Our mission

The European Youth Parliament is one of the most transformative non-formal educational projects your students can experience.

The European Youth Parliament (EYP) is an educational platform for independent thinking and initiative in young people and facilitates the learning of social and professional skills, like teamwork, tolerance and problem-solving, as well as communication and leadership skills.

Since it was founded in 1987, hundreds of thousands of young people have taken part in regional, national and international sessions, formed friendships and made international contacts across borders. The EYP has made a vital contribution towards active citizenship among young students across Europe, bridging gaps between cultures and helping young people develop themselves through informal education.

Skill development

Our events are a platform to develop and sharpen skills. Participants develop both professional and social skills by learning to work together in an international environment, by debating about controversial and global topics as well as by meeting new people and cultures. At our alumni events, young people can join training modules to further sharpen their professional skills as well as have a lot of fun.

Gaining Knowledge

Participants broaden their knowledge on a wide array of European and global topics by debating about them in a collaborative parliamentary setting. Furthermore, we provide workshops called Understanding Europe, which are crash courses in your classroom about the working of the European Union.


The EYP is a platform to share opinions and culture. The EYP promotes an intercultural dialogue and aims to empower people to become open-minded active citizens in society. Young people have the opportunity to travel all across the continent to conferences of the EYP and discover Europe themselves.

Competencies rather than Competition

The EYP is focused on competency development, rather than being another debating competition. The focus at a conference therefore lays not in the current level of skill of participants, but on how they wish to develop as well as how that could be facilitated.

Empowerment and Cultural Understanding

As a result of our events, more than 90% of participants indicate an increased willingness to actively get involved in their society in the form of active citizenship as well as having increased intercultural understanding and gained international friendships.