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POWER SHIFTS - Reflecting Europe's Energy

“Power Shifts – Reflecting Europe´s Energy” is a project by the European Youth Parliament and the Schwarzkopf Foundation in cooperation with the RWE Foundation. Throughout Europe it enables young people to monitor, inform themselves and debate about European energy policy. The project will focus on the diversity and interdependency of energy policy on the European level, while France, Poland and Germany will serve as national example cases.


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.


From October 24th to November 2nd, 150 young Europeans will gather in the wonderful city of Lyon for the first Power Shifts Forum of a series of three. Warsaw will host the second forum in 2016. And Germany will host the last forum in 2017. At the end of these three sessions, the resolutions will be compiled and handed over to the project patrons and a member of the European Commission.


Energy is possibly the most interdependent political issue of the 21st century. In the past years, we have experienced decreasing stocks of fossil fuels, the nuclear catastrophe in Fukushima, alarming studies on climate change and debates over social sustainability of rising costs for energy supply. Furthermore energy supply was used as political leverage by several states and hence clearly constitutes an important aspect in international political relations. The upcoming years will see crucial debates regarding the direction to take to secure the future of Europe’s energy supply. And while energy-related issues are still mainly being debated on a national level, it seems clear that solutions will have to be European, if not global. The EYP believes that it is not only important to discuss these issues on a European level but moreover to discuss it with young people as they will have to live with these transitions in our energy landscape.


Young people are situated at the core of the project. At least 150 young PARTICIPANTS from all over Europe will take part in each international forum and work on the main project theme energy from different perspectives. For more details on our session concept and how the participants will work on their topics please follow this link.

The forum participants will be supported by eight young experts, the STEERING GROUP. This is a small working group that accompanies the academic forums until 2017 and will provide the analytical preparation for the discussions. Furthermore the group will publish small research papers focusing on certain aspects of the main theme and covering the developments in the three national example cases France, Poland and Germany.

The Steering Group´s work will enable an analysis of energy policy developments in Europe for the whole project timeframe and ensures a link between the discussions of our young participants at each international forum.


The Power Shifts project is supported by the project patrons Maroš Šefčovič, Vice President of the European Commission in charge of Energy Union, Sigmar Gabriel, Vice-chancellor and Federal Minister for Economic Affairs and Energy in Germany, Ségolène Royal, Minister of Ecology, Sustainable Development and Energy in France and Janusz Piechociński, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of economy in Poland.

More on the project can be found at www.eyp.org.

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