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|About||The 80th International Session of the European Youth Parliament, will take place between 06-15th of November 2015 in Leipzig, Germany.|
The European Youth Parliament (EYP), which was founded in 1987 as the project of a school in Fontainebleau, is a unique forum designed to actively engage young people in the moulding of their future society. The EYP represents a non-partisan and independent educational project, which is tailored entirely to the needs of the young European citizen.
The EYP encourages independent thinking and socio-political initiative in young people and facilitates the learning of crucial social and professional skills. Since its inauguration, many tens of thousands of young people have taken part in regional, national and international sessions, formed friendships and made international contacts across and beyond borders. The EYP has thus made a vital contribution towards uniting Europe.
Today the EYP is one of the largest European platforms for political debate, intercultural encounters, political educational work and the exchange of ideas among young people in Europe. The EYP is active in 41 European countries and involves thousands of young and active people in a voluntary capacity. The international umbrella organisation of the EYP is the Schwarzkopf Foundation.
In November 2015, the city of Leipzig will host for 10 days heated debates and intercultural dialogue. The 80th International Session of the European Youth Parliament will gather 330 participants to discuss current European affairs, exchange ideas and vision for tomorrow’s Europe.
Academic concept of the 80th International Session of the European Youth Parliament:
In 2015, the Federal Republic of Germany celebrates the 25th anniversary of German reunification. The fall of the Iron Curtain paved the way to a united Europe. It led to the largest wave of enlargement in EU history of mainly Central and Eastern European countries on the 1st of May 2004, putting a definitive end to the artificial division of the Cold War. The values of democracy, freedom and the rule of law have been firmly anchored in Europe through deeper political and economic cooperation. Today, they connect the people all over the continent. Nowadays, a peaceful Union that stands for far more than the initial economic alliance has evolved. The Treaty of Lisbon and with it, the Charter of Fundamental Rights of the European Union, was adopted in 2007. It was initiated under the German Presidency in 1999, has the rank of primary legislation, and identifies the rights of every citizen of the Union. This important step shows that Europe’s action relies on a codified system of values for which it stands worldwide.
The growing importance of fundamental rights in Europe is already visible in many areas: The impact of the economic and financial crisis led many to question the EU's ability to enforce these fundamental rights. This is clearly visible in the lack of jobs, training opportunities and healthcare in countries hit particularly hard by the crisis. At the same time, rapid technological and social change leads to controversial issues such as the balance between environmental protection and economic efficiency, the scope and applicability of the concept of family or the respect for self-determination and freedom of information on the internet. The EU is also at a crossroad in its role definition as a global player: With the hesitant and sometimes varying action by EU Member States in the Iraq war or in the conflict in Libya, calls for a deeper European Common Foreign and Securit