The EYP represents a non-partisan and independent educational project which is tailored specifically to the needs of the young European citizen. It was founded in 1987 as a project of a school in Fontainebleau (France). 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.

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 36 European associations and organisations in which thousands of young people are active in a voluntary capacity.

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 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.

The video on the right-hand side provides an interesting insight in to the work of the EYP. Alternatively, please do have a look at our annual report or visit the website of EYP international.