The European Youth Parliament (EYP) is a unique educational programme which brings together young people from 39 countries from all over Europe to discuss current topics in a parliamentary setting. It is thus one of the largest European platforms for political educational work. Its mission is to support the development of young people into politically aware and responsible citizens by involving them in European political thinking and promoting intercultural understanding. The EYP is a non-partisan and independent programme. Its main methods are non-formal education and peer-to-peer learning. The programme facilitates the learning of crucial social and professional skills; and encourages independent thinking and socio-political initiative.