Rising tide: Sea levels are expected to rise by 50 cm by 2100 and the occurrence of extreme weather in coastal areas is increasing. Keeping in mind that half of the EU’s population and GDP are in maritime regions, how can the EU make sure both people’s welfare and economic opportunities are maintained in the years to come?
A Marshall Plan with Africa? Keeping in mind the ongoing economic integration of the African Union as well as future challenges such as global warming and large-scale migration, how should the EU develop the political and economic African-European partnership in the upcoming decade?
Coming to terms: The practice of surrogacy has different views in each Member State, with many deeming it illegal and others accepting altruistic surrogacy. considering that surrogacy can lead to exploitation for both the surrogate mother and the rights of the resulting child, how can Member States protect the rights of surrogate mothers and avoid legal ambiguities in the regulation of surrogacy?
Recovery at risk: Despite programmes such as the European Stability Mechanism and the Outright Monetary Transactions framework, the Member States remain susceptible to economic shocks which disproportionately affect low-income individuals. What measures can the EU take to build financial resilience and protect low-income citizens?
Beyond GDPR: With the potential of the European Data Economy to spur both new scientific advances and commercial growth, how should the EU approach the generation, ownership and sale of data from its citizens to empower consumers and take advantage of this new industry?
Going green: Ocean Energy sources include everything from thermal energy conversion to tidal streams, and have the potential to provide Europe with 10% of their energy needs by 2050. Taking this into consideration, how should European countries navigate the green shift?
Union of energy: How can the EU develop a coherent European energy strategy to continue the shift towards a more sustainable and competitive energy network?
With more and more people becoming aware of the dangers of overfishing and ocean pollution the need for more sustainable fishery seems to increase. How can the EU move towards more environmentally friendly, sustainable ways of fishery whilst simultaneously bearing in mind the local and traditional fishermen?
Turning challenges into opportunities: How can the EU facilitate for local governments across the union to put sustainable city development into practice, thus becoming better prepared for an uncertain tomorrow?