For a greater cause: Despite the 2019 European Parliament elections resulting in a higher voter turnout than in the past, there is a large inequality in participation between different income groups. Which measures should be taken to increase active participation for all occupational groups?
Polar Powers: With the decline of Arctic ice exposing new natural resources, the Arctic region grows in strategic importance. Considering the impact of further economic activity on the Arctic’s fragile environment, what measures should European states take to promote sustainable economic development and resource management, while ensuring continued intergovernmental cooperation over the Arctic region?
Thinking Bee: Given the recent rise in Colony Collapse Disorder, the problem of low profitability and various other threats faced by beekeepers in the EU, what steps can the EU take to support and encourage the vital work of beekeepers and avoid the potentially catastrophic effects of bee extinction?
Get with the trend: One in every six people worldwide work in the textile and clothing industry. The majority of these workers are children and women, who are subjected to unethical working conditions and receive less than a living wage. What measures can the EU take to ensure human rights are upheld for workers in the fashion manufacturing industry?
Money doesn't grow on trees: 180€ billion are still needed every year in order to reach the aims set by the Paris Agreement, while the issue of corporate greenwashing is gaining increasing attention in stock markets. What action can the EU take in order to foster sufficient and transparent green investment flows?
Trash talk: It is estimated that a third of all food products are not consumed, which means that on a global scale, 1.4 billion hectares of land - an area three times the size of the EU - are potentially being used to produce food that is ultimately wasted. How can the EU minimise food waste and food loss from production to distribution, without eroding food safety standards?
Wrapping it up: Despite recent EU legislation, Member States continue to allow the usage of single-use plastic packaging for many products available to consumers. Taking into account the demand for such products and the need for easy transportation of goods, how can the EU encourage Member States to use more sustainable packaging materials, while also maintaining the high standard of food safety that Europe currently enjoys?
As if our house is on fire: With the interest in leading a sustainable lifestyle reaching unprecedented levels following a year of climate strikes, it is time to draw the trend back to our homes. How can the EU and its Member States support the development of sustainable housing, while ensuring its accessibility to all?
Cap and trade: The EU Emissions Trading System (ETS) is the world’s first cap and trade scheme for emissions, and covers around 45 % of the EU’s greenhouse gas emissions. The ETS has been criticised for inefficiency and even subsidising polluters at the taxpayers’ expense, while defenders argue that it cuts emissions where it costs least to do so. What steps should the EU take in order to improve the ETS and ensure CO2 emissions are reduced in the most cost-efficient way?
Far from home? As several European cities are suffering increased living costs and the alteration of their local culture due to overtourism, how can the EU face and prevent the negative effects of its tourism industry on local communities and their heritage?