European Youth Parliament Finland (EYP Finland) is a politically independent and educational youth organisation. Our mission is to inspire and empower young Europeans to become open-minded and active citizens.

All activities of EYP Finland are organised by young people to young people. Our main events, called Sessions, are designated to simulate the European Parliament, giving youth the chance to express their opinions. EYP Finland is part of a international EYP network, spanning up to 40 countries.

EYP Finland in numbers

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28
Participants from different countries

EYP Finland's events have participants from 28 different countries each year

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245
Active volunteers

EYP Finland involves 245 young active volunteers

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94
Schools involved

Almost 100 schools across Finland are involved in EYP Finland's activities

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EYP Finland

The goal of EYP Finland is to increase youth awareness of Europe and provide opportunities for personal development.

Through our events, we aim to give youth the opportunity to discuss societal issues. Our largest projects include Active European Citizenship project, where hundreds of young people gather in Regional Sessions, as well as Youth's Europe project, where smaller parliamentary simulations are held at schools.

To reach its goals, EYP Finland cooperates, among others, with ministries, other Finnish youth organisations, and the international EYP network.

    The Board
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    Matti Lötjönen

    President

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    Aarni Rantanen

    Vice President for International Affairs

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    Yannika Rönnqvist

    Board Member for PR & Communication

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    Amanda Häkkinen

    Board Member for Human Resources

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    Alexandra Salo

    Board Member for Sessions Coordination

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    Maisa Kankkunen

    Board Member for Project Coordination

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    Martin Örn

    Board Member for Finance and Fundraising

    You may contact the Board via email: hallitus@eypfinland.org or forename.surname@eypfinland.org.

    Employees
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    Laura Silver

    Secretary General

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    Sessions

    Sessions are a few day lasting main events of EYP Finland that simulate the activities of the European Parliament. Sessions gather hundreds of young people between ages of 15 and 22 together to discuss and debate on current societal issues.

    In Sessions, you get to discuss topics in a small group and develop a Resolution from your solutions, which are debated and voted in the General Assembly. During Sessions you get to learn important teamwork and negotiation skills as well as improve your language skills while meeting new people.

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    International EYP

    The BNC, or Board of National Committees, is a decision-making body, consisting of National Committees such as EYP Finland. It gathers in Berlin twice a year to decide on EYP policies on an international level.

    The participants of the BNC meeting represent their own National Committee. At other times, BNC discussion occurs through an email list. BNC Board, which is selected by the National Committees, administrates the BNC.

    On an international level, EYP is led by the GB, or Governing Body, which consists of international members. The mandate of each GB member lasts for two years.

    Governing Body elections are held every year and active members of EYP can vote in the elections. Each year half of the GB members are elected and half of them have already worked in GB the previous year.

    The International Office of EYP, located in Berlin, coordinates and supports the whole EYP network. It works under the Schwarzkopf Foundation.

    The staff helps organise International Sessions, supports National Committees, and does fundraising. The International Office employees consists of the Executive Director, Project Managers, Interns and Trainees.

    International Sessions are flagship events of the EYP network, held three times a year. The nine-day long Sessions gather around 300 participants. There have been over 80 International Sessions since the first one in 1988.

    Each National Committee can send a delegation to an International Session. EYP Finland chooses its delegations to International Sessions from its yearly National Session, and some individual Delegates are chosen through a Wildcard call.

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