A simulation game was organized on 18 December 2018 with the students from “Vasil Levski” Class of the European Studies Dept. of Sofia University as part of the project activities under the Jean Monnet Centre of Excellence (2016-2019). The students took up the roles of heads of state and government and had to take difficult decisions on the Multi-annual Financial Framework for the period 2021-2027. The discussions were heated, the arguments were well-selected and convincing.
Finding allies and seeking compromise made the meeting of the European Council lively, but constructive. Agreement was reached that Member States’ contributions to the EU budget should amount to 1,06% GDP. The students also decided that Cohesion policy funds and CAP funds should be reduced by 2%, while Erasmus+ Programme financing should be doubled. The topic of the linkage between Structural funds financing and the Rule of Law in Member States was also discussed during the simulation game.