What is the European Youth Parliament?
The European Youth Parliament (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 more than 500 events every year. The EYP network organises almost 1.200 days of EYP activity every year, involving 30.000 participants. Thousands of young people are active as volunteers all over Europe, making EYP a programme truly for young people, by young people.
The European Youth Parliament’s mission is to inspire and empower young Europeans to become open-minded, tolerant and active citizens. The EYP encourages independent thinking and initiative in young people and facilitates the learning of crucial social and professional skills. Since it was conceived in 1987, hundreds of thousands of young people have taken part in regional, national and international sessions, formed friendships and made international contacts across and beyond borders. The EYP has thus made a vital contribution towards European unity and bridging gaps between cultures.
The European Youth Parliament Italy, founded 28th March 1994 in Milan, promotes the European dimension and identity among youngsters in high schools. EYP Italy is one of the 40 national branches that composes the wider network at an international level.