The European Youth Parliament (EYP) is a unique educational programme which brings together young people from all over Europe to discuss current topics in a parliamentary setting. As a network of independent associations, EYP is present in 40 European countries and organises almost 500 events every year. The EYP network organises almost 1,000 days of EYP activity every year, involving close to 28,000 participants, aged 16-24. Thousands of young people are active as volunteers all over Europe, making EYP a programme truly for young people, by young people.
International Youth NGO “European Youth Parliament – Ukraine” (EYP-Ukraine) represents one of 39 National Committees of the European Youth Parliament. Registered with the Registered with the Ministry of Justice of Ukraine on February 18, 2002, it is a full-fledged participant of civil society development process in Ukraine. De facto, EYP-Ukraine has been successfully operating in Ukraine since 2000, involving young Ukrainians in activities of one of the largest European platforms for debate, intercultural encounters, educational work and exchange of ideas among young Europeans. Annually EYP-Ukraine conducts a National Session selecting delegations to represent Ukraine at EYP international and regional sessions in Europe, as well as regional sessions in Ukrainian cities and other youth projects.Among the member of the EYP-Ukraine there are around 280 young people in the regions of Ukraine who study in high schools, prominent universities and other higher educational establishments.
The organization is open to all pro-EU; pro-democracy and pro-human rights young people of Ukraine who would like to contribute their efforts in building the democratic civil society in Ukraine.
Core goalsWith all our activities we aim to:
- promote of Ukraine’s integration into European Union by featuring and advocating European values such as democracy, human rights, person-centred policy-making;
- build civil society, establishing cooperation with the European NGOs, creating a positive image for Ukraine in the international society;
- develop the partnership with international non-governmental and intergovernmental organizations;
- establish cooperation among Ukrainian youth NGOs within the frames of UN Sustainable Development Goals;
- form constructive and pragmatic attitude of youth towards European integration of Ukraine;
- create positive image of Ukraine abroad by appropriate representation of the country in the course of the international events.
“European Youth Parliament – Ukraine” was officially registered as a youth NGO with the Ministry of Justice of Ukraine on February 18, 2002.
The members of the first Board were Olga Smyrnova – President of EYP-Ukraine, Vasyl Myroshnychenko and Klaudia Shevelyuk – vice-presidents.
For almost 15 years since its establishment EYP-Ukraine as just youth initiative and then official non-governmental organisation, has seen and empowered multiple generations of young Ukrainian leaders and is still doing that!
The European Youth Parliament is one of the most dynamic youth organisations in Europe, currently represented in 39 European countries. We aim to be effective, transparent and democratic in our management structures. You can find a brief overview of our internal structure below.
The National Committees are the heart and soul of the EYP. More than 2,400 young volunteers are active in the currently 39 organisations that form the EYP network.
An important part of their work is to select the delegation that will represent their country at the International Sessions and other EYP events. To this end, the National Committees organise a selection process, often including several regional and national sessions every year.
But the National Committees do much more: they organise International Forums, outreach programmes, promote international EYP activities like the European Youth Polls and run training programmes for their alumni.
EYP-Ukraine is the National Committee of EYP in Ukraine. The management structure of EYP-Ukraine consists of the Board (President, 2 Vice-Presidents, 3 Board Members) headed by the President, Secretary of the Board and Auditing Committee. People for all the aforementioned positions get elected annually by its members at the General Assembly.
In the context of the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic, countries around the world have set out to take action to halt the spread of the disease. To ensure compliance with the requirements of the Resolution of the Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine dated December 9, 2020 №1236 "On the establishment of quarantine and the introduction of restrictive anti-epidemic measures to prevent the spread in Ukraine of acute respiratory disease COVID-19 caused by coronavirus SARS-CoV-2," it was decided to switch the EYP Ukraine work to a remote format.
This decision became a serious test for all members of the organization and changed not only the ways of communication but also the perception of the functioning of the organization as a whole. Of course, the remote format of work cannot replace live communication, but the protection of life and health of members of the EYP Ukraine is a priority issue for the Parliament, and therefore further measures are implemented exclusively in the remote format using online communication platforms.
Further work planning will be adjusted in accordance with changes in the epidemiological situation in Ukraine.