European Youth Parliament (EYP) is one of the largest and most unique platforms for political engagement, intercultural encounters and exchange of ideas among young people in Europe. As a peer-to-peer educational programme, EYP aims to bring young people from different backgrounds together to debate and discuss current European issues, building intercultural understanding and friendships across borders. EYP is a non-partisan and independent organisation, with its methods based on non-formal education and peer-to-peer learning. EYP participants and volunteers get equipped with the knowledge and the skills needed to positively shape the world around them.
EYP Slovenia was founded in 2013 and has been organising events since 2014 as part of the EYP international network. EYP Slovenia is completely run on a volunteer basis, and it holds the status of an organisation in the public interest in the area of education. The quality of our events has been recognised, as in 2021, we have won the Slovene nomination for the Charlemagne Youth Prize for the 5th year in a row.
Our events, called sessions, are occasions where young people come together to discuss current and exciting European topics. It’s a unique experience to learn, meet new people and have fun at the same time. There are different types of sessions, lasting between one and ten days. A session consists of the following elements:
The first part of a session is Teambuilding. During Teambuilding, participants get to know each other and learn to work together through a series of informal activities and games.
During Committee Work, the participants identify the specific problems and propose solutions within their assigned topic. Their conclusions are put into the format of a resolution booklet, similar to those of the European Parliament.
The final part of every session is the General Assembly. In the General Assembly, the participants present and debate the resolutions they wrote, which are then put to a vote.
Sessions are usually accompanied by a cultural programme, which introduces the participants to the local culture or celebrates the cultural diversity of Europe.