MEPNL 17 in Arnhem, Brussels & Maastricht is organised by the MEP for You Foundation and the coordinator of MEP the Netherlands. The MEP for You Foundation is project organisation, aimed at organising a Western European Interregional MEP session in The Hague (WEMEP 2016 insert link www.wemep.eu) and an International MEP session in Arnhem, Brussels and Maastricht (MEPNL 17).
The MEP for You Foundation is built upon a collaboration between the MEP Gelderland Foundation, the MEP Limburg Foundation and the Montesquieu Institute. The three foundations combined are very experienced with organising MEP Conferences on different levels (regional, national, interregional and international). Seven young but experienced board members have established the Foundation. The following people are involved in organising MEPNL 17:
Board members MEP for You Foundation
- Raphaël Lepot (General Management)
- Camiel van Houdt (General Management)
- Thimo Zwiers (Finance & Acquisitions)
- Manon van de Ven (Coordinator Maastricht & International MEP-network)
- Niek Blok (Coordinator Brussels)
- Sterre de Geus (Coordinator Arnhem)
- Manuel Quaden (Coordinator MEP Western Europe 2016)
The MEP for You Foundation believes in the power of projects for the youth, by the youth and involves as many young volunteers in the organisation as possible. Through its various partners, the MEP for You Foundation has access to an extensive network of volunteers that are willing to participate in the organisation of the MEPNL 17 conference. Both provincial foundations and the national foundation work exclusively with young volunteers who already have several years of experience in successfully organising MEP conferences and related activities (funding & sponsorships; trips to The Hague, Brussels & Strasbourg; and apprenticeships with politicians). The volunteers are eager to deploy all of their potential for organising MEPNL 17 conference.
The MEP Gelderland Foundation
The MEP Gelderland Foundation is established in 1989. Since then, they have organised 26 local and 2 national MEP conferences. The conferences in Gelderland differs from other MEP-conferences, because they are fully organised by scholars. The organising scholars are supported by MEP-Alumni and by teachers and directors from secondary schools in the Gelderland region. In the MEP-projects in Gelderland, the synergy of scholars, students, alumni, provincial politicians and servants and teachers is vital for the quality of the MEP session. It is their intention to stimulate the same synergy for upcoming international MEP Sessions.