YEPP is the youth organisation of the European People’s Party. We bring together 63 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.
Life has taught me that we must discover what it is that we are passionate about and then use our passion to make a difference. Politics and Europe are what I care about the most: both inspire me and make me stand up for what I believe in.
In November 2018 I was honoured to be elected as Secretary General of the Youth of the European People’s Party (YEPP), having been actively involved since 2013. This role presents many challenges and opportunities.
The Board is responsible for the daily work of YEPP, within the framework of guidelines adopted by the Congress and the Council. Members of the Board are: The President, the First Vice-President, the Secretary General, the Deputy Secretary General, the Treasurer, nine Vice-Presidents.
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.
Jasmin Schweizer is from Landshut, Germany but grew up in Cork, Ireland. She earned a Bachelors degree in Criminology at University College Cork, with an interest in terrorism and political violence. She went on to obtain a Master’s degree in International Public Policy and Diplomacy. Prior to working for YEPP, Jasmin completed an Internship in the Irish Parliament (Oireachtas Éireann) where she focused on Brexit, particularly British-Irish relations. She has a strong interest in learning about EU-AU relations and how to improve dialogue between the youth. Jasmin is fluent in German and English, and in her free time enjoys learning about Edo Cosmology and travelling.
Alex Bandraburu is originally from Bacau, Romania. After gaining a degree in Civil Engineering from the Technical University of Iasi he moved to Eindhoven, The Netherlands, where he complemented his studies with subjects less technical. Simultaneously, it was at TU Eindhoven where he worked in implementing digital tools, getting involved in and improving users’ learning process. He was the board member of the Dutch branch of the largest Romanian Students Association Abroad – LSRS, with the mission of building and promoting a strong Romanian youth community. Alex is passionate about efficient education, in its various forms, supported by proper data analytics and design.
It is the declaration of our fundamental principles and values, our compass. Addressing the most challenging issues Europe is facing today, calling for concrete measures and policies to be adopted, our Political Program presents our vision of the future of Europe. A Europe of innovation, technological but also societal advancements, a Europe that will not just survive in the modern era but will lead. A Europe shaped by and for its people.