How We Work


International, regional and national sessions are at the core of the EYP’s non-formal educational activities, and consist of events that bring together over 30,000 young people every year. A welcoming environment and experience-based methodology offer participants a safe space to develop and express their opinions, build intercultural understanding and develop democratic citizenship skills.

EYP sessions vary in length from 2 hours to 10 days. Debates cover a wide range of topics – often related to international politics or human rights, but also including fields such as climate change, health and energy. Guided by peer moderators, young people take part in a series of activities.


Team Building

Experience-based methodology is used for outdoor and indoor games and activities. International working groups are formed and ground rules are set for cooperation.

Committee Work

Participants convene in international working groups and discuss current European topics, with the aim of proposing solutions in the form of written resolutions.

General Assembly

All committees come together to debate their proposed resolutions during the General Assembly, following standard parliamentary procedures.

Cultural Programme

Throughout a session, a cultural programme gives the participants opportunities to get acquainted with each other’s cultures and traditions.

1. Solving problems

Solving problems in collaborative and democratic ways


Every year, the EYP helps 30,000 young people from across Europe develop and express their opinions, set and follow ground rules for peaceful collaboration, and suggest solutions to pressing modern-day challenges.

3. Developing skills

Developing skills and growing as a person


The EYP encourages independent thinking and initiative amongst young people and facilitates the learning of crucial social and professional skills, like teamwork, tolerance and problem-solving, as well as communication and leadership skills.

2 cEngaging with topics

Engaging with current topics in dialogue with decision-makers


Discussions during EYP events cover a wide range of topics, such as international politics, human rights, climate change, health and energy. High-ranking European politicians and decision-makers regularly visit our events and interact with our participants.

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Building intercultural understanding and friendships

After a typical EYP event, more than 90% of participants report that by taking part, they have increased intercultural understanding and built international friendships.

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Inspiring new ideas to positively shape the world


Young people active in the EYP are passionate about social and political challenges. When organising EYP events, they strive to find sustainable solutions and create ties with their local communities.


Empowering young, active citizens


As a result of our events, more than 90% of participants indicate an increased willingness to actively get involved in society and politics.