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Proposal for Autumn Congress 08 - 09 November 2019

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Submitted at Sunday, 6. October 2019 um 21:57 Uhr, in category "Chapter 4 – Business, Economy, Finance and Tax, Cross-Cutting Policies" with No. 401. Author/s: "Centerstudenter (Sweden) and Svensk Ungdom (Finland)..

The Autumn Congress may decide:

Resolution on Renewing Europe

Noting that:

The European Union is at a crossroads. While the international rules-based order that supports Europe’s peace and prosperity is being challenged from all sides by China, Russia and the United States, European leaders are looking inward. Instead of strengthening Europe’s position as a globally oriented knowledge economy, and using the EU as an important tool to do so, nationalism and protectionism are taking hold across the continent. Moreover, the EU’s budget expenditures still reflect the priorities of the post-WWII era rather than the 21st century, and that does not seem to change with the adoption of the next Multiannual Financial Framework.

The EU cannot afford to make such mistakes: Europe must not become a museum, but a continent of opportunity. In particular, the EU and its member states need to prepare for a future where services and the digital economy, not industry, will be the greatest job and wealth creators. Hence, the European commission, council and parliament need to rally around an agenda focused on education, research and strengthening the single market.

If the United Kingdom leaves the European Union, there will only be one EU university among the top 50 universities worldwide. The lack of top universities in the region seriously threatens the EU’s global competitiveness and its potential as a centre for high-skill labour and innovation. Therefore, it is crucial that the integration of European higher education continues. To tackle the challenges of tomorrow, the EU needs universities that can provide its citizens with world class education, while also attracting talented international students and high-skilled researchers.

The boundaries between research and private enterprise need to be eliminated, in particular when it comes to applied research. The EU cannot afford to get left behind as the United States and China make new leaps in areas like artificial intelligence (AI) and biotechnology. While the European Commission has argued that the EU should ensure that AI develops in a manner that respects fundamental rights, doing so will be impossible if EU scientists are not at the forefront of AI research. The same is true for for biotech, where current EU frameworks on e.g. GMOs restrict European researchers’ ability to innovate. EU bureaucracy should not stand in the way of open inquiry and cutting edge research.

The EU’s single market is one of the greatest achievements in European history. To have access to a market where goods, services, people and capital can flow seamlessly has laid the foundation for Europe’s unprecedented wealth today. Yet, the European Union still has many obstacles to overcome in order to achieve a truly integrated market.

LYMEC calls for:

- Member states to take necessary steps to allow more private universities and research institutions to be established in the EU.

- Continued EU support to so-called European universities to offer common educational programmes and facilitate mobility between European institutions of higher education.

- A full completion of the Sorbonne process to make sure upper secondary school merits get recognised across the EU, just as university merits are through the Bologna Process.

- Further initiatives to create global Bologna and Sorbonne Processes.

- The EU to continue the development of the Erasmus program.

- The European Commission to use prize competitions similar to the X Prize in order to spur innovation, in addition to traditional funding through the Horizon Europe programme.

- A general rule demanding open access to research that has been funded by European taxpayers through the EU budget.

- Carve-outs in the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) to exempt AI from certain provisions, thereby ensuring that the EU does not fall behind in AI research.

- A revision of the current EU GMO legislation to make that the use of new gene editing techniques such as CRISPR/Cas9 is not threatened.

- A deadline and clearly defined milestones for completion of the single market for services and the digital economy, similar to the deadline to establish the original single market in 1992.

- Prioritising common European investments in connectivity and 5G infrastructure without disruption at national borders.

- Continued enforcement of the EU’s competition policy to keep markets fair and competitive; disputes over merger control such as the Alstom-Siemens case must not lead to a future authorisation of anti-competitive transactions.

- No further development of the social pillar, in order to ensure that the MS retain the right to develop their own labour market policies as well as preventing the development of EU regulated minimum wages.

- The EU to abstain from using trade policy to achieve non-trade related, strategic ends. Trade policy should not be used as a political weapon.

- The EU to continue to incorporate economic development and sustainability aspects in future trade deals.

- A halt to the plans to turn the Eurozone into a fiscal union with its own budget and finance minister.

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Amendments for this proprosal:

  • [12508] Replace: Page 1, Line 21 to Page 1, Line 22 (Antragsteller: Radikal Ungdom). / V1

    The boundaries between research and private enterprise need to be eliminated, in particular when it comes to applied research

    Submitted at Saturday, 19. October 2019 um 17:14 Uhr. Authors: "Radikal Ungdom".

    with "Cooperation and synergy between research and private enterprise are necessary, and obstacles should be removed especially in the fields of applied research."

    Justification: This is a bit more moderate - it implies certain advantages that some research is still conducted in accordance with public regulations, and that some research which is not immensely economic viable is not conducted.

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  • [12509] Replace: Page 1, Line 46 to Page 1, Line 47 (Antragsteller: Radikal Ungdom). / V1

    replace line 46-47

    Submitted at Saturday, 19. October 2019 um 17:22 Uhr. Authors: "Radikal Ungdom".

    with "EU legislation should not prevent research into ethical AI's."

    Justification: AI research is important, but there is a limited to what kind of AI's we want to develop. While China has great result in using AI's to manage personal data, we should not strive to have the same AI control over our citizens' data and it should be protected at all cost. AI's are vital for the future economy, but it should not be at the expense of our personal information.

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  • [12511] Replace: Page 1, Line 57 to Page 1, Line 59 (Antragsteller: Radikal Ungdom). / V1

    57-59

    Submitted at Saturday, 19. October 2019 um 17:28 Uhr. Authors: "Radikal Ungdom".

    to "No development of EU regulated minimum wages"


    Justification: The social pillar is vital for the development of the European Union and the relevant parts have therefore been struck. We agree with the prevention of EU regulated minimum wages.


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  • [12510] Delete: Page 1, Line 60 to Page 1, Line 61 (Antragsteller: Radikal Ungdom). / V1

    60-61

    Submitted at Saturday, 19. October 2019 um 17:25 Uhr. Authors: "Radikal Ungdom".

    Justification: Trade is EU only big strategic tool, to spread our influence, liberal democracy, human standards and human rights abroad. Trade is certainly a weapon and it should be used, as it is a peaceful and powerful tool that has been wielded with great success in the past. 

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  • [12512] Replace: Page 1, Line 64 to Page 1, Line 65 (Antragsteller: Radikal Ungdom). / V1

    line 64-65

    Submitted at Saturday, 19. October 2019 um 17:30 Uhr. Authors: "Radikal Ungdom".

    to "To continue the development of the Eurozone into a fiscal union with its own budget and finance minister"

    Justification: Increasing economic integration is vital for the future development of the European Union and this should, therefore, be changed.

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