European Youth Parliament
It’s been some month since the 8th European Parliamentary Elections, from 22 to 25 May 2014, happened. The different European political parties were voted to organize the European Parliament and, first time in the European history, where the political parties fielded candidates to the presidency of the Commission.
For many young European it was their first opportunity to vote, to participate in the election of future European policies, but, do they have another way of being heard? Will they have to wait 5 years to express themselves? The answer is NO, thanks to the European Youth Parliament.
The European Youth Parliament was founded in 1987 in Foutainebleau (France) as a Non-Profit Organization to foster active citizenship participation, cultural tolerance among the European youth and to encourage them to have a say in the shaping future of the European Union. The EYP strives to facilitate the visualization and awareness raising of the idea of Europe through educational actions, providing to young people between 16 and 22 years old the opportunity to promote positive and practical learning experiences.
The European Youth Parliament organizes every year three international nine-day meeting. They are always organized in different countries, where a total of 250 to 300 students and teachers from all over Europe participate, not only members of the European Union. The meeting basic idea is to form multi-national delegations to form committees to receive special themes. They must build teams that the delegates participating in committee will work with, looking for solutions to their themes. The final conclusions will be presented in front of a large community.
Viktória Gergulics. EVS
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