Understanding Europe is a project by the Schwarzkopf Foundation and the European Youth Parliament the Netherlands in cooperation with the TUI Foundation.

Schwarzkopf Foundation

The nonpartisan Schwarzkopf Foundation Young Europe was founded in 1971 by Pauline Schwarzkopf in Hamburg, but is now based in Berlin, Germany. The main purpose of the Foundation is to promote the development of young people into politically aware and responsible European citizens. Other aims include emphasising European culture and its values.

The Schwarzkopf Foundation offers a space for dialogue between young people aged between 16 and 28 years and personalities from the current political, economic and cultural life. It also provides young people with information on processes and decisions made at a European level. In addition, the Foundation invites the youth to discussions, which are politically relevant and important for young people in Europe, offering them many opportunities to get involved. It initiated the project Understanding Europe in 2013.

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European Youth Parliament the Netherlands

Since the establishment of the European Youth Parliament (EYP) in 1987, the organisation’s aims are pursued in many different European countries during conferences in which committees of the European Parliament are simulated. The 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.

Since 1998 the Netherlands has been involved in the organisation, through the European Youth Parliament the Netherlands (EYP-NL). Every year, EYP-NL organises various conferences in the Netherlands, ranging from regional to international level. Preliminary Rounds are held annually, where schools are selected to attend the National Selection Conference. During this National Selection Conference, participants are selected to represent the Netherlands at international events.

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TUI Foundation

The TUI Foundation supports projects under its central theme “Young people in Europe”, and has established itself as a competent, professional response and cooperation partner. The ideas, projects, and formats that the Foundation initiates are performed with the focus on possibilities and growth of young people in Europe. The projects of the Foundation support, guide and encourage them to build a more sustainable, active and positive future.

The TUI Foundation is a private charitable foundation headquartered in Hanover (Germany).

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