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- What measures can the European Union take to encourage and foster the development of startups, student entrepreneurship, NGOs and the shared economy? How to use the legislation to promote these options (Spotify case)? - How should the EU shape and develop a comprehensive energy policy, including the green energy and renewable resources?
Globalization & International Trade
- What is the right model of “globalization for all”, which mitigates the negative effects of globalization (the “winner vs losers” problem)? What approach should the EU choose to help with the adjustment to the globalized world? How can the EU aid the “losers” of the globalization? - How to keep the openness of the EU, the free trade and the four freedoms of the Single market while decreasing the inequalities? What roles should the trade agreements play?
Innovation & Research
- The know-how, research and innovation might be the most valuable asset and the comparative advantage of the EU. How can the EU maintain this advantage? - How should the EU ameliorate the concentration of the leading universities in a handful of locations? What could the EU do to cope with the potential loss of the UK-based research because of Brexit? - Are there any areas of the educational system which could be centralized at the European level for better coordination and efficiency?
- How would you define the core, shared European values that are worth preserving? What constitutes the European citizenship? - Should UK citizens be allowed to apply for a “EU-citizenship”? What would that entitle? What should the process of obtaining the EU passport look like?
The discussions of the four topics take place over one-and-a-half day and will be presented on the third and final day of the EYD. Each theme will be debated and elaborated on by a round table comprised of 25-30 people. In order to enable a smooth discussion and provide some direction, each round table will be chaired by one member of European Generation and one student agreed on with all members of the round table.
We hope for productive discussion and out-of-the box thinking. Obviously, participants should respect differing opinions and let each other finish elaborating on their contributions. The goal of each round table is to create a presentable document or presentation that will outline their major conclusions and suggestions. This will be presented at the last day of the EYD at the General Assembly.
One participant from each round table will have the opportunity to present the conclusions to stakeholders in Strasbourg.
In order to channel the debate, each topic will comprise several guiding questions and recommended reading list that the participants should consult previous to coming to the European Youth Debate.
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