Members of the European Parliament are directly elected to represent the citizens of the 27 EU Member States in the European Parliament. As in the national parliaments, these representatives work together in political groupings at EU level. With support from their respective factions, MEPs debate and discuss proposals drafted by the European Commission, statements of the Council, newly released reports and general developments in EU life.
Yet, as they are composed of MEPs emanating from many different national parties, political factions in the EP are not homogeneous. Such diversity may generate some difficulties in forming a common position. During debates, MEPs are often expected to align themselves to the common position of their faction, but this is not mandatory.
In MEU Granada 2013, participants assigned the role of MEP shall work together with their colleagues in order to reach a common position within their faction and then try to create consensus in the European Parliament and the Council.
In order to facilitate cooperation between the European Parliament and the Council, 2-3 MEPs shall be elected to attend trilogue meetings that will also include the Minister of the Member State holding the presidency of the Council and the Commissioner responsible for each Proposal.