Leuven 2023 is the 29th National Selection Conference of the European Youth Parliament Belgium. It brought together 200 young people between the 20th and 24th of March to formulate policy recommendations and exchange cultures. With 5 days of youth engagement and more than 10 activities, Leuven was the epicentre of democratic life and the celebration of European connections.
"Democracy through Diversity: Safeguarding a Secure and Innovative Europe"
A Union for All
Committee on Employment and Social Affairs (EMPL)
While the European Commission’s ‘Strategy for the Rights of Persons with Disabilities’ highlights the need for further cooperation between Member States in ensuring equal access to education, health, and employment for all, what further steps can Member States take to protect the rights of citizens with disabilities?
Turning a Blind-eye
Committee on Human Rights I (DROI I)
Despite being the largest ethnic minority in Europe and after several calls for action, Roma people still face social exclusion, discrimination and very poor socio-economic conditions. How can the EU overcome past failed strategies and effectively improve the living conditions for Roma communities?
Don't Forget the Elderly!
Committee on Environment, Public Health and Food Safety (ENVI)
Considering the high prevalence of elderly abuse in Europe and the increasing abuse rates witnessed during the COVID-19 pandemic, how can the EU combat this issue and provide the elderly with dignified and proper care?
Committee on COVID-19 Pandemic (COVI)
Following the accelerated adoption of telehealth practices in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, their potential to offer accessible healthcare to marginalised communities are yet to be explored. What further steps can the EU take to ensure safe and reliable access to telehealth services for all citizens?
No Money for Food
Committee on Economic and Monetary Affairs (ECON)
With the current disruption of global supply chains and increase in energy costs following the COVID-19 pandemic and Russian invasion of Ukraine, inflation in the Eurozone has reached the highest level recorded since the Euro was launched. How can the EU combat the increase in the cost of living and protect the most vulnerable and food-insecure people?
Too Hot NOT to Handle
Committee on Human Rights II (DROI II)
Since 2008, over 318 million people around the world have been forcibly displaced by natural disasters. So called ‘climate refugees’ are not covered under the 1951 Refugee Convention, nor defined in any EU legislature. With the future holding many climate related challenges, what steps can the EU take to ensure safety and proper protection for climate refugees?
Committee on Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs (LIBE)
The ‘Balkan non-paper’, which proposed redrawing of borders in the Balkan region, shocked the European public in April 2021. Since then, talks of gradual EU integration of the Western Balkans have become more prevalent. Bearing in mind the many geopolitical challenges that the Union is currently facing, what action should the EU take in order to prepare a path towards Balkan integration?
Committee on Security and Defence (SEDE)
With a period of geopolitical instability and conflict caused by economic recession, talks about the EU's defence policy have been pushed to the forefront of public discourse. Taking into account that the EU and NATO are inter-connected and the US military controls around 800 bases outside of its borders, what steps should Member States take to grant the Union defensive autonomy, while upholding the strong bonds established with the USA?
No More Bystanders
Committee on Foreign Affairs (AFET)
The Israel-Palestine conflict is one of the longest on-going conflicts on the planet with more than 70 years of history. What stance should the EU adopt to mediate a peaceful solution to this 70 year old conflict, while upholding the commitment to the vision of an independent and sovereign state of Palestine, as ratified by the according UN resolution in 1967?
To Believe or not to Believe
Committee on Constitutional Affairs (AFCO)
The majority of Member States’ constitutions enshrine a separation of Church and State, but the degree to which this is implemented varies greatly. With Member States such as France outlawing the public use of the niqab and burqa, and others such as Ireland relying on over 90% of primary schools run by the Catholic Church, how should European governments act in a world where religious diversity and atheism are at an all time high?
We have a dedicated group of volunteers working on the project. In total, an Organising Team of 17 volunteers made the necessary preparations to welcome Young Europe in March, 2023. The Core-Team consists of the following 5 Organisers: