The discussions of the four topics take place over one-and-a-half days and will be presented on the third and final day of the EYD. Each theme will be debated by a round table comprised of 25 people. In order to enable a smooth discussion and provide some direction, each round table will be chaired by two members of European Generation.
We look for productive discussion and out-of-the box thinking. The discussions have to be carried out in a polite way, respecting other's opinions and avoiding disrupting behaviours. The goal of each round table is to create a presentable document or presentation that will outline the major conclusions and suggestions. This will be presented during the final General Assembly of the EYD.
In order to channel the debate, each topic will be documented with several guiding questions and a recommended reading list that the participants should consult before the European Youth Debate.
Digital Single Market
- Could the Digital Single Market be taken advantage of, to foster digital inclusion? - Geo-blocking issues: a chance for growth or a risk for lower-income countries? - How could the discussion on the Digital Single Market contribute to the future Cyber-security policies of the Union?
Defence and anti-terrorism
- Does the EU actually need a Common Defence? Should we aim at having national initiatives or a federal army? - PESCO and Brexit: potential and missed opportunities - How could be the Common Defence linked to Counter-Terrorism?
Neighbouring Policy & IC
- EU Emergency Trust Fund for Africa: what should it focus on (immigration, security)? - European Neighbouring Policy: how could it better foster democracies and human rights abroad?
- How could the European Union better contribute to national processes of education? Could it, for example, invest more on the Erasmus programme, finance schools located in suburbs or sponsor STEM subjects? - Training: how could the EU invest in training to improve the connection between education and work market? Should the EU for instance, focus on specific skills enhancement, on fighting the rising levels of functional illiteracy or on alternating equilibrium between studies and internships