From Climate Change to Euroscepticism – A Dramatic Shift

The third day has started with very ambitious delegates. They seemed really interested in finding a common solution. Belgium and Bulgaria are eager to find a conclusion as soon as possible on the topic of climate change. They invited the other delegates to cooperate. In this respect, they decided to discuss in an unmoderated caucus to conclude the working paper. The most important thing is that they seem to reach a consensus. It is essential for them to be focused on writing right now as after two fruitful days in terms of debate a conclusion is more than needed. Denmark and France expressed their willingness to proceed to vote for the resolution.

After hard work during the unmoderated caucus, all the head of states seemed happy with the consensus reached during the debates. They seemed to be pleased with negotiations and they all expressed the willingness to implement the conclusions in their countries soon. Moreover, they congratulated each other for the efficiency and they emphasized the role of the EU in solving climate change issues. Though, Germany highlighted the role of each State to act locally in order to achieve their common goal. The main achievement was the consensus on the Super Grid. Lithuania underlined the fact that even if the climate change problem is not yet totally solved, these conclusions encapsulate a huge step for the future. The conclusion has passed with unanimity.

The delegates moved quickly to the second topic after the success of the conclusions. They started with enthusiasm. Each state gave a speech highlighting their approach regarding Euroscepticism. The main reasons evoked by the head of states were the economic aspects, the security and foreign policy. The Czech Republic expressed its concern with the immigration crisis that can be considered one of the reasons why Euroscepticism appeared. Finland pointed the importance of discussing eurozone. France mentioned their plan, EU Renaissance and Germany reiterated the importance of the values that define the EU. In addition, Hungary insisted on the idea of raising terrorism in the EU in the last decades that can be a considered the main reason for Euroscepticism. Lithuania pointed out the paramount role played by EU institutions in enhancing citizen’s trust in the EU. Sweden presented the importance of Welfare State which should be a pattern in the EU in order to reduce Euroscepticism. As we can notice by now, the positions of the member States are different.

In this context, Belgium proposed a moderated caucus on the topic of Migration which engendered an intense discussion with different opinions. Belgium proposed a solution in order to integrate migrants in the EU through hybrid partnerships between public-private sectors. Hungary made a clear point that they will never accept the quotas because they want to preserve their national identity. Croatia, Sweden, Spain supported the integration of refugees.

So, this morning was characterized by the successful ending of the first topic. The Euroscepticism topic provoked very divided opinions between delegates.

 

Written by Irina Baciu, Press Officer

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