The European Youth Parliament (EYP) helps young people gain life skills, connect to their society, and discover Europe. EYP is for young people from all over the continent – not just the EU – who are interested in discovering their national society as well as the European society and identity.
We are a Europe-wide organisation, with over thirty national committees and 30.000 active members. The Dutch National Committee was founded in 1998 and organises a series of events each year, with the National Selection Conference as the highlight.
The sessions of EYP NL
EYP NL starts at the regional level, with the Preliminary Rounds. During a day-long session, students from secondary education (typically HAVO/VWO 5-6) get their first taste of what EYP entails. The elements of a session are introduced; participants research, discuss and debate a variety of current European topics with peers and new friends alike. Registration forms for the 2017-2018 season are now available.
After the Preliminary Rounds, a selection of teams will be invited to the National Selection Conference. This session lasts four days (Friday – Monday), and with guest speakers, a press team and more international EYP members to meet, it is a truly unforgettable experience. At the end of the conference, some teams and individuals will be selected to represent EYP the Netherlands at sessions abroad.
Aside from these recurring sessions, EYP NL also organises international events, such as the 1st North Sea Forum in Rotterdam in 2009, the 71st International Session in Amsterdam in 2012, an International Forum in Amsterdam in 2015 and soon the 88th International Session of EYP The Netherlands in Rotterdam.
The people behind EYP NL
The European Youth Parliament is entirely run by volunteers. Hundreds of young people, who devote their time and knowledge to organise sessions, raise European awareness and build a better future. Nevertheless, we cannot function the way we do without the dedicated and continued support from our partners in government institutions, NGO’s and the corporate world. For that, we are incredibly grateful. EYP NL is lucky to work with a number of amazing partners, who help us in many different ways. Their number grows every year, and for good reasons.
Your role in EYP NL
Whatever your reason to join EYP or your plans for the future may be – everybody gains something from participating. There’s no such thing as a ‘typical’ EYP member. You don’t need to be an aspiring politician or lawyer, far from it. EYP members come from a broad range of economic, geographic and ethnic backgrounds. What we do have in common: we’re all curious.