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

27/07/2019 to 04/08/2019
 CET 
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, Carlota 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. Enrique Tasa Sanchis, President of EYP Spain says: “When embarking on a project like Valencia 2019, we’re taking on new challenges we never faced while using our knowledge from Barcelona 2014 and our day-to-day experience to deliver the best experience possible. I think I can say, on behalf of all our members, that we are beyond excited for what is to come.”

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🍺 Did you know that people in Valencia don't have breakfast? Since ancient times, there is a culture in the region of a mid-morning feast which includes a big sandwich (bocata) accompanied by some olives, peanuts and a cold beer, only to end with a cortado, our macchiato. All for about 5-10€. We call it esmorzaret, which in local language is almuerzo.

🕙 It happens every day from starting about 09:00-11:00. Everyone leaves their job for half an hour and goes to a bar, some of them just dedicated to this, to eat.

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40 years ago today Spanish citizens approved on a referendum the new Spanish Constitution. After decades of dictatorship, Spain returned to the path of democracy.

The Constitution established the creation of autonomous communities, a unique system similar to a federal system by which each region has its own lower house and elected representatives.

Despite all the ups and downs in these four decades, Spain is now considered a full democracy. Let us all work for at least fourty more years of peace, democracy and prosperity.

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🏞 Valencia used to have a small river which went through its city. The Turia River gave also the name to the city, which is sometimes known as the "Capital of Turia". However, in 1957 a devastating flood changed forever the city’s relationship with the river.

🚣‍♂️ Nearly three quarters of the city was flooded and over 60 people lost their lives. The following year, the city embraced a plan to divert the river around its western outskirts to the Mediterranean Sea.

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🎶 Are you passionate about music? Why not go to one (or more) of the many upcoming music festivals held in the Valencian region on summer 2019 after the IS! You can find a wide range of music styles and genres, from reggae festivals by the beach to some of the biggest electronic music festivals in Europe! We’ve made some suggestions here for you, but remember, there are much much more…

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📣 And we are ready to confirm the second patron of the event, no other than the Minister of Education and Vocational Training, and Spokesperson of the Government of Spain: Ms. Mª Isabel Celaá Diéguez (Ministerio de Educación y Formación Profesional).

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📣 And we are ready to confirm the second patron of the event, no other than the Minister of Education and Vocational Training, and Spokesperson of the Government of Spain: Ms. Mª Isabel Celaá Diéguez.

👩‍💼 Celaá has been a member of the Basque Parliament from 25 November 1998 to 12 May 2009, and from 20 november 2012 to 2 August 2016, and was its Vice President between 2008 and 2009. Finally, she was the Minister of Education, Universities and Research of the Basque Government from 9 May 2009 to 14 December 2012.

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🤝 Yesterday, we had the pleasure of attending 'Meet - XIV Employability Forum' by ESIC.

🖋 At this Forum, the important national and international companies, startups and organisations participate in search of students and alumni of ESIC, one of our main supporters.

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👀 One of the main priorities for Valencia 2019 - 90th International Session of the EYP is to see how public institutions, companies, organisation and leaders of different fields support the development of young people into politically-aware and responsible citizens.For that reason, there is a specific department within the organising team (Communication & Protocol) that has been working pretty hard since April 2017 to recruit the best patrons for the session.

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🌊 One of the main cultural traits of Valencia is its gastronomy. Valencian cuisine, imbued with the essence of the Mediterranean, is strongly influenced by the richness of the region.

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🗺️ The Autonomous Community of Valencia has 350km of breathtaking coastline that extends as far as Spain's south, along the glittering Mediterranean Sea. Divided into Costa Blanca and Costa del Azahar, the flat, wide sandy beaches attract holiday-makers from all over Europe.

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