Over 300 students from 40 European countries gathered at the 85th International Session of the European Youth Parliament (EYP) in Brno (Czech Republic) on 19-30 July.

The participants enjoyed the extensive programme aimed at enhancing their communication and language skills, argumentation, teamwork abilities and critical thinking. Discussions focused on the session theme “Seeking the heart of Europe”, which reflected upon the importance of active citizenship in daily life, significance of cooperation towards common goals and exploration of the culture and sights of Central Europe.
 
Students also had the chance to discuss current issues of European or global extent,  to seek possible solutions. They elaborated a resolution – summarising the given problem including suggestions for tackling it. “On one hand, the Committee Work is a wonderful chance to get to know or befriend each other, nonetheless it is also an opportunity to deepen one’s knowledge about the given topic,” said Natalia Drozd (UA), an international Organiser. Individual resolutions were then presented to other participants during the General Assembly. Those resolutions, which successfully passed the voting, will be handed over for reflection to decision-makers, e.g. the Government of the Czech Republic, MPs or European Commissioners.
 
The 85th International Session of EYP took place under the auspices of the European Commissioner, Věra Jourová; the Prime Minister of the Czech Republic, Bohuslav Sobotka and the Mayor of the City of Brno, Petr Vokřál.
 
The participants could use this opportunity to create a project of their own, which would enrich or improve today’s society. Special projects entered a competition using the voting method Democracy 21, whilst the winning project will receive a  financial award after the session.
 
This event was co-funded by the CEI Cooperation Fund.
 
 

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