European Parliament

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EP – The European Parliament

What is the European Parliament and how does it help European citizens?

The European Parliament is one of the main institutions of the European Union, formed by members of the European Parliament (MEPs) who are directly elected by voters in all of the Member States. Don’t know who your MEP is? Search the map on The European Parliament website to find out.

What’s in it for YOUth?

Among the many policies covered by the Parliament, MEPs also focus on European youth. 

Want to hear what topics relevant to you are being discussed at the Parliament and how young Europeans think their MEPs can help them?

See Euractiv’s video debates with MEPs and video interviews with young Europeans to discover what they think the future holds for young people across the EU.

You can also follow what your MEP is saying on social media on the EP’s Newshub.


At the Parliament’s bi-annual European Youth Event in Strasbourg, thousands of young Europeans make their voices heard. Have a look at the EYE2016  video to see all activities and who took part.

The European Parliament isn’t just about European politics.

Did you know that the European Parliament champions European culture and excellence in all fields of activity?

This is why it has launched several initiatives to promote European arts and cultural activities. 

Watch, debate and vote on award winning European films that have been nominated for the Parliament’s Lux Film Prize

Readers may also wish to check out the European Parliament’s list “100 Books on Europe to Remember” to discover the history and evolution of our continent and the European Union.

The Parliament also supports democracy and human rights all over the world.

This is why every year it awards the Sakharov Prize to celebrate and support individuals who have made outstanding contribution to spread these values. 

Don’t know who Sakharov was but remember prize-winner Malala, the youngest ever prize-winner? Check out this link to find out more. 

Are you a young graduate looking to start your international career?

Then a traineeship at the European Parliament could be for you! The Parliament offers two main types of paid traineeships: 

  • Traineeships for university graduates (Robert Schuman traineeships). Three options are available: general option, journalism option and Sakharov Prize option for candidates with an interest in human rights.
  • Translation traineeships for university graduates.

Trainees will acquire a first-hand experience of the EU from within the European Parliament, make new international friends and gain important skills for their future careers.

Traineeships start at different times during the year and about 600 candidates are selected every year.

Check out this short video to hear from former trainees (including Euractiv’s communications executive) and discover what they liked most about their time at the European Parliament.


For more information on the traineeships, the requirements and the application process, visit the European Parliament’s dedicated webpage here.

Disclaimer: Euractiv reports independently on policies affecting youth on its website


The project was co-financed by the European Union in the frame of the European Parliament’s grant programme in the field of communication. The European Parliament was not involved in its preparation and is, in no case, responsible for or bound by the information for opinions expressed in the context of this project. In accordance with applicable law, the authors, interviewed people, publishers or programme broadcasters are solely responsible. The European Parliament can also not be held liable for direct or indirect damage that may result from the implementation of the project.


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