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The Youth of the European People's Party

YEPP is the youth organisation of the European People's Party. We bring together 58 Centre-Right youth political organisations from 39 countries all over Europe. Founded in 1997, YEPP has developed into the largest political youth organisation in Europe. Apart from being active within the structures of our mother party the EPP, we are committed in a number of other international arenas. One of our main objectives is to maintain good contacts within our political family, provide ground for training, discussion and cooperation and prepare the younger generation to lead tomorrow's Europe. This runs parallel to our mission to stimulate further integration in Europe, to uphold our principles, policies and ideas in the European political debate.


about Yepp


About YEPP

Ana Lidia Pereira
Eileen Lynch
Secretary General
Stephan Beer
First Vice President
Christina Balaska
Deputy Secretary General
Ali-Reza Abdali
Christian Zoll
Vice President
Karlo Ressler
Vice President
Agnes Zsofia Magyar
Vice President
Marcello Gamberale Paoletti
Vice President
Zsombor Ambrus
Vice President
Mara Mares
Vice President
Nikola Erić
Vice President
Martin Hallander
Vice President
Tino Schneider
Vice President

Financial Auditors

Julija Humar

Thomas Hofstetter is from Rapperswil, Switzerland. He studied Economics and Sports Management at the University of Applied Sciences of Eastern Switzerland. Since 2012 he is working for Switzerland largest communication company Swisscom as Senior Business Analyst. Thomas became a member of the Youth of the Christian Democratic People’s Party (JCVP) of Switzerland in 2010. Currently he is the International General Secretary of JCVP and board member of Junge Alpenregion.





YEPP Executive Officer

Monika Kalkusova was born and raised in Prague, Czech Republic. Monika studied in the United States. She obtained a Bachelor’s degree in International Relations and European Studies at Metropolitan University and a Master’s degree in Communication Studies at the Brussels’ Vrije Universiteit. She started her career as a trainee at the European Parliament, and later continued to extend her professional experience in the Brussels environment while working in policy and communication related fields. She enjoys travelling and has a strong interest in political communications and security issues. Monika is fluent in Czech and English and speaks Spanish.


Basic Values

  • Human dignity

    YEPP affirms the inalienable dignity of every human being. We regard every man and every woman as unique, irreplaceable, and free by nature. Every person has the right and the duty to be fully responsible for himself and his acts. The protection of human rights is inseparably linked with the protection of the rights of ethnic, cultural and/or religious minorities.

  • Economy and social policy

    The concept of market economy and competition is central to our approach to the economic life. Together with democracy it makes it possible to achieve freedom through the decentralisation of power. The economic and social systems are inseparably linked to each other according to the principle "as much market as possible, as much state as necessary". We consider that it is vital to ensure social justice and solidarity based on partnership and participation at all levels, non governmental and governmental, local, national, and international.

  • Europe

    We believe in the European Union, as it stands for a future of freedom and security, progress, prosperity and solidarity. European Union membership must be available to all countries of the European continent that meet the requirements of democracy, human rights and market economy. Hand in hand with the enlargement must go further integration. For us there is no alternative to European integration.

  • Environment

    Our concept of man calls for management of the earth with respect for the self-regenerating potential of nature. Protection of the environment and the concept of sustainable development are bound up with that of responsible growth and must be incorporated into every policy, at every level of power. Political, social and economic action must be geared to ensure that all potential is safeguarded for future generations.

  • Subsidiarity

    We believe in the sovereignty of states which enables them to work freely and as well as they can to ensure the well-being and development of their people and to defend and reinforce the international legal order. This also means, however, that states must share their sovereignty in supranational and international organisations where they cannot take effective action individually. The European Union as a decentralised community of nations and peoples, not as a unitary super state, must take in account local, regional, national and European levels according to the principle of subsidiarity.

  • Society

    Each human being within society depends on others. Because they are free, responsible and interdependent, people must take part in the construction of a pluralist society. The family has a central role in such a society.

  • Values

    Our thoughts and political actions are based on fundamental, interdependent, equally important, and universally applicable values: freedom, responsibility, fundamental equality, justice and solidarity.

  • Democracy

    We consider that democracy is the only political system supporting and protecting the integral development of the individual. There is no alternative to democracy and the rule of law.

  • Peace and security

    We believe in the need of a common security architecture for Europe to guarantee the peace, stability and freedom of the continent.

  • Participation

    It is the citizens of the European Union who by their support give it its legitimation. The European Union requires the active participation of European citizens. Europe is not - and cannot be - the affair of governments alone.