The International Sessions are the flagship events of the EYP. The very first International Session of the European Youth Parliament was held in Fontainebleau, France in 1988. Since then, more than 80 International Sessions have been held all over Europe. Currently, the EYP organises three International Sessions every year. Each of them brings together about 300 young people from around 40 European countries for 9 days each.
The majority of the participants attend the events in the role of delegates. Delegates are selected by their National Committees through a competitive selection process on the national level – usually at a National Selection Conference.
Next to being delegates, young participants can also take on the role of an official, meaning that they act as journalists, editorial assistants, editors, chairpersons, the Vice-President or the President of the session. Officials for International Sessions are selected by a selection panel composed of representatives from the hosting National Committee, the Governing Body of the European Youth Parliament, and previous active EYP members who have held the positions at previous sessions.
To host an International Session, every National Committee can submit an application when a call to host a session is open. A list of all the countries that have been selected to host previous and upcoming International Sessions can be found here.
83rd International Session in Laax, Switzerland
The motto of this International Session was “Young and Innovative Ideas for a Sustainable Future”, which was apparent in various actions taken. The idea was to create a session as sustainable as possible, which concluded in the participants only using public transport, a vegan or vegetarian diet, wearing green fashion, etc.
The participants discussed, cooperated and created a resolution up in the swiss mountains concluded by a marvellous gala to celebrate the succesful closing, bu also to celebrate the anniversary of the National Committee hosting the Session: EYP Switzerland.
82nd International Session in Rennes, France
This International Session of the European Youth Parliament was hosted by the European Youth Parliament France in Rennes, the capital of Brittany, gathering 300 young participants from 36 European countries. A special enrichment of this session, which took place from 14-23 July 2016, was that for the first time an International Session had three working languages: English, French and German.
81st International Session Dublin-Belfast, United Kingdom
The 81st International Session of the European Youth Parliament took place in Dublin and Belfast from 5-13 March 2016, gathering more than 300 young people from 34 European countries. For ten days, Belfast and Dublin were a hotspot for exciting debates about European issues that related to the session theme, ‘Crossing Borders, Transcending Conflict’.
The young delegates exchanged ideas and visions of Europe‘s future and made friends across borders. They discussed hot topics of European politics and drafted resolutions, which were then debated according to the rules of the European Parliament.
80th International Session in Leipzig, Germany
The 80th International Session of the European Youth Parliament gathered 315 Europeans from 32 European countries in the city of Leipzig, Germany, from 6-15 November, 2015. Throughout the event the participants went through different stages of the conference, starting from Teambuilding, followed by Committee Work and ended with defending and debating other resolutions at the General Assembly.
The topics discussed all dealt with the general theme of the session ‘From tearing down walls to setting new stones’. The evenings of the event were filled with extensive cultural programme, where participants had the change to showcase their own cultural traditions as well as get to know others.