They’re bright, motivated, and considerably younger than our regular politicians: meet EYP Luxembourg.

RTL Today intern Maura Lehmann introduces the European Youth Parliament, having been involved in EYP Luxembourg for the past three years.

What is the European Youth Parliament?

The European Youth Parliament (EYP) is a non-formal education programme that draws together young Europeans from 40 different countries to discuss current political issues in an enjoyable parliamentary setting. With over 500 annual events organised by the volunteers, the EYP has become a popular option for young people wishing to learn more about democracy and the framework behind European institutions.

What happens at those events?

Like at any other plenary simulation, the task of the participants is to come up with suggestions for Europe’s most pressing challenges, and draft resolutions on a topic within their respective committees. The results are then presented and debated in the General Assembly at the end of the session.

What differs however is the so-called Session Concept. Using four key building blocks (Teambuilding, Committee Work, a cultural programme, and the General Assembly), the EYP boosts the skill development, and bridges gaps between the participants’ cultures to make the debates as fruitful as possible.

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Who can participate?

Anyone between 15 and 30 that currently lives in Europe (not just the EU) and is open-minded is more than welcome. There is no need to be an expert on current affairs; most first-time participants learn as they go.

What makes EYP so special?

"If I had to pick one aspect of EYP for me it all boils down to the people.", says Alina Khan, outgoing president of the EYP Luxembourg. "I have come across people from all over Europe that I feel privileged to call my friends. They are all incredible individuals who inspire me and guide me into becoming a better person. I think that really is the most beautiful aspect of the EYP: all the volunteers that you come across, people who dedicate their free time to welcome strangers to their homes and bringing Europe that much closer.

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"What makes the EYP so different from other plenary simulations, is that it is about you. By using current issues and challenging people to deduct their own opinion on them, people are compelled to care and it awakens something inside of you. It becomes clear that the process is about self-empowerment. The reason why I know this is because I feel empowered and I feel like my voice matters, my vote matters, and my actions matter.”

Any upcoming projects?

Under the leadership of Imani Henry (19) and Christophe Schmit (20), Luxembourg will gather 120 young Europeans to the capital in April 2020. Their theme: sustainability. "Our vision surrounds sustainability and zero waste. We want to educate people on the topic and give them ideas on how to be more sustainable in their personal life and EYP, because the problem is that people are bombarded with negative aspects, but are never shown how they can do their part."

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Another upcoming event is the EYP Summer Academy in Echternach, led by Moritz Ruhstaller (19). Through the concept of peer-to-peer education, a diversified training will be delivered by our experienced members to newer members of the organisation. "We want to foster a nurturing, relaxed and organic learning environment for our members and support them upon improving their skills," he aspires.

If you would like to find out more about EYP, visit their website or contact them via info@eyp.lu.