The European Youth Parliament is a non-partisan independent educational programme for young European citizens. Its mission is to support the development of young people into politically aware and responsible citizens by involving them in European political thinking and promoting intercultural understanding.
Since its creation in 1987, hundreds 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 network is present in 39 European countries and has over 2400 active volunteers. The entire network organises almost 500 events every year. The Berlin-based Schwarzkopf Foundation is the International umbrella organisation of the EYP. All activities of the European Youth Parliament are under the permanent patronage of the Secretary-General of the Council of Europe.