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Mission and Vision

The European Youth Parliament (EYP), which was founded in 1987 as the project of a school in Fontainebleau (France), is a unique forum designed to actively engage young people in the moulding of their future society. The EYP represents a non-partisan and independent educational project which is tailored entirely to the needs of the young European citizen.

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. The EYP has thus made a vital contribution towards uniting Europe.

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 35 European associations and organisations in which thousands of young people are active in a voluntary capacity. The international umbrella organisation of the EYP is the Schwarzkopf Foundation.

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 28.000 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