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 took place in Valencia, in summer 2019, and both its geographical location and academic theme made 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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⚓ Valencia 2019 ha zarpado hacia nuevos horizontes y con ello llega el momento de anunciar que el Sr. Don Pedro Sánchez Pérez-Castejón, Presidente del Gobierno de España en funciones, apoya y confía en el éxito la sesión desde el Palacio de la Moncloa.

👨🏻‍💼 Licenciado en Ciencias Económicas y Empresariales y doctor en Economía y Empresa, Pedro Sánchez Pérez-Castejón es presidente del Gobierno de España desde junio de 2018.

🌟 ¡Agradecemos enormemente el interés mostrado por el Gobierno de España en nuestro proyecto!

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👏🏻 The participants of Valencia IS 2019 are gathering in Univetsitat de València for the Opening Ceremony!

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On the 27th July, Valencia IS 2019 welcomed delegations from 38 different countries. The president of the session, Julia Fahy, welcomed all 290 participants, who then had an opportunity to enjoy some fun teambuilding activities. Welcome to Valencia IS 2019!

Cover by: Dominika Wójcik
Photos by: Gvantsa Dolbaia, Giulia Giaganini, Marilena Zzigka, Melina Theodorou,
Photos edited by: Ivar Fagerfjäll

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🍲 The Eurovillage has begun - each country is representing their finest cuisine pearls!

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🏖 The participants of Valencia IS are sharing their first thoughts about their teambuilding day by the beach!

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👩‍🏫 On the 26th July, officials spent the day training and planning, in preparation for the delegates' arrivals. The day begun with teambuilding activities and continued on with different training modules that were delivered by different team leaders.

Cover by: Dominika Wójcik
Photos by: Gvantsa Dolbaia, Ivar Fagerfjäll, Dominika Wójcik, Armin Adžović, Âli Okumuşoğlu,
Photos edited by: Ivar Fagerfjäll

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🏛On the 25th of July, the volunteers of Valencia IS were welcomed in the Townhall of Valencia. The Councillor of Tourism and Internationalisation, Mr. Emiliano Garcia Domene, the President of EYP Spain, Rafa Gonzales alongside the session President, Julia Fahy delivered speeches to welcome the participants to the event.

Cover by: Dominika Wójcik
Photos by: Ausma Cīrulniece, Gvantsa Dolbaia, Ivar Fagerfjäll
Photos edited by: Ausma Cīrulniece

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📸 #BeValencia2019 - Press Coverage

⛵Valencia 2019 and El Real Club Náutico de Valencia (RCNV) just startedsailing together!

🎤 Yesterday María Granero and Aritz Labrador, HOs of the session, and Marisa Arlandis, member of the Board of Directors of El Real Club Náutico de Valencia, gave the press conference that opened Valencia 2019.

🏡 Thanks to the RCNV for making us feel at home!

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🌴 On the 22nd of July, the media team of Valencia International Session gathered in Tortosa, Spain for some days of Teambuilding and training before heading to the event. The team had both a chance to get to know each other as well as gain new experiences in the fields of photography, videography and design.

Cover by: Dominika Wójcik
Photos by: Ausma Cīrulniece, Gvantsa Dolbaia
Photos edited by: Ausma Cīrulniece

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1️⃣ DAY LEFT UNTIL VALENCIA 2019!

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