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Model European Parliament


The Model European Parliament, is a non-profit, non-partisan leadership programme for youths in EU member states, candidate and applicant countries.


The aim of the MEP programme is to develop interest and skills in addressing high level international issues jointly among Europe’s decision makers of tomorrow.


The aim of the MEP is to educate young people at high school level about European integration and cooperation, and to develop their understanding of common issues as well as provide them with knowledge about EU institutions. The programme develops political awareness and an understanding for Europe’s cultural diversity.


Set up in 1994 with a secretariat in The Hague, Netherlands in the inspiring care of Anna and Leopold van Sminia, the Model European Parliament programme is now coordinated by an innovating, multi-national European Board heading the MEP Europe association based in Madrid.


MEP Europe is organised into four Euroregional sections: MEP Baltic Sea Region ( , MEP Western European Region (, MEP Central and South Eastern European Region ( and the MEP Mediterranean Region) each headed by a regional coordinator; MEP Europe alumni/ae are an integral part of the organisation.


The MEP is a training ground for future leaders and politicians as well as for talented students who share an interest in European issues. It is also a cultural and social event, which gives the participants the opportunity to experience the rich diversity of the countries around Europe.

EU28+4 sessions are held biannually in a different European capital whereas euroregional MEP conferences take place once or twice a year. The working language during the MEP is English. The common goal is to draft a resolution covering topical subjects which also appear on the agenda of the European Parliament. Once passed by the General Assembly the resolutions are forwarded to the EU institutions. This way we hope and believe the young voice of Europe will and can be heard.


Over the past twenty years the national governments and the authorities of capital municipalities in EU Member States and candidate countries have generously given their support to the MEP by providing conference facilities and by allowing the GA to be held in the national assembly hall of the Parliament of the respective host country. We have had the honour and privilege of sitting in Parlament der Republik Österreich in Austria, in Bulgaria, the National Assembly, in Cyprus, the House of Representatives, in Denmark, the Christiansborg Landstingssalen; in Finland, the Eduskunta; in France, the Assemblee Nationale, the Hemicycle of the Senate in the Palais de Luxembourg, in Germany, the Bundestag; in Greece, the Old Parliament; in Hungary, the Magyar Orszaggyules; in Ireland, the Dail Eireann; in Italy, the Camera dei Deputati and the Senate of Rome; in Lithuania the Seimas, in the Netherlands, the Tweede Kamer der Staten-Generaal, in Poland, the Sejm; in Portugal, the Assembleia da republica, in the Slovak Republic the National Council, in Slovenia, the Drzavni Zbor, in Spain, El Congreso de los Diputados and the Senado; in Sweden, the Riksdag and the Congress Hall of the Government in the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia. The MEP has also enjoyed attending a reception in Portcullis House given by the Speaker of the House of Commons, the Right Honorable John Bercow.

Thanks to these prestigious locations and the excellent quality of debates, the MEP enjoys a high standing and receives full media attention.

As a non-profit, non-partisan association MEP Europe is sponsored by the Youth in Action/Erasmus+ programme, by national governments, local authorities, schools, private donors and associations. For more information


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