The European Youth Parliament is one of the most dynamic youth organisations in Europe, currently represented in 41 countries. We aim to be effective, transparent and democratic in our management structures. You can find a brief overview of our internal structure below.
The National Committees are the heart and soul of the EYP. More than 1.700 young volunteers are active in the currently 41 organisations that form the EYP network.
An important part of their work is to select the delegation that will represent their country at the International Sessions and other EYP events. To this end, the National Committees organise a selection process, often including several regional and national sessions every year.
But the National Committees do much more: They organise International Forums, outreach programmes, promote international EYP activities like the European Youth Polls and run training programmes for their alumni.
The Governing Body (GB) represents the interests of the EYP as a whole. It is mainly responsible for the strategic development of the EYP and for facilitating the work of the organisation at the international level. In particular, it sets the guidelines for the three annual International Sessions to ensure their high quality and representativeness.
The GB is composed of six elected members, four of which are elected by the National Committees and two by the EYP alumni. A representative of the Schwarzkopf Foundation also sits on the GB, and the Executive Director of the EYP participates in every meeting, adding important input to the work of the board.
The Board of National Committees (BNC) is the assembly of National Committees (NCs) and thus acts as the voice of NCs. The BNC gathers twice a year in Berlin to meet, and are otherwise active through a mailing list, online votes, and various working groups. It has full co-decision powers with the GB, meaning that any policy proposals made by the GB must be approved by the BNC. The BNC can also take the initiative and make proposals and recommendations to the GB. Besides decision making, the BNC acts as a platform for the National Committees to share knowledge and know-how. The work of the BNC is facilitated by a BNC Board, which is elected by the National Committees one a year.
In 2004, the Berlin-based Schwarzkopf Foundation became the international umbrella organisation of the European Youth Parliament.
The International Office of the European Youth Parliament is run by an Executive Director, who is supported by two Project Managers. Additionally, we offer paid internships.
In 2013, the EYP introduced Alumni Councils in several areas to include more Alumni into our work on the international level. Each Council works on a specific area and with a specific set of objectives, outlines in policy.