Welcome to the 2nd Mediterranean Regional Session in Athens. Nea Genia Ziridis has the pleasure and honour to organize and host the session. We are looking forward to it!
WELCOME LETTER FROM THE PRESIDENT
Model European Parliament
Mediterranean Regional Session
Athens 5-10 October 2018
Dear Members of the Model European Parliament,
MEP Greece cordially welcomes you to Euro Med Athens 2018!
This session is being organised by the Nea Genia Ziridis MEP team along with the help of the MEP alumni, university students and the MEP organisation.
In the context of a small briefing, Greece joined the EU in 1981, raising the number of Member States to ten. Since then, Greece has always been supportive regarding every step that the EU has taken to accomplish enlargement and retain its unity. Placed on Europe’s eastern border and with its shores on the Mediterranean coastline, Greece is undeniably a valuable EU partner.
The Mediterranean Session is indispensable for it enhances regional cooperation and addresses issues that are of particular interest to the Mediterranean countries. Our region is a conglomeration of cultures and this session brings the EU motto ‘United in Diversity’ to life. For this reason, it is often said by scholars that any agreement reached among the Mediterranean countries can easily be implemented in any other region!
The agenda issues of this Euro Med session are of paramount importance for the future of the Union. The Mediterranean countries are the main stakeholders in matters concerning coast border control and the socioeconomic repercussions of mass tourism. But these will not be the only matters to be put forward. We will be given the chance to propose solutions and delve into the ways that issues like bilateral trade agreements, common agricultural policy (CAP), the scourge of youth unemployment and the migration crisis affect the whole region.
With 2018 being the European Year of Cultural Heritage, this session can have its share in reinforcing our sense of belonging in the European Union. We are positive that we will seize this opportunity to share our neighbours’ views on EU issues and represent the interests of our countries in the Committee and General Assembly sessions.
We are excited to receive you and it is our intention to make this experience memorable to you!
Our appointment: ATHENS, OCTOBER 5. Keep it!
President of the GA
MEP-MED Athens 2018
1) COMMITTEE ON AGRICULTURE AND RURAL DEVELOPMENT (AGRI)
The question relating to the EU Agricultural Policy
With the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) making up 39% of the EU’s overall budget and the
negotiations for the next financial framework well under way, would it be wise for Member States
to reduce CAP’s budget? Taking into consideration that the Mediterranean countries rely heavily on
CAP for their rural development, what other measures can the EU take towards a sustainable and
competitive agricultural policy?
2) COMMITTEE ON EMPLOYMENT AND SOCIAL AFFAIRS (EMPL)
The question of youth unemployment
Youth unemployment rates still remain a war to be won for the EU and Southern European Member
States in particular. What measures should be taken to achieve a considerable reduction in youth
unemployment? Should European Member States support youth entrepreneurship, seek a different
approach altogether or deploy a combination of approaches to amplify youth employment?
3) COMMITTEE ON INTERNATIONAL TRADE (INTA)
The question of EU - China trade relations
China is currently the second biggest trading partner of the EU. However, intellectual property
theft, government intervention and lack of transparency in China remain obstacles to free trade.
Which measures should the EU take to achieve fair trade partnership with China? How should the
EU deal with the growing economic influence of China on the development of individual Member
4) COMMITTEE ON CIVIL LIBERTIES, JUSTICE AND HOME AFFAIRS (LIBE)
The question of migration and refugee crisis
Acknowledging that current EU asylum policies have been unable to respond effectively to the
significant movement of refugees and are under heavy criticism from certain Member States and
civil society, what action should the EU take to create workable policies that ensure responsibility is
shared while protecting the rights of refugees? Additionally, how can the EU address irregular
5) COMMITTEE ON SECURITY AND DEFENCE (SEDE)
The question of securing EU external borders
Bearing in mind that the newly established ‘European Border and Coast Guard’ agency has been
operating since 2017, how can the EU fully exploit the agency’s potentials in order to effectively
respond to the security and migration challenges at the continent’s Mediterranean border? What
other measures can the EU take to ensure the protection of its external borders?
6) COMMITTEE ON TRANSPORT AND TOURISM (TRAN)
The question of tourism and sustainability
Taking into account the social and economic impact of mass tourism, what measures can the EU
implement to ensure the conservation of Mediterranean coastlines whilst supporting economic
growth in such areas?
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ABOUT MEP MED
MEP MED - The Model European Parliament Mediterranean Region Programme
The Model European Parliament Mediterranean Region Programme is a non-partisan leadership programme for youth in Mediterranean countries. The aim of the MED MEP Region programme is to develop interest and skills in addressing high level international issues jointly among high-school students. The program is a training ground for future leaders and politicians.
VISION OF THE MEP MED REGION ASSOCIATION is to:
- Build relationships among the youth in the Mediterranean Region
- Provide an educational experience which brings together young people to discuss current Mediterranean topics in a parliamentary setting.
- Give an insight into each individual’s potential to affect society’s development, both nationally and internationally
- Develop debating skills in large international forums
- Raise political awareness and an understanding of Europe’s cultural identity and diversity.
- Educate young people about European integration and cooperation
The working language during MED MEP is English. Six students are chosen to represent each member country. Together, they comprise a delegation. Each delegate represents their native country in a committee, which discuss Mediterranean issues. Each committee has their own specified issue to discuss. The committee members’ common goal is to draft a resolution they all support and can defend in the General Assembly. The resolution from each committee provides suggestions and solutions to issues of the EU. It is then presented, at the General Assembly of the MEP and the delegates of all countries vote for or against it.
The Model European Parliament (MEP) is a simulation of the European Parliament. It was founded in 1994 to educate young people about European cooperation. The MEP’s goal is to unite the young adults of Europe to a greater understanding of European integration and a closer penetration of common European issues as well as knowledge about EU institutions. The programme develops political awareness and an understanding for Europe’s diversity.
MEP is also a cultural and social event, which gives the participants the opportunity to experience the diversity of the countries, and be a part of numerous social events, such as teambuilding, sightseeing, along with living with a family in the host country.
MEP EU 28+ candidate countries
2 sessions a year
– the place for young ideas.
– the forum for youth democracy and parliamentarism.
– the venue for future decision makers.
– the place to be.
You can find below the preparation modules / factfiles
MEP GREECE – NEA GENIA ZIRIDIS
Nea Genia Ziridis has been a member of the Model European Parliament programme since it was set up in 1994. It is the only coordinating school in Greece which takes on the coaching of high school students who intend to participate in this leadership programme.
The aims of the programme are consistent with the mission of our school:
We educate the leaders of tomorrow, the citizens of the world.
Coordinator & responsible for communication:
Theoni Sofrona: email@example.com – Mob: +0030 69 45 87 74 38