The National Selection Process

Do you want to discuss topics relating to the EU with other young people? Or meet like-minded people from all over Europe? And form your own opinion on current political topics? Then apply to take part in the national selection process of the European Youth Parliament!

Young people between the ages of 15 and 19 can apply either individually or as part of a delegation consisting of seven people. Teachers can accompany you, or you can take part without an accompanying teacher. Schools are limited to one application a year but it is possible to join forces with a neighbouring school to form a delegation.

How does it work?

The First Round

Starting on the 9th of May until early November you can apply with a thematic proposal, a so called topic overview. The applications are assessed by an independent jury consisting of over 70 people, including members of the European Parliament. The best 30 delegations and individual candidates are invited to the regional selection conferences.

The Regional Selection Conferences

The participants’ work during committee work and the general assembly is assessed by a jury. The jury selects the the three best delegations and three individuals for the national selection conference. There is the additional possibility to be selected for sessions abroad.

The National Selection Conference

Similar to the regional selection conferences a jury assesses participation in committee work and the general assembly and then selects the two best delegations and individuals, who will represent Germany at an international session. The next international sessions will be taking place in Hamburg this autumn and in Mailand during the coming spring.

You enjoy discussions, would like to experience how political decision process work on a European level, and meet other motivated young Europeans?

Apply now on your own or with your friends as part of a delegation!

The application process will end on the 6th of November 2019!

Questions and Answers

What is the National Selection Process?

The European Youth Parliament’s National Selection Process is built on a long tradition as one of the most demanding school competitions in Germany. Since 1990 German school students have had the chance to discuss European politics with other young people from all over Europe, to shape the democratic decision-making processes, and experience Europe for themselves.

This year the competition promises many interesting discussions about current European topics, in-depth committee work, debates following the model of the European Parliament, and an extensive accompanying programme. Alongside the demanding discussions, the participants will have the opportunity to get to know each other and the cities, where the events will be taking place - an exciting experience that will be remembered for a long time!

Who can apply?

Young people between the ages of 15 and 19, who are interested in politics and Europe, can apply either as a delegation consisting of seven people or as an individual delegate. Only one delegation per school can apply each year. Delegations can be formed by students from neighbouring schools.

How do you apply?

The application process for the National Selection Process 2020 is currently open.

You can apply from the 9th of May until the 6th of November 2019.

Applications consist of a thematic proposal written in English, which tackles a given topic. The topic of this year’s application process reads as follows:

Considering the recent IPCC special report which outlines the effects of global warming of 1.5°​C and the ratification of the Paris Agreement, how can the EU further develop its climate policy and ensure that all Member States meet the 2030 and 2050 climate and energy targets to tackle?

You can find further information and a template for the current application process can be found here.

Topic Rationale

Topic Overview Template

Example Topic Overview

Guide: How to write a topic overview

Guide to the Competition (German only)

Once you have finished writing your thematic proposal you can upload in the following online form, where you also submit further personal information for all participants. The template including your proposal should be uploaded as a Word document (.doc/.docx). To make the following process easier the name of the contact person and the school should be clearly visible in the title of the document: "firstname.surname_school.docx".

How much does it cost to take part one event?

The fee for taking part in a regional session is 25€, for the national session this fee is 60€. These include all accommodation and food during the event. Any travel costs need to be covered by the participants themselves. In the past, many participants have been able to receive sponsoring for costs connected to their participation from local companies or MPs.

In addition there is the option to apply for our grant programme, which offers a partial reimbursement for travel costs and participation fees. If you have any questions you can contact our office using the following email address and telephone number: and 030 72 62 195 – 26 (Monday-Friday 10am-4:30pm).

Where can I find more details regarding the competition?

You can find an overview of the competition and help with frequently asked questions in the guideline, which is accessible here (currently only available in German).

Guide to the Competition
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