Wear and tear: Fast fashion made high-fashion clothes affordable for the general public, however, the environmental and human costs of this industry are huge. From sourcing the materials and sowing the clothes, to shipping them; the end consumers gain while the environment and industry workers suffer greatly. How should European countries work toward reducing the environmental and human costs, while balancing the consumers' free choice and wants?
Not one in a million, but one in three: Each year about one third of food is thrown away by individual households, restaurants and businesses making for 1.3 billion tonnes of food waste in a year. Therefore, how can European countries reduce this food waste?
Striving for safety: With demands for alternative energy sources increasing in tandem with the need to reduce carbon emissions, nuclear energy has by many been cited as a viable option. Keeping in mind also the risks of nuclear plants, how can Europe ensure that nuclear energy is developed in a safe and sustainable manner?
Information is Power: Several European states have raised concerns regarding disinformation happening within their country and the state of cybersecurity. With recent meddling in the electoral process in the US, Russia, and Ukraine, as well as frequent disinformation campaigns designed to divide the public, how can the EU and other European countries ensure an end to disinformation and its effects on the public?
All for one and one for all: Europe is home to more than 50 national minorities, of which many face social exclusion, lack of representation and difficulties in practicing their customs - also in schools. How should European countries accommodate for national minority groups in the educational sector?
Shop ‘til you drop: With globalisation and increasing access to the internet, many have made online shopping a habit. From groceries to clothes, European citizens are able to have anything delivered right to their doorstep. With local businesses often struggling to keep up with the growth of online shopping, how can we protect the interests of small businesses in a globalised world?
Life in Plastic, it’s Fantastic: With 10% of the plastic produced globally ending in oceans, ecosystems and wildlife are constantly being put at risk. What should European States do to protect the oceans affected by plastic pollution?
Life is a Highway: City streets in urban and especially in rural areas tend to be designed for cars and leave little space for carbon free mobility. However, road vehicles make up 30% of all carbon emissions and with climate change accelerating urgent change is needed. How can the EU and other European countries work toward creating carbon free mobility in urban and rural areas while keeping in mind how vital cars are to a large portion of the population?