The European Youth Parliament (EYP) is a unique educational programme which brings together young people from all over Europe to discuss current topics in a parliamentary setting. As a network of independent associations, EYP is present in 40 European countries and organises almost 600 events every year. The EYP network organises almost 1.500 days of EYP activity every year, involving close to 35.000 participants. Thousands of young people are active as volunteers all over Europe, making EYP a programme truly for young people, by young people.
The European Youth Parliament’s mission is to inspire and empower young Europeans to become open-minded, tolerant and active citizens.
The EYP encourages independent thinking and initiative in young people and facilitates the learning of crucial social and professional skills. Since it was conceived in 1987, hundreds 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 European unity and bridging gaps between cultures.
Today the EYP is one of the largest European platforms for political debate, intercultural encounters, European civic education and the exchange of ideas among young people in Europe. The EYP network is present in 40 European countries, where thousands of young people are active as volunteers. The entire network organises almost 600 events every year.
The Berlin-based Schwarzkopf Foundation is the international umbrella organisation of the EYP.
EYP is a programme for young people, run by young people. We are proud to have over 3.000 active volunteers all over Europe, running EYP’s National Committees, organising events, chairing committees, acting as Session journalists, in short, being the heart and soul of EYP and the reason for its existence.