The National Selection Conference
European Youth Parliament the Netherlands organises four Preliminary Rounds throughout the country. High school students from all over the Netherlands participate in these events. The participants that stand out will be invited to the National Selection Conference. This event will take place from the 7th until the 10th of February 2019 and will welcome 100 Dutch and international Delegates to the politial capital of the Netherlands, The Hague. Furthermore, these participants will be under the guidance and support of 50 young volunteers of the European Youth Parliament. Hailing from all over Europe, these volunteers have a large variety in level of experience, encouraging learning from each other in a rich cultural setting.
The National Selection Conference follows the format of other EYP sessions. During one entire day of Teambuilding, the delegates get to know each other through various games and activities, learn how to cooperate and start working as a team. Each committee has a certain topic, usually a current European or global issue. The delegates will have chosen their committees according to their preferences of the committee topic. During the two full days of Committee Work, the delegates discuss and research the issue with their group. They come up with possible solutions and draft a resolution. On the very last day, all committees reunite in a large debate: the General Assembly. The groups present and discuss their motion for a resolution, which passes through a debate and a voting procedure.
Besides this three-step format, the event also includes an opening and closing ceremony. There will be guest speakers whose interesting stories, careers or backgrounds relate to the event. There will be a cultural program, such as Eurovillage: delegations are assigned a country and serve traditional food and drinks from this country, promoting intercultural understanding.
After the National Selection Conference, some participants will be invited to attend international events. All participants will have the opportunity to apply as a volunteer to events both in the Netherlands and abroad. Others may choose to engage with EYP on a national level, as volunteers for our organisation, for example by giving workshops at Dutch schools.
The Head Organisers and Session Theme
This year, our National Selection Conference is Head Organised by three powerwomen: Hannah Wessels, Suzanne van Spijker and Sanne van Vliet. “We strive to create a session that is bigger than itself and leaves a lasting impact on its participants. With the session theme “Empowering tomorrow: shaping Europe’s approach to the Sustainable Development Goals”, we aim for a conference that is as sustainable as possible, not only regarding its ecological footprint, but also through the way we cooperate and use our knowledge. Next to that, participant experience will be at the core of our efforts, as we ourselves have experienced the personal growth and joy the experience of a National Selection Conference can bring to its participants. Hence, we will focus on teamwork, personal development and participant welfare.”
For any questions you may have concerning this event, please do not hesitate to contact the Project Managers, Hannah Wessels, Suzanne van Spijker and Sanne van Vliet (email@example.com) or the board of EYP the Netherlands (firstname.lastname@example.org)