Liverpool 2019 - Summer

The National Selection Conference of EYPUK 2019

Sat, 29 June 2019 – Sun, 30 June 2019



Envisioning enlargement: The 1993 Copenhagen criteria have been widely criticised for allowing double standards and the lack of an effective monitoring mechanism following the accession of candidate countries. How can the EU revise the criteria with special focus on democracy and human rights protection?


Meeting demands: With Europe becoming more densely populated every year how can urban farming be used to cope with the food demands of Member States whilst using land as economically as possible?


Media pluralism: The 2017 Media Pluralism Monitor identified major challenges concerning market plurality, political independence and social inclusiveness in the media sector across Europe. How can the EU ensure that Member States are free from threats to media pluralism?


Linguistic rights: regional and minority languages (RMLs) account for linguistic diversity and belong to humanity's cultural heritage. Given that the non-respect for regional or minority communities' linguistic rights qualifies as racial discrimination, international organisations such as Unesco, the Council of Europe and the OSCE, are concerned with the risks RMLs face. What actions should the EU undertake to protect linguistic rights?


The Isolation of the Elderly: ageing populations, combined with increasing geographic mobility and looser family ties, threaten to isolate a large proportion of our societies; according to Age UK, there are 1.2 million chronically lonely elderly people in the UK. What can the EU do to address this growing problem?


While the fashion market constantly grows, the appetite for new apparel often leads to poor working standards for those employed in the industry; what can the EU do to ensure rights for workers in textiles and fashion at home and abroad?


Sex workers' rights: the sex industry fuels human trafficking, modern slavery, and other illegal activities. What can the EU do to best protect vulnerable sex workers in this industry?


E-democracy: Given the growing mistrust in EU institutions and the current debates around e-governance, e-deliberation, e-participation and e-voting, how can the EU make use of ICT to further include EU citizens in the decision-making process?


Openness and diversity online: The internet, and in particular social media, has increased the ways of targeting and harassing people with different views and ideas than our own. How can the EU ensure that the internet remains a place where marginalised communities and different ideas can continue to prosper, while keeping it a safe space for all?

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