The European Youth Parliament (EYP), founded in 1987, is a non-partisan, non-governmental, independent and unique educational programme designed to engage young people in shaping their future society. The EYP is one of the largest European platforms for political debate, intercultural encounters, political education and the exchange of ideas among young people. The organisation involves thousands of young people in voluntary roles across the continent. The EYP is under the patronage of the President of the European Parliament and the Secretary General of the Council of Europe and is managed by the Schwarzkopf Foundation.
About EYP Serbia
European Youth Parliament Serbia (EYP) was founded in 2006 as part of the network of non-profit NGOs in 36 countries in Europe. All the members are either high school or university students bellow the age of 25. Main goals of the organisation include raising awareness about current social, political and cultural issues, as well as promoting democracy and initiative among young people through informal and innovative education methods. Further, EYP Serbia encourages its members to exchange knowledge with other young people all over Europe, through diverse activities and events, among which most significant are the 3 annual International Sessions.These sessions resemble working format of the European Parliament in Brussels and are supervised by the EYP Office in Berlin (www.eyp.org), supported by the Heinz Schwartzkopf Foundation.
EYP Serbia is successfully sending delegations to the International Sessions since its foundation; delegates are chosen according to their English skills, ability to work in teams and knowledge about current issues at a National Selection Conference, which simulates International Session in a shorter time frame. National Selection Conferences take place once a year with a strong international officials’ participation. So far we worked with around 25 high schools in Belgrade, Niš, Novi Sad and the surrounding, and provided opportunities for little over 2000 high school students to join the organisation. Also, since last year, Outreach Weekends have been introduced to help delegates outside of the three regional offices grasp concepts of team work, debate and public speaking, as well as ensure the quality of their performance at national and other session.
EYP Serbia is governed by the Board, consisted of 6 experienced members, the President, General Secretary, International Coordinator, Human Resources and Regional Development, Communications and Project Coordinator. In addition, 3 Local Coordinators from Belgrade, Niš and Novi Sad have a significant role in decision making process and activities. Their activities are democratic and transparent, and all the members of EYP Serbia receive a monthly Newsletter.
The European Youth Parliament (EYP) Serbia actively engages young people directly at the high school level. Hence, smaller sessions are organised at schools using the EYP’s approach for the discussion and debate of European topics:
- to provide an opportunity to discuss and debate European issues and encourage students to discuss political questions and articulate their own opinions;
- to provide a possibility to deepen one’s knowledge of the issues in question;
- to make students aware of the EYP and to provide them with a chance to participate in future international events of the EYP of a longer duration.