This years Members Weekend took place in Herzogenburg in Lower Austria from 16 to 18 June 2023! We would hereby like to thank everyone who made this event possible but especially the Head-Organiser Florian Huber and his team of Organisers, Marlen Seelos, Elena Macura and Celeste De Serio as well as the Board Representative Marcel Kranixfeld. Thank you also to the Head Trainer Vedad Misirlic and his team L Zöhrer and Selina Schweng. It was a wonderful event with a lot of trainings for new members and we are sure everyone had a great time!
During each board term, the Board of EYP Austria meets several times to discuss important matters in person, with the Advisory Board also typically attending to some degree for guidance. On the 8 to 10 June the Board held its sixth and final Physical Board Meeting (PBM) of the year in Vienna.
As with all PBMs, a report has been compiled to inform our Members of the subjects that were discussed, as well as the results of modules that will have a concrete impact on the organisation. Most notably, the Board Members talked through the National Strategy 2021-25 and wrote updates for all measures while also setting new priorities for the next year. Other modules included Fundraising insights, how to increase transparency and participation and generally spending time tying up the year and preparing for the Genral Assembly and the next Board.
So make sure to check out the PBM #6 Report to get an insight into the happenings of the Board and EYP Austria at large!
As some might remember, on 5 April 2023 an Extrordinary General Assembly took place online. The Minutes for this Assembly were uploaded to the EYP Austria Shared Drive on 2 May 2023 and can be found in the following folder on said drive.
We have created a Whatsapp Group to communicate events and opportunities for EYPers in Vienna that we are excited to share with our members! The group is meant for people who would like to be part of Viennas EYP community and participate in socialisings and other small-scale events (and maybe create a meme or two;).
If you are interested please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org with your name, phone number and either your session history or a short sentence about why you are interested in joining the group.
See you all on Whatsapp!
Last week our biggest event of the year, the National Selection Conference took place in Graz from 20 to 24 April 2023. We would like to thank the Head-Organisers Hanna Mayr and Luca Peinsold who dedicated so much time and effort into organising this event for over 8 months with care and dedication.
The session took place under the theme of “rising to a new sphere” and managed to gather more than 100 participants from 22 countries. It made great contributions to EYP Austrias sustainability efforts, gave many of our members the chance to become Officials and introduced a new generation of delegates to our organisation.
Check out the amazing content produced by the Media Team via the following channels:
EYP Austria Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/eypaustria/
National Sessions of EYP Austria Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/nsc_eypaustria/
EYP Network Instagram (always a great honour to be featured here!): https://www.instagram.com/eyp_network/
National Sessions of EYP Austria Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/vienna22eyp/about
National Selection Conference Graz TikTok: https://www.tiktok.com/@nationalsessiongraz23
Hereby, we wish to showcase all Members of the EYP Austria who were directly involved in shaping the National Selection Conference Graz. Thank you for all your work and dedication! We are happy to see so many of you take part in our events, starting as delegates in the last years and now flourishing as Officials. Thank you Hanna Mayr (Head-Organiser), Luca Peinsold (Head-Organiser), Bernd Stelzl (Core-Organiser), Florian Huber (Organiser), Mauro Baumann (Organiser), Constantin Renner (Organiser), Selina Schweng (Organiser), Yannick Tu (Organiser), Vedad Misirlic (President), Ilya Gulya (Chairperson), Simon Gartner (Chairperson), Thomas “Foxie” Micheler (Editor), Elena Macura (Media Team Member), Marlen Seelos (Media Team Member), Marco Spellas (Media Team Member), Paula Mayr (Media Team Member), Lisa Weinberger (Jury Member), L Zöhrer (Event Safe Person), Marcel Kranixfeld (Event Safe Person) and especially Emily Usner as NC Representative and Session Mentor.
We are excited that the National Selection Conference is currently taking place in the beautiful city of Graz in Styria. Yesterday CMJO Training happened, today the Session has officially begun and will last until 24 April.
The topic of this year’s National Selection Conference is “rising to a new sphere”. With this topic, the Head-OrganisersHanna Mayr and Luca Peinsold hope to meet all participants where they are and then support them to understand diverse, complex topics from different angles to form their own opinions on current issues. They want to offer them a platform to develop themselves, make new friends and realise their own potential.
Right now the Session has gathered more than 100 young Europeans at the town hall for the opening ceremony of the annual National Selection Conference of the European Youth Parliament Austria. We are honoured to have guest speakers from the TPA group and the city of Graz present. You can follow along with the session via our social media channels including both instagram and facebook.
Hereby, we wish to showcase all Members of the EYP Austria who were directly involved in shaping the National Selection Conference Graz. Thank you for all your work and dedication! We are happy to see so many of you take part in our events, starting as delegates in the last years and now flourishing as Officials.
Thank you Hanna Mayr (Head-Organiser), Luca Peinsold (Head-Organiser), Bernd Stelzl (Core-Organiser), Florian Huber (Organiser), Mauro Baumann (Organiser), Constantin Renner (Organiser), Selina Schweng (Organiser), Yannick Tu (Organiser), Vedad Misirlic (President), Ilya Gulya (Chairperson), Simon Gartner (Chairperson), Thomas “Foxie” Micheler (Editor), Elena Macura (Media Team Member), Marlen Seelos (Media Team Member), Marco Spellas (Media Team Member), Paula Mayr (Media Team Member), Lisa Weinberger (Jury Member), L Zöhrer (Event Safe Person), Marcel Kranixfeld (Event Safe Person) and especially Emily Usner as NC Representative and Session Mentor.
Our Austrian Delegation consisting of Chiara Auer, Elena Hammer, Elena Macura, Elisabeth Bazil, Katharina Brun, Mauro Baumann and Simon Gartner represented EYP Austria at the 98th International Session of the European Youth Parliament in Tromsø. Read some of their insights below:
“At the 98th International Session in Tromsø, Norway we got to explore the Arctic, quite literally as well as in an academic sense but the session meant so much more than that to me. I got to see a few of my oldest EYP-Friends in a session setting again which made me unbelievable happy! It was a dream exploring the coldness of Tromso with them. Especially the culture day where my Friends and me all randomly got allocated to the same activity. Our culture day activity was sledding which we thought would be sitting on sleds that are being pulled by dogs or reindeers. At the activity they handed out plastic boards which we could slide down a hill with. This seemed extremely sketchy and disappointing to us at first but it turned out be one of the highlights of the session. Not only did we fall into the snow multiple times (not only while sledding though) but we also get to see the northern Lights. On one evening in particular everyone at the session ran around and tried seeing them from the best angle. After appreciating them for approximately 15 minutes while it was freezing outside we ran back to our cabins to continue drinking tea to warm us up and talk about anything and everything.”
- Elena Hammer
“My time in Tromsø was short but breathtaking and absolutely incredible! I was part of the PECH committee on fisheries and we worked hard to find ways to make fishing more sustainable and efficient while also keeping in mind to respect and protect indigenous fishing practices. The arctic capital Tromsø itself was beautiful in every way, we even got to see the northern lights! Sharing these beautiful memories with other delegates from all across Europe makes it all the more amazing! Personally, one of my favourites moments at the session was the eurovillage, where we could all share a little piece of our culture with each other and have fun together all evening.”
- Chiara Auer
Saskia Glasenhart will be representing EYP Austria as Vice-President at the Regional Session of EYP Switzerland in Zürich. We wish her all the best, a comfortable journey and an insightful session.
Emily Usner, the President of EYP Austria, will be representing our National Committee at the Spring BNC Meeting in Berlin next week. We hope her travels will be without delays, an enjoyable time in Berlin with fellow NC representatives and are already looking forward to her insights about this renowned event of the EYP network.