVA International Schools organizes national simulations bi-annually.

Some of the keynote and guest speakers that have spoken at one of our MEP national simulations include:

  • Mr. Fatmir Besimi, Deputy Prime Minister for European Affairs of the Republic of Macedonia

  • Former Minister of Education and Science of the Republic of Macedonia, Mr. Panche Kralev

  • Ambassador of Slovenia in Macedonia H.E Mr. Branko Rakovec

  • Ambassador of the Netherlands in Macedonia H.E. Mrs. Marriët Schuurman.

  • Italian Ambassador to Macedonia H.E. Ernesto Massimino Bellelli

  • British Ambassador to Macedonia H.E. Charles Edmund Garrett

  • Former Ambassador of Sweden in Macedonia H.E Lars Wahlund

  • The director of the National Agency for European Educational Programmes and Mobility Mr. Darko Dimitrov

  • Viktor Novakovski, principal of NOVA International Schools

You can find out more information about our program if you visit the:

 -  Web portal of the program: http://mepmk.wordpress.com

 -  Social media of the program: Facebook page (link), Twitter profile (link)