Stemming from 1987, the European Youth Parliament has a rich history of bringing young Europeans together to discuss the most relevant topics of the present.
“A gathering of five friends at our home, rue Royale in Fontainebleau, France. We were all looking for a new challenge and agreed that the first person to come up with a really good idea, would be supported by the others. Having created the Anglophone Section at the local College International, I had seen the benefit of teenagers from all over the world working together and learning about each other’s cultures. It occurred to me that a programme for 16–19-year-olds from each country of the (then) EEC would broaden their horizon and prepare them for working together as adults. With democracy being one of the cornerstones of our civilisation, I chose a ‘youth parliament’ as the best structure to use. There were no other youth parliaments yet, so we were the first and not just any parliament: The European Youth Parliament!”
– Bettina Carr-Allinson, Co-Founder of the EYP