1st Digital University Session of EYP Turkey

Mon, 17 May 2021 – Sun, 23 May 2021



EU solidarity in the face of the pandemic: Among the many effects of the pandemic we have also witnessed a strong wave of anti-EU sentiment developing across the continent, especially in those Member States who were hit the hardest by COVID-19. How should the European Union address concerns about its legitimacy and prevent the further strengthening of Eurosceptic parties over the EU’s handling of the pandemic so far?


After the EU imposed sanctions on China over the systematic violation of the human rights of the Uyghur minority, the Chinese government responded with harsher restrictions, threatening EU-China economic and diplomatic ties. How can the EU ensure that human rights of the Uyghur minority are maintained in China, without undermining economic partnership and bilateral agreements?


The EU recovering sustainably: The year 2021 marks the first year of the economic recovery after the COVID-19 pandemic. The EU has vowed that the recovery plan will guarantee a Europe after COVID-19 that will be greener, more digital, and more resilient. How should the EU ensure that these aims are kept in mind whilst recovering and transitioning to a sustainable post-pandemic future for all Member States?


The two-sided coin of nuclear energy: How should the cross-border risks posed by nuclear power plants be regulated within and along Europe ’s borders while ensuring energy security and sustainability?


The war on plastic: Plastic is an integral part of our economy but is also one of the principal kinds of solid waste pollution, especially in the form of single-use plastics, which is why the EU has committed to significantly reducing their use by 2025. What further steps should the EU take to ensure a sustainable approach towards the use and disposal of plastic?


Is zero tolerance enough? The EU has put gender sensitive and specialised laws in place for women affected by violence, but sexual harassment is still prevalent across all European cities, and often goes unreported. How can the EU further support governments and NGOs to ensure that Europe becomes a safe place for women?


Ensuring accountability: The Dublin Regulation, set to manage the asylum process, has disproportionately put the burden on Mediterranean frontline countries, whose resources are taxed by the influx of refugees. As the refugee crisis enters its sixth consecutive year, how can the EU approach the asylum process more effectively and improve the policies that have so far not proven effective?

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