European Economic Community

 
 

Topic Summary

Topic: European Fishing and Agricultural Policy

The European Economic Community, founded in 1957 by only six Western European states, may perhaps be better known as the predecessor to the European Union, formed from the EEC in 1993, provided an important framework through which European countries could work together in economic, and later other matters. By the time 1993 rolled around, the EEC had only eleven members, despite its initial goal of enlarging the community to include all of Europe, highlighting the difficulty the EEC had in uniting the nations of Europe under common policies for the major areas of discussion.

Among those disagreements were the issues of developing a “Common Policy” in the industrial areas of fishing and agriculture, in part due to the varying degrees to which the different European nations relied on those industries. While policies for both, the Common Fisheries Policy and Common Agricultural Policy, were put in place with the founding of the EEC, reforms to both are constantly in discussion, with a variety of aspects under scrutiny including economic feasibility, fairness among nation states, and environmental impact, all of which are in play in 1975.

In particular, the details of the policy affect the level and willingness of participation of many European states, from Iceland’s dispute with the United Kingdom over the coastal boundaries of fisheries in the Cod Wars up through 1975, to the Common Fisheries Policy being a reason behind Brexit in the modern day. The interplay between the structure of the EEC’s economic policy and intra-European cooperation is an essential element of the development of the larger European community.

Director’s Letter

Dear Delegates,

Welcome to the European Economic Community, 1975! My name is Will Hartog, and I am wholly excited to be your director for HMUN 2019!

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I am a rising junior at Harvard, concentrating in the very employable field of mathematics. Growing up in Hamden, CT, I was lucky to be able to be a member of my high school’s Model United Nations team for my last two years, even getting to go to the 2017 version of HMUN as a delegate in SPECPOL. In addition I got the opportunity to be on the dias of the House Un-American Activities Committee as part of the conference our high school hosted. Knowing I wanted to contribute in some capacity to HMUN as a Harvard student, I became an assistant director of administration during my first year before assistant directing the Future of Dravida Nadu at HMUN 2019, well as the Historical General Assembly at HNMUN, our college conference. Armed with this experience, I now get to share the joys of Harvard Model UN with you all, which I am very much looking forward to. Outside of Model UN, I play for our D-I ultimate frisbee team, and perform in the Harvard-Radcliffe Orchestra (the oldest American symphony orchestra, if you were wondering), so feel free to ask me about any of that as well!

In particular, I am excited to be working with you all as the European Economic Community in the year 1975. This committee gives us an excellent opportunity to dive into the issues behind European economic integration and the formation of a European Community as a whole, through the lens of agricultural and fishing policy. I find that Model UN makes it possible to approach issues through a variety of perspectives, and I hope you take advantage of that opportunity as you research your countries and develop your positions.

I greatly look forward to meeting you all come next January and seeing what you will bring to the committee room. Until then, do not hesitate to contact me with any questions or concerns you may have.

Sincerely,

William Hartog

Director, European Economic Community, 1975

Harvard Model United Nations 2019

eec@harvardmun,org