Call for Officials: EYP Day Villach & Regional Session Melk

Dear EYPers,

It is our great pleasure to invite you to the EYP Day Villach on 29th November 2013, and to the Regional Session Melk 2014 from 17th to 18th January. Both sessions are excellent opportunities for EYPers to develop their skills and try themselves as Officials.

The EYP Days are one-day events with a revised version of the standard EYP session format of Teambuilding, Committee Work and General Assembly. The EYP Days are especially interesting for students and are the perfect way to get involved in EYP for the first time.

EYP Austria’s first Regional Session in Melk (about one train hour away from Vienna) will include EYP’s classic session programme over two days. This duration of the session allows for improved discussions.

For the EYP Day Villach, we are now looking for Chairpersons and 2 Vice-Presidents, both Austrian and international, to join session president Moira Lanters (NL).
Please note that officials are expected to arrive in Villach on 28th November by noon.

For the Regional Session Melk we are looking for Chairpersons, 2 Vice-Presidents, 2 Members of the Jury, and one Editor to join the teams of session President Marie Dromey (IE) and Head of Jury Marko Fischer (DE). Officials will arrive at the session a day earlier for training.

Please complete the application form for the session you wish to apply for  and send it to The application deadline for Officials is Friday, 8th November 2013, 23:59 CET.

With a charming and dedicated teams of organisers behind the Regional Session and the EYP Day, the events are bound to be amazing. We are searching for a motivated and spirited chairs team for these promising sessions.

We are looking forward to your applications!

Best wishes,

Raphael Bek
National Coordinator, Vice-President of EYP Austria

EYP on Ski: Call for Organisers

Dear EYPers,

we are now looking for one or two Organisers to organise the 8th EYP on Ski this winter. EYP on Ski is EYP Austria’s annual winter fun event. The tasks for Organisers would be to find and book accommodation for around 20–30 people, as well as providing information for participants about the event. The Organisers will be assisted by the Board of EYP Austria.

As an example, please refer to the information from the previous EYP on Ski event. Your application should include your personal data, your motivation to organise the event, and possibly a proposal for the event. (Note: the date of the previous two EYP on Skis, during the Austrian winter break, was a convenient date; but it is not an absolute must.)

Please send your application (in PDF format) to I will also gladly answer any questions you may have about the event or your application. Deadline: Sunday, 22nd September 2013, 23:59 CET.

Besides a lot of snow, I look forward to your application!

Best wishes,

Raphael Bek
Vice-President (National Coordinator)

Call for Organisers: EYP Days + Regional Session

Dear Members of EYP Austria,

we are opening the call for Organisers for the upcoming Austrian EYP Days in Kaindorf/Sulm, Linz, Salzburg and Villach, as well as the 2-day Regional Session in Melk. We are looking for EYP-ers who want to try themselves as organisers and contribute to the exciting regional events.

Get active and become part of one of the organising teams. It is a great experience and you will learn a lot about event management and EYP. Please refer to our Call Overview for 2013/14. It is possible to apply for up to two sessions. The application deadline is Sunday, 22nd September 2013.

EYP Austria is relying on motivated young people to help organising great events. Experienced applicants are just as welcome as enthusiastic new talents. We look forward to working with you.

Best wishes,

Raphael Bek
Vice-President (National Coordinator)

EYP-er of the Month: September


Raphael Bek was the main brain behind this year’s Alumni Weekend of EYP Austria. He took it upon himself to head-organise a 3-day training and socialising event for our keenest members. After spending a month creating a programme full of knowledge sharing and fun, he seemed exhausted but content. With Raphael’s dedication EYP Austria was able to attract some of the best national and international trainers and alumni, who impressed with high quality input.

By choosing Krems as the location for his event, Raphael went back to the place where his very own stunning EYP career, and that of many other participants of the Alumni Weekend 2013, began. This little detail certainly added extra spice to the already great atmosphere of the weekend.

While Raphael’s first EYP session, as all of you who have joined us in Krems might guess, was rather relaxed, he soon felt the urge to test his stress resistance and head organised his first session in 2010 in his hometown Graz. Although still disputed about, we believe that this was also when he came to realise his strong belief in academic quality and developed a sense of responsibility for the National Committee, which he first joined as Web Officer and has been elected to vice-preside, for the second year in a row, last June.

Most of you probably have met this exquisite man and those who have the pleasure to be Raphael’s friend on Facebook already know that he has a not so secret passion for good food (meat and yes, mostly in the middle of the night because that’s when geniuses work) and ironing parties. Furthermore, he is really crazy about (EYP) Austria’s regions, which makes ‘riding an ÖBB train’ his favourite leisure time activity.

As a proud EU citizen, equipped with helpful devices, Raphael cares to raise awareness, academic quality and appreciation for political issues as well as good looks (of documents, of course) wherever and however possible. So once you get a hold of Raphael share your ideas with him, there is no one else as amiable as Mr. Bek when there are new events to plan and people to meet.

We are very glad to have such an inspiring person on board of EYP Austria!

Call for Regional Coordinator: Styria

Dear members of EYP Austria,

An outstanding team of Regional Coordinators is representing EYP Austria in five regions. Marc Fischer, current Regional Coordinator of Styria, is leaving Austria, and consequently his position. We are therefore looking for a successor.

Please find all details about the position in the document below and submit your application, containing your personal motivation along with your session history (in .PDF format), to Deadline: 30th September 2013. Feel free to contact Marc ( about his work.

I look forward to your applications and to working with a new Regional Coordinator.

Raphael Bek
Vice-President (National Coordinator) of EYP Austria

Graz 2014: Call for Organisers

Dear Members of EYP Austria,

We are excited to announce that the Call for Organisers for EYP Austria’s 15th National Conference is now open. This special anniversary session will most likely take place from April 25th to 28th 2014 in the beautiful city of Graz and host 150 participants.

We are now looking for motivated and hard-working EYPers who are willing to join our organising team to help us plan and carry out our next National Conference.

Please keep in mind that:

  • the session will start 2 days earlier for Organisers
  • you should be available throughout the whole session
  • our first Organisers’ weekend will take place from October 25th to 27th in Murau, Styria

Please submit your applications by September 13th 2013 12:00 CET to

We are looking forward to reading your applications and to seeing you soon!

Sebastian & Eva

Notes from EYP Austria

  • To become part of the organising team of Graz 2014, lead by the experienced Sebastian Hojas and Eva Reitbauer, please download, fill out and return the form below. The Head-Organisers are happy to answer your questions about the call, application and the event itself at
  • There will be a series of EYP Days and one Regional Conference. Calls for Organisers will follow shortly. Please refer to our Session Call Overview 2013/14 to make sure you don’t miss any calls.
  • Good luck to all applicants! EYP Austria is relying on motivated young people to help organising great events. Experienced applicants are just as welcome as enthusiastic new talents. We look forward to working with you.

Report: Forum Thessaly 2013.

Small Regions. Great Ideas.

Taking place from the 2nd to the 8th of August 2013, the International Forum in Thessaly gathered over 100 participants from all over Europe and provided them with the great opportunity of participating in an exceptional session. And it was not only the fact that the session itself took place at the hottest time of the year, in probably the hottest country of Europe in both terms of temperature and current issues, such as the recovery from the worst financial crises that the country has ever dealt with. What is more is the people that characterised the session, both the officials and the delegates and especially those behind the curtains that were incredibly dedicated and enabled all the others to attend an exceptional event.

But let’s start over and get through the session chronologically. The first four days were spent at an altitude of 900 m, surrounded by fine forests and a breathtaking mountainous landscape that perfectly reflected the beauty of the nature of Thessaly. The accommodation, Camp Pefki, was located just outside the village and provided the perfect venue for both Teambuilding and socialising, going hand in hand with still facilitating a pleasant stay.

Day one included arrival, check-in and socialising in terms of the welcome party and meeting room mates as well as fellow delegates. It was directly followed by the day of Teambuilding, which was concluded by a great evening of Eurovillage. This was not only an event that brought all of us closer together, it was also the first time we comprehended the international spirit and of course tasted all the delicacies. Christina and me – the Austrian delegation – provided Mannerschnitten, Mozartkugeln, caramelised and salty pumpkin seeds and last but not least homemade Kürbiskernöl, strongly recommended to be combined with German Bretzel or Spanish meat. ‘Unity in diversity’ could be considered a concise summarisation of the evening.


After being transferred to the beautiful city of Trikala, we enjoyed the Opening Ceremony that included inspiring speeches by even more inspiring people. Subsequently, Committee Work started and with an unseen academic level, the committees discussed highly controversial topics that currently affect all of us, especially when the overall session topic, which dealt with regional development, was concerned. Completing the day of hard work and refreshing coffee breaks to become clear-headed again, Committee Dinner brought us even closer together and showed once again the great EYP spirit that every single participant was carrying.

There was of course another day of Committee Work, probably the most challenging one. All of us were highly focused on including every single detail from the fruitful discussions into a bulletproof resolution that respectfully represents the different opinions of the various individual personalities. As all of us dedicated a lot of effort, we were more than ever looking forward to the evening and especially to an indelible party and succeeding night.

The next day included departure from the camp and was continued by a memorable visit to the great sight of Meteora, a UNESCO World Heritage and one of the most important complexes of Eastern Orthodox monasteries in Greece. Enjoying that much culture was followed by great times to relax on the beach, exactly meeting our needs in order to cope with a long and demanding preparation night. Before the resolutions were handed out, we were able to enjoy a great Euroconcert, which again represented Europe’s cultural wealth.

General Assembly took place at the Regional Council Hall of Thessaly, in the city of Larissa. As it was the highlight of the week, all of us were equally looking forward to participating and nervous to defend our hard work in front of such a huge audience. After several heated debates with both dedicated and highly controversial discussions, every single resolution managed to pass the voting procedure, which displays the high appreciation of the work that was done during the previous days.

Finally, the session was concluded by an emotional Closing Ceremony, where we again and – this time fully – realised how much effort was committed to making the idea of this session a reality. Additionally, this was also the first time that we, as the participants were able to gain an insight into the people that were responsible for enabling this session to become unique. The uniqueness of this session was celebrated at the Farewell Party, which made an excellent end to an excellent EYP event.

And I think that this is the right time to say thank you, especially to the head organising team, its fellow organisers and in general, the officials team. Bearing in mind that Greece is currently in a severe financial situation and in the difficult state of recovery, what has been done is an unbelievable achievement and especially in terms of fundraising, inconceivable effort seems to been dedicated to organising the session. Moreover, we owe special thanks to both EYP Greece and EYP Austria, for giving us the opportunity to participate. Last but not least, I have to leave a simple ‘thank you’ to all the participants, especially to all the Greek ones, who showed me with their commitment, dedication and hospitality, how important it is to stand together, particularly in times of crisis and that they believe in the importance of the European Union, just as I do and just as all of us should do. Thank you.

by Markus Kirchschlager