Events 2021-2022

Dearest delegates,

Welcome to Zeist 2021! As Head-Organisers, we are incredibly happy to welcome you to one of the most wonderful organisations to exist: the European Youth Parliament. We hope that you will make the best of friendships, learn a lot and get a sense of European citizenship. With our theme, Shifting lenses: Creating a mosaic of ideas we encourage you to be creative, get inspired by others and together come up with solutions to Europe’s most pressing issues. 

This session will be a safe place for all of you to brainstorm, share ideas and connect: all of the people contributing to Zeist 2021 will help you to do so. The Regional Selection Conference is the place where you will first get to know the European Youth Parliament. Hopefully you have a lot of fun, get lots of insights and fall in love with EYP as much as we did. It truly will be a special experience for all of you. 

As Head-Organisers, together with our organising team, we are there to make this session an incredible experience for you. Should you have any questions or worries, come to us! Read this webpage carefully, since it contains most information about the session before you get here!

Can’t wait to see you at Zissa 2021!

Sarah van Bavel (NL)

Paula Rem (NL)

Session Program

Officials Day

Friday 10/12/'21

Opening Ceremony

Saturday 11/12/'21

Teambuilding

Saturday 11/12/'21

Committee Work

Saturday 11/12/'21

General Assembly

Sunday 12/12/'21

Resolutions

Welcome Words & Information

by the Organising Team:
Julius Hehakaya (NL), Tatum van Dijk (NL), Paula Vermaas (NL) and Ciarán Meers (IE)

Johann Davies (DE)

Dear Delegates of Zeist 2021,

As the President of the Session, it is my job to implement our theme: ‘Shifting lenses: Creating a mosaic of ideas’ into the Session’s academic output. For me, this theme is calling on all of us to not let ourselves be inhibited by notions of ‘this has always been done this way’ or ‘this is just how our society works’. In my opinion, only very few concepts in the world are of such fundamental nature that they do not deserve to be challenged and potentially changed. With the world rapidly evolving around us, constantly and carefully rethinking how we as the European Union organise life and do society is not a choice, but a necessity.

The Vice-Presidents and I tried to keep this in mind while developing the topics you will be discussing in Zeist. All of the topics are – explicitly or implicitly – asking you to reevaluate whether existing legislation is still aligned with our values as a European society, and, if not, how said legislation should be brought up to speed.

However, I urge you all: Do not just challenge yourselves in terms of academics, but also as people. Communication always works in both ways. Therefore, make an effort to not only express your own opinions to your fellow Delegates, but to truly engage with and appreciate their ideas and opinions as well. Understanding which experiences others are basing their arguments on is often much harder than making your own voice heard, but is all the more crucial for creating innovation. Among other things, Zeist 2021 will be about achieving a rich diversity of ideas, all of which will receive their rightful place in the mosaic the Session’s theme is asking us to create.

Four years of participating in the European Youth Parliament have taught me that there are a lot more things we all have in common than things that divide us, and that seemingly irreconcilable differences in opinions are more often than not based on a lack of clear communication, as opposed to actual disagreements. Your Chairpersons, all of them truly amazing individuals in their own right, will be there to support you on this journey, but they rely on your willingness to engage, to communicate, and to compromise.

As of 2021, the European Union and the world are facing unprecedented challenges, ranging from a global resurgence of populist and authoritarian regimes, the abuse of human beings as pawns in political chessgames and for financial gain, to man-made climate change. Solving these issues will undoubtedly rely on international cooperation. Furthermore, it is becoming increasingly clear that politics can do only so much without the support and, if required, pressure from civil society. That is where I see the European Youth Parliament and, more specifically, Zeist 2021. By participating in the Session, learning about the EU, and discussing political questions in English, you, dear Delegates, are actively preparing to become the future leaders that Europe relies upon.

With that all said, it is my greatest pleasure to welcome you all to the Regional Selection Conference of EYP The Netherlands, Zeist 2021. I cannot wait to hear your opinions!

See you soon!

Johann

President of Zeist 2021

Sophie Waller (NL)

Dear participants of Zeist 2021,

I’m so glad that you have chosen to participate in this amazing Regional Conference of EYP The Netherlands. Joining EYP can open up so many opportunities. I hope this session can be a place for you to explore your own place in EYP, and see what it can bring into your life.

During the session, I will be the Editor, which means I will be responsible for the media output of Zeist 2021. Together with my team of five Media Team Members, we will be doing our best to capture all elements of the session for you to remember it forever and share it with anyone you would like. You may see us at the session getting people involved in creative projects and taking pictures of everything going on. We want to encourage you to get creative during the session and not be afraid to seek your limits and see what happens. Surprise yourself.

At Zeist 2021, you will have the chance to discover new people and ideas so always stay open-minded and let yourself see things from a different perspective. There is a lot to learn within EYP, both about extremely interesting topics within Europe, but also about your own personal development and how you function within such a working environment. Most importantly, don’t forget to stay close to yourself and let yourself learn in your own way.

Good luck with all your preparations and I cannot wait to see you in December in Zeist.

See you soon!

Sophie 

Editor of Zeist 2021

Hannah Wessels (NL)

Dear participant of Zeist 2021,

It is wonderful that you are a part of the Regional Selection Conference in Zeist. The session will be a place where you can discover EYP, be creative and meet new people that inspire you. If you walk into this session with an open mind and enthusiasm, I am sure you will have a memorable experience and will learn a lot! The session theme ‘Shifting lenses: Creating a mosaic of ideas’ perfectly captures what we hope you will do during the session: Learn from others and build on each other’s different ideas, instead of competing with your differences. Respect each other’s opinions and take them into account, and you will be amazed of what you will produce during Zeist 2021!

During the session, I will lead the Jury Team. This team listens to the debates in your committee and to the points you make during the General Assembly. Based on our observations, we will provide feedback and make a selection for the National Conference. As  mentioned, Zeist 2021 is a place for cooperation and not for competition! As a jury team, we believe that the most important thing during the session is that you learn and grow as a person, and that you have an amazingly good time. I firmly believe that if you go into Zeist 2021 with the same mindset, you will have a wonderful weekend.

I can not wait to meet you all in December, and good luck with the preparations!

All the best,

Hannah

Head of Jury Zeist 2021

Sarah van Bavel
Paula Rem

Dearest delegates,

Welcome to Zeist 2021! As Head-Organisers, we are incredibly happy to welcome you to one of the most wonderful organisations to exist: the European Youth Parliament. We hope that you will make the best of friendships, learn a lot and get a sense of European citizenship. With our theme, Shifting lenses: Creating a mosaic of ideas we encourage you to be creative, get inspired by others and together come up with solutions to Europe’s most pressing issues. 

This session will be a safe place for all of you to brainstorm, share ideas and connect: all of the people contributing to Zeist 2021 will help you to do so. The Regional Selection Conference is the place where you will first get to know the European Youth Parliament. Hopefully you have a lot of fun, get lots of insights and fall in love with EYP as much as we did. It truly will be a special experience for all of you. 

As Head-Organisers, together with our organising team, we are there to make this session an incredible experience for you. Should you have any questions or worries, come to us! Read this Welcome Booklet carefully, since it contains most information about the session before you get here!

Can’t wait to see you at Zissa 2021!

Best,

Paula and Sarah

Head-Organisers of Zeist 2021

What is the EYP?

The European Youth Parliament is a non-profit organisation that is active all over Europe. They organise events throughout the year, but the most common ones are Regional sessions, national sessions and international sessions. During these sessions, the three main goals are skill development, gaining knowledge and empowering young people.

What is an RSC?

A Regional Selection Conference is the first step into EYP. The main objective is to teach you, the delegates, about what EYP is and encourage you to enjoy European politics and debating, and since you have already registered to be a part of this event, you have already taken the first step. The RSC’s will also be a place where you will be judged on whether or not you are going to be selected for the National Conference in Rotterdam later this year,  but don’t worry about that too much.

What comes after the RSC?

After the Regional selection conference, you might be selected to go to the National Conference in February 2022. But, even if you are not selected, your EYP journey can still continue to thrive. You can participate in upcoming EYP events both in the Netherlands, as well as in other countries in Europe. You can do this as a delegate or you can become an ‘official’, to either be a journalist, an organiser, jury member or even chairperson. During the Regional Conference, you will learn more about what all these roles entail.

Teambuilding (TB)

During teambuilding you will get to know your chairperson and your fellow committee members. This is key for good teamwork, a nice work environment and you might end up with lifelong friendships! During all the eyp sessions there are multiple exercises that you do with your committee and with the entire group. This enables you to get to know your fellow delegates and form bonds with them by solving problems together. The group will be divided into eight different committees, each containing between six and eight delegates and one or two chairpersons. The chairpersons will guide and support the committees throughout the session and they will challenge the groups physically and intellectually with puzzles, games and dilemmas. This will make sure that everybody feels comfortable with each other and is able to express their opinion freely. The dress code for part of the session is casual.

Committee Work (CW)

During committee work, you will write a high-quality resolution presenting your group’s vision for solving the key issues of your topic. The resolution contains a collection of statements of what the problem is, solutions to the problems and how you would like to implement these solutions. Each committee revolves around a current European issue. Under the guidance of the chairperson, your committee will brainstorm about the different problems and possible solutions and discuss related matters. This part of the session is where you will need your previously done research the most and it is important to come prepared, in order for you to form a well grounded opinion and convince others by giving arguments. Of course, it is also very important to be open minded and listen to your peers’ opinions. Eventually, your committee should be able to present a resolution that is supported by every delegate. The dress code for this part of the session is casual.

General Assembly (GA)

During the session you work towards the general assembly, which takes place on sunday. Here you will debate about the resolutions that the committees have worked on. The time set aside for each topic will be around forty minutes, but the President and the Session Board can choose to prolong this or cut it short. The proposing committee introduces their resolution, defends this and leads the debate. At the end of the debates, a vote will take place to determine if the resolution will be accepted. Note that the vote doesn’t affect the jury selection! The dress code for this part of the session is Business formal.

To do before the session

Academic Preparation

It is important that you start the session well prepared and that you do research on your topic beforehand. You will need a basic understanding of your topic to be able to keep up with and contribute to the discussions and you will use your research during committee work. Often you will find certain material like EU legislation or facts and figures to be useful in your preparations. If you need help with your research you can always contact your chairperson beforehand. We recommend looking into the other topics as well so that you can participate in all the debates. It is possible to use a printer at the session, but it is advisable to print your research at home.

Consent form

Please fill out the right consent form and send it to [email protected] before the 1st of December. If you are an adult (18 years or older) you have to sign yourself. If you are a minor (age under 18), a parent or legal guardian has to sign  for you.

Registration form

It is important that you fill in before the 1st of November to finish your registration. This form contains questions regarding your contact information, emergency contact information, travel information, medical information and your topic preferences.

Packing list

Essentials

  • ID or passport
  • Health insurance card
  • Valid QR Code, both on Saturday and Sunday

Clothing

  • Casual clothing for Committee Work (Saturday)
  • Business formal clothing for General Assembly (Sunday)

Academics

  • Research material & Academic Preparation Kit for Committee Work – please note that you will not be able to print anything during the session.
  • Pen & Paper 
  • Optional: laptop & charger

Personal items

  • Any (emergency) medication you may need 
  • Phone & charger
  • Lots of excitement and a good mood!

Detailed Programme

Saturday

  • 08:30 / 09:15 Arrivals
  • 09:30 / 13:00 Teambuilding*
  • 11:30 / 13:00 Committee Work*
  • 13:00 / 13:45 Lunch
  • 13:45 / 17:00 Committee work*
  • Food will be offered before the end of the programme on Saturday.
  • 20:30 / 00:00 Optional online evening programme, free time and preparing for General Assembly

Sunday

  • 8:15 / 9:30 Arrivals
  • 09:00 / 09:30 Opening of General Assembly
  • 09:00 / 12:30 General Assembly*
  • 12:30 / 13:15 Lunch
  • 13:15 / 16:15 General Assembly*
  • 16:15 / 17:00 Closing Ceremony
  • 17:00 Departures

*this time will include a coffee break

Welfare

EYP events are meant to be safe and comfortable for everyone, which is why for the entire duration of the session (evenings included), we will follow a zero-tolerance policy towards drugs and alcohol, since most of the participants will be below the legal drinking age in the Netherlands (18). It is also important to stay within the session’s locations, for your own safety and that of the organisation. This means that you are not allowed to leave school grounds at any point in the session. We will also provide nutritious and healthy food for everyone (allergies and dietary needs included), so there will be no need to bring your own food, apart from the Eurovillage dinner, but it is allowed. We do encourage very specific allergies/intolerances such as gluten or lactose to bring special Eurovillage food. You also won’t need to bring money to buy any snacks, but it is allowed of course.

Furthermore, at any point during the session, the EYP will not tolerate any bullying, sexual intimidation or discrimination. There will be two Welfare Officers (“vertrouwenspersoon” in Dutch) present at the event, so if at any point you feel unsafe, uncomfortable or are just in need of a chat, you can talk to them in a private and confidential manner.

By signing up to this event, you have agreed to behave according to these policies. The organising team is responsible for the welfare of the session, so they also reserve the right to send anyone home who displays unacceptable behaviour.

Aniek Wiegand Event Safe Person
[email protected]
+31 6 23244222
Suzanne van Spijker Event Safe Person
[email protected]
+31 6 20162643

Travel booklet

Dear delegates and officials, welcome to the Regional Selection Conference of EYP the Netherlands. The purpose of this booklet is to provide you with a guide on how to get to Ede! As Organising Team of Zeist 2021, we will provide you with further information about the session, including the programme and a packing list, in the Welcome Booklet. This booklet is specifically meant as a  travel guide to Ede. If you have any questions or difficulties related to your travels or the session in general, please contact the Delegate and Officials Support Organisers ([email protected] or [email protected]).

Travel tip: We would strongly advise our international participants to download the public transportation apps “9292”  and “NS” which can further help you navigate your way to Ede. If you plan on travelling internationally by train, you can download the “NS International” app to help you find the right train.

Sustainbility

As you know, the theme of the session is: “Shifting Lenses: Creating a mosaic of ideas”  honing Europe’s youth to have a better future. Therefore, it is very important for us to create a session that is as sustainable as possible. At the conference, we will do our best to minimise our environmental impact by means of recycling, minimising food waste and paper use, etc.  However, one element of the session that also has a big environmental  impact is the carbon footprint of your travelling to and from the session. So, we highly encourage you to travel sustainably! To break it down, sustainable travel is about being a responsible traveller and making smart choices in every aspect of your trip. To help you in making such choices, we have some travel tips for you.

Arrival

Officials will be expected to arrive Friday the 10th of December at 8:30 AM. Delegates will be expected to arrive Saturday the 11th of December at 08:30 AM.

Departure

The session will be closed on Sunday the 12th of December before 17:00 PM. For officials, we plan on having an officials dinner to have some fun before saying goodbye. If you want to attend this dinner, you might consider delaying your journey home.

Where?

Both officials and delegates will be expected at the venue where we will be staying during the session: Marnix College in Ede – Prins Bernhardlaan 30, 6713MC Ede. You can find directions on how to get there in the section Getting There.

Plane

For our international delegates and officials, we would like to urge you to not take the plane (if at all possible).  It is well known that air travel is by far the most polluting mode of transportation. However, if travelling by plane is your only option, please consider  choosing a more environmentally-friendly airline. For example,  Ryanair is the most polluting airline in Europe, whilst EasyJet is one of the least polluting airlines.

Car/Bus

Going by bus is preferable to going by car, but both are more environmentally friendly than going by plane. For long distances, going by bus is often cheaper than going by plane which makes it an appealing alternative for international participants. If you do decide to go by car, carpooling together will not only minimise your carbon footprint, it usually also results in a fun road trip!

Train

Going by train is the least polluting option for travel by far. Since the Dutch railway system is quite developed and efficient, we would implore you to travel by train when going to Zeist. This is also a viable option for some international delegates and officials, as you can travel from Berlin/Paris/London to Breda by train.

Getting there

Plane

There are multiple airports at which you can arrive. Options include Schiphol Airport (which is the largest in the Netherlands), Eindhoven Airport, Maastricht Airport and Airport Rotterdam/The Hague. From the Schiphol Airport, you will have to take a train to Utrecht Central Station, and then transfer to a train that will take you to Ede-Wageningen, this is usually the NS Intercity to Nijmegen. If you land at Eindhoven Airport (EIN), you will have to take a bus from the airport to Eindhoven Central Station, this is usually line 400 or 401. From there you will have to take a train to Utrecht Central Station where you can transfer to a train that stops at Ede-Wageningen. For Airport Rotterdam/The Hague, the best option is to take the RET Frequentbus 33 to Overschie, get off at Rotterdam Central Station and take the train to Utrecht Central Station there. When flying to Maastricht Airport, the trip is a little longer and more complicated, so it would be best to plan your trip with “9292” or the “NS” app. 

Train

Ede is very accessible by train. Your final station will be Ede-Wageningen. (Depending on where you board the train, you might have to transfer at Utrecht Central Station). From Schiphol, there is an Intercity train going directly to Utrecht Central Station. From there, it is an 30-minute train ride to Ede-Wageningen. 

Once you get to train station Ede-Wageningen, it’s a 10-minute walk to the host school.

For our international participants, we advise you to book tickets and plan your journey beforehand to avoid any confusion on the website of NS international.

Topic Overviews

by the Academic Team:
Marek Pnplata (CZ), Stepahnie Reisinger (AT), Aysha Kocturk (TR), Klára Visnerová (CZ), Ruben Rosaria (NL), Nikoleta Chapanova (BG), Sebastian Ohlig (DE), Jedzrej Cader (CH), Nina Tsoutsanis (NL)

Academic Infographics

The Media Team of Zeist 2021 designed infographics for all committee topics to help delegates digest the information easily in their preparation for Committee Work and General Assembly. Click on the image to enlarge it and see who made it.

Media Output

by the Media Team:
Anna van Pouderoijen (NL), Sanna Grootenboer (NL), Daksh Khanna (NL), Zima Marjanovic (NL)

Pictures

Official's Training (Day 0)

General Assembly (Day 2)

Teambuilding & Committee Work (Day 1)

Media Projects

The Power of Compliments

by Sanna Grootenboer (NL)
Under the session theme of ‘Shifting lenses’, the participants of Zeist 2021 were asked to write a compliment or nice message to someone, demonstrating the lens through which we tend to look at others. The reactions of the recipients in this video show how small acts of kindness can make a big difference.
by Sanna Grootenboer (NL)

Story Wall

By Anna van Pouderoijen (NL)

This webpage contains all organisational information, academic content and media output of Breda 2021, a Regional Selection Conference of EYP The Netherlands. The event will take place 27th to 28th of November in the city of Breda and the session is head-organised by Eva Wildöer and Fleur Kiliaan.

RESOLUTIONS

Media Team Projects of Breda 2021

Hello everyone!!

We have already written to all of you a few times before, however this time we are officially welcoming you to our session: the Regional Selection Conference of Breda 2021!

The two of us together have been planning and organising this session for a few months now and we are beyond excited to see the session take form more and more. Together with our amazing organising team, we will be in charge of the organisational aspect of the session, making sure everybody is happy and fulfilled!

With our organising team we want to make the session run as smoothly as possible and make everybody feel at home. This aligns with our vision for the session Shifting lenses: Planting the seeds of progress. The goal of this team is to help guide everyone throughout the session regarding food, transfers, administrations and much more! Our vision is to make this session as inclusive as possible, to make everyone feel welcome and respected and to allow room for kindness and acceptance.

Especially since Covid happened it is exciting to gather with so many people again in order to create an amazing session. We are looking forward to seeing happy faces in real life again!!

We hope that all of you are just as enthused as we are!!!

Lots of love,

Eva and Fleur, Head-organisers of RSC Breda 2021

Dear participants, 

I am extremely happy you will be joining us in Breda and would like to give you a warm welcome to the session! You have every reason to be excited about this upcoming adventure, filled with fun, new friendships and self-development. It is my absolute pleasure to be leading the team the Delegates will be in closest contact with! We have been working hard to ensure you have the best experience possible, polishing the topics that will be discussed at the session and preparing to bring fun times for all. We will pay special attention to participants’ wellbeing, producing high quality yet easily understandable academic content and making sure everyone has a good time and gets something out of this experience, be it on a personal or academic level. 

EYP is a place for trial, failure, learning, discovering, improving and growing, so I highly encourage you to approach this opportunity open to pushing and exploring your skills and boundaries. The academic team will be by your side to support you every step of the way. We hope we will succeed in making all of you feel comfortable enough to show your true self and let your potential shine through! 

Wishing you all the best and see you soon! 

Anastasia President of RSC Breda 2021

Dear participants,

I am excited to see everyone at the session and take cool pictures and videos of everyone. My media team will design cool projects where you can participate and create unforgettable memories. The aim is to have a great media output that will capture the session’s atmosphere and keep it alive for many years after the session. 

We are lucky to have the chance to have a physical session after 1,5 years of online sessions. It almost feels unreal to go back to the old format where everyone will gather in person and meet each other in real life. I believe that this session will be special and unforgettable just because it will be the first physical session for many people and others will appreciate it much more because they have been missing the old format. 

The Media Team is beyond excited to capture these special moments, therefore, our cameras are ready, and we will see you soon in Breda!

kindest regards,

Zhina Editor of RSC Breda 2021

Dear participants,

I want to start off this statement by wishing all of you a warm welcome to the session. If you would have asked me when I started EYP where I would see myself in my EYP career in a couple of years, my answer would not have entailed writing these words of welcome as Head of Jury. That said, I hope Breda 2021 is as much of a transitional experience for you as it was for me two years ago. I hope you get the opportunity to learn, the opportunity to grow, and the opportunity to discover yourself just that little bit more.

I cannot wait to see you in the wonderful city of Breda!

Cheers!

Heleen, Head of Jury of RSC Breda 2021

EYP

WHAT IS EYP? 

The European Youth Parliament (EYP) encourages independent thinking and initiative in young people and facilitates the learning of crucial social and professional skills. Since it was founded in 1987, hundreds of thousands of young people have taken part in regional, National  and International Conferences, 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 (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 almost 600 events every year. The  EYP network organises almost 1.500 days of EYP activity  every year, involving close to 35.000 participants. Thousands of young people are active as volunteers all over Europe, making EYP a programme truly for young people, by young people.

WHAT IS A REGIONAL SELECTION CONFERENCE?

Your first introduction to a conference by the EYP is a Regional  Selection Conference. During this weekend, you will get the chance  to meet many new people from all over The Netherlands, as well as people from all over Europe. On Saturday, you will start with  a morning of teambuilding and an afternoon of discussing  your topic. You will form the Operative Clauses of the  topic of your committee and work closely within your  committee, under the guidance of your Chairperson. On Sunday, we will have the General Assembly.  During this, all resolutions and clauses will  be thoroughly debated by all participants.  After these debates, you will get the  opportunity to vote and see which resolutions pass and which don’t.  In between all the serious work, there is also room  for a lot of fun activities,  such as an evening  programme and EuroVillage.

WHAT’S NEXT?

After the Regional Selection Conference, it is possible for you to continue to the National Selection Conference. This conference will take place in  February in Rotterdam and will be a bit longer, as well as more in depth into the topics you discuss. A jury team will be  attending the conference which will evaluate all participants and select delegates for the National  Selection Conference. 

However, regardless of the selection result, you are  still an Alumni of EYP The Netherlands. This means that  you are free to join any of our social events, alumni weekends  or conferences, but you can also apply to go to conferences  abroad! This is a unique opportunity to get to know other  countries, other people and other cultures while simultaneously  getting to know yourself!.

TOPIC OVERVIEWS

The EYP must be a safe and comfortable environment for everyone. During the  entire duration of this conference (from arrival on Saturday until departure  on Sunday), the evening activities included, we will follow a zero-tolerance  policy regarding drugs. As the legal drinking age in the Netherlands is 18,  and almost all of the participants will be minors, alcohol is also prohibited  during the conference. It is essential for your own safety and for the sake of  organisation that all of you stay inside the areas where the conference is taking  place. This means that you are not allowed to leave the school grounds on  Saturday or the GA venue area on Sunday. As we also care about your health,  we aim to provide nutritious and plenty of food, drinks and relaxation time at  the conference. It will not be necessary to bring your own food or drinks –  apart from the Eurovillage dinner – or any pocket money to buy snacks, but  it is allowed. 

EYP is a safe environment for everyone, regardless of ethnicity, gender,  age, sexual orientation, disability or other grounds. Bullying, sexual  intimidation or discrimination will not be tolerated and will also be subject  to a zero-tolerance policy. The EYP has two Event Safe People (“Evenement 

vertrouwenspersonen”) present at every event: Suzanne van Spijker ([email protected])  and Aniek Wiegand ([email protected]). You can speak to them about  any situation in a safe and confidential manner. These people are guided by  our National Safe Person (“Vertrouwenspersoon op nationaal niveau”), Luc Vorsteveld, who can be reached at 087-7840302 or [email protected] 

By signing up for this event, you have agreed to these rules. EYP The  Netherlands (Stichting Europees Jeugdparlement Nederland) reserves the  right to send anyone home who displays unacceptable behaviour.

Covid-Regulations

To keep this session safe and Covid-free for all participants, we will make use of CoronaCheck QR Codes. These codes will be checked every 24 hours by our organising team. You can obtain this QR code through:

  • Proof of full vaccination
  • Proof of recovery no older than 6 months
  • Proof of a negative test result (Antigen or PCR) no older than 24 hours

Delegates are expected to arrive with a QR code on Saturday morning. The organising team will provide all participants with testing opportunities throughout the session. If you have to get your QR-code renewed during the session, please contact our Delegate Support Organiser Ruben Rosaria ([email protected]). Please make sure to let our organiser know before Friday the 19th of November.

Additionally, if you are experiencing Covid symptoms of any kind, please get tested before attending the session! Even if it feels like a regular cold, we want to be on the safe side. No negative test result and symptoms means no admission to the session!

For any concerns regarding CoronaCheck or any other problems, please contact Head-Organiser Eva Wildöer ([email protected]). 

OFFICIAL TEAM

Thank you to our sponsors who made this session possible:

For any other questions or concerns, please feel free to contact us!

Officials Support: [email protected]

Delegate Support: [email protected]

On behalf of the organising team, it is our great pleasure to officially welcome you to Regional Selection Conference of Amsterdam 2021. We are beyond excited to be able to organise this session we have been working on for you. Within a few weeks, we will be able to welcome you to one of the most wonderful cities of The Netherlands, Amsterdam.

RESOLUTIONS

GA ORDER

DEVE / FEMM II / coffee break / ECON / lunch / FEMM I / ENVI / coffee break / LIBE / Closing Ceremony

TRAVEL INFORMATION

Welcome

Dear delegates and officials, we welcome you to Amsterdam 2021, Regional Selection Conference of EYP the Netherlands. As the Organising Team of Amsterdam 2021, we prepared this travel information as a guide on how to get to Amsterdam! If you have any further questions or difficulties related to your travels or the session in general, feel free to contact the Delegate Support Organiser ([email protected]) or the Officials Support Organiser ([email protected])

When?

Officials: Friday November 12th 2021 10:00 AM

Delegates: Saturday November 13th 2021 09:00 AM

Where?

This Regional Selection Conference will be held at the school, the Amsterdams Lyceum. The delegates and the officials will be expected at this venue: Valeriusplein 15, 1075 BJ

How to get to the venue when you are traveling by…

By plane

From Amsterdam Schiphol Airport: 

Take the bus 397 (heading to Elandsgracht busstation Elandsgracht) and get off at the bus stop Emmastraat. Start walking towards your right, in the direction of Carla van den Brink, continue for 6 mins until you see the school on your left.

From Eindhoven Airport:

Take the bus 400 (heading to Eindhoven station), then take the train heading to Schiphol Airport and get off at stop Amsterdam South. You can also take the train heading to Alkmaar and get off at Amsterdam Central Station. For further information on traveling from these stations, see more below.

By train

Amsterdam Central:

Take tram 2 (heading to Nieuw Sloten), get off at the stop Valeriusplein and walk in the direction mentioned in the screenshot.

Amsterdam South

Take the bus 15 (heading to Station Sloterdijk) and get off at the bus stop Haarlemmermeerstation. When you exit the bus stop, start heading towards the roundabout and at the roundabout take the third exit into the Cornelis Krusemanstraat. Continue walking in for 5 minutes and you will see the school on your left. 

Amsterdam Sloterdijk

Take the bus 15 (heading to Station South) and get off at bus stop Haarlemmermeerstation. Follow the same directions described at Amsterdam South. 

By international bus:

If you plan to travel internationally by bus, there is a Flixbus stop at Station Sloterdijk.

By car 

Since the parking fees are really high in Amsterdam, we would advise you to use public transportation as much as possible. However, if you do want to drive, we can suggest you park at the Olympisch Stadion car park, which is a 17 minute walking distance or you can take one of the buses 347, 357 or 397. Additionally, you can find slightly cheaper options through Park and Ride (P+R) car park, however you should see and check the conditions yourself.

Departure

Our session will come to an end around 18.00 on Sunday the 14th of November.

Tips:

Although these include some of our recommended ways of getting to the venues, we strongly advise our participants to download and use public transportation apps “NS” and “9292” as they will provide you with the best and fastest routes. For international travelers that want to travel by train, we recommend using the “NS International” app which will help you find your train. All of these apps are free and can be both downloaded from the App Store and Google Play. 

WELCOME WORDS

Word of welcome from the President

Dearest delegates,

It is my utmost pleasure to welcome you to Amsterdam 2021, Regional Selection Conference of EYP the Netherlands. We have been working on this event for a few months now, and I am thrilled to finally welcome you, the delegates, on board this journey. You are what the session is all about so I am delighted that it is now time for you to get involved.

The European Youth Parliament is an organisation that is run by young people, for young people. People just like you and me. People that try their best to continuously improve the organisation and the world around them. People that were once in your situation, not sure what they were getting themselves into. I hope you will like this experience as much as all these people have before you and that you are able to take as much out of it as I have. EYP has so much to offer, from travelling opportunities and many great new friends, to skills in event management, group dynamics and leadership. 

You will be able to experience all this for yourselves in the time to come, but for now, I hope to provide you with a session that shows you what EYP is about and that tickles your interest to continue with it. Before joining us in Amsterdam, I’d like you to take a moment and think about what it is that you expect from this session. What are you excited, nervous or intrigued about? Is there anything that you want to work on, either personally or professionally? Take these thoughts with you to the session, and let the experience come to you. If there is one thing I have learned, it is that anything is possible in EYP, as long as you keep an open mind

I hope you are as excited as we are and that you are ready to take everything you can from this experience. There is a team of wonderful people ready to help you with that in any way they can. 

On behalf of the chair’s team,

Dorith Blijleven

President of Amsterdam 2021

Dorith Blijleven (NL) President

Word of welcome from the Head of Jury

Dear participant, 

Welcome to Amsterdam 2021! After over one and a half years of digital EYP, the time has finally come for us to gather physically all around Europe again. I am beyond excited to return to physical EYP now that the pandemic is slowly letting us free of its grip, and wish, alongside the rest of the leadership, to guarantee a smooth transition from digital to physical sessions. 

The jury often appears rather intimidating in the eyes of Delegates, and it might be tempting to focus on trying to impress us at the cost of getting everything out of your EYP experience. 

As the Head of Jury of the session, my goal is to foster an environment of openness, transparency, and growth for Delegates and Officials alike and show that the jury, like everyone else, is just a group of young people doing something they enjoy. At Amsterdam 2021, the jury team will not only observe and assess the performance of others, but also critically reflect upon their own work. The jury is not immune to the influence of cognitive, personal, and social biases, which is why the process of the jury will begin by admitting that we cannot step outside of the event and fulfil the position of perfectly neutral outside observers. This realization will help us be more mindful of the various enacted conceptual constraints we often unconsciously take as a given when forming opinions of others. 

At sessions, the jury often finds itself somewhat secluded from the rest of the participants – partly to guarantee neutrality in selection, but partly also because the jury’s working times do not always align with the rest of the participants. At Amsterdam 2021, my top priority is to make sure the jury team becomes an integral part of the Officials’ team and that the threshold to interact with us is low for all participants. Whether you are an official or a delegate, the jury is here for you, so please do not hesitate to approach us with any EYP-related question, be it about the selection criteria, our work or how to continue in EYP! 

See you all soon in Amsterdam!

Amanda

Head of Jury of Amsterdam 2021

Amanda Häkkinen (FI) Head of Jury

Word of Welcome from the Head-Organisers

Dear participants,

On behalf of the organising team, it is our great pleasure to officially welcome you to the Regional Selection Conference of Amsterdam 2021. We are beyond excited to be able to organise this session we have been working on for you. Within a few weeks, we will be able to welcome you to one of the most wonderful cities of The Netherlands, Amsterdam.

This session will be a safe space for all and we want you to feel as comfortable as possible in sharing your opinions and connecting with others. We highly value sustainability and innovation and want to reflect this in our session as well, in many different ways, like fostering local cooperation. You will also be able to see this in the topics you will discuss.

Please make sure to read this booklet carefully as you will find all the necessary information in regard to the session. If you have any further questions, feel free to contact us. We wish you success getting ready for the session and are looking forward to meeting you.

Lots of love,

Arno and Seyla

Head-Organisers of Amsterdam 2021

Arno de Bree, NL, HO
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Word of welcome of the Editor

Dear Participants,

I hereby welcome you to Amsterdam 2021, our safe space for learning and implementing. I know that people usually go through challenges and obstacles where they want to hit the exit button and start over. It should be our common understanding that there is no such thing as starting over. The whole process is about reflecting on the experiences and adapting to new adventures. One simply has to choose their ship and keep going no matter how hard it is to continue.” These were the exact words I wrote for a university application. I still don’t know the outcome of my application but I know the growth I gained over these words. Amsterdam 2021 will be the point where we finally realise our boundaries and challenge them.

From the media output to the team environment, everything will be adjusted to the “No Limits” motto of the media team. Every single day of the session, delegates with MTMs will go through challenges and they will be recording the memories from these challenges as well as learning important lessons from the reflected experiences. Every single participant will be in the center of the media team’s attention which completes its main purpose to create an image that is big enough to push the individual limits. Media projects will be based on the stories of delegates rather than basic session elements. Each person will bring a different colour and we will form a rainbow with our projects. That rainbow is meant to be Amsterdam 2021.

When it comes down to the question of why somebody would be a participant in Amsterdam, the answer is simple. We reflect, adapt and push our limits to discover the new limits. Just like the famous poet says we show our worth by what we seek and we seek big this time.

I want you, dear participants, to be open to making mistakes and most importantly learning from them. There will be no shame in making mistakes as even babies fall before their first steps into this world. 

And who judges a baby falling after their first steps?

All and all , there is no exit button or going back, Amsterdam 2021. Of course, there will be challenges, but n o reforms can be achieved without dedication. Those who are skeptical of the integrity of highly innovative advancements also resist the change and slow down the ship. But help is yet to arrive. 

Amsterdam 2021 is here. Welcome to your zone, our zone.

There are #NoLimits

Yigit Acar (TR)

Editor of Amsterdam 2021

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OTHER IMPORTANT INFORMATION

EYP explained

  • What is EYP?

The European Youth Parliament is a non-profit organisation that is active all over Europe. They organise events throughout the year, but the most common ones are Regional sessions, national sessions and international sessions. During these sessions, the three main goals are skill development, gaining knowledge and empowering young people. 

  • What is a RSC?

A Regional Selection Conference is the first step into EYP. The main objective is to teach you, the delegates, about what EYP is and encourage you to enjoy European politics and debating, and since you have already registered to be a part of this event, you have already taken the first step. The RSC’s will also be a place where you will be judged on whether or not you are going to be selected for the National Conference in Rotterdam later this year,  but don’t worry about that too much.

  • What comes after the RSC?

After the Regional selection conference, you might be selected to go to the National Conference in february 2022. But, even if you are not selected, your EYP journey can still continue to thrive. You can participate in upcoming EYP events both in the Netherlands, as well as in other countries in Europe. You can do this as a delegate or you can become an ‘official’, to either be a journalist, an organiser, jury member or even chairperson. During the Regional Conference, you will learn more about what all these roles entail.

Session explained

  • Teambuilding

During teambuilding you will get to know your chairperson and your fellow committee members. This is key for good teamwork, a nice work environment and you might end up with lifelong friendships! During all the eyp sessions there are multiple exercises that you do with your committee and with the entire group. This enables you to get to know your fellow delegates and form bonds with them by solving problems together. The group will be divided into eight different committees, each containing between six and eight delegates and one or two chairpersons. The chairpersons will guide and support the committees throughout the session and they will challenge the groups physically and intellectually with puzzles, games and dilemmas. This will make sure that everybody feels comfortable with each other and is able to express their opinion freely. The dress code for part of the session is casual

  • Eurovillage

Each school is assigned a different European country. Saturday evening you, the delegates, will provide dinner by bringing food that is typical for this country. Be sure to prepare meals for around eight people and a few additional teachers and officials with the fellow delegates from your school. Keep in mind that you will be providing dinner and that your group has to bring plenty for you and your peers. During Eurovillage you can try the different foods prepared by the other groups. All delegates are asked to wear traditional clothes of that country and to bring attributes to decorate their country tables.

  • Committee work

During committee work, you will write a high-quality resolution presenting your group’s vision for solving the key issues of your topic. The resolution contains a collection of statements of what the problem is, solutions to the problems and how you would like to implement these solutions. Each committee revolves around a current European issue. Under the guidance of the chairperson, your committee will brainstorm about the different problems and possible solutions and discuss related matters. This part of the session is where you will need your previously done research the most and it is important to come prepared, in order for you to form a well grounded opinion and convince others by giving arguments. Of course, it is also very important to be open minded and listen to your peers’ opinions. Eventually, your committee should be able to present a resolution that is supported by every delegate. The dress code for this part of the session is casual.

  • General assembly

During the session you work towards the general assembly, which takes place on sunday. Here you will debate about the resolutions that the committees have worked on. The time set aside for each topic will be around forty minutes, but the President and the Session Board can choose to prolong this or cut it short. The proposing committee introduces their resolution, defends this and leads the debate. At the end of the debates, a vote will take place to determine if the resolution will be accepted. Note that the vote doesn’t affect the jury selection! The dress code for this part of the session is Business formal

To do list

Academic preparation

It is important that you start the session well prepared and that you do research on your topic beforehand. You will need a basic understanding of your topic to be able to keep up with and contribute to the discussions and you will use your research during committee work. Often you will find certain material like EU legislation or facts and figures to be useful in your preparations. If you need help with your research you can always contact your chairperson beforehand. We recommend looking into the other topics as well so that you can participate in all the debates. It is possible to use a printer at the session, but it is advisable to print your research at home. 

Consent forms

Please fill out the right consent form before the 5th of November. See the e-mail we have sent you for more information

Registration form

It is important that you fill in the form before the 5th of November to finish your registration. This form contains questions regarding your contact information, emergency contact information, travel information, medical information and your topic preferences. 

Without this you can’t participate in the event. 

Packing list

Essentials:

  • Sleeping mat or air mattress, a pillow, a pillowcase, a sleeping bag etc. Please note that you will be sleeping in a classroom.
  • Food and drinks of your allocated country for Eurovillage 
  • ID or passport
  • Health insurance card 

Clothing:

  • Casual clothing for Committee Work (saturday)
  • Business formal clothing for General Assembly (sunday)
  • Clothing of your country for Eurovillage (saturday)
  • Pyjamas

Academics:

  • Research material & Academic Preparation Kit for Committee Work – please note that you will not be able to print anything during the session.
  • Pen & Paper 
  • Optional: laptop & charger

Personal items:

  • Any (emergency) medication you may need 
  • Toiletries: Toothbrush, toothpaste, deodorant etc
  • Towels and showering products – please note that the available showers are limited since we will be staying in a school)
  • Phone & charger
  • Lots of excitement and a good mood!

Welfare policy and code of conduct

EYP events are meant to be safe and comfortable for everyone, which is why for the entire duration of the session (evenings included), we will follow a zero-tolerance policy towards drugs and alcohol, since most of the participants will be below the legal drinking age in the Netherlands (18). It is also important to stay within the session’s locations, for your own safety and that of the organisation. This means that you are not allowed to leave school grounds at any point in the session. We will also provide nutritious and healthy food for everyone (allergies and dietary needs included), so there will be no need to bring your own food, apart from the Eurovillage dinner, but it is allowed. We do encourage very specific allergies/intolerances such as gluten or lactose to bring special Eurovillage food. You also won’t need to bring money to buy any snacks, but it is allowed of course.

Furthermore, at any point during the session, the EYP will not tolerate any bullying, sexual intimidation or discrimination. There will be two Welfare Officers (“vertrouwenspersoon” in Dutch) present at the event, so if at any point you feel unsafe, uncomfortable or are just in need of a chat, you can talk to them in a private and confidential manner. 

By signing up to this event, you have agreed to behave accordingly to these policies. The organising team is responsible for the welfare of the session, so they also reserve the right to send anyone home who displays unacceptable behaviour.

PROGRAMME

Saturday

08:30 / 09:15 Arrivals

09:30 / 13:00 Teambuilding*

11:30 / 13:00 Committee Work*

13:00 / 13:45 Lunch

13:45 / 18:30 Committee work*

18:30 / 19:00 Eurovillage preparation

19:00 / 20:30 Eurovillage

20:30 / 00:00 Evening programme, free time and preparing for General Assembly

00:00 Bedtime

* this time slot will include a coffee break

Sunday

07:30 / 08:00 Wake up

08:00 / 08:45 Breakfast

08:45 / 09:00 Transfer to GA venue

09:00 / 09:30 Opening of General Assembly

09:00 / 12:30 General Assembly*

12:30 / 13:15 Lunch

13:15 / 17:00 General Assembly*

17:00 / 17:45 Closing Ceremony

18:00 Departures

TOPIC OVERVIEWS

OFFICIAL TEAMS

In cooperation with the Benelux Union and the Belgian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Benelux Youth Forum will take place from the October 21 and 22 in the Belgian Senate. 47 delegates from Belgium, the Netherlands and Luxemburg will come together to debate on Climate and Sustainability.

Key points

The Benelux Youth Forum copies the set-up of the real bi-annual Benelux Union Parliament meeting

21

Belgian delegates

21

Dutch delegates

7

Luxembourg delegates

Thursday 21st

Arrivals

10:00

Teambuilding

10:30

Welcome words

11:00

Committee Work

11:30

Lunch

13:00

Committee Work

14:00

Reception

16:00

Dinner & evening program

17:30

Friday 22nd

Wake Up, Breakfast & Transfer

7:00

Committee Work

9:00

Lunch

12:00

General Assembly: Energy Market

13:00

General Assembly: Mobility

14:00

General Assembly: Just Transition

15:00

Closing Ceremony

16:00

Benelux Youth Forum 2021 will take place in

Topic Overviews

To prepare for the event, delegates can study the topic of their committee by doing some research based on the topic statement.

Teams

Meet the volunteers behind the event

Organising Team

Jef Druyts President of EYP Belgium
Head-Organiser of the project
Point of contact for the Belgian delegation
Atakan Gaglayan Vice-President of EYP Belgium
Point of contact for the Belgian delegation
Joris Dietz Secretary & International Coordinator of EYP The Netherlands
In charge of design and communication
Point of contact for Dutch delegation
Alexandra Beiros President of EYP Luxembourg
Point of contact for Luxembourg delegation
Jelle Zegers NL
Organiser
Morris Hillebrand NL
Organiser
Fien Verbelen BE
Organiser
Anouck Guillot BE
Organiser

Academic Team

Patricia Creutz President of the Benelux Parliament
President of the General Assembly
Neil Faber BE
Vice-President of the session
Daksh Khanna NL
Chairperson
Pauline Gils BE
Chairperson
Laurelu Lauwers BE
Chairperson

Media Team

Leonoor Wijdeveld NL
Editress, in charge of photography, press releases and infographics
Benelux Youth Forum [21/10/2021]