Istanbul 2012

Istanbul 2012 – 69th International Session of the EYP took place between 23rd March – 1st April 2012, under the patronage of The President of the European Parliament. In March 2012, the vibrant city of Istanbul has been privileged to host 10 days of heated debates and intercultural dialogue. Under the theme “Bridging the Cultural Divides of Europe”, the 69th International Session of the European Youth Parliament gathered 320 participants from 31 countries to discuss current European affairs, exchange ideas and vision for tomorrow’s Europe.

Head organised by Ezgi Teksoy and Oğulcan Torun, the session welcomed a large number of high profile guests and speakers including Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu, former President of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe, Nursuna Memecan, Member of the Turkish Parliament, Burak Erdenir, Deputy Under Secretary at the Turkish Ministry for EU Affairs, Kaya Türkmen, Director General for EU Affairs at the Turkish Ministry for Foreign Affairs.

Alexandra Thein, German Member of the European Parliament, Heinrich Haasis, President of the Sparkasse Finance Group and Dr. Hande Bozatlı, President of the Istanbul Special Provincial Administration EU Foreign Affairs Committee, Petra Pisulla, Director of the Dräger Foundation and Christel Kaufmann-Hocker, Board Member of the Mercator Foundation have also been present at the Opening of the General Assembly.

Istanbul 2012 – 69th International Session of the EYP has been supported by T.C. Başbakanlık Tanıtma Fonu, Lifelong Learning Programme, Vehbi Koç Vakfı, İstanbul Ticaret Odası, İstanbul Büyükşehir Belediyesi, Bahçeşehir Üniversitesi, VKV Koç School, İstanbul İl Özel İdaresi, Tekfen Holding, İstanbul Büyükşehir Belediyesi Gençlik Meclisi, İstanbul Öğrenci Kulüpleri Platformu, NTV, Turkish Airlines, Feyziye Mektepleri Vakfı, Işık Üniversitesi, Bilgi Üniversitesi, Coca Cola Company, ETİ, Çınar Tur, and Pelit.