“Neighbors Going Nuclear: The inevitable opening of Astravets Nuclear Power Plant (NPP) has negatively impacted the relations between Belarus and the neighboring EU Member States, such as Poland and Lithuania. Bearing in mind the potential risks and benefits of nuclear power, what stance should the EU take in this ongoing conflict?”
Death by Breath: Air pollution is a major cause of premature death and disease, and is the single largest environmental health risk in Europe. With air pollution killing an estimated 8 million people a year is air pollution another Public Health crisis and should the EU and Member States see stronger action to better the air quality in Europe?
Virtual Healthcare: With digital health, proving to be an invaluable tool in the provision of top-quality healthcare. How can the EU and Member States effectively harness eHealth to improve access and quality of healthcare in the long-term future?
“Healthy in Any Language: With COVID-19 posing a big challenge for many of Europe's healthcare systems and disproportionately affecting vulnerable communities such as refugees, their access to medical care is further hindered by practical obstacles such as language barriers and improper reception facilities. What measures should be taken by the Member States to safeguard the physical and mental healthcare needs of asylum seekers, and to also ensure unhindered access to other essential services following their arrival in the EU?”
“Stop Energy Poverty: Despite attempts at deregulating the energy market, European electricity prices have been steadily increasing in the last 10 years and the Mediterranean, Central and Eastern regions of the EU are especially at risk. How can the EU better integrate renewable energy to reduce power prices and energy poverty with historically worse conditions for development in Europe? ”
“Liberty and Justice for All: With a rise of predominantly right-wing national politics within Member States, increased discrimination of LGBTQ+ people was manifested through hate speech, attacks on pride marches and even adoption of legislation that prohibits legal recognition for transgender people. At times of open revolt against inequality and discrimination, what can the EU do to safeguard the rights of LGBTQ+ people?”
“A Light to Call Home: The homeless are one of the vulnerable social groups affected by the pandemic, and in spite of Articles 16 and 19 of the European Pillar of Social Rights, no organised measures have been taken for their protection. What measures should be taken by Member States to ensure the protection and reintegration of the homeless into society?”
“Immunisation for All: The race for creating and deploying a COVID-19 vaccine has put into sharp focus the challenges of distributing a vaccine in low-middle income countries (LMICs), given limited manufacturing capacities and wealthier countries’ national interests. What concrete steps should the EU take to ensure timely global equitable distribution of a vaccine?”