October 30, 2017

A guide for EYP newbies Part II

Now that you have a better image of what is a National Committee and how the International Office works, let’s move to some other terms that are commonly used by EYPers!

Chairs Academic Training (CAT)
Two months prior to the International Session the chairs are undergoing a three-day training. The aim is to prepare the chairs for the content of committee work. Considering that the participants of CAT represent some of the most active and experienced participants in EYP, the training should provide participants with knowledge that can be used also outside of the specific context of the upcoming International Session. Participation in the CAT is compulsory for all chairs and their group leaders (called presidents and vice presidents) as it is one of their fundamental responsibilities. In addition to the chairs’ team, the head organiser(s) of the session should participate in the event.

General Assembly (GA)
The last part of every session is a General Assembly (GA). In GA, the committees come together to present and debate the resolutions they wrote. In the end, the resolutions are put to a vote.

National Selection Conferences (NSC)
All National Committees organise at least one National Selection conference each year. Delegates and delegations are selected by their National Committees through a competitive selection process on the national level – usually at a National Selection Conference. They are selected to attend international Sessions or other EYP sessions abroad.

Governing Body (GB)
The Governing Body is the international board of EYP that directs the organisation and is responsible for the strategic development of the EYP. It sets its own working procedure, to define some working principles and internal rules and procedures. At the same time it is ensuring the educational value of EYP and establishes a strategy for the EYP as a whole. The Governing Body is elected annually by the National Committees and by active members. 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 to the Governing Body.

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