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 May until 17th 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 26 delegations and 18 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 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 Milano (Italy), Nicosia (Cyprus) and Novi Saad (Serbia) in 2021.

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 application process is open until 17th November 2020!

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 2021 is currently open. The application process is open from May, 9 until November 17, 2020.

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

"Digital democracy: In 2019, 50.66% of the eligible voters cast their ballot in the European Elections, marking the highest turnout in more than two decades. Nevertheless, half of all Europeans did not cast their votes. How could and should the EU use digital technologies to bridge the trust gap to its citizens, for example in the fields of e-participation and e-voting?"

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

Topic Rationale

Topic Overview Template

Example Topic Overview

Guide: How to write a topic overview

Guideline of the Competition

Question Overview Application Form

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 in 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 +49 (0) 30 629 383 28.

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:

Competition Guideline
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 2020:

Markus Ferber, MdEP

Jens Gieseke, MdEP

Maria Noichl, MdEP

Sabine Verheyen, MdEP

Petra Kammerevert, MdEP

David McAllister, MdEP

Ulrike Müller, MdEP

Angelika Niebler, MdEP

Hildegard Bentele, MdEP

Lena Düpont, MdEP

Daniel Freund, MdEP

Alexandra Geese, MdEP

Svenja Hahn, MdEP

Erik Marquardt, MdEP

Niklas Nienass, MdEP

Jutta Paulus, MdEP

Christine Schneider, MdEP

Tiemo Wölken, MdEP

Thomas Oppermann, MdB

Thomas Röwekamp, MdL

Raed Saleh, MdL

Ralf Wieland, MdL

Miriam Dahlke, MdL

Christopher Lucht

Dr. Sabine Mannitz

Wolfgang Obergassel

Dr. Klaus Thoms

Esther Straub

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