The aims of the European Youth Parliament are to:
- Raise awareness of European issues, encourage activeEuropean citizenship and motivate students to get engaged in European politics.
- Promote international understanding, intercultural dialogue and diversity of ideas and practices.
- Contribute to the personal skills development of European youth.
- Provide a forum in which young people of Europe can express their own opinions, without reverting to role play.
Evaluations of three International Sessions of the European Youth Parliament in 2005 show that 77% of the participants raised their awareness of European issues, 78 % felt encouraged to increase their active democratic citizenship, 93 % experienced and appreciated intercultural dialogue and 84% developed and improved their personal skills and competences.
“The opportunity to develop a range of skills is most impressive about EYP: from diplomacy and consensus building, to rhetoric and leadership, to writing and editorial experience, to fundraising and project management.”
M. Roberts, 27, UK, Venture Capital Management