EYP National Session Liverpool

The European Youth Parliament National Session for which we got selected earlier this year was a very unique and defining experience for me. The session took place in Liverpool at the Liverpool Hope University and went over four days from Thursday until Sunday. It was organized by other young EYP alumni all of whom are currently studying.

We arrived with our school delegation of 8 people but were all assigned different committees. My committee was “The Committee on Civil Liberties, Justice, and Home Affairs” or “LIBE”. We later also named us the “Libabes”. Our committee had the most amazing (obviously being very objective here) chair person to guide and help us during the session.

On the first day, we had one day of team building which was actually a lot of fun and really helped to get to know everyone. In the evening there was an event called Eurovillage where every school prepared food from one country (we were representing Denmark) which was reeeaaaaaal fun and well cool!

On our second day, we started with the committee work and worked all day on our informational- and operative clauses for our resolution towards our topic :

With a rise in the number of passengers experiencing harassment while travelling, or being denied travel on gender, religious, cultural and ethnic grounds, how can the European Union act to ensure safe travel for all while maintaining its stance against discrimination and ethnic profiling?

Our committee worked so well together and we all were so stunned by how efficiently we worked and how pleased we were with our resolution. I will have the final resolution attached at the end. We then had a pub quiz in the evening which the Libabes, unfortunately, didn’t win. At 12 o’ clock at night the resolution booklet of all committees was released and we spend the night preparing for our debate the next day. We went to sleep at 3 and woke up at 6:30.

On the third day, there was the GA or General Assembly or in another word the debate. We debated 7 resolutions some of which passed some off which didn’t. Our resolution however passed !! In the evening we had a concert where delegates sang and performed. It was a really good evening full of support, new friendships, and shared interests.

On Sunday we debated the last two resolutions. After the closing ceremony of the GA we all got little envelopes with little notes from our committee. It was a truly amazing experience and the people I met were people that were inspiring and interesting as well as fun and I hope to see them all again. The session ended with everyone from the board to the organizers to the delegates listening to “Imagine” and saying goodbye.

The photos from our amazing media team on the EYP Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/pg/liverpoolnational2017/photos/?ref=page_internal

 

Our Resolution :

 

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European Youth Parliament Regional Session: My experience

hi,

These pictures were taken at the EYP North-West- Regional Session that we attended two weeks ago. This is the delegation from our school. There were 12 schools in total that attended the conference. You might think: What is this thing she is talking about?

Well, let me explain the concept of EYP to you.

EYP stands for European Youth Parliament and was created for young people to raise their voices and share their opinions. The conference is laid out like a debate with every school preparing one resolution to a current affair which they then either defend or attack. Our topic was the implementation of the “Sugar Tax”. We got assigned to defend the Sugar Tax, so we prepared a defense speech and presented it at the conference. After us, there was another school which attacked the resolution of the “Sugar Tax”. After that, the debate was open to the floor where everyone there could participate. After three rounds of open floor, we did our summation speech. After our resolution and debate, we also took part in other debates during the open floor debate.

Here are the topics we debated on:

IN LIGHT OF THE RECENT US ELECTIONS AND THE DIVISIONS THEY HAVE CREATED, WHAT STANCE SHOULD THE EU TAKE ON BUILDING RELATIONS WITH THE NEW ADMINISTRATION TO ENSURE THAT THE EU’S PRIORITIES ARE ACHIEVED?

WITH THE AFTERMATH OF BREXIT SHOWING A SHARP RISE IN HATE CRIMES, HOW CAN THE EUROPEAN UNION PROTECT ITS MINORITY GROUPS FROM RACIALLY MOTIVATED CRIME WHILST SAFEGUARDING ITS CITIZENS’ RIGHT TO FREEDOM OF EXPRESSION?

IN LIGHT OF RECENT EUROPEAN PARLIAMENTARY SUPPORT FOR AN ARMS EMBARGO AGAINST SAUDI ARABIA, FOLLOWING THE USE OF EU-MADE ARMS IN SUSPECTED VIOLATIONS OF INTERNATIONAL LAW, WHAT STEPS SHOULD THE EUROPEAN UNION TAKE TO ENSURE THAT IT MEETS ITS ETHICAL OBLIGATIONS WHEN EXPORTING ARMS?

WITH 38% OF EUROPEAN CITIZENS SUFFERING FROM MENTAL HEALTH PROBLEMS ANNUALLY, HOW CAN EUROPEAN COUNTRIES BETTER SUPPORT PEOPLE WITH MENTAL HEALTH PROBLEMS, SUCH AS DEPRESSION, AS WELL AS FOSTERING POSITIVE MENTAL WELLBEING AMONG THEIR CITIZENS?

WITH AN INCREASING NUMBER OF REGIONS OF THE EUROPEAN UNION, SUCH AS SCOTLAND AND CATALONIA, EXPRESSING A DESIRE FOR INDEPENDENCE, HOW CAN THE EUROPEAN UNION AND ITS MEMBER STATES RESPECT THESE AUTONOMIST REGIONAL DESIRES WITHOUT PUTTING ITS OWN UNITY INTO QUESTION?

 

And the best of all this was that 3 schools got selected to be part of the EYP National Session in Summer!

And guess who is going to be a part of that? Yes, we got selected to go to nationals!

Helena

PS: the event took place at Liverpool Town Hall which meant, we also got to use the toilets that the queen used… just saying

 

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Travel Diary: York

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Y O R K

This has been the first time I have visited York or actually been to Yorkshire and I had lots of fun! The small streets, all the tea rooms -especially Betty’s-, the view from Clifford’s Tower, the soap race across the city, the English charm and the friendly people all came together perfectly well. Even the sun came out to say hello. We had two days to spend in York, which was really nice and if you have the time I would recommend taking two days.

Here are a few ideas and tips<3

There is the “York Pass” and if you are interested in visiting a lot of places and sights it might be interesting for you to check that out.

Places and Sights

City wall

Fun Fact: York has more miles of intact wall than any other city in England.

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York Minster

We all would be surprised if there was an English city without a Gothic cathedral. Right?! In fact, the York Minster is the largest cathedral in Northern Europe. It is also the seat of the Archbishop of York! Having seen a couple 100 cathedrals around Europe (at least it feels like it ;D ) I was surprised how huge it really is!

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Treasurer’s House

We only visited the garden of Treasurer’s House. The job of the Treasurer is to control the finances of the Minster but also to entertain important guests. This is the reason he was provided with this grand residence next to the Minster.

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Shambles Street

We definitely had to take a look at the famous shambles street. The Shambles is an old street with buildings dating back as far as the fourteenth century.

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Clifford Tower

The tower is providing you an amazing view of York!

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York Castle Museum

In this Museum you get an inside look at the history of York. I really enjoyed walking through the streets of York from former times. It felt like I was time traveling to visit Queen Victoria. Dresses and toys are exhibited as well. Seeing old classrooms, shops and also prisons makes you feel like in a movie, since there are authentic dressed people walking around as well. If you are interested in World War 1 you will get quite some information there. I had a good time at the York Museum!

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Betty’s

to be honest this was my very favorite thing about York! I loved going Betty’s so much! For our second day in York, we had booked a tea session. I didn’t really know what to expect at first but it turned out to be a like you would expect a Downton Abbey tea party. We were brought to our table first passing a pianist who was playing while people were having there tea and scones. We got instructed to choose a tea, which I choose the Betty’s Afternoon Tea (apparently that’s what they are so famous for). We got served a little appetizer and they brought us a étagère with little sandwiches at the bottom and scones, little cakes and macaroons on the top. Sooo delicious! We also ordered a glass of champagne. If you’re looking for a treat while you are in York. You will definitely have your princess moment here<3

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Lucky Days

A very comfortable little tearoom and restaurant with yummy food!

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Fun Activities

 

Bus Tour

I very much enjoy hopping into a bus, driving through the city and learning interesting historical and funny facts. If you are the same, this is for you. You can hop on and hop off at every station you choose to and the ticket is valid for 24 hours. #thethingsthatmakelifeeasy 🙂

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Boat Tour

We didn’t do a boat tour after all, but it looked very nice! But keep in mind you probably won’t see as much as you do from the bus.image

 

York, I will definitely be coming back!

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My first blog post!

 

hello everyone,

my name is Helena and this is my very first blog post ever! I am 16 years old, love summer, my friends and family and here are some of my interests:

dance, travel, literature, classic old Hollywood movies, food, culture, photography, stationary …

I wanted to create this platform to write and post about my interests and document and share thoughts of mine.

I am also going to go to an english boarding school next year and wanted to have a platform to write all of my experiences about it.

 

I am very excited for this journey!

I hope you all have an amazing day!

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