Welcome by BETA President
On behalf of all the team of BETA Europe, it is my absolute honour and pleasure to welcome you to Prague for a new edition of Model European Union Symposium!
Since 2008, the Bringing Europeans Together Association has been organising simulations of EU politics and helping others to do the same. With a new headquarters in Brussels and a new federal structure, BETA Europe now has a presence in 13 countries and holds additional 23 partner organisations in Europe and beyond.
Over the past four years, MEU Symposium has affirmed itself as a reference project for BETA. Gathering BETA members, BETA national organisation and our partner organisations, this annual reunion of our European family is the ultimate learning experience for MEU enthusiasts, creating a discussion platform dedicated to the entire organising process of MEU events.
Participants will have a unique opportunity of meeting members of other organisations and share their knowledge, experiences and best practices. From MEU organisers to BETA team members - past, present or future – this event is for you!
This year, the event will be a combination of presentations, roundtables and workshops aimed at providing essential training on how to successfully organise a MEU event, as well as discussing how to further innovate and expand our #MEUniverse. Given by expert organisers, these shall cover all relevant different aspects of an MEU event, all the way from fundraising, public relations, participants coordination, chairing or topic selection, to more structural aspects like starting and managing your own organisation, motivating volunteers and leading a team.
We sincerely hope that the BETA culture of networking and collaborative work inspires each and every one of you to keep working towards a more collaborative and professional MEU event organisation throughout Europe and beyond.
This Guide contains everything you need to know prior to your arrival to the Symposium. It covers information about the logistics and the timetable with the list of the sessions that are going to be held during the event. If you have any further questions, do not hesitate to get in touch with us.
The last word goes to the organisers. I could not be more grateful to all the volunteers of both the teams of BETA Europe and BETA Czech Republic, who have spent months preparing this event. Please do not hesitate in showing them all your love and appreciation during the event: their dedication and hard work is what makes this 4th edition of MEU Symposium a reality.
Enjoy Prague to the fullest!
President of Bringing Europeans Together Association (BETA e.V.)
Welcome by BETA Czech Vice President
Welcome to Prague for the 4th edition of the Model European Union Symposium – the ultimate goal of every MEU enthusiast.
This edition around 40 people interested in the European matters and simulations of EU politics will spend three days in the heart of Europe – Prague discussing their know-how and best practices gained during the MEUs.
This year of the Symposium is special. In 2018, BETA Europe went through significant changes and has become a federal association covering 13 Member States of the EU. The new organisation structure was also reflected in organisation of the Symposium. The 2018 edition of the Symposium is the first edition hosted by BETA Europe in co-operation with one of its national branch – BETA Czech Republic, and we believe this example will be the opening kick off in successful collaboration between BETA Europe and its national branches.
During the Symposium, you will have the possibility to attend various workshops and presentations on the day-to-day preparation and the biggest challenges of the MEU’s conferences. These presentations and workshops will be held by the stars of the MEU universe, who have attended and organised numerous conferences across Europe.
However, the Symposium is not only about presenting what is right or wrong but about sharing our know-how and confronting each other with your personal experience and ideas. Therefore, we strongly encourage every single one of you not to be afraid to express freely your opinions, insights and experience to provoke a fruitful discussion because only from the open debate will benefit all of the participants.
We are glad you have arrived to Prague to exchange your ideas with the MEU community, and we wish you to have enjoyable moments full of discussions, meetings with old and new friends and to enjoy the beauties of the Czech capital, and local beer!
On behalf of the BETA Czech Republic,
Vice-President of BETA Czech Republic
Nick David Madzarov (Treasurer of BETA e.V., President of BETA Czech Republic)
a local of Prague, has been an MEU enthusiast since 2012, having held positions of increasing responsibility at MEU Strasbourg, he transitioned to chairing and most recently to the leadership of BETA e.V. and BETA Czech Republic. He enjoys travelling, civil aviation, and learning foreign languages.
Tomas Dvorak (DG of MEU Symposium 2018, Vice-President of BETA Czech Republic)
is a 25 years old graduate of IR & Europeans Studies. He was living last two years in Brussels where he worked as an assistant of MEP in the European Parliament. Currently, he is back in the Czech Republic where he studies master programme Energy Security and also prepare EP election campaign for his MEP. He started his MEU career at MEU Belgrade 4 years ago and in 2016 he was elected DG of MEU Strasbourg. Recently, he co-founded BETA Czech Republic together with Nick and Tom.
Tomas Novak (Vice-President of BETA Czech Republic)
is a corporate lawyer based in Prague cooperating with one of the major investment firms in CEE. He has participated in many MEUs, mock trials and debates during his studies which are already (and luckily) over. Tom went through internships at the Federal Chancellery of Austria, Bezirkshauptmannschaft Innsbruck and District Criminal Court in Innsbruck. Tom co-founded BETA CZ and is famous for his ability to serve good coffee and wine to his BETA CZ fellows at any day time. Apart from that, Tom likes boxing and all kinds of sports which help him relax after intense days at work. He cannot deny his Czech roots and enjoys interesting conversations with a glass of Czech beer.
Matej Blazek (Member of BETA Czech Republic)
is a 26 years old Czech and has Slovak roots. He now works as junior associate in international law firm based in Prague. He is enthusiastic about meeting new people and was part of several extracurricular activities during his studies at Charles University School of Law in Prague. For instance, he was a legal trainee to a member of Czech parliament or took part in European Law Moot Court Competition held in Paris. Recently, he became a member of BETA Czech Republic after he came back this summer from a study exchange in Budapest.
Matyas Viktora (Member of BETA Czech Republic)
is a Prague native. He studies an IR master programme at Charles University. Among others, he did internships at the European Parliament in Brussels and at the Czech Centre in Odessa, Ukraine. He worked for a Prague-based IR scholarly journal called New Perspectives from 2016 to mid-2018. He is new to the MEU project. He is fond of travel, art, bouldering and intercultural exchange (ideally over a glass of wine or beer).
|08:00-09:30||Breakfast in hostel|
|09:30-10:00||Walking to the venue (Evropský dům)|
|10:00-10:30||Welcome word and introduction of participants (by BETA Czech Republic)|
|10:30-11:30||BETA: From an informal network to a federal structure (by @c.teixeira & @n.madzarov)|
|11:45-12:45||Mailing lists, Closed Groups, and Wikis for Smart Communication (by @r.riemann)|
|12:45-13:00||Walking to the canteen (Jídelna Pražské plynárenské)|
|14:00-14:15||Walking to the venue|
|14:15-15:15||Liaising with the EP and Erasmus+ (by @t.dvorak)|
|15:30-16:30||Prevention of Sexual Harrasment (@a.delvasto)|
|16:45-19:30||Free time for dinner|
|19:30-23:00||Wine & Networking evening (Slow Cafe - address: Francouzská 966/33)|
|08:00-09:30||Breakfast in hostel|
|09:30-10:00||Walking to the venue (Palác Charitas)|
|10:00-11:30||GDPR and Legal Obligations (by @v.mica & T. Novák)|
|11:45-12:45||Founding a BETA Branch (@c.silva & @v.sogia) & Participants Coordination (by @c.teixeira & @m.guedes)|
|13:45-15:15||Publishing Web Articles like a Pro (by @r.riemann & MEU for beginners - MEU Strasbourg 2017 case study (by @t.dvorak)|
|15:30-16:30||BETA at School (by BETA Italia) & How to be a great chair (by @n.madzarov & T. Novák)|
|16:45-17:45||High School Council (by BETA Bulgaria) & Content Workshop (by @c.teixeira )|
|19:00-22:00||Tradional Czech dinner (Sedm konšelů - address: Žatecká 53/10)|
|08:00-08:30||Breakfast in hostel|
|08:30-09:00||Walking to the venue (Skautský institut)|
|09:00-12:00||BETA Europe General Assembly|
Safe Hostel Prague
Ostrovní 131/15, 110 00 Nové Město (Google Maps)
How to get there?
From the Airport
- walk approximately 100 m from the airport to bus station „Terminál 1“ (in front of the building)
- buy a 60 minute bus ticket for 30 czk from the machine (you can pay by card)
- take bus number 119 from the station „Terminál 1“
- get off at the station „Nádraží Veleslavín“
- walk to the metro
- take metro from the station „Nádraží Veleslavín“ and go to the station „Můstek – A“
- get off at the station „Můstek – A“
- walk 700 m to the SafeStay Prague (hostel)
From the main train station
- go to tram station „Hlavní nádraží“ (approximately 400 m from the station)
- take tram number 39 to station „Lazarská“
- get off at the station „Lazarská“
- walk approximately 400 m to the SafeStay Prague (hostel)
From the bus station Florenc
- Walk approximately 100m from the bus station to the metro
- Buy a ticket from the machine (or newsagents stand) - you need a 30-minute ticket for 24 CZK (you can pay by card)
- Take metro line B from the station “Florenc“ to the station “Národní třída“
- Get off at the station “Národní třída“
- Walk approximately 200m to the SafeStay Hostel Prague
FRIDAY - Evropsky dum, Jungmannova 745/24
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SATURDAY - Palac Charitas, Karlovo namesti 317/5
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SUNDAY - BETA General Assembly - Skautsky institut, Staroměstské náměsti 1/4
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Tips and Tricks
- DO NOT USE EXCHANGE OFFICES AT THE AIRPORT OR MAIN TRAIN STATION!
- AVOID ATMs of the Euronet company (yellow&blue colour machines)!
The best way is to pay by your credit card which is accepted almost everywhere. If you need to exchange money, the safest and the cheapest way to exchange is via ATM (but beware to avoid Euronet ATMs which have terrible fees) . Try to also avoid changing the money on a street and changing the money in exchange offices at the airport or at the main station! Not that we would want to make a bad picture of Prague but most of the people in exchange offices are frauds trying to rip off poor tourists and foreigners.
You can use ATM nearby the hostel (200 m walking) ATM (Komerční Banka) address - Spálená 108/51, 110 00 Prague
There are also some tips for approved exchange offices where they will not rip you off:
- Tourist Information Centre - address - Na Můstku, Rytířská 12, Praha 1
- Exchange Kaprova 14/13 - address - next to Franz Kafka square (entrance at the corner)
- Černá růže - address - Na Příkopě 12, Praha 1
Taxi, Uber, Taxify
Prague taxi is not the best option for transportation in Prague. We strongly recommend to use the public transport or Uber/Taxify instead! But if you really have to take a cab, do not take it on a street (and especially not at the airport or main station) and better call it by phone.
How to call taxi:
The taxi rate from a dispatcher is usually cheaper, better quality and guarantee, in comparison with taxi from the street. Next advantage of dispatching is that all drivers accept payment by euro.
There are some tips for the trustworthy taxi companies:
- AAA taxi: +420 14 014
- Nejlevnejsi taxi: +420 226 000 226
- Modry andel: +420 737 222 333
The maximum taxi rates are:
- Drop charge 40 CZK (1,50 EUR)
- Per kilometer 28 CZK (1 EUR)
- Waiting per one minute 6 CZK (0,20 EUR)