Policy Proposals #SFM2021 !

🟦 REGULATING TECHNOLOGY AND SOCIAL MEDIA🟦

The first topic of #sfm2021 is finally out! Here is what Katharina has to say about it⏩

“As digital technology becomes an ever more central part of every aspect of people’s lives, the lack of regulation for online disinformation is concerning. Questions that remain unanswered gain more and more space in the public sphere:

❓ How do dominant social media platforms influence individual and societal behaviour?

❓How can technology foster a sense of agency and community instead of division and polarisation?

❓How can regulation ensure that technology is designed for the greater common good rather than optimise for extraction and profit?

The time has come, more than ever, to identify and address the underlying causes of this societal problem, and to provide approaches for a new EU policy 🇪🇺

⭐️TOPIC REMINDER: A UNIFIED FAMILY, THE WESTERN BALKANS TOWARDS EU MEMBERSHIP⭐️

🔎A closer look into one of our four topics for the upcoming conference 🔎« How can the EU enhance the prospect of accession and candidate countries in the Western Balkans towards gaining full membership? »This topic, proposed by @marina_dosijanoski , focuses on the issues within the revised methodology for accession negotiations:

1️⃣ the new methodology might have some gaps jeopardising EU’s credibility and efficiency

2️⃣ lack of application of the New Methodology to all accession countries

3️⃣ High risk for deadlocks due to region-specific problems

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⭐️TOPIC REMINDER: A UNION OF EQUALITY⭐️

In recent years, the European Union has experienced the biggest migration flow since the Second World War. As of 2018, non-EU nationals residing within the EU made up for 4% of its total population. The arrival of individuals from such diverse cultural backgrounds has not only transformed European societies into multicultural environments, it has also forced Member States to develop appropriate immigrant integration policies.

⏩In its 2016 Action Plan on the integration of third-country nationals, the European Commission stressed the importance of considering the specific concerns and needs of migrant women in policy-making at the national level. However, the Action Plan had little success among the Member States, whose integration policies still lacked the necessary gender dimension. With its new Action Plan on Integration and Inclusion 2021-2027, the Commission once again puts the emphasis on the need of a gender aspect in policies on migrants’ inclusion.

🔵The working group will aim at finding new ways to improve the integration of migrant women in the EU and understanding how to EU could better assist the Member States in this task🔵

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🌟TOPIC REMINDER 4: ANIMAL HUSBANDRY AND THE AGRICULTURAL IMPACT ON CLIMATE CHANGE IN THE EU🌟

🔎 This topic is introduced by @louayze as a topic manager, with the previous help of @antheaa_b 🔎

📌In recent years the awareness about climate change and its ramifications has been increasing drastically. More and more parts of society worldwide are uniting to protest, and urge governments to implement measures to fight global warming.

⏭ Due to human activity, such as burning of fossil fuels, transportation, but also agricultural practices and animal husbandry the amount of greenhouse gases (GHG) in our atmosphere is rising steadily.

⚠️Thus, in order to fight climate change, we need to overthink our current actions and try to come up with alternative or reformed practices.⚠️

Two big interconnected sectors which need to be examined and adapted are:

1️⃣ European agriculture

2️⃣ Animal husbandry Several distinctive policies need to be introduced to reform agricultural practices and animal husbandry – from the process of cultivation to the consumption of goods.

➡️Emphasis should be placed on the production and consumption of meat since the growing, feeding and transportation of cattle produce a lot of GHG.

🔵 To fight climate change, policies on an EU-level need to be introduced to reform and regulate the agricultural sector, animal husbandry and the consumption of certain foods🔵

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