For four days the participants of SFM 2014 have worked on producing policy proposals for the European Commission in the fields of Free Trade Agreements, European Neighbourhood Policy, Sustainable Development, Youth Unemployment, and EU Migration Policy. Guided by academic tutors, the working groups have explored existing legislation and have identified gaps and ways of improvement. Experts from the Commission and other stakeholders have shared their views with the participants and gave input to the proposals.
We are proud to present the final products of SFM 2014!
Free Trade Agreements
Focusing in particular on the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) between the EU and the USA, the FTA working group advocates to increase transparency of the negotiation process and to better involve the European society. Among others, the group recommends the creation of an independent body that critically analyses information coming from the European Commission and that is involved in an open dialogue with citizens.
European Neighbourhood Policy
This working group has devoted itself to a rethinking of the European Neighbourhood Policy. Suggestions for improvement include enhancing the ENP’s visibility in the partner countries particularly targeting the wider public. Furthermore, the roles of the different actors involved as well as the overall strategic vision should be defined more clearly.
The Sustainable Development group proposes two concrete policy innovations by building upon existing legislation. The first option includes the introduction of a product passport in order to provide detailed information about the materials used for producing specific items. The second suggestion involves creating a new “sustainaLabel” as a resourceful logo tailored for consumers’ and companies’ needs.
Taking into account existing youth programmes and initiatives the working group proposes a new way of allocating available funds thereby empowering regional and local governments as well as NGOs and universities. Additionally, the creation of a centralised database, a WikiEurope, is recommended to offer better information on existent policies in one portal.
EU Migration Policy
The Migration working group recommends three strategic guidelines for the future EU migration policy. First, successful integration of migrants into society is identified as an essential priority. Second, negative societal perception should be addressed by basing public discourse on facts and evidence. Third, enhancing channels for regular migration is considered a crucial component of a coherent and efficient migration policy.