“Africa does not need charity, it needs true and fair partnerships. And Europe needs this partnership just as much.” - Jean-Claude Juncker Partnership of equals:With the Cotonou Agreement expiring in May 2020, the Europe- Africa relationships are put at risk. Taking into account the increasing influence of third- parties, such as Russia and China, in the area, how can the EU ensure a fair trade agreement and the implementation of the newly proposed “Europe-Africa Alliance for Sustainable Investment and Jobs”?
“A Common Food Policy can spark a wholesale transition to sustainable food systems in a way that the CAP, as a Common Agricultural Policy, cannot.” - Olivier De Schutter, IPES-Food co-chair Food for thought:With 970 million tonnes of soil lost every year across the union’s territory and a contribution of 30% of the yearly greenhouse gas emissions, how can the EU restructure its current Common Agricultural Policy, and also define a new, highly requested, Common Food Policy, to make a vital step forward in terms of achieving the Europe 2020 Strategy goals?
The pathway to the future: Whilst 77% of the European youth consider themselves well prepared for their future on the labour market, they also deem the schools and teaching methods in their countries as being outdated and impractical. How should Member States rethink and adapt their educational systems to the fast paced shift towards a digitalised Europe?
“There is not one single definition, but life in a smart city is essentially about well-being” - Andreea Strachinescu, Head of Unit for new energy technologies, innovation and clean coal A more liveable future:With the increasing demand for innovation, sustainability and energy efficiency, all technologies and services involved in smart cities have to be aimed at improving quality of life. How should the Member States support the harmonised development of smart cities in order to benefit both their inhabitants and the business sector?
Closing the loop:With the current fragile state of our environment and the decreasing amount of natural resources available for economic activity, how can the EU push for a shift towards a circular economy, revise waste legislation and plan a more efficient management of existing resources, infrastructure and technologies?
Get your shots:According to the World Health Organization, measles infections hit a record high in Europe, with more than 82,500 people having contracted the disease in 2018. Considering the increasing number of unvaccinated people, what measures should the EU take so as to prevent epidemics and strengthen routine immunization among its citizens?
Protection comes first:The release of the third Contraception Atlas in February 2019 showed that reproductive choice and rights are still not viewed as a priority by most Member States. Keeping in mind that over 43% of pregnancies are unintended, what measures should the EU take in order to grant greater access to contraceptive methods?
The city-break addiction: The number of overnight stays made by tourists in European cities has risen by 57% since 2008, dwarfing the number of people visiting the respective countries in general. With rising concerns surrounding the impact of mass tourism on urban centres, how should the EU address the phenomenon of ‘overtourism’ whilst promoting cultural, environmental and economic sustainability?