As the only democratically elected body of the European Union, the European Parliament holds the unique responsibility of truly representing the interest and concerns of the European people. Rather than representing the policies of the member states they come from, Members of the European Parliament (MEPs) align themselves according to the platform of their political parties. Since its founding in 1952, the European Parliament has evolved from being a powerless, appointed body to one of the more prominent and important institutions that make up the European Union. While it is still the European Commission, the executive body made up of career technocrats who are experts in their fields, that drafts the actual legislation of the European Union, the European Parliament has the power and responsibility of amending and altering legislation before they vote on it. However, for the purpose of this committee, the European Parliament will be tasked with drafting legislation on the two topics. The first topic looks to establish an EU policy for how to deal with independence movements like those of Scotland and Catalonia. The second topic urges delegates to re-evaluate and strengthen the current security procedures of the European Union in dealing with issue of terrorism – a particularly pertinent issue given the events of the past year.
Topic 1:Recognition of Claims for Independence within Existing Member States and their Status in the European Union Topic 2: Improving European Union Security, Policing, and Intelligence to Combat Terrorism