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Power Shifts – About

“Power Shifts – Reflecting Europe´s Energy” Project encourages young people from across Europe to explore and discuss European energy policy. By taking part in the project’s activities, participants learn ways of engaging and fostering the debate on energy in their communities, from a local up to the European level. The project is run by the European Youth Parliament and the Schwarzkopf Foundation in cooperation with the innogy Stiftung für Energie und Gesellschaft.

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Project Outline

We have successfully coordinated the project since 2015, organizing three International Academic Forums and engaging more than 300 young volunteers from the EYP network to discuss the future of Europe’s Energy in Poland, Germany and France. For more Information on Power Shifts 2015-2017 please follow this link.

In the second phase of the project (2018-21), even more young people will have a chance to form their opinion and engage in the discussion on the future of energy, both in their communities as well as on national and European level. Up to 6.000 young volunteers from across Europe will not only enrich their knowledge about the topic but also develop as active citizens who can offer positive, fresh perspective on the future of energy in Europe.

Firstly, the participants debate energy-related topics in the frame of EYP’s flagship events like at #International Sessions which gather up to 900 young people of the age of 16-28 annually providing them with an opportunity to discuss energy in the role of Delegate or Chair of the Industry Research and Energy (ITRE) Committee or during an open debate at the General Assembly. For more details on the EYP session concept and how the participants will work on their topics please follow this link.

Secondly, the Power Shifts Project provides Funding through the #Power Shifts Fund to encourage the development and accessibility of energy-related topics in the frame of a variety of national and regional decentralised events throughout the project cycle gathering up to 300 participants annually.

Thirdly, the outcomes of each Power Shifts debate in the EYP network will be summarized in annual #Power Labs and presented in Young Energy Opinion papers that will be shared with decision-makers and stakeholders.

Furthermore, the Power Shifts project goes beyond the primarily energy-focused activities and strives to encourage the general innovative spirit and attitude in the EYP network providing our members with a platform for discussing innovations at the internal level of the EYP during #Innovation Labs taking place on a yearly basis throughout the project cycle 2018-2021.

Power Shifts – Reflecting Europe’s Energy topic

Energy is on the one hand one of the most interdependent political issues of the 21st century, on the other hand it is a highly complex topic that requires knowledge and competences to be debatable. In the past years, we have experienced decreasing stocks of fossil fuels, the nuclear catastrophe in Fukushima, alarming studies on climate change and debates over social sustainability of rising costs for energy supply. Furthermore, energy supplies were used as political leverage by several states and hence is clearly of high importance in international political relations. These challenges highlight the importance and necessity of the education of young generations to ensure that all of them are addressed in the best possible way.


Given the complexity of the energy-related debates, the topics of the events throughout the project cycle 2018-2021 are determined by the pre-defined thematic frameworks for each project’s year. As all of the areas are deeply intertwined and mutually dependent, the division has a pragmatic purpose to ensure the consistency and diversity of the fields discussed. The concrete topics will be developed by the EYP’s participants themselves, reflecting the interests of the European Youth Parliament and current issues.

2018: Challenges and Opportunities of the Energy Governance

In this year, the participants will be debating on the models of governance that are necessary to steer and shape energy policy in a sustainable manner. The democratisation and decentralisation of the energy policy-making will be at the core of this section. Furthermore, they will touch upon a problem of finding a balance between maintaining the competitiveness and affordability, and ensuring safe, secure and sustainable energy.

2019: Technological Innovation in the Energy sector: from smart grids to carbon-free mobility

This section focuses on the technological innovations as a key to meeting economic, climate and security objectives. As the future of energy significantly depends from the modern technologies and the process of digitalisation, the participants will discuss how the societal equitability and cyber resilience in the constantly digitalising energy sector can be maintained. Further key areas under discussion here will be how to find a cost-effective way to transmit and store electrical energy at a large scale and to which extend and how the carbon-free mobility should be supported.

2020/2021: Energy in Transition: strengthening global sustainability by combating climate change

Bearing in mind that energy use and production affect the sustainability of the resources and, in the long-term, also the well-being of humankind, the final project phase places sustainability through energy transition at its core. Here the discussions will evolve around the steps the decision makers should take to ensure a comprehensive green energy policy with a renewable energy mix.


Helena Karnitskaya

Project Manager European Youth Parliament or +49 (0) 30 97 00 50 23