By Marlotte Dominicus
In 2018’s EuroMUN, the European Parliament is about to explore new grounds.
As opposed to other committees, the delegates at the European Parliament will as per usual not merely represent one country, but the vision and political affiliation of the EU Citizen as a transborder body. It is therefore only fitting to discuss topics with an equally broad impact.
During one part of the conference, the discussion will revolve around the EU Cybersecurity Policy. With the rapid and dynamic changes and improvements in the cyber dimension of today’s society, the call for adequate policies aimed at resilience, deterrence and response to the downsides of this parallel universe is greater than ever. The European Parliament has shown its dedication to the topic before, through e.g. the European Union Agency for Network Information Security (ENISA) and the recently adopted cybersecurity package, and continues to do so during EuroMUN 2018. But in order to enhance and discuss, one must know the topic to act. Therefore, essential elements of the debate constitute of creating a definition of cybercrime, balancing the right to privacy of EU citizens and cybersecurity, as well as information sharing between the Member States. Should we control cyberspace more? And if so, by whom? Is there a specific role to play in the European Parliament at large?
For the second part of the conference, the spotlight will be on the European Arrest Warrants. This brings the focus of our delegates back to our not-virtual life, in which criminality is getting more international too if not only due to the globalization. The European Arrest Warrants have proven to be very successful and useful in speeding up the extradition of wanted criminals throughout the EU and were one of the first sign of mutual trust in and recognition of other Member States’ criminal law. Nonetheless, a multitude of questions arises that might shed a different light on the current situation and policies in place. The rapid EAW procedure necessarily created a system where the procedural requirements are kept to a minimum, which could endanger the ever so important protection of fundamental human rights. Examples of problems with the EAW consist of the opportunity to review an EAW, it’s time of expiration, and how to secure legal representation for the subjects of the EAW. All these problems and questions, and then some more, will hopefully be solved and answered in the debate of the European Parliament at EuroMUN 2018!