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European Christian Political Youth Network Source: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/European_Christian_Political_Youth_Network

The European Christian Political Youth (ECPYouth) is a political youth organisation that brings together Christian, politically active young people from all over Europe to reinforce Christian politics in Europe. It is the independent youth organization of the European Christian Political Movement.

Background[edit]

The ECPYouth, until 2013 known as European Christian Political Youth Network (ECPYN) was established in July 2004 in Kortenberg (Belgium) by PerspectieF, Youth of the ChristenUnie (Netherlands) and other European Christian political youth organisations, such as the Christian Peoples Alliance Youth (United Kingdom). The founding of ECPYouth was one of the results of the International Summer School where young people from all over Europe participated.

Activities[edit]

Since the International Summer School in Kortenberg in 2004 summer schools are held annually around a specific theme or political issue and offers participants lectures, workshops and excursions. ECPYN/ECPYouth organized summer schools in 2005 in Lunteren, (Netherlands), in 2006 in Birstonas (Lithuania), in 2007 in Würzburg (Germany), in 2008 in Chişinău (Moldova), in 2009 in Risan (Montenegro), in 2010 in Ohrid (Republic of Macedonia), in 2011 in Paris (France), in 2012 in Zagreb (Croatia), in 2013 in Helsinki (Finland), in 2014 in Brussels (Belgium), in 2015 in Cambridge (United Kingdom), in 2016 in Bern (Switzerland), in 2017 in Odessa (Ukraine), in 2018 in Wroclaw (Poland), in 2019 in Tbilisi (Georgia (country)) and in 2021 in Kerns (Switzerland).

ECPYouth started to organize winter schools in Lviv (Ukraine) in 2011 followed by Esztergom (Hungary) in 2012; and Soest (Netherlands) in 2013.

ECPYouth organises Regional Conferences as well in different parts of Europe and youth programs on conferences of the European Christian Political Movement. Regional conferences took place in

Furthermore, ECPYouth organizes study visits. In 2012 a study visit went to Podgorica, Montenegro to study the situation of minorities, especially the Roma, Ashkali and Egyptian groups. In 2012 ECPYouth started an in-depth training program, the ECPYouth Academy, under the title 'Crossroads – Christian Democratic Political Academy'. The first round took place in Timișoara, Romania; Zagreb, Croatia; Kyiv, Ukraine; and Soest, Netherlands.

In 2017 ECPYouth started holding bi-annual General Assemblies, instead of annual, one during the summer school and one in February, in the Netherlands. This was accompanied by political cafés, in 2018 on the topic of human trafficking.

Board[edit]

[2021–2022]
Name Country Position
Pieter SMITS  Belgium President
Niels GEUKING  Germany Treasurer
Hanna STRETOVYCH  Ukraine Events
Eduard ANDREEV  Moldova Communications
Veronika ILIEVSKA  North Macedonia Politics
Giorgi LABADZE  Georgia Secretary
[2019–2021]
Name Country Position
Klariska TEN NAPEL  Netherlands President
Jan Henric VAN VLIET  Netherlands Vice-President, Treasurer and Lobby
Hanna STRETOVYCH  Ukraine Events
Eduard ANDREEV  Moldova Communications
Magdalena VAKULOVA  Slovakia Politics
Giorgi LABADZE  Georgia Secretary
[2017–2018]
Name Country Position
Erik-Jan HAKVOORT  Netherlands President
Lizzie FRANCIS  United Kingdom Secretary
Ardjan BOERSMA  Netherlands Communications
Dimitri BLUASHVILI  Georgia Relations
Blazej DUBER  Poland Politics
Gabriela URBANOVA  Slovakia Lobby
[2016–2017]
Name Country Position
Erik-Jan HAKVOORT  Netherlands President
Lizzie FRANCIS  United Kingdom Secretary
Ardjan BOERSMA  Netherlands Communications
Dimitri BLUASHVILI  Georgia Relations
Inna PANCHUK  Ukraine
Gabriela URBANOVA  Slovakia Lobby
[2015–2016]
Name Country Position
Denys DHIVER  France President
Ardjan BOERSMA  Netherlands Political Secretary
Andreea Gabriela GAVRILA  Romania Director of Internal Communication
Gerrianne PENNINGS  Netherlands Director of External Communication
Dimitri BLUASHVILI  Georgia Members Support
Inna PANCHUK  Ukraine Director of Events, Vice-President
[2014–2015]
Name Country Position
Denys DHIVER  France President
Iina MATTILA  Finland Secretary, Vice-President
Eunice VATRAN  Romania Director of Communication
Gerrianne PENNINGS  Netherlands Campaign Manager
Daniel WIŚNIEWSKI  Poland Political Secretary
Inna PANCHUK  Ukraine Director of Events
[2013–2014]
Name Country Position
Denys DHIVER  France President
Iina MATTILA  Finland Secretary
Auke MINNEMA  Netherlands Vice-President, Treasurer
Eunice VATRAN  Romania Director of Communication
Daniel WIŚNIEWSKI  Poland Political Secretary
Inna PANCHUK  Ukraine Director of Events
[2012–2013]
Name Country Position
Denys DHIVER  France President
Nutsa SHAVLADZE  Georgia Political Secretary
Auke MINNEMA  Netherlands Vice-President, Treasurer, Secretary
Maja PAŽIN  Croatia Director of Human Resources
Péter DANKU  Hungary Director of Communication
Elina FOINSKA  Ukraine Director of Events

Member organisations[edit]

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