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The European Youth Centre Budapest is a residential educational establishment of the Council of Europe At present, 47 European states are members of the Council of Europe, an international organisation founded in 1949. The Council of Europe’s primary goal is to promote the unity of the continent and guarantee the dignity of its citizens by ensuring respect for their fundamental values: human rights, pluralist democracy and the rule of law. The Council of Europe works on solutions to major problems facing European society, like racism, intolerance, discrimination against minorities, inequality, social exclusion, drug abuse, corruption and organised crime.

Within the Council of Europe, the EYCB is part of the Youth Department and is, like the European Youth Centre Strasbourg (EYCS) and the European Youth Foundation (EYF), an important instrument of the Council’s youth policy.

The EYCB enjoys diplomatic status under a seat agreement between the Council of Europe and the Hungarian State, the owner of its building.

Over nearly 40 years, the youth sector has developed numerous means to put this philosophy into practice: the European Youth Centres in Strasbourg (since 1972) and in Budapest, the European Youth Foundation (since 1974), the Solidarity Fund for Youth Mobility in co-operation with the International Union of Railways, a partial agreement with the European Youth Card Association, a partnership agreement with the European Youth Information and Counselling Agency ERYICA and the charter on the participation of young people - to name just some of the most outstanding achievements.

The programme and policy of the Council of Europe youth sector are developed in close co-operation with governmental and non-governmental partners and deal with youth participation, social cohesion, intercultural dialogue and human rights education.
The EYCB hosts approximately 140-150 activities per year. About half of these activities are part of the annual programme of the Youth Department: training courses, study sessions, consultative meetings and symposia dealing with the development of youth work and youth policy in Europe.

From its outset, the EYCB's programme profile has aimed to promote in particular human rights education with and for young people.

The Department's priority programme on human rights education is co-ordinated from the EYCB and, since its implementation in 2000, it has achieved wide synergies in the Council of Europe member states. The EYCB has developed into a knowledge centre on human rights education in Europe and offers trainings and a whole series of educational resources as well as contacts and networks active in this field.
Compass - a manual for human rights education with young people” the central educational tool of the programme, is widely used all over Europe.

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