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The European Youth Parliament (EYP) is an independent, non-partisan educational programme which currently reaches young people in 40 European countries. We are not limited to the borders of the European Union, but rather strive for open discussion of pan-European political issues and intercultural exchange across...

The EYP Summer Academy is an international training event gathering representatives from all 40 EYP member countries aiming to support their work in their National Committees by providing training modules for their board members. The Summer Academy will take place from 16th -19th September in Wannsee, Berlin. Every EYP National Committee can select two Board Members to participate in this international training event, designed to strengthen the capacities in the network.

From May 20-22 a capacity training for new EU Crash Course trainers took place in Baku, Azerbaijan. The project is implemented as a cooperation of the Understanding Europe team at the Schwarzkopf Foundation together with European Youth Parliament Azerbaijan in order to establish a basic understanding of European politics amongst pupils in the Caucasus region to enable them to have a more holistic and comprehensive understanding of the EU and its neigbour countries.

From April 29 to May 1st the EYP Council members met in Berlin. In multiple working groups they identified new goals and perspectives for the respective areas Regional Development, Training and Alumni Development, Academics and Education.

In 2016, Germany is chairing the Organisation for Cooperation and Security in Europe, short OSCE. On this occasion, the European Youth Parliament brings you two special editions of International Forums in Vienna and Belgrade. From May 18-24, 2016 EYP Austria will host around 150 participants, not only from Europe, but also from other OSCE Member States such as Kazakhstan, USA and Mongolia. From August 10-16, 2016 the second Forum will be organised by by EYP Serbia and take place in Belgrade.

The International Office of the European Youth Parliament network is launching in April a new digital platform for EYP members to get more information about upcoming events, plan their own events and exchange information.

The Schwarzkopf Foundation is currently looking for a full time Project Manager for the European Youth Parliament program, to support our International Sessions. The envisaged date of entry is in mid June 2016.

The 81st International Session of the European Youth Parliament started today, 6th of March 2016, with a full day of Teambuilding at Queen's University Belfast. Our first flagship international session of 2016 is a joint project of EYP United Kingdom and EYP Ireland, bringing together almost 300 young people from 33 countries in two cities and countries. The event is supported by the Schwarzkopf Foundation as the EYP's international umbrella organisation.

At the beginning of this year, Germany took over the chairmanship of the Organisation for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE), which inspired the Schwarzkopf foundation to create events for the year 2016 that involve young people in shaping ideas for international security in Europe parallel to the high-level politics.