POLITICO | Behind-the-scenes deals and disagreements

On Wednesday, resolutions were complete and final, lobbying for support and votes could begin. Delegates from each committee were doing everything in their power to secure votes and signatures for amendments. In this session, trust was built and broken, alliances were made and deals, too. In this session, drama was revealed and tension grew between committees.

But firstly, the resolutions, what do the committees think of other committees’ resolutions? Doubts around the FEMM committee were very apparent. With their task being a very challenging one, aiming to try and make social media safer for women and girls, there were some delegates saying the resolutions were inherently problematic even calling for the whole resolution to be scrapped. Harsh, but they’re not the only committee people are doubtful of, with the LIBE/JURI’s resolution being described as “pathetic mistakes” by a Malta delegate, and also being described as “the least trustworthy” by a delegate from Norway. They accused the committee of its “heart” not being in the right place when taking into consideration disabled peoples during voting.

FEMM was also voted most hated by some of the delegates. Why is there so much hate towards the FEMM committee? Is it the doubt in the resolution or another reason?

A delegate from Poland had doubts with the AGRI committee, saying they failed in their resolution and didn’t complete their mission at all. He argued that the resolution was too reliant on funding and didn’t offer a real solution to the problem at hand. He believed that this resolution was therefore very weak. Other delegates had doubts about the INTA/AFET committee, arguing the resolution is too long, and because of this, it wouldn’t pass.

However, while there is doubt in some resolutions from certain delegates, there is also great hope for some committees, and one of these being SEDE. Delegates believe this committee has a strong resolution and are hopeful for its passing. The CP of SEDE from the Italian delegation said that he trusts his committee entirely. After falling behind other committees in making their ICs and OCs, they pulled through and demonstrated the very reason they used all their time thoroughly. It will be interesting to see how this resolution now does in the General Assembly.

The alliances being made were also interesting. Delegates in their committees, where relationships have built up, have agreed to support each other but, in some cases, whole delegations are supporting each other. The UK and Turkish delegation have a suspected alliance and Polish delegates have alliances with Malta and Italy. On the other hand, committees are supporting other committees, like a delegate from the JURI committee having built an alliance with the SEDE committee.

However, there is still some disagreement, with a delegate from Norway disagreeing with the resolution of the INTA committee. Another delegate even noticed that an amendment was being made against their committee and took a picture of the amendment while the delegate was not looking, to prepare the committee if it came up in the General Assembly.

Overall, many deals, loss of trust, and disapproval of amendments have happened in this short session. But will the amendments be strong enough to change the resolution, and will the alliances and doubts be enough to pass or reject resolutions in the General Assembly? We will see as the events of the assembly unfold on Thursday and Friday this week.


Author: Ruby Longley

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