What are committees?
Each delegate states their committee preferences and is then assigned to one of the six committees. Before the conference, the delegates research on the committee issue based on the study guides provided by the Committee Presidents (CPs). At the beginning of the committee meetings, each delegate introduces their country’s standpoint on the committee issue. However, we do not require any official position statement sent to us from the delegates prior to the conference.
During the sessions, delegates in the committee try to break down the issue into specific problems and discuss solutions to these issues. The output of these discussions is the committee’s resolution, which is then presented at the General Assembly to all MEP delegates. The committee explains the resolution, answers questions from the delegates and defends the resolution. The General Assembly votes on whether a suggested amendment should be part of the resolution, and finally, whether the resolution should pass or not.
The study guides will be uploaded soon.
Committee on Constitutional Affairs
While the European Union has been an economic community since its beginnings, the political integration of the values EU wants to represent are lagging behind. Hungary, for example, has been hurting civil rights with censoring media and not allowing some organizations to continue to operate. Meanwhile in Poland, there have been rising concerns about how the government has been handling European values. What can be done for a more complex political integration of European values? And how should the EU member countries displaying resistance to European values be dealt with?
Committee on Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs
The world has become much more interconnected since the invention of the internet, and especially since the age of social media. News are now able to spread like wildfire on platforms like Facebook, but is that always of benefit? In recent months, more threats to our expression of freedom have arised not only for the people that read and are affected by news, but also those that write them. What those journalists write has become something that can endanger their life, seen by the recent murders on a Slovak and a Maltese journalist killed. How can media objectivity and accountability, particularly on social media like Facebook, for what is reported by the outlets be ensured? And how can we protect the people that make sure that we stayed informed?
Committee on International Trade
Russia is one of the main suppliers of gas to the European Union and an important figure on the energy market, but the path it has taken in recent years has been worrying for many EU member countries in terms of their relationship with Russia. With the annexation Crimea in 2014 and other events that have been threatening the European and world peace, no one is sure how it will go in the future. What is the next step to take in EU-Russia relations and the World-Russia energy relationships?
Committee on Environment, Public Health and Food Safety
At the UN Climate Summit held in Paris in 2015, all participating countries agreed to do whatever is in their power to limit global warming to a maximum of two degrees Celsius. The EU has additionally set its own goals by means of the Energy Union. The world and the EU is aiming to limit its global temperature increase, to establish binding commitments as nationally determined contributions (NDCs) and to regularly report on their emissions. These goals imply major reforms that could ultimately challenge current levels of economic growth, but it does not seem as if much has changed. What can the EU do to achieve and enforce these goals, taking into account that the current industry is still heavily dependent on fossil-based energy?
Committee on Women’s Rights and Gender Equality
The #MeToo movement has become a global phenomenon online and offline, intended to provide a platform for sharing people’s experience with sexual harassment and abuse. Women have have been especially subject to sexual harassment, and in particular they have been discriminated against at work; an issue that has been brought under increasing public scrutiny thanks to the #MeToo movement. How can the EU ensure that women are better protected from sexual harassment, sexism and discrimination in their workplace?
Committee on Economic Affairs
Space is a driver for growth and innovation, and contributes directly to the objectives of Europe’s growth strategy for a smart, sustainable and inclusive economy. How should the EU engage with the space industry in order to promote further sustainable growth and progress? Should the EU be pursuant in making the space industry a civil sector, or should emphasis be placed on governmental control?