Political education for students

Our mission is to support the development of young people into politically aware and responsible citizens by involving them in European political thinking and promoting intercultural understanding.

Intercultural experiences

We bring together young people from over 35 European countries in annually 200+ events taking place all over Europe.

Discussing opinions

We offer a platform for young people to express their opinions, and to discuss and exchange visions

Award-winning youth programme

The European Youth Parliament Austria has among other prices been awarded the Austrian Europa Staatspreis 2015 and the European Change Communications Award 2014.

EYP is for everyone

The EYP community reaches from pupils of vocational schools and high schools to university students and encompasses people from different socio-economic backgrounds from all over the country.

European Youth Parliament (abbrev.: EYP)

The EYP is a unique educational programme which brings together young people from all over Europe to discuss current topics in a parliamentary setting.
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Others on EYP

Jean-Claude Juncker

The European Youth Parliament has been a forum for discussion and reflection for European youth on European policies for more than 20 years. In this way, they contribute to building tomorrow’s Europe. I wish them all continued success.

Jean-Claude JunckerPresident of the European Commission@JunckerEU on Twitter
Asdin El Habbassi, BA

The participation of young people is like the sun for a tree, indispensable in a strong Europe. Be a part of EYP. Your future, your Europe!

Asdin El Habbassi, BAMember of the Austrian ParliamentAustrian Parliament
Mag. Maria Pichlbauer

I consider the EYP an ideal instrument for enhancing pan-European political education that at the same time provides language training and the development of knowledge and skills. As a counsellor for EU and Internationalisation at the local school authority in Styria, I advise all upper secondary schools in general and vocational education including vocational schools for apprentices to join the EYP programme and take part in their activities.

Mag. Maria PichlbauerCounsellor for EU and Internationalisation at the local school authority in Styria
Robin Hietz

EYP doesn’t only mean getting new friends wherever you go, but also constantly being challenged to become better in every way. Apart from that, it means trying to find out what being European really means.

Robin HietzStudent and member of EYP Austria

Latest News

National Selection Conference 2017 in Graz

17 Jun 2017

On Thursday 11th May 2017, the National Selection Conference of EYP Austria began in the picturesque, almost fairytale town of Graz, in southern Austria. The session was held under the theme “Breaking Barriers – towards an inclusive Europe’ and presided by the gifted Nathan Hunter of EYP Ukraine. As normal, the officials gathered the day before for team-building and training. The officials’ team consisted of representatives from a vast plethora of countries from Ukraine, France, Luxembourg, Slovenia, Albania, the Netherlands, Switzerland, Sweden, the United Kingdom, Spain, Portugal, and, of course, Austria.

On the first day of the session, general team-building took place in the utopian surroundings of the grandiose Eggenberg Palace. In the glorious grounds, delegates from all across Austria came together to get to know each other; forming friendships and uniting in their committees behind the common goal of combatting some of the most important issues facing Europe in the 21st Century. During the team-building, we were lucky enough to be joined by an ostentation of peacocks, providing not only a visual treat for the participants but a delightful soundtrack to the day’s activities. Over the weekend, the Delegates moved to Graz International Bilingual School for committee work. A wide array of fascinating and engaging topics was embraced by the delegates, ranging from computerisation of the labour market to refugee integration.

As a break from the academic rigour of Committee Work, the delegates were treated to workshops delivered by the Officials team, such as singing lessons and energy management, as well as an Epic Rap Battle of EYP organised by the Media Team. The delegates finished off the session in the Festsaal of Augustinum for General Assembly, where they got the opportunity to present their resolutions, debate the latter’s pros and cons and amend it accordingly. The debate was invigorating and dynamic with not only a remarkably high level of academic quality but also reinforced by moving personal testimony to remind all of us that the issues being debated have a real-life impact on all of us. It became very clear that the session’s theme was a powerful call for this generation to take on the challenges of the future as we recognise that more unites us than divides us.

Both delegates and officials alike owe a massive thank you to the Head Organisers of Graz 2017, Ricarda Pfingstl and Jakob Gutschlhofer, whose joint leadership, effortless ability to appear calm and unfazed and constant professionalism created a unique and special environment for all involved.

EYP Mini Session Wiener Neustadt

25 Nov 2016

On 22nd November members of the European Youth Parliament (EYP) from all over Austria met in the Babenbergerring Gymnasium to give students of the town of Wiener Neustadt an understanding of EYP.

The day started at seven o’clock with the General Teambuilding in the school’s gymnasium, where the president of the session, Michael Ernst, welcomed all the delegates.

After a quick division into committees, the teambuilding continued in those smaller groups. Shortly after, the chairpersons had to proceed with committee work in order to discuss, understand and solve current problems of the EU with their delegates.

In a relaxing lunch break, which was sweetened by Weltladen, the students had time to prepare for the last major agenda of the day: the General Assembly.

The four committees were now given the opportunity to present their topics with its problems and possible solutions, which they had discussed in the last hours. In the subsequent Q&A rounds, delegates from other committees were able to follow up and question the solutions. After two hours of lively discussions, the session was closed with the European Anthem.

© EYP Austria 2017