EYP the Netherlands organiser four (4) Preliminary Rounds each year. These are the start of the EYP-journey for Dutch participants. The very first Extended Preliminary Round of 2018-2019 will take place in Hoorn, during the weekend of 10 and 11 November.
The Extended Preliminary Rounds are two days long. All participants gather in their chosen working group called a committee, consisting of 6 to 8 people from various schools. On Saturday morning there will be Teambuilding activities through which participants get to know each other. In the afternoon, the delegates discuss a European issue in their group, coming up with possible solutions. Saturday evening includes a cultural program: Eurovillage, during which the delegations will eat traditional food and drinks from different European countries. The participants spend the night and the next day, on Sunday, reunite in a large debate. During this General Assembly, all groups present and discuss their motion for a resolution, which passes through a debate and a voting procedure.
This event will be managed by two young project managers, Lucas Taams and Tim van Woezik. Their vision is all about making a lasting impression on the participants: “The goal of this session is to represent everything that EYP means to us. Active citizenship, friendship, awareness and unity. The session should be an excellent way for both new delegates, younger or new officials and older, more experienced officials to gain knowledge, make friends and have a wonderful time. One of the main goals of our session is to achieve a larger feeling of unity amongst officials and delegates. This means that we find it crucial to unite different officials’ teams and delegates alike, to turn them into one group. The officials, for example, should be as connected as a single committee is. This is something that will lead to a better atmosphere and better experience for everyone.”
The logo for the event is a ship and was designed by our Head of Design, Sofie de Jong. During Holland’s ‘Golden Age’, the port of Hoorn was an important home base for the Dutch East India Company and a very prosperous centre of trade. The ships of the Hoorn fleet plied the seven seas and returned laden with precious commodities. Tim and Lucas: “Hoorn is a quaint city of seventy-two thousand residents which is only a short forty minutes away from Amsterdam, but still far enough away to enjoy the peace and quiet of the countryside. Situated within a natural bay along the IJsselmeer-lake, Hoorn has a beautiful and historic city centre that can take you back to the heyday of the Dutch Golden Age.” The port of Hoorn still houses historic ship replica “de Halve Maen” today.
The Preliminary Rounds are supervised by the Secretary of EYP the Netherlands, Jarne van der Poel. For questions concerning this event please consult our Secretary through firstname.lastname@example.org or consult the Head Organisers (email@example.com | firstname.lastname@example.org).