DROI   (Committee on Human Rights)

With some guidelines regulating people’s living conditions in penal institutions particularly addressing to problems such as overcrowding, breached hygiene standards and deprivation of privacy; how can the EU ensure that the Member States act in full accordance with the European Prison Rules while providing people with standardized humanitarian conditions?


FEMM  (Committee on Women’s Rights and Gender Equality)

Deeply alarmed by the major gap between reported rates of sexual violence and the actual rates of occurrence within the Member States according to the EUROSTAT, what policies should the EU adopt to close that gap with relevance to the Istanbul Convention?

CONT   (Committee on Budgetary Control)

With Sweden’s attempts to become the first cashless society in the world through its own digital currency “e-Krona” and the app “Swish,” how should the EU fight against the  fraud and corruption in its budget spending considering the possible ramifications of corrupt data usage instances such as the Cambridge Analytica and cyberattacks?

ECON   (Committee on Economic and Monetary Affairs)

Considering the Member States’ deficiency in adapting to the emerging technologies of the Fourth Industrial Revolution as investment levels for artificial intelligence in the EU are frequently low compared to the US and China, and the adoption of “Coordinated Plan on Artificial Intelligence;” what steps should the EU take to modernize and strengthen its chronically weakening economic model whilst ensuring the collaboration between the Member States and remaining true to the mission of “ethical AI”?

SEDE    (Committee on Security and Defense)

Considering the adoption of an upgraded information system (“Schengen Information System”) and the “EU policy cycle” as a response to massive data theft worldwide, how should the EU tackle with the issue of  inadequate cybersecurity whilst minimizing the financial impact of the unauthorized data use?

AFET    (Committee on Foreign Affairs)

Recognizing the diverse development spectrum in Africa, “Europe’s twin continent”, as the world’s fastest growing population represents an immense economic opportunity; what measures should the EU take to support the African rural transformation and the African Union’s Agenda 2063 as Africa’s main trading partner whilst also remaining true to its migration control policy ?

EMPL I (Committee on Employment and Social Affairs)

Cognizant of the endeavors in Italy and Germany as well as Finland’s expired two-year experiment concerning the Universal Basic Income (UBI), what measures should the EU take to propose a common UBI approach among the Member States  in an attempt to contribute to the citizens’ overall quality of life as well as to boost their employability and social standing?

EMPL II(Committee on Employment and Social Affairs)

Considering that digitalization is creating a shortage of digital skills and surpluses in other sectors in labor force, what measures should the EU take to re-shape the talent pool of employees to ease the transformation to digital economy and buttress growth, productivity and profitability in the European markets?

ENVI I (Committee on Environment, Public Health, and Food Safety)

Bearing in mind that nuclear energy makes up nearly 30% of the electricity produced in the EU and is a critical component in the energy mix of 14 of the 28 EU Member States despite Germany’s decision to leave nuclear energy by 2020, how should the EU regulate the safety standards of nuclear power stations and the disposal of nuclear waste?

ENVI II (Committee on Environment, Public Health, and Food Safety)

Concerned by the UN’s speculation that more than half of the world’s marine species could become extinct by 2100, what policies should the EU adopt for the utilization of oceans’ resources while halting the biodiversity loss as the oceans provide the world with goods and services worth at least €2.2 trillion every year?

INTA (Committee on International Trade)

With the EU recognizing China as “an industrial and innovation powerhouse” owing to China’s ambitious Made in China 2025 strategy, how should the EU respond to US tariffs and the trade war between the US and China considering the complaint lodged to the WTO and the EU’s partnership with China in the fields of technology and education?

ITRE  (Committee on Industry, Research, and Energy)

Emphasizing that private actors now play an increasingly significant role over the space sector in the light of the emerging concept “New Space,” what measures should the EU take to augment its overall space capability as the mostly U.S. based private actors such as SpaceX and the so-called GAFAs (Google, Apple, Facebook, Amazon) dominate the field?

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