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Invitation Booklet
Amsterdam 2012, 71st International Session
of the European Youth Parliament


Table of Contents


Welcome to Amsterdam


Session Theme


Academic Preparation


General Preparation


Travel Information


Session Overview


Dresscode Explained




Rules and Legal Notes




Amsterdam 2012, 71st International Session of the European Youth Parliament

Welcome to Amsterdam
Dear delegates,
It is our great pleasure to officially invite you to the 71st International Session of the European Youth Parliament, which will be held in Amsterdam, the Netherlands between the 2nd and the 11th of November 2012.
We would like to congratulate you on having been selected to represent your country. As former delegates
ourselves, we know that an unforgettable experience awaits you in Amsterdam and hope that you are looking forward to the International Session. This will be the first-ever International Session to take place in the
Netherlands and we plan to make it unique in every way that we can.
You will meet over 300 inspiring young people from over 35 countries and spend ten intense days debating
ideas, making new friends and working together on complex issues. This booklet should help you prepare
for the experience and we urge you to read everything carefully.
Updates and further information can be found on our website at and on, so do check here regularly! If you need help or have any questions, please
get in touch with Len and the other organisers at
We wish you good luck with your preparations (it will be worth it!) and are very much looking forward to
meeting you this November.
On behalf of the Organising Team of Amsterdam 2012,

Mark Brakel Len Veenker
Head Organiser
Head of Delegate Support


Session Theme
Shifting the Foundations of Europe
This year it will have been exactly twenty years
since the Maastricht Treaty was signed and the
European Union was founded. However, the EU
is currently suffering from an astounding feeling
of desperation and insecurity. The Eurocrisis has
struck many European countries and has driven
some of them to the edge of disaster. Meanwhile,
countries such as Brazil, Russia and India are improving economically and for the first time in decades even Africa’s opportunities for growth seem
to be positive. This is demanding a lot from an
economically unstable Europe and national leaders are desperately trying to avoid the situation
from deteriorating even further.

Treaty of


In light of the above, questioning a sustainable European future cannot be avoided. However, finding
solutions to these issues is not an easy task. The
very fundaments of the European Union seem to
consist of weaknesses and may need to be revised.
In times like this, when some are calling the very
the purpose and viability of the European Union
into question, it is essential to determine whether
the European project should take the direction of
deepening ties and further integration, or the decentralisation of power to the national level.



Amsterdam 2012, 71st International Session of the European Youth Parliament

Twenty years since the foundation of the European Union, it is evident that the face of Europe
will change massively in the twenty years to come.
These changes are influenced by decisions made
today and it is essential that Europe’s youth gets
a say. Our decisions will define tomorrow’s future.
Therefore, while great minds are discussing Europe’s future, so should we.
Historically, Amsterdam has been a leading city
in the areas of finance and monetary politics. It
is in Amsterdam that the first official share in the
world was offered by the Dutch East India Company (in Dutch: De Vereenigde Oost- Indische Com-



pagnie, VOC) in the year 1602. By gathering over
300 young people from all over Europe in this historically significant city, an important step will be
made in the direction of solving current European
problems. The 71st International Session of the EYP
would therefore like to encourage all participants
to envisage Europe twenty years from now. Take
a moment to consider what the European Union
should look like in 2032 in your opinion? What decisions need to be made and which steps need to
be taken to achieve your visions and ambitions for
a positive, sustainable European future?

The EU in



Academic Preparation
Committee Topics
As flagship events of the European Youth Parliament, International Sessions require a serious
amount of academic preparation (above and beyond what you may have done at a national level).
This means that you must have a thorough understanding of the subject matter you will be discussing during your stay in The Netherlands. Research
your topic extensively and do make sure you check
the international media on a regular basis prior to
arriving at the session. Knowing your topic inside
out will help you express and share your personal
views more effectively and generally ensure that
you have an unforgettable and meaningful experience. Be aware that during the General Assembly,
you will not only be defending your own resolu-

tion, you are also expected to actively participate
in the debates of all fourteen other resolutions.
Therefore, you are required to be completely on
top of your own topic, as well as demonstrate a
comprehensive understanding of all the other issues that are debated during the General Assembly.
You will receive the selection of topics by September. Each member of your delegation will be
asked to choose a different committee. The International EYP Office will email you a Topic Preparation Guide approximately one month prior to the
session. Once published, these materials will also
be made available on the session website: www.

Briefing Papers
Every delegate is expected to write a briefing paper on their own topic and send it to by the 20th of
October at the very latest. These briefing papers
will then be bundled per committee and published
on the session website to aid your preparation.
A briefing paper is an A4 sheet consisting of at
least 500 words, detailing the most important information you found during your research, as well
as your interpretation of the topic and your first
opinion. This is a simple method of preparation
before coming to the session in order to help you
formulate your first thoughts and opinions.
You are also expected to bring a research folder
for your own topic, containing articles, interviews,
academic papers, encyclopedic texts and any
other material you have found useful while pre-


paring for your topic. Make sure you have read all
this information before coming to Amsterdam, as
you will need to be able to make quick references
while making your points during Committee Work
and General Assembly.
Despite the fairly serious tone of all of the above,
there is no need to worry! The officials of the 71st
International Session are there to help you prepare effectively before coming to Amsterdam. To
help you kick-start your preparation, your committee chairs will be writing a topic overview, consisting of an insightful introduction to the key issues
of your topic and a list of useful research links. You
are encouraged to contact your Chair before the
session in order to further your understanding of
your topic and ensure that you are ready for an
exciting and stimulating week of discussion and

Amsterdam 2012, 71st International Session of the European Youth Parliament

General Preparation
In order to ensure your carefree participation in the session, you will need to go through several steps.
First, you are required to create a personal account
on the EYP Alumni Platform. You are then expected to register yourself for the International Session
in Amsterdam as delegate or teacher. The added
benefit of this is that after the session, you will be
able to contact all EYPers through the platform,
see upcoming events and stay up to date with
what is happening on the international EYP scene!
Secondly, you will have to transfer your participation fees to the International Office of the European
Youth Parliament. They will contact you about these
matters, explain how to proceed with each step and
provide support in case you encounter any problems or have questions. The office may be contacted at For administrative purposes,
the collection of your information will be handled
by the office.

What to Bring

To ensure we have all required information during
the event, you will be asked to fill out the Travel Form
for Amsterdam 2012. This will provide the organisers
with information regarding your dietary requirements, travel details, contact details, etc. It is absolutely essential you fill out this form completely!
You can find the travel form at
travel-form . Since this form asks for your travel details, make sure you have booked your trip before
filling it out.

Committee Work

For any questions related to the session you may
contact the organisers at


Travel Tickets
Visa (if required)
Valid health and travel insurance
Money /credit cards
Warm clothes (jackets, vests etc.)
Passport / other valid travel documents
Swimming clothes


Food and drinks from your country
Plastic forks, knives and cups
National costume
Other items that will help represent your
country proudly

- Research and other preparation for your
topic (no printers will be available at the

- Your instrument (only a piano will be avail
- USB-stick or CD with music

- Formal clothing for Opening Ceremony,
Euroconcert and General Assembly
- Costumes/Uniform for the Theme Party

Your 5 Step Guide to Amsterdam 2012


Book your flight/train as soon as possible (check next page)
Create your personal account at
Register for the session on the EYP Alumni Platform.
Fill in the travel form at,
Prepare yourself academically by compiling a research folder and
writing your briefing paper (deadline Friday the 20th of October).


Travel Information
All participants should book a flight / bus / train that is scheduled to arrive at

Amsterdam Schiphol Airport before 18.00 CET

Amsterdam Central Station before 18.00 CET

Rotterdam the Hague Airport before 17.00 CET

Eindhoven Airport
before 16.00 CET

on Friday the 2nd of November
All participants should book a flight / bus / train that is scheduled to depart
no sooner than 10.00 CET on Sunday the 11th of November.
More information about airport / station transfers and how to get to the venue will be
circulated at a later stage when all travel information has been received.
Delegations that choose to arrive before the 2nd or depart after the 11th of November
should be aware that the organisers may be able to offer assistance on finding accommodation, but will not take legal or financial responsibility for the extended stay.

We recommend you to travel to one of the following airports:

-Schiphol Amsterdam Airport

-Eindhoven Airport

-Rotterdam The Hague Airport
Further information on these airports can be
found on their respective websites. Please note
that Amsterdam Schiphol Airport is the largest
airport of The Netherlands and you will be most
likely to find a suitable flight flying to Schiphol.
Further note that it is also closest to our venues.
Flying to other airports will require you to take an
additional train but may turn out to be cheaper.

with the national carrier, KLM Royal Dutch Airlines
and most other ma jor carriers. Transavia, Jet2.
com, and Easyjet are some of the low-cost carriers that serve Schiphol. We recommend using a
website such as to find the
airline with the lowest fares.
Please make sure to book your flights far in advance to keep your travel costs low.
When travelling by plane it is always recommended to allow for an additional 2 hours before
departure to clear airport security and get to the

Most frequent flights to Amsterdam can be found

Most international bus services are affiliated with
Eurolines (, which has
a terminal at Amsterdam Amstel Station. One bus per day is usually the maximum frequency on these
While combined travel options involving buses might turn out to be cheaper, all participants must keep in
mind that such travel arrangements might require an earlier departure. In any case, it is essential that you
arrive on Friday the 2nd of November at the times indicated in the red box (above).


Amsterdam 2012, 71st International Session of the European Youth Parliament

Most trains arrive at and depart from Amsterdam Centraal Station. Schiphol Airport also has
its own train station, which functions as a ma jor
transport hub. It provides at least seven trains an
hour to Amsterdam Central Station, with additional trains going to other stations in Amsterdam
at regular intervals.
If you plan to take a train to Amsterdam, you are
recommended to check the timetables in the

International Journey Planner ( Most
tickets are sold online and often it is cheaper to
book them in advance. Tickets are also sold at the
international ticket offices at Amsterdam Central
Station and Schiphol Airport.
For traveling within The Netherlands by train, you
can use the following website:

Thalys ( is a high-speed train that connects Amsterdam with Paris (3h19), Brussels (1h54), and Antwerp
(1h12). Thalys trains run up to ten times a day. The cheapest tickets
are sold early, so book in advance if possible.

The Intercity train to Brussels ( runs every hour to Antwerp (2h09) and Brussels (2h51). This journey will take you a bit
more time , but is also substantially cheaper than the Thalys. Seat reservation is not possible. Tickets
are also sold online.

ICE International ( connects Amsterdam up
to seven times a day with Düsseldorf (2h16), Cologne (2h41), and
Frankfurt (3h46). One ICE-train runs to Basel (6h43).

The Intercity train to Berlin ( ) runs every two hours and connects Amsterdam with Osnabrück (3h08), Hanover (4h20), and
Berlin (6h22). Note that this train does not pass through the Centraal Station. The train does stop at
Amsterdam Zuid, from where you can reach the city centre with tram 5 or metro 51, in the direction of
Amsterdam Central Station.

Eurostar ( runs a high speed service from
London St Pancras Station to Brussels Zuid/Midi Station. From
Brussels you can continue to Amsterdam by Thalys or take the Intercity to Amsterdam. Tickets are sold on the Eurostar website and
(sometimes cheaper) on the NS Hispeed website (


Offer from Skyteam
Skyteam, a global airline alliance of 15 members, has agreed to be a partner of
our session. You will be able to enjoy a 10% discount on your flight if you fly with
one of their partners.
The 15 leading international partners are:

Aeroflot Aeromexico Air Europa Air France Alitalia
China Airlines

China Eastern

China Southern

Czech Airlines


Kenya Airways
KLM Korean Air Tarom Vietnam Airlines
Together they serve more than 900 destinations
in 173 countries with more than 14,500 flights

To benefit from this discount, visit and enter the
Event ID: 2265S
On this site you can also find flight schedules.

In order for the Organising Team to be able to ensure transport for all participants
from the airport / station to the session we need to know when and where you are
arriving. The Organising Team cannot ensure that proper transport is arranged from
the airport / station to the session venue for those people who fail to fill out the travel
It is thus of paramount importance that every participant, from delegates to teachers
to officials, fills out the travel form as soon as they have booked their journey (which
you should do as soon as possible).
The travelform
can be found under the following link:

Amsterdam 2012, 71st International Session of the European Youth Parliament

Session Overview
Welcome Event

Friday 2 November - Dresscode: Casual
This will be the first event where all participants are present and will be an opportunity
for the Organsing Team to personally welcome
you all to the International Session of Amster-

dam 2012. After a day of transfers, travelling
and arriving, this will be your first exciting
chance to meet your fellow participants from
all over Europe.


Saturday 3 and Sunday 4 November - Dresscode: Comfortable
Teambuilding is one of the core elements of the
Session. It will provide you with a fun and challenging way of getting to know your committee
and preparing yourself for the days to come.
During two days of Teambuilding, you will be
challenged to carry out several activities that
are aimed at ensuring you get along well with

your fellow participants and that your committee becomes a well-functioning team. Bear in
mind that Teambuilding will at times take place
outside. Therefore we strongly recommend you
bring warm clothes and rain jackets in order to
protect yourself from Dutch November weather.


Saturday 3 November - Dresscode: Clothing that represents your country
During this event every delegation will present
their own country by bringing national food
samples, country flags, national music, souvenirs, costumes and other cultural objects that
will contribute to representing your country
proudly. During Eurovillage you will have the
opportunity to share your own cultural heritage
and we therefore encourage all participants to
bring these things that represent your country
at its best. Eurovillage itself will be followed by
an exciting party, which will take place at the

same venue.
You may bring alcohol to eurovillage, but must
respect Dutch law. This means that you cannot
serve spirits (>15% alcohol) such as your country’s vodka or gin to delegates who are younger than 18. Different wristbands will be made
available so that you know who you can serve
to if you choose to bring alcoholic drinks. At no
point can you give alcohol to someone who appears drunk.


Opening Ceremony
Monday 5 November - Dresscode: Formal

The Opening Ceremony marks the official
opening of the session. At the Opening Ceremony several prominent speakers will deliver
a key-note speech to the session participants.
The session will also be addressed by the Session President, the Head Organiser and the
Executive Director of the European Youth Par-

liament. Additionally, there will also be three
speeches delivered by one member of the
Estonian, Dutch and German delegation; the
host countries of the previous, current and upcoming International Sessions of the European
Youth Parliament.

Committee Work

Monday 5, Tuesday 6 and Wednesday 7 November - Dresscode: Smart
Committee Work is one of the most serious and
important parts of the Session. Over the course
of these three days, all committees will discuss
their topics and eventually write a high-quality
resolution, presenting their vision to solving
the key issues of their topic. During this programme element, it will be crucial to work as

a team and fully engage in your topics, whilst
at the same time keeping in mind the different
backgrounds and cultures within your committee. In order to perform well in Committee
Work it is of paramount importance to come to
the session well prepared with your research
printed and a good briefing paper.

Gala Dinner

Wednesday 7 November - Dresscode: Formal
This dinner is set to be one of the most unforgettable and special evening events to be
organized during the session! One of our partners, Akzo Nobel, has offered to host all participants in a very special location for a walking

dinner. After the dinner we will receive an exclusive tour. It is a rather formal dinner; hence
you are expected to wear elegant and formal


Thursday 8 November - Dresscode: Formal
Euroconcert is the ideal opportunity for talented musicians, singers and dancers to showcase their creativity and talent to the rest of
the Session! Auditions for the concert will be
organised at an early stage during the session.
Please note that the Organising Team will only
be able to provide a piano. Any other instru-


ments that you need for your performance will
have to be brought by yourself! If you believe
you have what it takes to impress your fellow
delegates with your musical, or other, abilities,
you are hereby strongly encouraged to go on
stage and take the spotlight!

Amsterdam 2012, 71st International Session of the European Youth Parliament

General Assembly

Friday 9 and Saturday 10 November - Dresscode: Formal
During two days of General Assembly all 220
delegates will come together to discuss and
debate the resolutions they have produced
during Committee Work. Following standard
parliamentary procedure, all resolutions will
be presented and defended, and then debated
upon by the Assembly. At the end of each debate, there is a vote based solely on your personal opinion on the quality of the resolution.

Therefore it is not only important that you are
fully on top of your own topic, but also have a
firm understanding of the other topics! (So do
make sure you read all fifteen topic overviews)
The General Assembly will be your moment to
share your opinion and views, practice your
public speaking skills and debate pressing European issues you are interested in and feel
truly passionate about!

Closing Ceremony
Saturday 10 November - Dresscode: Formal
The closing ceremony marks the official closure
of the session. It follows right after General Assembly. EYP representatives, the editors, head

organiser, president and a delegate from the
session will be speaking at this ceremony.

Farewell Party

Saturday 10 November - Dresscode: Whatever you want!
The Farewell Party is the occasion that marks
the end to an unforgettable and intense ten
days in Amsterdam. As the very final event of
the session, the Farewell Party will truly be one
of the most exciting and amazing parties you
will attend! A logical theme therefore is:
Bring out your hottest outfits, your most beau-

tiful shoes and your best attitude, because
after this evening you will all be going to your
home countries. How do you want to be remembered? What will you be wearing to our
apocalypse party? Farewell Party is not just going to be your average party. Farewell Party will
be the night to “dance like it’s the last night of
your life”.


Dresscode Explained
With such a variety of different elements and activities during the session, we understand you may be
unsure as to what you are exactly expected to wear! As participants, you are expected to dress appropriately and choose your ensemble with consideration. We want you to feel comfortable about your
clothes, so please read carefully while we explain the different dress codes below:


Nota Bene:

This dress code applies to Teambuilding, where you will
be doing various exercises and games, both indoors
and outdoors. You are free to wear any type of clothing you feel comfortable in, as long as you are able to
run around and are not afraid to perhaps get a little bit

During the official programme you mayW
not be able to visit a shop or supermarket. If
you need cigarettes or something of the like,
buy it before the session.

This dress code applies to informal evening activities,
and gives you the freedom to choose any type of clothing you feel comfortable wearing.

During Committee Work you will be required to dress
smart. You will not be expected to wear your suit, but
worn-out jeans with sneakers don’t quite fit the smart
clothing requirements either. Preferably you wear
something in between. For example, black or navy blue
trousers with a blouse will suit perfectly for Committee

During Opening Ceremony, Euroconcert and General
Assembly you will be expected to dress formally. This
means suits with ties for gentlemen, and suits, dresses
or long skirts for the ladies!


Amsterdam 2012, 71st International Session of the European Youth Parliament

The session will take place at two different locations. The first three days (Friday, Saturday and Sunday)
we will spend most of our time outside. We have thus chosen a fantastic location in the countryside, the
Eemhof, which is located near Almere in the world’s largest polder Flevoland. On Monday we will move to
the city of Amsterdam where we will spend the rest of the session in the Stayokay hostel Zeeburg
For information about the rest of our venues please visit our Facebook page for weekly updates.

De Eemhof

Adress: Slingerweg 1 3896 LD Zeewolde
‘De Eemhof’ is a Center Parcs business centre in the centre
of the Netherlands. You will be staying in cottages for 4-8
people. The area is surrounded by water and nature and will
provide the perfect location for teambuilding. There is also an
inside pool so be sure to pack your swimming clothes!

Stayokay Zeeburg
Adress: Timorplein 21 1094 CC Zeeburg
Zeeburg is a district of Amsterdam close to the centre. We have booked almost the entire Stayokay for
the session. You will be sharing a room with your fellow
committee members.


Rules and Legal Notes
Visa Requirements
Some delegates from countries outside the
Schengen area and the EU will require a visa to
enter The Netherlands. For more information concerning your country, please check the website of
the Ministry of Foreign Affairs:

Should you require any assistance in obtaining
a visa, please contact the organisers as soon as
possible. We will be able to provide you with an
official invitation letter.
The following countries require a visa for visiting
the Netherlands

It is crucial that all participants have valid travel
and health care insurance. Insurance should
cover loss off luggage, accidents, diseases etc.
We remind all participants who own a European

Health Insurance card to bring the card with
them to the session in case of an emergency
which requires hospital treatment.

Alcohol, Drugs and Behaviour
The organisers are a group of young people who have been working for almost two years to bring you
an intense and exciting programme for the session. To make everything run smoothly and as we have
planned, we require everyone to obey a number of rules. This section describes what these rules are
and why they apply.
For ten days you will experience what it is like to be a Member of the European Parliament and you will
also be asked to behave like one. This applies in particular during the evening programme: always remember that the following day will be as busy as the last one and that you should restrain yourself.

During the evening programme, wine and beer
will be available at some events for anyone who
is 16 or older. Dutch law will be respected, meaning that beer and wine (<15% alcohol) will be
available to those who are 16 years and older,
and spirits (>15% alcohol) will only be available to
those of 18 years and older.” If the legal drinking
age in your own country is different, make sure
that you agree with your teacher what rule you
will follow.


EYP has a good reputation (for example, European Commissioners often suggest discussion
topics for us) and we would like to keep it that
way. Also, we need you to participate fully in the
debates and discussions. For this reason, overindulgence is forbidden. If you drink so much that
you get sick or lose consciousness, you will be
removed from the session and be sent home. You
will have to pay for this yourself and the participation fee will not be refunded.

Amsterdam 2012, 71st International Session of the European Youth Parliament

Amsterdam has a reputation for marijuana and
this is easily available in the city to those who
are 18 or over. However, because of the reputation
of EYP and your ability to participate in the programme, the use of any drugs during the session
is forbidden. This includes the last evening of the
If you use drugs or have them in your possession,
then you will be removed from the session and be
sent home. You will have to pay for this yourself

and the participation fee will not be refunded.
The organisers will also inform your teacher immediately.
Should you be suspected of carrying drugs or
of drug use, then the organisers will reserve the
right to subject you to a drug-test and to search
your luggage. Any possession of hard drugs will
be reported to the police and could result in your

Leaving the Official Programme
Managing a conference with over 300
participants is not easy and requires us to know
where you are at all times. This means that you
cannot leave without the permission of an organ-

iser. Even when permission has been given, you
must take care to stay with an organiser and/or
your teacher at all times. Under no circumstances
can you leave by yourself.

Contact Information
Delegate and Teacher support
Len Veenker
+328872066 / +31630609441

Session head organiser
Mark Brakel

International Office of the EYP
+49 (0)30 97 00 50 95

Ville Vasaramäki

Executive Director
+49 (0)30 97 00 50 95

General Questions
Social Media

We would like to give you a brief overview of the division of tasks inside EYP:
The European Youth Parliament The Netherlands
is fully in charge of running
the Session and:
- selects the organising team
which takes care of the
practical organising of the
- promotes the session on a
national level;
- raises funds to payfor the
session expenses on a national level.

The European Youth Parliament/
Schwarzkopf-Foundation (EYP/SF)
takes care of:

The National Committees of
the EYP:

- promoting the session on the
European level;
- providing an international website
for the EYP;
- facilitating the work of the decisionmaking bodies of the EYP;
- collecting the participation fees
which cover the costs of the above
mentioned activities.

- organise the national procedures of EYP and assist delegations with the preparation
for the session;
- help delegations to fundraise
their costs for travel and participation;
- promote EYP in their country.



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The European Youth Parliament is supported by:

The European Youth Parliament
is a programme of the
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