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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#BenvingutsValència2019 | #WelcomeValencia2019

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📷 Welcome on board Media Team of Valencia 2019!

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⛵️"The breeze fair aft, all sails on high,
Ten guns on each side mounted seen,
She does not cut the sea, but fly,
A swiftly sailing brigantine."

💨 We present you, this time in full, to the sailors who with effort and enthusiasm drive this sailboat towards La Costa de Valencia: The Organising Team of Valencia 2019!

™️ They have been, are and will be responsible for making this magnificent project a reality!

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🌟 Last but not least, it makes us especially happy to introduce you to our International Organiser, Katharina Franke. She was the missing piece of the puzzle that
we needed to finish forming this DREAM TEAM.
Let's all welcome her, as she has done with you through this message:

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📣 Today, we introduce you to the Team of Communication and Protocol, the sounding board of the session:

Rafael González Graciani y Oriol Roche (TLs)
Lara Nissim
Alex Torres
Nora Carbonell
María Blázquez

👬 This time, the Team Leaders are two. On the one hand Oriol Roche, Leader of Protocol, and on the other, Rafael González Graciani, Leader of Comunication.

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🎆 We continue with the organisers’ presentations! Today we bring you a very special team, that is in charge of making the session an unforgettable experience: The Events and Participants Team:

Cecilia Bitrián Sistac (TL)
Susi Carreras
María Manén
Anna Funke Casellas
Paula Flores
Anna Maria Sayos
Victor Escuder Ruiz-cuevas
Laura Díaz Vallespinós

💜Her Team Leader, Cecilia Bitrián, has something to tell you:

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🏢 Secondly, we introduce you to the Team of Venues and Logistics, led by Pepe Bono.

Pepe Bono (TL)
Adrià Fabró
Mateo Uldemolins
Sara Llinares
Júlia Folguera
Andrea Pérez

💚 He has some words for you,too:

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🆙 Yes, you read correctly! what better way to start the week? Throughout these days we will introduce you to the organizers of Valencia 2019!
💼 Coordinated by the Project Managers, María Granero and Aritz Labrador, the Organizing Team of the session is divided into four areas of work.
Let's start with the Team of Financial Affairs:

Laura Marca (TL)
Eduard Alsina
Laura de Salvador
Ana Abou-Araj
Nacho Sánchez
Ana Anchústegui

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#SomNaturalesa | #WeAreNature

🌼The aroma of Paella is not the only one filling the air of Valencia. There is another smell coming to our mind when we think of Valencia in spring which is the one of the white orange blossoms.

🍊Imagine, only 20% of all these blossoms will stay on the tree and convert into delicious oranges. The rest of it will fall to the ground and appear as a sea of white flowers.

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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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