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

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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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#SomCultura | #WeAreCulture

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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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#SomNaturalesa | #WeAreNature

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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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#SomMúsica | #WeAreMusic

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🎵 Music wraps us, is part of our sessions and our lives, especially for one of our Head Organisers, who is in his music studies. That's why we want to create something special with music.

👩‍🎤 Today we launch the Valencia 2019 - 90th International Session of the European Youth Parliament official Spotify. During the session special playlists will be created for certain type of events and moments.

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#BenvingutsValència2019 | #WelcomeValencia2019

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🙋‍♀️ Last but not least, let's welcome on board the third captain of our boat: María Granero de la Asunción (ES), Head Organiser of Valencia 2019 IS!

👩‍⚖️ María was born in Valencia in 1997 and she joined EYP in 2014. Since then, she has attended many sessions abroad and at home she has head organized twice a Valencia regional session and vice-presided the national committee in the 2016-2017 term. By the time of the session she will be finishing her degree on International Studies and Law.

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🥛Horchata is a very popular, refreshing drink consumed in Spain during the hot summers. It is made from the tubers of the nutsedge plant, which in Spanish is called chufa, hence the name horchata de chufa. Horchata (also called Horchata Valenciana) has a white, milky appearance and is served ice cold.

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💐 Lights, gunpowder, monuments, flowers, traditional costumes, music, satire, emotions and a great deal of fun are the ingredients of a unique cocktail known as the festival Fallas.

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🤗 It is the turn to meet the first person behind this project, one of the ship's captains. Welcome aboard, Aritz Labrador (ES), head organiser of Valencia 2019 IS! And happy, happy birthday!

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👨‍🎤 Valencia 2019 is about people, about happiness, about eagerness, about living life to its fullest. One of those sailors that joined our adventure some time ago is no other than a 17 Latin Grammy Awards and 3 Grammy Awards winner. This makes him the most recognised Spanish artist and also, the most followed Spanish twitter user.

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