The European Youth Parliament (EYP) is a non-partisan, non-formal and independent educational programme offering a space for the European youth in all its diversity by organising parliamentary simulations. It was established as a school project in 1987 in Fontainebleau, France and grew ever since then.
Today, the EYP is based in 39 countries reaching out to young people all over Europe. During the sessions the young people experience political debate, intercultural encounters, European civic education and the exchange of ideas. Every year many tens of thousands of young people take part in regional, national and international events, build new friendships and discuss political European topics. In 2014, 28.000 young Europeans participated in the EYP’s events, 493 events were organised and a total of 800 days of activities were counted.
The EYP is an organisation with democratic structures. The executive body of the EYP is the Governing Body. The legislative body is the Board of National Committees, which is the co-decision maker together with the Governing Body. They decide over charters and policies, which are partly worked out in Councils composed of EYP Alumni, like the Academic Council, the Educational Council, the Regional Development Council or the Training and Development Council.
Since 2004 the Berlin-based Schwarzkopf Stiftung “Junges Europa” is the international umbrella organisation of the EYP.
More information about the EYP can be found here.
© Janne Vanhemmens