Proposal for Autumn Congress

Proposal 401

LYMEC Autumn Congress, November 8 to 9., 2019 in London

Author: Centerstudenter (Sweden) and Svensk Ungdom (Finland).

Status: [  ] accepted [  ] rejected [  ] transferred to: ___________________________

The Autumn Congress may decide:

1Resolution on Renewing Europe

2Noting that:

3The European Union is at a crossroads. While the international rules-based order that supports

4Europe’s peace and prosperity is being challenged from all sides by China, Russia and the
5United States, European leaders are looking inward. Instead of strengthening Europe’s position
6as a globally oriented knowledge economy, and using the EU as an important tool to do so,
7nationalism and protectionism are taking hold across the continent. Moreover, the EU’s budget
8expenditures still reflect the priorities of the post-WWII era rather than the 21st century, and that
9does not seem to change with the adoption of the next Multiannual Financial Framework.

10The EU cannot afford to make such mistakes: Europe must not become a museum, but a

11continent of opportunity. In particular, the EU and its member states need to prepare for a future
12where services and the digital economy, not industry, will be the greatest job and wealth creators.
13Hence, the European commission, council and parliament need to rally around an agenda
14focused on education, research and strengthening the single market.

15If the United Kingdom leaves the European Union, there will only be one EU university among

16the top 50 universities worldwide. The lack of top universities in the region seriously threatens the
17EU’s global competitiveness and its potential as a centre for high-skill labour and innovation.
18Therefore, it is crucial that the integration of European higher education continues. To tackle the
19challenges of tomorrow, the EU needs universities that can provide its citizens with world class
20education, while also attracting talented international students and high-skilled researchers.

21The boundaries between research and private enterprise need to be eliminated, in particular

22when it comes to applied research. The EU cannot afford to get left behind as the United States
23and China make new leaps in areas like artificial intelligence (AI) and biotechnology. While the
24European Commission has argued that the EU should ensure that AI develops in a manner that
25respects fundamental rights, doing so will be impossible if EU scientists are not at the forefront of
26AI research. The same is true for for biotech, where current EU frameworks on e.g. GMOs
27restrict European researchers’ ability to innovate. EU bureaucracy should not stand in the way of
28open inquiry and cutting edge research.

29The EU’s single market is one of the greatest achievements in European history. To have

30access to a market where goods, services, people and capital can flow seamlessly has laid the
31foundation for Europe’s unprecedented wealth today. Yet, the European Union still has many
32obstacles to overcome in order to achieve a truly integrated market.

33LYMEC calls for:

34- Member states to take necessary steps to allow more private universities and research
35institutions to be established in the EU.

36- Continued EU support to so-called European universities to offer common educational
37programmes and facilitate mobility between European institutions of higher education.

38- A full completion of the Sorbonne process to make sure upper secondary school merits get
39recognised across the EU, just as university merits are through the Bologna Process.

40- Further initiatives to create global Bologna and Sorbonne Processes.

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

42- The European Commission to use prize competitions similar to the X Prize in order to spur

43innovation, in addition to traditional funding through the Horizon Europe programme.

44- A general rule demanding open access to research that has been funded by European
45taxpayers through the EU budget.

46- Carve-outs in the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) to exempt AI from certain
47provisions, thereby ensuring that the EU does not fall behind in AI research.

48- A revision of the current EU GMO legislation to make that the use of new gene editing
49techniques such as CRISPR/Cas9 is not threatened.

50- A deadline and clearly defined milestones for completion of the single market for services and

51the digital economy, similar to the deadline to establish the original single market in 1992.

52- Prioritising common European investments in connectivity and 5G infrastructure without
53disruption at national borders.

54- Continued enforcement of the EU’s competition policy to keep markets fair and competitive;
55disputes over merger control such as the Alstom-Siemens case must not lead to a future
56authorisation of anti-competitive transactions.

57- No further development of the social pillar, in order to ensure that the MS retain the right to
58develop their own labour market policies as well as preventing the development of EU regulated
59minimum wages.

60- The EU to abstain from using trade policy to achieve non-trade related, strategic ends. Trade
61policy should not be used as a political weapon.

62- The EU to continue to incorporate economic development and sustainability aspects in future
63trade deals.

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

Attention: This is a preview! The official text is printed in the proposal book for Autumn Congress 08 - 09 November 2019.