Committee on Constitutional Affairs I (AFCO I) An ever-closer union? With Euroscepticism gaining more and more support within individual Member States and a sense of dissatisfaction with the correct form of the European institutions, some are talking about a multispeed Europe. What should the European Parliament’s response be vis-à-vis these call for a less integrated Europe? Committee on Constitutional Affairs II (AFCO II) Political disillusion in Europe: low voter turnouts and several youth polls have shown that disenchantment with politics and unawareness of the political and social reality of the EU have led to an increasingly passive attitude amongst young Europeans. What measures should be taken in order to motivate young people to play an active role and take social responsibility in European society? Committee on Culture and Education I (CULT I) Attempts at creating equal tertiary education all over Europe seem to have ceased. Although it is still in place in many EU countries, the Bologna Process is much criticized and the great diversity in educational systems throughout Europe has not yet been met with a proper and realistic solution, even though equal opportunities begin with equal education. Which changes should be made to create equal education policies for youngsters all over Europe in order to reduce social inequality? Committee on Culture and Education II (CULT II) Young people’s involvement in civic society: with the end of the ‘Youth in Action’ programme in sight, how should the EU support youth initiatives as to stimulate the creation of a network of young Europeans with the goal of promoting European citizenship? Committee on Employment and Social Affairs I (EMPL I) With unacceptably high youth unemployment rates across Europe and an EU-wide average youth unemployment rate of 24%, are we looking at a ‘lost generation’? What steps should the EU take in order to ensure young people fulfil their potential on the labour market?
Committee on Employment and Social Affairs II (EMPL II) Live long and prosper: with more European’s living longer than ever before, the EU faces the threat of an ageing population. How can the EU make sure that older generations are being looked after and stimulated to actively participate in society, so as not to become the forgotten majority? Committee on Women’s Right and Gender Equality (FEMM) With slow progress in achieving gender parity across Europe, what is the role of women in perpetuating inequality in the workplace? To what extent should the EU and its Member States take more radical action in order to unlock the full potential of Europe’s female labour force? Committee on Industry, Research and Energy (ITRE) Time to develop a European dream? How can the EU stimulate an entrepreneurial mindset amongst youngsters, provide better incentives for young people willing to start their own business and thus further develop youth entrepreneurship in Europe? Committee on Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs (LIBE) Guarding the Guardians: in the aftermath of the News of the World phone-tapping scandal in the United Kingdom, has the freedom of the press gone too far? What actions can be taken at the EU level, in order to preserve the investigative freedom of the press whilst respecting the individual’s right to privacy? Committee on Regional Development (REGI) Liveable cities: with an ever-growing urban population, the EU faces challenges associated with urbanisation on an unprecedented scale. Taking into account the growth of urban areas Europe, which measures should be taken in order to enhance the quality of life herein?