29 May COMMITTEE ISSUES
1. Committee on Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs I
The question of combating large scale cyber crime:
Cyberspace and its underlying infrastructure are vulnerable to a wide range of risk stemming from a number of threats and hazards. Sophisticated cyber actors and nation states exploit vulnerabilities to steal information and money and are developing capabilities to disrupt, destroy, or threaten the delivery of essential services. How can this development be combated?
2. Committee on Culture and Education
The question relating to the innovation of higher education:
The EU wants to improve the intercultural and innovative education of young people and encourage social mobility. What can the EU do to ensure that education and mobility of young people will be improved? Should there be a general EU education policy to ensure the same standards in education and skills for those wishing to work within the EU?
3. Committee on Women’s Rights and Gender Equality
The question of gender parity in the work force:
‘Glass ceiling’ effect vs. low public pan-European support for gender quotas: learning from the early lessons of the Commission’s strategy for equality between men and women 2010 – 2015 and the Council of Europe’s Gender Equality Programme of 2012, how should European stakeholders seek to achieve gender parity across the continent?
4. Committee on International Trade
The question of an achievable agreement between the EU and Canada on trade:
Benefits and drawbacks from The Canadian European Trade Agreement (CETA).
How to increase the benefits and reduce the risks resulting from the ratification of CETA for the EU economy and its citizens.
5. Committee on Industry, Research and Energy
The question of the Arctic area policy:
What is the EU’s role in implementing the Paris Agreement on Climate Change and the UN’s Sustainability Goals in Arctic cooperation considering the use of Arctic energy resources? How can the EU strengthen Arctic cooperation and its continuity at the highest political level?
6. Committee on Culture and Education II
The question of youth empowerment and active participation:
How can young people – at school, work and in civil society – be educated to become active citizens and to have more say in the solution and decision-making processes in their societies and in the EU.
7. Committee on Constitutional Affairs
The question of political disenfranchisement:
Recent political movements across Europe and the world suggest that a significant number of people no longer feel represented by mainstream parties and politics. Are there systemic problems causing citizens to feel left behind and support populist views? Or has growing fragmentation in modern society led to a social problem that needs addressing? How can European countries deal with this rising sense of anger and fear among voters? How can governments be held accountable?
8. Committee on Security and Defense
The question of Europe’s peace keeping role:
Crises such as the ones in Ukraine and Syria once again shed light on the disparate and ineffective foreign policy of European states and their failure to form a cohesive response to critical events. In the light of a change of US foreign policy, how can European countries turn into a force that protects human rights and ensures peace and security in the most vulnerable, war-torn parts of the world?
9. Committee on Economic Affairs
The question of income disparity in the Europe Union:
The poorest 20% of the European population have 5 times less income at their disposal than the top 20% indicating an alarming tendency towards income disparity and social exclusion. With nearly one in four European citizens living at risk of poverty or social exclusion, how can European countries change this trend and improve the quality of living of individuals in the lower parts of the wealth distribution chain? Can the system of a basic income tested in Finland and other parts of the world be an answer?
10. Committee on Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs II
The question of media accountability:
Recent calls have been made towards a more regulated press, following allegations of media privacy invasion and phone hacking, fake news, and even accusations of corporate interests and lobbyists manipulating headlines, public opinion and elections. How should European countries ensure the media is able to fulfil its regulatory purpose in comprehensively, accurately and objectively informing the general public?