A welcome from the Session Board


Tim Backhaus (FI)

President of Maastricht 2021

4th International Forum of EYP the Netherlands


Laura Joël (NL)

Vice-President of Maastricht 2021

4th International Forum of EYP the Netherlands


Rose Cantillon (IE)

Vice-President of Maastricht 2021

4th International Forum of EYP the Netherlands


Sabina Șancu (AL)

Vice-President of Maastricht 2021

4th International Forum of EYP the Netherlands

Dear Delegates,

EYP is first and foremost an educational programme, where you can learn about yourself, about other people, other cultures and interact with different opinions. The umbrella theme of Maastricht 2021 is The Digital Generation: Setting an Innovative Agenda, which guided our academic work and gave the ideas for the topics we have created for this session.

EYP is a platform where you can share ideas, opinions and thoroughly. In order to engage in the discussions properly, preparation is the key tool for success! Therefore, the Chairs’ Team has written the Topic Overviews for the Academic Preparation Kit to help your research for your topics. However, do expand your research outside of this kit as it should only be the starting point for your research!

The General Assembly is the place for the opportunity to have your voices and opinions heard, but you need to prepare more for that. Therefore, remember to explore the other eight topics on top of your own topic as well. Yes, you should concentrate your learning on your own topic. However, in order to achieve fruitful discussion and results for the General Assembly, it is important to prepare for the other topics as well!

With warm wishes,


Dear Delegates,

Right now you may not know what to expect of a digital International Forum. You may find it daunting to engage with the topics or enter a virtual committee room full of people you don’t know.

Everyone in EYP has been there, but it’s not about how many people you don’t know at the start, it’s about how many people you have gotten to know at the end of the ride. The people you connect with during Maastricht 2021 can empower, support, and inspire you on the journey. They can catch you when you stumble, and help you get back up.

EYP is a place where you can make new friends, have new conversations about topics you never knew about, and try new things—and fail at them, too. It’s a place where you can safely make mistakes and learn from them.

I hope that you all participate in this conference with an open mind, stumble and get back up, engage with others with curiosity, and have fun doing it! If you do that, you’re sure to learn something you can take with you on your journey long after Maastricht 2021.


Dear Delegates,

Nowadays, it is hard to find the sunshine through the clouds – the life we are currently living is heavy and filled with doubt and uncertainty. However, sometimes you are offered a chance to look through the clouds and have the light shine on your face.

For our few days together I would like to ask you to see Maastricht 2021 as a bright sun, shining light on interesting issues, exciting new people and lasting memories. You are given this chance to receive that sunlight and to pass it onto others from the lessons you learn and the people you meet along the way.

I hope the light we have created for you in this event shines brightly on you all and that you can see Maastricht 2021 as an opportunity to bask in the sunshine of bright ideas and an even brighter future.

All the best,


Dear Delegates,

Your Maastricht journey starts now – the Officials’, while it is getting more intense, is coming to a close. We have adapted much of our vision and plans as the session drew nearer, but we never compromised our wish to create a wonderful and safe experience for everyone involved.

I hope that you will find something that fuels you in this session, whether that is a session element, your topic, or a new friend. Regardless of whether this is your last time in EYP or just one in a long string of events to which you will bring your passion, I invite you to rejoice in the moments of togetherness that we are forming in our session.

Much love,


Topics of the Conference

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Committee on Constitutional Affairs (AFCO)

With young, activist citizens marching en masse for ends like Fridays for Future and Black Lives Matter, it is becoming increasingly clear that their opinions are not reflected well in the European political agenda of today. In an age where more and more citizens get involved in political movements digitally, European democracies fail to accommodate citizens that engage in politics virtually. What should Member States do to improve the engagement between policy makers and the younger generations via digital means?


Committee on Culture and Education (CULT)

With 60% of people reporting no experience with distance learning before COVID-19, developing and implementing the “Digital Education Action Plan” is a flagship priority of the current European Commission. Bearing in mind that and 1 in 5 young people across the EU fail to reach a basic level of digital skills, and less than 40% of educators feeling comfortable with digital technologies, how should the new Recommendation on Online and Distance Learning address issues of effectiveness and inclusivity?


Committee on Environment, Health and Food Safety I (ENVI I)

No Game, No Life: With the World Health Organisation recently recognising compulsive gaming as a mental health disorder, how can the EU harness the benefits of video games in supporting learning and developing cognitive skills while combating video gaming addiction?


Committee on Environment, Health and Food Safety II (ENVI II)

With recent developments in medical technology, genome editing opens up the possibility of heritable modification of our genetic composition, to either heal a genetic illness or alter physical traits. How should the EU approach these new possibilities in the field of research and practical application?


Committee on Industry, Research and Energy (ITRE)

The power to change: The deepening climate crisis has provoked an ambitious commitment to a European Green Deal and a sustainable energy transition across all aspects of the European economy. The role of climate-neutral industrial production and goods transport is crucial for achieving these targets: Electrification alone will not cover the rising demand for clean energy in industry, and no single alternative has yet emerged to replace fossil fuels. How should the EU empower the research and adoption of new digital and energy-efficient technologies to enable a climate-neutral future for European industry?


Committee on Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs I (LIBE I)

Balancing the scale of Data: Data is the lifeblood of the digital economy however there have been calls across Europe to ensure digital sovereignty – whereby states protect their citizens and businesses from the challenges of self-determination in the digital sphere. How can the EU and other European countries promote sustainable technological growth while also ensuring digital sovereignty in this sphere?


Committee on Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs II (LIBE II)

An online presence comes with a variety of dangers. With access to the internet and digitalisation becoming a necessity for education, economic and social well-being, how can the EU ensure that States, digital platforms and individuals all cooperate towards protection against image-based sexual abuse and cyber sexual harassment?


Committee on Regional Development (REGI)

Collaboration despite differences: In the EU, cross-border regions such as the Rhine-Meuse-Nord Euregio are witness to some of the most dynamic exchanges of people, knowledge, services, and goods, actively redefining the meaning of borders and of the nation itself. This regional and local cooperation is often a grassroots effort, a spontaneous action happening individual of capitals’ control. How can the EU improve its collaboration as a union of states through the model of regional border cooperation?


Committee on Security and Defence (SEDE)

L’Europe qui protège: With digitalisation and globalisation greatly increasing the potential impact of hybrid threats, how can the EU protect its citizens against those threats?

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