The European Youth Parliament (EYP) is a nonpartisan and volunteer-driven programme that offers peer-to-peer education to Europeans aged 16-24. Since 1987, the main activities of the EYP have been its conferences, or ‘sessions’. These events provide participants with a safe forum to debate on a wide range of topics – often related to international politics or human rights, but also fields such as climate change, health and energy. The EYP does not reflect specific country positions or promote the European Union. In all debates, it is the participants’ opinions that matter. Participants are empowered to become critical, open-minded and active citizens. By bringing young people from different backgrounds and nationalities together, we build intercultural understanding and friendships across borders. The programme is run by thousands of proactive young volunteers. They act as organisers and facilitators during events or manage the organisation at large. This makes the EYP a genuinely youth-driven programme – run by young people, for young people. By taking part, volunteers and participants become equipped with the social and professional skills needed to positively shape the world around them.
About The EYP
The European Youth Parliament provides young people with a forum to develop and express their opinions, as well as get equipped with the knowledge and skills needed to positively impact the world around them. Our participants gain a wide variety of skills and experiences that they can apply both within our organisation but also in their day to day life. 86% of our participants say taking part in one of our events helped them in forming opinions and expressing them in front of others. 72% say their English language skills have improved significantly after being active in our network and 95% of our participants say EYP has strengthened their abilities to work in internationally diverse teams.