Ahaus 2014 I Regional Conference of EYP Germany
“For more than twenty years, the European Youth Parliament in Germany (EYP) has been offering young people a chance to reflect on questions of societal importance, to develop visions for a future Europe and to discuss these with others.
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Water and food are, maybe apart from love, the basic needs of humanity. We, in Europe, can be happy to be provided with both to a sufficient amount and of high quality. Although most EU citizens take this for granted, in many parts of the world hunger and poverty rules the daily life of a lot of people and we should not feel too safe facing an increase in frequency and intense of droughts and floods as well as the destruction of urban land and an enormously growing world population.
Since the foundation of the European Union no field of policy has been so well integrated as the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP). However, integrated with the goal to ensure sufficient and high quality food for the European Union’s (EU) citizens today’s reception of agriculture policy by the Europeans is focused on arguments concerning the distribution of subsidies, although this is only one problem alongside more complex and challenging ones. How will the EU produce enough and good food, in an environment where the frequency of natural catastrophes increases, industrial areas expand at the expense of urban land and at the same time the number of people needed to be fed grows? Which answer has the European society for those living in poorer countries not having enough food and being envious watching the EU? How can the EU ensure fair prices, which keep crop production attractive but also take care of not having the citizens spend the largest part of their income for food?
According to these questions the Regional Selection Conference will centre on the EU as key player in solution for internal and external problems in a globalised world. Possible solutions however such as genetically modified food, a rise of development aid or an intervention in the free market are highly controversial and do not only need to ensure sufficient supply but also to balance the interests of various groups as for instance consumers, environmentalists, multinational companies and farmers. The Regional Selection Conference in Ahaus will offer its participants a space to debate on these urging problems and develop creative and innovative solutions. Located in the rural and idyllic Münsterland, one of the largest agricultural areas in Germany, Ahaus is a perfect setting for interesting debates on this important topic.
Organisational excellence will be facilitated by Fabian Grünewald and his fantastic team.
The call for officials will be published early in 2014.
Stay tuned for updates and mark the 24th-27th April in your calendar – it will be worth it.
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