We had the utmost pleasure to chat with Jan-Philipp Beck, former EYPer with a long session history, former president of EYP Germany, who has participated in several Board of National Committees (BNC) meetings, has served on the Governing Body (GB) and also as the Executive Director of EYP. Here is what he had to say about how EYP influenced his personal trajectory and how he still engages with our organisation as an alumnus.

Power Shifts 2.0 project becomes an integral part of the EYP sessions! Every International Session happening throughout the project phase 2018-2021 will receive funds for the energy-focussed committee to provide more participants with a chance to debate the future of energy, learn more about the topic and gain valuable insights from the experts.

What is the future of renewable energy in Europe? How to make health services more accessible to citizens? These questions are among the topics that young people will debate during the EYP International Session in Rotterdam, starting on the 13th of October. Engaging with current topics and entering into a dialogue with decision makers lies at the heart of the EYP experience. Participants convene in international working groups and discuss their topics with the aim of proposing fresh perspectives and offering solutions. Ali Amjad from the United Kingdom and Vicky Formicola from Italy will be chairing two working groups in Rotterdam. We have asked them about their motivation and about the role that experts take during committee work. Here is what they shared with us.

The European Youth Parliament empowers young people from across Europe to be open-minded, active citizens. It provides participants with a forum to develop and express their opinions on a wide range of topics. The next International Session of the EYP will take place in Rotterdam between the 13th and 21st of October 2018, under the theme ‘Discovering Global Europe’. We have asked Sophie Scannell, the president of the session, about her motivation to volunteer her time to this event. Here is what Sophie shared with us.

  In 2017, over 65 million people worldwide were reported as being forcibly on the move, either as internally displaced people or as refugees beyond their state’s borders. While international organisations such as the UN and the EU have prepared responses and addressed their member states’ commitments to international refugee conventions, pressing questions regarding conflict mediation, refugee aid and family reunion policies, among many other topics, remain unsolved.