The European Council shares power over the EU budget and legislation with the Council of the European Union (EU governments), plays a key role in electing the President of the European Commission and makes sure other EU institutions are working democratically.The Members of the European Parliament are elected in the member states and represent the interests of the EU’s 500 million inhabitants. Over the years and with subsequent changes in European treaties, the Parliament has acquired substantial legislative and budgetary powers. This year in IGMUN, European Council, delegates will discuss upon two agenda items. Those are;
Agenda Item I: Revising and Implementing The General Data Protection Regulation
The General Data Protection Regulation (EU) (GDPR) is a regulation in EU law on data protection and privacy for all individual citizens of the European Union (EU) and the European Economic Area (EEA). It also addresses the transfer of personal data outside the EU and EEA areas. The GDPR aims primarily to give control to individuals over their personal data and to simplify the regulatory environment for international business by unifying the regulation within the EU. Superseding the Data Protection Directive, the regulation contains provisions and requirements related to the processing of personal data of individuals (formally called data subjects in the GDPR) inside the EEA, and applies to any enterprise established in the EEA or—regardless of its location and the data subjects' citizenship—that is processing the personal information of data subjects inside the EEA.
Agenda Item II: Foreign electoral interference and spread of disinformation in Europe
MEPs will hold a debate on foreign electoral interference and disinformation in national and European democratic processes, as they threaten the stability of political systems in member states and the cohesion of European integration. A resolution will be put to the vote on Thursday.
The EU is considering how to counter cyber-attacks, propaganda campaigns and misinformation from non-EU countries.
In December 2018, the European Commission published an Action Plan against Disinformation and in March this year, the Parliament adopted a resolution pointing at
Russia, along with China, Iran and North Korea, as the main source of disinformation in Europe.