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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🎯 ADAPTIVE TEAMBUILDING with William 🇮🇪
🕔 Saturday 17:00 CEST, July 13th
⚡️ A presentation followed by a Q&A/discussion on adapting one's teambuilding and pre-session prep according to their topic. Specifically looking at the benefits of this approach and the logic behind it. Briefly also considerin at the Strategic/Creative/Moral categorisation of topics, the approach for each, how you can intertwine them and then how to further adapt tb games around the topic. Part of Q&A would be to discuss potential framing options for certain topics in chairs team.

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⚡ Digitalsation needs to be encouraged in many sectors, including the energy. What are the risks for a digital future - the question is answered by Thomas Micheler!

#Digitalisation #ValenciaIS #EYP

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👪 The occurrence of statelessness in Europe has reached tremendously high levels. In Europe alone 600.000 people are estimated to live under no nationality.

Statelessness brings many challenges, especially for stateless children - they can’t enroll to schools, have no granted access to healthcare services, not allowed to travel. The topic is explained by Marilena!

#ChildStatelessness #ValenciaIS #EYP

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💰 CREATING A FUNDRAISING STRATEGY with Aritz
🕔 Thursday 18:00, July 11th
⚡️ Our projects in the European Youth Parliament are fundraising-based, but sometimes we just tend to produce advertising materials and simply ask for money. With this module, we aim at giving young volunteers (EYPers or not) on some key points when designing a fundraising strategy: creative, tailored to the needs of booth cooperating parts and successful.

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💊 The debate of consuming or not consuming antibiotics has been discussed for a long time. The use of them within the EU, agriculture and medicine sector is discussed by Nisso Käser!

#Antibiotics #AnimalAgriculture #ValenciaIS #EYP

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🔎 The Digital age is the area of exchanging personal data, in order to receive personalised services, content and access to social media. 'Yes, I accept Terms and Conditions'... do you really? The topic is revealed by Sofie de Jong!

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🌴Have you thought - how would you like to spend a retirement? When to start saving and investing for it? Watch Ivar Fagerfjäll expressing the topic!
#Youth #Investment #ValenciaIS #EYP

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💻 The Digital Economy is transforming the way people work and skills they need at work. How it affects employers, workers and public authorities? The topic is explained by Gvantsa Dolbaia!
#Digitalisation #ValenciaIS #EYP

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💸 A major step in the integration of EU economies is represented by The Economic and Monetary Union (EMU).
How it improves the lives of EU citizens and its closest challenges are explained by Armin Adžović!

#Euro #ValenciaIS #EYP

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🤖 The 'Guidelines for Trustworthy AI' set up by the #EuropeanCommission lay the foundation of artificial intelligence policy in the #EuropeanUnion. How can the EU ensure that #innovation can continue to address the human rights implications it brings along with it? Leonor addresses these questions and more!

#ArtificialIntelligence #ValenciaIS #EYP

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