EYP Governing Body

The Governing Body (GB) is the international board of the European Youth Parliament (EYP) that represents the interests of the network as a whole. It is mainly responsible for the strategic development of the EYP and for facilitating the work of the organisation at the international level. In collaboration with the national committees and the members of the organisation, it establishes guidelines that ensure the quality and safety of the EYP’s activities, and it oversees the three annual International Sessions.

The GB is composed of six elected members, four of which are elected by the National Committees and two by the EYP’s members. A representative of the Schwarzkopf Foundation also sits on the GB. The Executive Director of the EYP participates in every meeting.

The members of the Governing Body in 2023 are: Lira Mikayelyan (Armenia), Janis Fifka (Germany), Güneş Uğuz (Turkey), Annelou Snippe (the Netherlands), Milica Mijatović (Serbia), Jarne van der Poel (the Netherlands), Tomáš Sacher(Executive Director, Schwarzkopf-Foundation), Pauline Chetail (Executive Director of the EYP)

Who we are

  • Lira Mikayelyan (AM)

    I am delighted to join the Governing Body and contribute to the continuous development of the Network which so many young individuals call a life-changing experience. It is my greatest honour to put my experience and dedication into shaping the organisation which supports the efforts of young Europeans to become active citizens, develop personally and professionally as well as be inspired by diversity.
  • Janis Fifka (DE)

    Being in the Governing Body allows me to learn a lot about organisational development and creating processes that combine creative problem-solving of everyday issues, a good sense for potentials and innovation as well as the manifold needs of all the different people in our network. To shape EYP, in which I have grown myself for a decade now, in such a prominent position is really something extraordinary.
  • Güneş Uğuz (TR)

    EYP always offers new opportunities for everyone to discover the world around us, develop and empower themselves to create a positive impact. Being a part of the Governing Body is a truly inspiring chance to work with the young people all around the EYP network, widen and improve our organisation. I am enthusiastic about contributing to the network by forming stronger bonds and enhancing the cooperation between the members, alumni and National Committees.
  • Annelou Snippe (NL)

    As a member of the Governing Body, I am excited to help shape our network’s long-term vision and the way the organisation will look in the future. Being able to contribute to the impact EYP has around Europe whilst learning and growing in this role is an invaluable opportunity for me. Furthermore, playing a part in the organisation's development towards being more accessible and welfare-friendly is close to my heart.
  • Milica Mijatović (RS)

    I am honoured to have been given the opportunity to help shape this wonderful Organisation. As a Governing Body Member, I aim to help young people all over Europe claim their spot in this grand mosaic of changes, opportunities, and projects. I am happy to support young changemakers and represent EYP values.
  • Jarne van der Poel (NL)

    I am thrilled to be part of the Governing Body of the European Youth Parliament because it means I get to work with members, volunteers, and staff from all over Europe on something I truly believe in: giving young people the tools to claim their place, make their voices heard, and come together across borders to make a change.
  • Tomáš Sacher

    Executive Director, Schwarzkopf-Foundation
  • Pauline Chetail

    Executive Director of the EYP