WHAT IS THE EUROPEAN YOUTH PARLIAMENT (EYP)
The European Youth Parliament (EYP) is a unique educational programme which brings together young people from all over Europe to discuss current topics in a parliamentary setting. As a network of independent associations, EYP is present in 40 European countries and organises almost 600 events every year. The EYP network organises almost 1.500 days of EYP activity every year, involving close to 35.000 participants. Thousands of young people are active as volunteers all over Europe, making EYP a programme truly for young people, by young people.
The European Youth Parliament’s mission is to inspire and empower young Europeans to become open-minded, tolerant and active citizens. Today the EYP is one of the largest European platforms for political debate, intercultural encounters, European civic education and the exchange of ideas among young people in Europe.
The EYP encourages independent thinking and initiative in young people and facilitates the learning of crucial social and professional skills. Since it was conceived in 1987, hundreds 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 European unity and bridging gaps between cultures.
EYP is a programme for young people, run by young people. We are proud to have over 3.000 active volunteers all over Europe, running EYP’s National Committees, organising events, chairing committees, acting as Session journalists, in short, being the heart and soul of EYP and the reason for its existence. For more information: www.eyp.org
The Schwarzkopf Foundation is the the international umbrella organisation of the European Youth Parliament.
EYP IN 2015:
The European Youth Parliament was founded in 1987 as a school project at the Lycée François-Premier in Fontainebleau, just south of Paris. The first International Session was also held there in 1988.
With almost 600 events held across the network every year, including more than 35.000 participants from 40 countries and the work of more than 3.000 volunteers, the European Youth Parliament today is the largest organisation for non-formal European political education.
On the right, you can see a video created for the 25th anniversary in 2012
The aims of the European Youth Parliament are to:
Raise awareness of European issues, encourage active European citizenship and motivate young people to get involved 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.
Our activities have measurable impacts:
Over 35.000 participants experience European political debates and intercultural exchange every year
Participants improve their language skills and learn to work in an international environment
All events are organised and conducted by young EYP alumni, by young people for young people
In our regular evaluations, more than 90% of our participants indicate they have increased their intercultural and language skills, and even more feel more prepared to be an active European citizen
High-ranking European politicians regularly visit our events and speak to our participants
The Media reports heavily on all our events, especially the International Sessions