Valencia 2019 – 90th International Session of the European Youth Parliament

27/07/2019 to 04/08/2019 
in Spain

Sailing towards new horizons

The 90th International Session will take place in Valencia, in summer 2019, and both its geographical location and academic theme are already making the network look forward to the session. Being the third largest Spanish city – after Madrid and Barcelona– Valencia makes for a great experience: it combines both urban and seaside environments which will caters perfectly for a Summer International Session.

Inspired by Horizon 2020

The Valencia 2019 events bears the theme ‘Sailing towards New Horizons’ which refers to the Horizon 2020 programme, which is one of the largest financial frameworks undertaken by the European Union for research and innovation, aiming at developing further sustainability and inclusivity of the job market and economic growth. Horizon 2020 also strives to ease the cooperation between public and private sectors in delivering innovation.

The timing of Valencia 2019 is set one year before the programme’s ending, allowing future participants to monitor and evaluate the programme which will be close to its finishing line. Furthermore, building on Horizon 2020, Valencia 2019 will especially enable participants to reflect on a long-term and continuing strategy for both sustainable innovation and growth.

Young volunteers behind the project

EYP events are run by young people completely on a voluntary basis. The three project managers for Valencia 2019, Aritz and Maria, met in 2014 during the National Selection Conference of EYP Spain in… Valencia! As they describe it: “To us, organising this International Session is a way of giving back to EYP, in the same city where it all started for our engagement.”

Their enthusiasm was certainly demonstrated by their strong candidature for hosting the network’s flagship event; moreover, they explain that their motivation doesn’t stem from one source, but many. “Our core team, together with the expectation of reaching out to Europe’s youth, is our driving force.”

Five years since last International Session in Spain

The news mark a formidable step in the development of the national committee of EYP Spain, just five years after it hosted the 74th International Session in Barcelona. Rafa González Graciani, President of EYP Spain says: “Valencia 2019 will be without a shadow of a doubt, not only a landmark for the NC, but for the whole network. Valencia, being a forever growing city with a unique young, Mediterranean, multicultural, and cosmopolitan nature is the best scenario possible to host one of the biggest youth events in Spain during 2019. Taking Barcelona 2014 IS as a reference, almost 30 members from different generations (2011  - 2018) of EYP Spain have been working since April 2017 to create a dynamic, innovative and singular event that will demonstrate that borders are not insurmountable walls and that cultural exchange and dialogue between European citizens is an extraordinary opportunity both at a personal and collective level. La Familia is waiting for you with open arms, are you ready for Valencia 2019?”

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#SomFamilia | #WeAreFamily

🗣 We are proud and excited to present you today one of our partners in Valencia 2019: ACNUR, la Agencia de la ONU para los Refugiados, the UN agency for Refugees.

❤️ Solidarity is the value that makes us human. And UNHCR is a great example of that.

🤝 Their commitment is one: Build a better future for refugees. And, what does their work consist of? On the one hand, in bringing direct assistance to the refugee and on the other in raising awareness among the population about the needs and challenges they face.

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The European Youth Parliament works to bring European issues closer to young people, and in order to relate topics such as asylum and statelessness better to its participants, a new cooperation with the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) has been established for the 90th International Session in Valencia.

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#BenvingutsValència2019 | #WelcomeValencia2019

🆙Thank you for the more than 105 applications!

❤️Last week we have received a stunning amount of 105 applications from potential VPs, Editorial Assistants, Chairs and Media Team Members.

🙏Thank you for making the time to write one!

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#WeAreHorizons | #SomHoritzons

⛵️Dear sailors, Horizon Europe 2020 goes full steam ahead!

🥇The EU institutions have reached this last week a partial political agreement ensuring that Horizon Europe reaches port in time! You may ask yourselves, and now what? The preliminary agreement is now subject to formal approval by the European Parliament and Council.

🗣 Meanwhile, the Commission has a “green light” to start preparing Horizon Europe’s implementation in order to have the first draft work programmes published for the programme’s launch on 1 January 2021.

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🍾 [EXTENDED CALL FOR MTMs AND EA!]

🛏Yesterday you might not have slept well, feeling sorry about not having applied as MTM for Valencia IS? Miracles do exist! This is your very last chance!

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🔚 [FINAL SPRINT, LESS THAN TWO HOURS LEFT!]

💡Are you going to miss the very very very last chance to take part in the 90th International Session in Valencia as an official? The Call for Vice-Presidents, Chairpersons, Editorial Assistants and Media Team Members is still open. You have until 12:00 to apply! Also, Valencia 2019 want to thank the impressive number of candidates that already applied, thanks for your time and excitement!

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[4 DAYS LEFT TO APPLY AND CAT DATES CONFIRMED!]

💡Are you going to miss the last chance to take part in the 90th International Session in Valencia as an official?
The Call for Vice-Presidents, Chairpersons, Editorial Assistants and Media Team Members is still open. You have until the 25th of March to apply!

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#Somcultura | #Weareculture
🔛 In the blink of an eye, the crowning night for Valencians has arrived, la Nit de la Cremà! (Valencian for “burning”)

🎇 With a mixture of happiness, excitement and even sadness for having to say goodbye to Las Fallas until next year, more than tens of thousands of people will meet tonight to see the more than 700 Fallas-monuments burn with a purifying fire, which also announces the expected spring.
The Falla in the town hall square, the last one that will remain standing, will be consumed by the fire at 1:30am.

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💘 [YES, IT'S HAPPENING, THE CALL IS HERE!]

🔛 It is our pleasure to let you know that the Call for Vice-Presidents, Chairpersons, Editorial Assistants and Media Team Members for the 90th International Session in Valencia, Spain is now open. The Call will remain open until the 25th of March.

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⚓️ [CAPTAINS ON BOARD!]

🎉 It is our pleasure to introduce the names and faces of the two new captains that will make Valencia 2019 sail towards new horizons!

📝 Julia Fahy (IE) will lead the Academic Team of the Session. As the President she will be in charge of shaping the fifteen topics that will be discussed during Valencia 2019, designing supporting materials for the participants and training the Chairs (facilitators) on how to address these topics with delegates.

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