ING sponsors first ever session of European Youth Parliament in the Netherlands

To underline our commitment to Europe, ING has decided to sponsor the 71th international session of the European Youth Parliament (EYP) that takes place from 2 to 11 November 2012.

It is the first ever such session to be held in the Netherlands. The official opening ceremony of the session is at the ‘Ridderzaal’ in The Hague on 5 November 2012.

The EYP is one of the largest European platforms for political debate, intercultural encounters, political educational work and the exchange of ideas among young people in Europe. The EYP consists of a network of 35 European associations and organisations in which thousands of young people are active in a voluntary capacity. The underlying idea is to make a vital contribution towards uniting Europe.

The aims of the EYP are to

  • Raise awareness of European issues, encourage active European citizenship and motivate students to get engaged in European politics.
  • Promote international understanding, intercultural dialogue and diversity of ideas and practices.
  • Contribute to the personal skills development of European youth.
  • Provide a forum in which young people of Europe can express their own opinions, without reverting to role play.

One of the partners of EYP is Debating Europe.

Debating Europe

ING has become one of the partners of Debating Europe

Debating Europe is an online debate platform by Friends of Europe (a European think-tank that aims to stimulate thinking on the future of the EU), Europe’s World (an independent Europe-wide policy journal), the European Parliament, Microsoft, Gallup (a research and consultancy firm) and ING.

ING is the only financial institution in Europe to partner with Debating Europe. We do so, because Europe is important in many ways to ING and to its customers and other stakeholders. And engaging in the debate about Europe is one of the ING’s spearheads. You are encouraged to join one of the debates on the Debating Europe website!

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