19 Jun Who runs the EYP network? Part 3: A closer look into the work of the Councils
Across 40 countries, young people are the ones who plan and implement all activities within the European Youth Parliament network. The European Youth Parliaments’ Councils are working groups of the network on different tasks and topics set by the Governing Body.
What is an EYP Council?
The EYP Councils were introduced in 2013 to allow more active EYP members to participate in shaping and working for EYP on an international level. The EYP Councils are working groups of the Governing Body, and work independently on tasks set by the Governing Body and report on the progress of these tasks back to it. Find out more about the work of the Governing Body here.
Councils play a key role in implementing some practical tasks related to our existing strategy and programmes. Each Council works on a specific area and with a specific set of tasks, identified by the Governing Body. In addition, if the Councils want to, they also have room to develop own projects and additional tasks. Each EYP Council consists of around 6 active EYP members, one member of the Governing Body as the chairperson, as well as one staff member from the EYP International Office.
The four permanent EYP Councils are:
- Educational Council
- Training and Alumni Development Council
- Regional Development Council
- Academic Council
Who sits in an EYP Council?
At the beginning of each year, the members of the EYP Councils are selected through an open call. Anyone who is interested in joining one of the Councils can put forward their application. Based on these applications, the Governing Body selects the members for the Councils for the upcoming year. The mandate period for the EYP Councils is usually one year.
The Governing Body member on each Council is responsible for its overall performance, and will in most cases also be the chair of the Council. Other leadership responsibilities within the Councils can still be assigned, especially when it comes to individual tasks and fields of work. The staff member from the International Office is not involved in executing the tasks and responsibilities of the Council, but helps the Councils with materials, advice and input from the staff’s perspective. The staff member is often there to also ensure proper knowledge management within and between Councils and continuity in the work of the Council.