Overview

The European Youth Parliament (EYP), which was founded in 1987 as the project of a school in Fontainebleau (France), is a unique forum designed to actively engage young people in the moulding of their future society. The EYP represents a non-partisan and independent educational project which is tailored entirely to the needs of the young European citizen.

The EYP encourages independent thinking and socio-political initiative in young people and facilitates the learning of crucial social and professional skills. Since its inauguration, many tens of thousands of young people have taken part in regional, national and international sessions, formed friendships and made international contacts across and beyond borders. The EYP has thus made a vital contribution towards uniting Europe.

Today the EYP is one of the largest European platforms for political debate, intercultural encounters,political educational work and the exchange of ideas among young people in Europe. The EYP consists of a network of 35 European associations and organisations in which thousands of young people are active in a voluntary capacity. The international umbrella organisation of the EYP is the Schwarzkopf Foundation.

Aims

The aims of the European Youth Parliament are to:

    • Raise awareness of European issues, encourage active European citizenship and motivate students to get engaged in European politics.
    • Promote international understanding, intercultural dialogue and diversity of ideas and practices.
    • Contribute to the personal skills development of European youth.
    • Provide a forum in which young people of Europe can express their own opinions, without reverting to role play.

Evaluations of three International Sessions of the European Youth Parliament in 2014 show that 77% of the participants raised their awareness of European issues, 78% felt encouraged to increase their active democratic citizenship, 93% experienced and appreciated intercultural dialogue and 84% developed and improved their personal skills and competences.

What We Do

The EYP involves well over 20,000 young people at more than 100 regional, national and international events through 41 national organisations every year.

The flagship events of the EYP are its three annual International Sessions. Each of these sessions brings together about 320 participants from 41 countries for 10 days in different European countries. You may check the EYP Calendar to find out about the dates and locations of the upcoming sessions.

All EYP sessions follow a similar programme and are based on the same methodology:

    • Firstly the participants divide into international committees and take part in team building.
    • In the ensuing committees the young delegates start working on a current issue of European politics and compose a joint resolution.
    • Finally, the resolutions are debated in a parliamentary General Assembly following the model of the European Parliament in both English and French.
    • Through a rich cultural programme with events such as Euroconcert, Eurovillage or the Country Presentations, the participants become active and creative themselves and express themselves through music, acting and dance.

 

 

 

 

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