History of EYP
The European Youth Parliament (EYP) is an international youth organisation, founded in France in 1987. With members scattered all over Europe, the EYP aims at educating youngsters on European politics in a fun way, guided by other young people. The Belgian branch, which we now call EYP Belgium, came onto the world in 1994. Every year we organise a variety of conferences, differing in size, location and set-up. Here, young people between the ages of sixteen and twenty-five come together to celebrate European connections and their own creative and well thought through solutions to current European issues. Through an interactive process and by simulating the procedure of European parliamentary conferences, our participants learn the values of being an active European citizen. Learn more
Who are we?
The EYP is a politically independent educational project tailored specifically to the needs of young European citizens. The EYP encourages independent thinking and socio-political initiative in young people and facilitates the learning of crucial social and professional skills. The way it works, is unique: every year more than 35.000 young people from 40 different European countries meet at one of more than 600 regional, national and international events. Over the past twenty years the organisation has become one of Europe’s largest platforms for political debate, intercultural encounters, political educational work and the exchange of ideas among young Europeans.
The EYP grew from a small school project in 1987 in Fontainebleau, France. An important characteristic of the EYP is that our participants defend their own views and not those of a particular political party or a country. The EYP covers topical issues and does not avoid controversial topics. Through our conferences we encourage independent thinking and personal development.
With its presence in 40 different European countries the EYP is more easily accessible than any other European project. Schools from all over Europe submit their candidacy to their National Committees and can thus participate in the national rounds and try to get selected for an international session. International friendships boasting mutual understanding of different cultures and points of view is an integral part of the EYP.
The EYP has in the past obtained the support of key figures in European politics such as José Manuel Barroso (President of the European Commission), Neelie Kroes (Vice-President of the European Commission and Commissioner for Digital Agenda), Jerzy Buzek (MEP, Former Prime Minister of Poland and president of the European Parliament) and Thorbjørn Jagland (Secretary General of the Council of Europe).
EYP Belgium aims 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.