Applications for the National Selection Process 2023 can be submitted until the 18th of November 2022!

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.

The National Selection Conference of the National Selection Process 2023 will take place from the 24th to the 31st of May in Osnabrück.

Please notice: We are aware of the current Sars-CoV-2 situation. We are organising the sessions according to the federal regulations, including hygiene concepts. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact us via

How does it work?

The First Round

Starting on the 9th May until 18th November 2022, you can apply with a thematic proposal, a so-called topic overview. The applications are assessed by an independent jury consisting of over 60 people, including members of the European Parliament. The best 22 delegations and 24 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 five best delegations and five individuals for the National Selection Conference. There is the additional possibility to be selected for sessions abroad. The Regional Selection Conferences will take place in Mülheim an der Ruhr from 2nd to 5th of March and in Traunstein from 13th to 16th of April 2023.

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 four best individuals, who will represent Germany at an International Session.

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!

The last application process for 2023 is open from the 9th of May until the 18th November 2022.

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 don't necessarily have to consist of participants from one single school, after all.

How do you apply?

The application process for the National Selection Process 2023 is open from May, 9 until November, 18, 2022.

An application includes a topic overview in English, which is written on a specific topic. This year's selection topic is:

"With the Covid-19 pandemic forcing many schools to teach their pupils remotely, it has become evident how unprepared and ill-equipped many schools are for this task. How can the EU Member States both supply schools with necessary infrastructure and provide students and teachers with the necessary skills to navigate the modern digital environment? How can the EU support these efforts?"

Applications consist of a thematic proposal written in English, which tackles a given topic. Here you will find helpful documents:

Topic Rationale

Topic Overview Template

Example Topic Overview

Guide: How to write a topic overview

Question Overview Application Form

Once you have finished writing your thematic proposal you can upload in an 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 in one event?

The fee for taking part in a regional session is 40€, for the national session this fee is 75€. 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.

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:

Who is assessing the applications?

The applications are assessed by an independent jury. It works independently in that the majority of it is occupied by members who are not dependent on our organisation or the office. Together they examine the students' contributions and work open-ended. All applications are treated and assessed individually. The evaluation criteria announced to the participants also apply to the jury work. The jurors are also prepared for their work and assess applications without distinction of any kind, such as race or ethnicity, gender, religious beliefs, disability or sexual preference.

The following people formed the jury for the National Selection Process 2023:

Markus Ferber, MdEP

Jens Geier, MdEP

Jens Gieseke, MdEP

Helmut Scholz, MdEP

Ismail Ertug, MdEP

David McAllister, MdEP

Ulrike Müller, MdEP

Rasmus Andresen, MdEP

Michael Bloss, MdEP

Sabine Verheyen, MdEP

Anna Cavazzini, MdEP

Niklas Nienaß, MdEP

Svenja Hahn, MdEP

Daniel Freund, MdEP

Christine Schneider, MdEP

Moritz Körner, MdEP

Delara Burkhardt, MdEP

Marion Walsmann, MdEP

Marlene Mortler, MdEP

Manuela Ripa, MdEP

Petra Kammerevert, MdEP

Lena Düpont, MdEP

Andreas Glück, MdEP

Dr. Franziska Brantner, MdB

Rita Hagl-Kehl, MdB

Dr. Michael von Abercron, MdB

Christian Dürr, MdB

Mathias Wagner, MdL

Raed Saleh, MdL

Ralf Wieland, MdL

Thomas Röwekamp, MdL

Christopher Lucht

Dr. Sabine Mannitz

Prof. Dr. Timm Beichelt

Daniel Göler

Dr. Klaus Thoms

Dr. Katrin Böttger

Uli Brückner

Esther Straub

Dr. Michael Kolkmann

Dr. Matthias Freise

Friedel Grützmacher

Laura Libera

Nora Schneck

Laura Thiemt

Patricia Kaptouom

Katja Ries

Martin Hoffmann

Lorenz Stree

Sebastian Gerbeth

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