NSC Leuven 2020

26th National Selection Conference of EYP Belgium

Mon, 17 Feb. 2020 – Fri, 21 Feb. 2020



Development goals and developing economies: With the United Nations Climate Action Summit 2019 calling for economies to fully align with sustainable development goals, how should the European Union and its Member States further facilitate international cooperation in order to ensure that these goals are met without undermining the growth of developing economies?


Breaking chains: An estimated one in every ten children worldwide are victims of contemporary slavery. Pertinent reports have demonstrated how modern technology and other industries are built on unethical supply chains stained by human rights abuses. How can the EU take action to eradicate all forms of child labour and guarantee responsible supply chains of modern products, without modern slavery?


Enable the disabled: The European disability strategy 2010-2020 was adopted to ensure that persons with disabilities are respected and have equal rights and opportunities in all areas of society. Taking into account the successes and potential areas of improvement as the Strategy reaches the end of its period, what further steps should the European Union (EU) take to guarantee the rights of disabled persons?


Towards a new social contract: with recent studies indicating that, under current social mobility rates, it will take 150 years to bridge the gap between the poorest layers of society and the middle class, should the EU and its Member States focus on improving existing opportunities for individuals to move up the social ladder, or on ensuring an equal distribution of wealth and power throughout the entirety of society?


What the health: With growing public health expenditure and increasing demand for efficient healthcare services, how can the EU use eHealth26 and telemedicine technologies27 to ensure equal access to healthcare across Europe, whilst safeguarding patients' rights?


Global Epidemic: With over 20% of the EU’s adult citizens suffering from obesity, the risk of premature death and developing other serious health conditions increases, which significantly impacts the health system of every Member State. How should the EU act to reduce the prevalence of obesity, whilst tackling its social and economic consequences?


The future of Schengen: The future of Schengen: With several EU Member States having reinstated internal border controls temporarily as a reaction to the refugee crisis and terrorist attacks, and attempts to reform the Schengen Agreement having shown no results, what should the EU do to safeguard its fundamental principle of freedom of movement whilst tackling security concerns?


Moving towards cleaner cities: The European Commission expects that by 2050 about 80% of Europeans will live in urban areas, most of them dependent on daily commutes. With inefficient transportation habits deemed to be one of the main reasons for traffic congestion and air pollution, what actions can the European Union take to make urban mobility more sustainable?

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