Organising kick-off: Austrian National Conference – Vienna 2012

Actually, head-organisers Teresa Stadler and Ronja Seyrl have started organising the next Austrian National Conference in April this year already. But as it takes more than two to organise an EYP session, they have assembled a team of nine organisers.

On the weekend of the 19./20. November, the organising team gathered in Vienna for some teambuilding and organisers’ training. After a day of Teambuilding near Prater the organising team sat together to get down to and discuss the tough business of organising, from the session concept over fundraising to the venues; the ultimate common goal: giving the very best to provide a high-quality EYP session!

About the session

The Austrian National Conference 2012 will be the Youth Summit on Generations & Integration. The session will take place in Vienna from the 26. to the 30. April 2012. Further information, calls for officials and invitations for schools are to be published soon. Besides the official session logo, we are also proud to announce that Bentley James Yaffe (TR) shall preside the session.


Session Theme

Under the motto ‘Bridge the gap!’, the session’s topics will deal with integration (immigration, etc.) issues as well as multiple generations, inspired by 2012 as the European year for active ageing (…and solidarity between generations).

→ The European Parliament’s Press Release ‘2012: European Year for Active Ageing … and Solidarity between Generations’

Opening Statement of Lambert van Nistelrooij on the European Year 2012 for Active Ageing at the EPP Hearing of Mrs. Zaborska on 21 October 2011.

EYP-ers explore the UN Office in Vienna

On November 2nd a few EYP Austria members left the country for two hours and visited the United Nations Office in Vienna, which we learned, actually is not in Austria, but set on international territory. After passing a thorough security check we enjoyed a guided tour through some of the main parts of the UN buildings. Following the tour we had a presentation on the UN Millennium Development Goals stating the main facts from the UN 2011 Millennium Development Report launched previous July. To round this off we indulged in a lively discussion with the UN employee giving the presentation, covering our questions and remarks concerning the UNO and its interesting work.

Chairs Training, October 2011

Furniture? ‘Chair’ is short for chairperson, and in EYP these people play a crucial role. They are responsblible for a committee at sessions and their position implies leading the committee through the various parts of an EYP session, moderate the discussions and help bringing out the best of every individual delegate. Read more

Mid-autumn plans

EYP Austria has planned some events for the upcoming weeks.

1. Chairs Training + Jour Fixe
After a chairs training, we will have a two-hour Jour Fixe with socialising in the city afterwards. Read more

Graz, Villach, Vienna – EYP is coming to your city!

EYP Austria is currently planning another series of small EYP events for the end of this year and the beginning of 2012. We will visit Graz, Villach and Vienna to bring together students from different schools to discuss interesting and current topics. Read more

European Youth on Immigration and Asylum

↓ Download: Press Release (EN) | Pressebericht (DE)

While the Euro absorbs much attention, immigration and asylum policy are still unanswered problems in Europe: Italy, Greece and Malta want other countries to share the burden of refugees arriving across the Mediterranean, politicians from France and Germany rigorously reject this. The German minister of the interior categorically denied any common European effort.

Young people in Europe now speak out against this: 78% of young Europeans call out online for all countries to take their share of asylum seekers. Moreover, the latest European Youth Poll also revealed a demand for a general European immigration policy: 71% want common rules – and not a lottery of different rules from country to country.

Even in times of high youth unemployment, the respondents also spoke out in clear majorities for general openness towards foreign workers (76%). Opinions were split, however, on who should come: Asked whether it should be Europe’s economic interests to determine who could come to work in Europe, almost 50% said yes, while 46% disagreed.

2352 young people from 43 European countries between 16 and 27 had their say in the survey conducted via Facebook by the European Youth Parliament from 13 – 26 September 2011, in cooperation with Stiftung Mercator.

For complete results and additional information, please visit

Interesting side fact: Despite conflicts running high in their country about European interference 71% of young participants from Greece call generally for more European integration, more than the European average.

Young Europeans want Europe to work together on Immigration and Asylum policy.

Report: Generalversammlung 2011

The Generalversammlung 2011 (annual general assembly 2011) was a full success and enjoyed vast and unseen attendance. The board elections were more exciting than ever before and following board positions were elected:  Read more