Heemstede 2020

This webpage contains all organisational information, academic content and media output of Heemstede 2020, a Regional Selection Conference of EYP The Netherlands. The event is head-organised by Ottilie Fetter and Tristan ter Huurne and will take place December 12 and 13.

Session Information


Friday (officials only)

10:00 – 10:30 Check-in Discord/zoom
10:30 – 11:00 General introduction Discord/zoom
11:00 – 12:30 General activities Discord zoom
12:30 – 14:00 Lunch offline
14:00 – 15:30 Modules/team-building in respective teams Discord/zoom
15:30 – 16:00 Coffee break offline
16:00 – 18:00 Modules/team-building on respective teams Discord/zoom
18:30 – 20:00 Cooking with Tristan & Ottilie Discord/zoom
20:30 – open end Evening program  


8:30 – 9:15 Check-In  Discord
9:15 – 10:00 Word of Welcome

General Teambuilding

10:00 – 11:30 Team Building in committees Discord/Zoom
11:30 – 12:00 Coffeebreak offline
12:00 – 14:00  Committee Work Discord/zoom
14:00 – 14:45 Lunch  offline
14:45 – 16:15 Committee work Discord/zoom
16:15 – 16:30 Coffeebreak offline
16:30 – 18:00 Committee work Discord/zoom
18:00 – 20:00 Dinner offline
20:00 – open end Evening Activities Discord/zoom


09:00 – 09:30 Morning Program Discord/zoom
09:30 – 10:00 Mock GA (explanation of General Assembly) Discord/zoom
10:00 – 10:45  Debate 1 Discord/zoom
10:45 – 11:00 Coffeebreak offline
11:00 – 12:00 Discussion with Astrid Nienhuis, Major of Heemstede Discord/zoom
12:00 – 12:45  Debate 2  Discord/zoom
12:45 – 13:45  Lunch offline
13:45 – 15:15 Debate 3 + 4 Discord/zoom
15:15 – 15:30  Coffeebreak offline
15:30 – 17:00 Debate 5 + 6 Discord/zoom
17:00 – 17:30  Closing ceremony Discord/zoom
17:00  – 20:00  Dinner offline
20:00 – 21:30 Farewell activities Discord/zoom

To Do’s before the session

  1. Make sure you download and install Zoom before the session: https://zoom.us/download
  2. Make sure you download and install Discord before the session: https://discord.com/download
  3. If possible, please already make an account on Discord, as to ensure a smooth check-in on the first day of the session: https://support.discord.com/hc/en-us/articles/360033931551-Getting-Started
  4. Read through the Session Guide for useful information
  5. Read your Topic Overview at the bottom of this webpage
  6. Read the Introductory Clauses and brainstorm some possible solutions
  7. Get excited!


Welcome from the Head Organisers

Dear delegates of RSC Heemstede 2020, 

With only a few days to go until Heemstede 2020, we want to wish you a warm welcome. We have been working on this project for a few months now with a team of amazing people, and are extremely excited to meet you all. 

This Digital Selection Conference marks the second time ever an EYP NL conference is held online. Even with the world finding its path through a global pandemic, EYP still offers us the opportunity to get in touch with participants from all over Europe, ranging from Portugal to Serbia. This is your opportunity to enter this diverse network, where you meet people from all over Europe and beyond! 

For most of you, this will be your first time participating in EYP. This might be scary, but do not worry, because our lovely team of officials will guide you through the process. Participating in EYP is extremely fun and rewarding, teaches you useful skills and gives you the opportunity to make friends all over Europe. Both of us started our EYP Journey a few years ago and have ever since gotten so many great experiences. 

Head-Organising this session has been challenging at times, but we could not be happier to share our project with you. Although a digital session is not what any of us had imagined, we have put together an amazing program for you to enjoy! 

We hope to see all of your faces again at future EYP events. See you soon!

Ottilie & Tristan

Welcome from the President

Dear participants of Heemstede 2020,

My Presidency aims to challenge you to think about your role in this society, and how your behaviour impacts it. I want to encourage every single one of you to experiment, not be afraid to cut that box of comfort that you are in, take every opportunity from this session as a chance to try out something new and don’t be afraid to look back. Someone once said that EYP does not change the world, but it changes the people that will later have a chance to do so. With that being said, I would strongly encourage each one of you to explore the digital environment, support each other in doing so and positively contribute to society. The future belongs to the curious, the ones who are not afraid to try to delve into it, poke it, question it, and turn it inside out. 

Let’s be in this together!


Welcome from the Head of Jury

Dear participants of Heemstede 2020,

Welcome to the second digital session of EYP the Netherlands!  Together we will make the most out of this weekend. Thank you all for participating in this innovative regional session. I remember my first experience with EYP ages ago, back then it was very different but the feeling you have right now is something every one of us has experienced. You are about to start what could become one huge adventure. Take this chance and discover this world EYP has to offer. Being the Head of Jury is an honor and a privilege, and I’ll make sure to have some fun with the rest as well. The jury will be responsible for writing a selection report that determines who will be invited to the National Selection Conference. But regardless of who is selected, every one of you is an EYP’er, a part of our organization, and free to go to other sessions abroad or online. Having said that, I hope you will all make the most of the weekend, gain valuable experiences, learn a lot and most importantly have fun. I’ll see you soon and hopefully more often in the future!

Wishing you the best,


Welcome from the Editors

Dear participants,

On behalf of the entire Media Team, we would like to welcome you to Heemstede 2020! We are extremely excited to embark on this new adventure with you and to see all of you grow and evolve over the course of this weekend. Even though the COVID-19 pandemic has shaken things up quite a lot, we are certain that this session is going to be an unforgettable experience nevertheless. Even in a digital format, EYP offers a unique opportunity to broaden your horizons by bringing together people from different backgrounds, heritage, cultures and countries. We hope that you will learn new things about others and yourself and that you will find yourself doing things you never imagined doing before. And do not worry, the Media Team will be there with you along the ride to capture every precious moment in lifelong memories.

We are excited for you guys to not only immerse yourselves in the EYP experience, but also to participate in our media projects, which we hope will be enriching and inspiring to you.

We cannot wait to meet each and every one of you,

Your editors,

Adrian and Yu

Topic Overview


Introductory Clauses

General Assembly Explained

The General Assembly is the large debate on Sunday, consisting of six topics to be debated. The total time set aside for one topic will normally be 40 minutes, though this is subject to time constraints. The setting of debate time, and changes in debate time, are entirely at the discretion of the President and the Vice Presidents. It is the responsibility of each proposing Committee to lead the debate and defend their resolution. In order to do so, enough opportunities will be ensured during the debate. Each of the eight debates has the following Procedure.
The conference’s board will read out the topic of the proposing committee. Afterwards, time is given for delegates to read through the operative
The proposing committee will have the opportunity to deliver a three-minute defense speech, defending their resolution.
There will be three minutes in which a position speech (or multiple position speeches) can be delivered by other committees, explaining their opinion on the resolution of the proposing committee.
The rest of the time is set aside for open debates among delegates. If you wish to make a point, your chairperson will raise your committee sign for you. You will be recognised by the board before taking the floor. Each round is closed off by a member of the proposing committee replying to all points made.
A member of the proposing committee closes the debate by giving a speech of 2 minutes to conclude all the points made or as a final defense.
Delegates will be given the opportunity to vote on the resolution or abstain from making a decision in favour or against. Chairs will collect the votes. A Board member counts the votes and announces the result after the debate on the following resolution. Each Delegates votes according to his or her own convictions.
Please note: the passing or failing of a resolution will not affect the jury’s deliberations on participants.