2018 was the third year of the BASES project run by the European Youth Parliament in cooperation with the German Federal Foreign Office. Numerous parliamentary events and training initiatives have been successfully organised by the EYP National Committees in countries of the Eastern Partnership. Let’s take a closer look at their major accomplishments. 

Perhaps the 22nd February should be celebrated as the "European Day of Active Citizenship" from now on, since on Friday 22nd  of March 2019 eleven (yes, 11!) different EYP sessions were taking place across Europe simultaneously, involving in their activities more than 1000 young Europeans altogether. From Portugal to Poland and from Norway to Albania, in one single day, hundreds of young people participated in the European Youth Parliament for the first time.

The first ever EYP Media Innovation Lab took place in Berlin in December 2018. The event gathered 16 experienced EYPers from 11 countries who discussed several EYP and media related topics, such as the newly launched EYP Communication Strategy, the mission of EYP media teams, improvements on the internal and external communication, as well as consistency in the media outputs.

The European Youth Parliament is run by young people for young people. The peer-led EYP Councils allow more EYP members to actively shape our organisation. Meet young volunteers who will chair 5 EYP Councils this year.

"EYP allows you to take on challenges and stretch your comfort zone. You and the project you work on are always connected to others, and yet you still maintain ownership of your work." Vardges Shahmenendyan, 22, is the president of the National Committee of the European Youth Parliament in Armenia. He studies architecture and works at an architecture studio in Yerevan. Read the full interview here.

"What I appreciate the most after my EYP adventure is that I was growing up in a setting that inspired me to do more and to achieve more. Every session challenged me, so I grew stronger, more confident and more courageous." - Zosia Wanat (PL) We had an amazing opportunity to get in touch with three EYP alumni who are currently working for different media related agencies and ask them about their current occupation and their time with EYP. Here’s what David Soler Crespo (ES), James Benge (UK) and Zosia Wanat (PL) had to say.

The immensely growing EYP network needs to be supported with knowledge, resources and fruitful exchange of ideas to ensure the sustainability of its activities for a long way forward. The EYP International Office is striving to support the network through capacity building events, also in the Eastern Partnership countries.

"In order to impact real change, we should not ask ourselves who we do things for, but rather who we do things with. It's about getting everyone on board this shared mission. In creating inclusive and cross-sectorial movements. EYP has opened up many doors for me. The initiative that I am currently involved in is a great example in how you bring people with different perspectives and backgrounds together around the same table" - says Noura Berouba, an active EYPer since 2011. We have asked Noura (24) how EYP involvement has impacted her path. Noura was a member of the Board of EYP Sweden (2012–14). Currently, she is also in the EYP’s Governing Body. Furthermore, she has been active in several other programmes and projects. Here is what Noura shared with us.