Jarne van der Poel (NL)

Dear participant, If you are reading this, you have made the choice to try out the European Youth Parliament (EYP). Perhaps you were told about EYP by your teacher, who told you this would be something for you, by your friends or classmates, or maybe you found us all by yourself. Regardless of how you came here and what your expectations are – welcome! My name is Jarne, and I have the pleasure of being the president of this event.

EYP is not organised by teachers or professionals, but by a team of young people like yourself, from all across Europe. We are ready to welcome you with open arms. Rest assured that we are here to guide you through this programme every step of the way! 

The European Youth Parliament is a bit different from similar programmes you may know. First of all, it is not really a debating competition. Instead of competing, it asks you to work together with your peers from other schools, to find the best solutions for the issues facing Europe. EYP is about expanding your horizon: you will discover issues in European society that you may have never heard about before and listen to the views of other young people you have never met before! I encourage you to allow EYP and the people in it to challenge you and broaden your horizons.

EYP is also not a simulation – where you have to represent the position of a certain country – but instead encourages you to share your own opinions about current social and political issues. Try to grab this opportunity with both hands to let your ideas for the future of Europe be clearly heard!

I cannot wait to hear from you,

Kind regards,

Jarne