catalogue of Youth Centres available
The updated catalogue with presentations of
Youth Centres which participated in the 2010-2013
European Platform meetings can be consulted now on-line.
The European Platform of Youth Centres is organised
annually and is a platform for exchange and knowledge sharing among the
centres associating to the Council of Europe.
Presentation of Youth Centres (catalogue) May
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‘A young volunteer can
do anything – strengthening youth activism on Sexual and Reproductive
Health and Rights’
April, members from the
Sexual Awareness for Europe (YSAFE) network will gather at the
European Youth Centre in Budapest for a Study Session.
YSAFE is a youth network that unites youth volunteers
active in Member Associations of the International Planned Parenthood
Federation European Network (IPPF EN) .
The session aims to strengthen
youth activism and networking on Comprehensive Sexuality Education
within a human rights framework at regional and national level in Europe
and Central Asia.
Moderators in the EYCB - Training workshop for online volunteers (15-16
online volunteers are activists with special competencies and role for
the online platform and tools of the
No Hate Speech On-line Campaign and are key actors in the
campaign, particularly in the European and national aspects.
online volunteers are
the ones to shape and build the online community and to ensure the
content of the
The training workshop aims to support
the group of online volunteer activists of the campaign to develop their
competences in managing the platform of the campaign, to get to know
each other, learn about the campaign and plan their work together.
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and Democracy: a Legal Framework for School Student Rights
From 7th to 14th of April
the Organising Bureau of European School Student Unions is
organising a Study Session entitled “Participation and democracy:
A legal framework for school student rights” at the European Youth
Centre in Budapest in co-operation with the Directorate of Democratic
Citizenship and Participation, Youth Department of the Council of
This Study Session looks at the existing tools available for
school student organisations to achieve their aims and make their voices
The event explores the possibilities for school students and
their organisation to advocate for full democratic participation on
national and European level.
It aims to make participants familiar with
the Charter on EDC-HRE and other relevant documents at disposal to
demand full participation; to establish a common ground and develop a
shared understanding on the topic of participation and democracy; to
make participants reflect about their organisations work on
participation and democracy and share their personal experiences; to
encourage networking amongst participatns and develop effective follow
up plans; to build the partcipants knowledge of exisiting tools in
Europe, inlcuding legal mechanisms, and develop their skills in how to
use these to advocate for a full democratic participation on national
and European level and to explore, explain and inform participants
about the different levels and definitions of participation and democracy
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award ceremony of the CoE Quality Label for Youth Centres
The first award ceremony of the Council of Europe
Quality Label for Youth Centres to the Euromed Youth Centre (Adrasan,
Turkey) and The Youth Cultural Center Brežice (Brežice, Slovenia)
place in the EYCB yesterday.
Ms Seija Astala, Chair of European Steering Committee on Youth handed
over the Label to Prof. Dr. İsrafil Kurtcephe, Rector of Akdeniz
University (Turkey) and Ms Nataša Kalin, in charge of international
cooperation, Brezice Youth Cultural Center (Slovenia) - the
represantatives of the two centres which acquired the Label first.
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No Hate Speech Movement! Youth Campaign for Human Rights
Updates and Campaign news
Follow the Campaign on Twitter
Join the No Hate Speech Movement! Become an online volunteer
for the youth campaign for human rights online (2013-2014)
Call for online volunteer
activists for the
No Hate Speech Movement
March 2013 - March 2014; Training course: 15-16 April 2013
European Youth Centre Budapest
The Youth Department of the
Council of Europe calls upon young human rights and online activists
interested to act as volunteer activists in our online campaign against
hate speech to read and apply for this unique opportunity!
The online volunteers are activists with special competencies and role
for the online Campaign platform and tools. They are key actors in the
campaign, particularly in the European and national aspects. They are
the ones to shape and build the online community and to ensure the
content of the online platform.
The training workshop aims to support the group of online volunteer
activists of the campaign to develop their competences in managing the
platform of the campaign, to get to know each other, learn about the
campaign and plan their work together.
Deadline for applications: 28 March 2013
No Hate Speech Movement -
The official Launching
event of the
No Hate Speech Movement will take place on the 22nd
March at 10.30 a.m in the foyer of the hemicycle of the Council of
Europe’s main building (the Palais).
The Secretary General of the
Council of Europe, Mr Thorbjřrn Jagland will launch the Movement
alongside two members from the Statutory Committees of the Youth
Department of the Council of Europe, Ms Aleksandra Mitrovic (European
Steering Committee for Youth) and Mr Sergio Belfor (Advisory Council)
and Mr Peter Matjašič, President of the European Youth Forum.
After the launching event the official online Campaign platform
European Hate Speech Watch will be open for the public at
The Secretary General will also join the Campaign himself by uploading
his own video message on the Campaign platform, and will contribute to
Campaign on Twitter and Facebook.
The event will be streamed live online
Environmental Human Rights
session co-organised by International Young Naturefriends (IYNF)
During this seminar the
participants will explore the topic of environmental human rights and
active youth participation.
Youth workers, educators and activists will share experience in local
and global environmental matters, learn about the related international
They will disccus - among
others - how to defend their rights and the rights of the communities
that are affected by the abuse of local ecosystems and climate change
and learn good practices of peaceful activism.
The organisers also aim at building a network of young people willing to
multiply their knowledge and creating follow-up initiatives and
Course with Serbian Youth Workers and Trainers
The third and last
phase of the Long term training course for trainers in youth
participation and youth policy for social inclusion in the Republic of
Serbia has started today in the European Youth Centre Budapest, bringing
together 21 participants, governmental representatives and educational
staff of the Council of Europe for 5 days of training focusing on
quality of non-formal education and the role of trainers.
The long term training course for trainers on democratic youth
participation and youth policy for social inclusion in Serbia is the
result of an outstanding cooperation between the Council of Europe Youth
Department and the Ministry of Youth and Sport of the Republic of
Serbia. The course started in February 2012, bringing together 25
participants from Serbia and neighbouring countries. Participants are
trainers, youth workers, youth leaders or civil servants actively
working on issues of youth policy and youth participation at local,
national or European level, motivated to further develop their training
competences in non-formal education with a particular focus on youth
participation, youth policy and social cohesion. The course aims to
develop the competences of twenty-five trainers, coming from Serbia and
the neighbouring area, to contribute to the development of the quality
of youth work in Serbia, based on the quality standards developed by the
Council of Europe.
After the residential seminar, it is expected that participants will act
as an informal network of trainers in the Republic of Serbia and
neighbouring region contributing to the development of quality projects
that ensure youth participation and translate into youth policy.
You can find the
detailed programme of the second residential course
Revised edition of the
Quality Label brochure
The Youth Department has
produced the revised English version of the brochure “The Council of
Europe Quality Label for Youth Centres”.
The brochure presents the
set of criteria and the procedure for youth centres that aim at
acquiring the Quality Label.
The brochure is downloadable from here
For more information on the project please visit
Living Library School
Project – Documentary Film
In 2012, the European Youth
Centre Budapest of the Council of Europe, with support from the European
Youth Foundation and the UNHCR, and in cooperation with the Active
Citizenship Foundation, has launched a pilot project: taking the Living
Library concept to high schools across Hungary.
The initiative was an unqualified success, with over 300 students
reached in eight schools over a 4-month period. The film documenting one
of these events can be now viewed
in Hungarian with English
Hearing on the challenges
faced by Young Refugees and Asylum seekers in Europe accessing
their social rights and their integration, while in transition
On 14 January the European Youth Centre Budapest
is hosting a hearing on "the challenges face by Young Refugees
and Asylum-seekers in Transition to Adulthood". This hearing is
organised by the Youth Department and the Committee on Migration
of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe in
cooperation with the UNHCR offices of Strasbourg and Budapest.
The meeting is attended by young refugees, youth workers and
governmental representatives. The outcomes will contribute to
the report by Ms. Mailis Reps (Estonia, ALDE) of the
Parliamentary Assembly on "Unaccompanied migrant children: what
rights at 18?"
For more information on the subject please see a report from the
consultative meeting organised by the Youth Department in 2011
in English or
Revised COMPASS just published
revised version of "COMPASS - Manual for Human Rights Education
with Young People" has recently been published in
English language by the Council of Europe.
COMPASS is a practical tool and resource for citizenship and
human rights education. It is an
essential companion for all those who are curious and interested
in making the right to
human rights education a reality for everyone.
COMPASS was originally published in 2002 and is now available in
more than 30 languages.
A version specifically designed for human rights education with
children – COMPASITO –
enjoys a similar success. This fully revised and updated edition
includes new activities and
information about human rights issues such as disability and
disablism, migration, religion,
remembrance, war and terrorism.
COMPASS provides youth leaders, teachers and facilitators of
human rights education
activities, whether professional or volunteers, with concrete
ideas and practical activities to
engage, involve and motivate young people in living, learning
and acting for human rights. It
promotes a comprehensive perspective on human rights education
and sees young people as
actors for a culture of universal human rights.
For more information on this publication, please contact the
European Youth Centre Budapest.
For the downloadable pdf-version please click
"Tackling Hate Speech: Living
Together Online" - 27-28 Nov 2012, EYC Budapest
European Youth Centre Budapest is hosting the conference
“Tackling Hate Speech: Living Together Online” on 27 and 28
November, which is being co-organised by the Council of Europe
and the EEA and Norway
Among the representatives of a wide range of European and
international organisations, Secretary General of the Council of
Europe, Thorbjřrn Jagland, and George Soros, Founder of the Open
Society Foundations, were the keynote speakers of the event.
Participants will discuss the nature, extent and impact of hate
speech in today’s world as well as different options for
tackling the phenomenon – including issues related to
self-regulation and moderation of online discussion forums and
how best to tackle so-called “hate speech” – especially online –
whilst also protecting freedom of expression.
Following an opening press conference, Zoltán Balog, Hungarian
Minister for Human Resources, formally welcomed participants to
the event. Other speakers will include:
- Gabriella Cseh, Facebook’s head of European policy
- Frank la Rue, UN Special Rapporteur on freedom of expression
- Jenö Kaltenbach, Chair of the European Commission against
Racism and Intolerance
- Benjamin Ward, Deputy Director of Human Rights Watch
- Torgeir Larsen, State Secretary at the Norwegian Foreign
Representatives of the European Union’s Fundamental Rights
Agency, the International Network against Cyber-hate and the
European Broadcasting Union will also give their views.
The conference can be followed online at:
For the programme and more information please visit
official website of the conference.
Training workshop Action and
Campaigning against Hate speech (22-24 November 2012)
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Council of Europe
Youth Department in partnership with the
EEA and Norway Grants
are organising a training workshop entitled Action and
Campaigning against hate speech online in European Youth Centre
Budapest between 22-24 November 2012.
The workshop is part of the Council of Europe project
Young People Combating Hate
Speech Online and precedes the conference “Tackling
Hate Speech: Living Together Online” (27-28 November 2012,
European Youth Centre Budapest) organized by the same
The workshop aims to train young bloggers and online human
rights activists about hate speech online and prepare them to
play an active role in addressing it at national and European
The workshop will strive to develop a common understanding of
hate speech, its forms and consequences, and the conceptual and
legal framework of action against hate speech, but as well to
mobilise youth leaders, bloggers and online human rights
activists for action and initiatives against hate speech and
develop common guidelines and objectives to be applied in
national activities and projects.
The workshop is also an opportunity to discuss possible common
measures and actions at European level to support networking and
learning among the 15 beneficiary countries of the EEA and
Norway grants and to identify links and synergies with the
Online Youth Campaign of the Council of Europe.
The workshop brings together 55 participants from different
organisations across Europe interested to further develop their
competences and take an active role in the campaign against hate
speech online to be launched by the Council of Europe in 2013.
The programme of the workshop is available
You can follow the training workshop online at:
We are announcing our official hashtag for the workshop which is
#speaknohate and you can also follow our Twitter activity
through our account: @coe_dys. We will be tweeting in real-time
about the topics and issues we will discuss, the atmosphere in
the workshops. You can also tweet with the #speaknohate hashtag
your opinion about hate speech, share examples from your own
country and address questions to our guest speakers.
We will sum up all sessions in Facebook Page of the Council of
Europe – Youth Department (https://www.facebook.com/CouncilofEuropeYouth),
as well as publish photos & videos from the workshops. If you
don`t feel comfortable to Tweet your opinion, share the story or
address questions in 140 characters, you can do that in our
Facebook Page. Hence, do not hesitate to engage with us.
Several sessions where our guest speakers will present their
work will be Livestreamed with good audio & video quality. This
is great chance to learn more from firsthand experts and
professionals about variety of topics, such are: hate speech,
human rights, anti-racism education, discrimination etc. So, you
can find our livestream channel in the following link:
A programme of the livestream is available
And if you missed the all the activities and workshops, we will
make sure to highlight the most important moments & discussions
through our Storify account, which will be published every end
of the day. Here is the link if you are interested to read the
highlights of the day:
You can read further information about the project, the workshop
and have access to presentations and reports of working groups
at the projects website: http://act4hre.coe.int
YPA networking Conference -
6-8 November 2012
Between 6th and 8th
November 70 participants of the Youth Peace Ambassadors project
will meet at the European Youth Centre Budapest for the YPA
The Youth Peace Ambassadors project (YPA) promotes and supports
the role of young people in peace-building activities that
contribute to living together in dignity and dialogue. The
project builds on the Council of Europe’s understanding of
sustainable peace, which is ensured when human rights, rule of
law and democracy is a reality for all people in Europe equally.
Three groups of approximately 25 participants each were selected
and have started a long term training process that included two
residential seminars, e-learning and a practice phase for groups
A and B and a project phases with mentoring for all three
groups. Until the YPA Networking conference all three groups
have worked independently and followed their own training
trajectory, covering however the same topics and skills.
The Networking conference is the first meeting were all
participants of all three groups meet. After the seminar the
three groups will have merged into one group of 75 Youth Peace
Ambassadors participants. The networking Conference aims to set
up the aims of the network, identify working priorities and a
possible structure for management of the network and its
Phiren Amenca - The European
boogie Man Complex
Between 14th and the
20th October 34 young people gather at the European Youth Centre
in Budapest to attend Phiren Amenca’s study session “The
European boogie Man Complex” on antigypsyism. The study session
aims to raise the awareness and youth activism to challenge
stereotypes racism as well as to support the work of young Roma
and non-Roma volunteers in their voluntary service placements
across the world. The youth are Roma and non-Roma volunteers,
former volunteers, volunteer candidates and youth leaders who
are active in Roma communities and experienced in working with
Roma communities and/or Roma youth.
UNOY Peacebuilders - Youth
Advocacy for Peace
The European Youth
Centre Budapest hosts between 14th and 20th October a study
session organised by the United Network of Young Peacebuilders (UNOY
Peacebuilders) in cooperation with Fundació Catalunya Voluntŕria
(FCV), Support Initiative for Liberty and Democracy (SILBA), and
Centro Internazionale per la Promozione dell’Educazione e lo
Sviluppo (CEIPES). The purpose of the study session is to give
youth peace NGOs an opportunity to reflect on advocacy, as well
as to share practices and ideas on how to improve their advocacy
work. The outcome of the study session will assist youth NGOs of
UNOY Peacebuilders’ network in their role as active stakeholders
by working together on a common advocacy strategy for the
Training Course for Roma youth
leaders/activists for promoting human rights and taking action
The youth sector of
the Council of Europe organises between 20 and 29 October 2012 a
training course for Roma youth leaders and young activists. 34
participants from 18 countries will be trained on how to develop
youth initiatives and actions in their communities, in order to
fight discrimination and anti-Gypsyism. The course is organised
in the framework of the Council of Europe Roma Youth Action
Draft List of participants and project ideas
Presentation of the Course
Tell us what you think!
In the framework of
the project "Young people combating hate speech online",
the Youth Department of the Council of Europe launches a survey
on young people's attitudes and experience of online hate
The project aims to combat racism and discrimination in their
online expression of hate speech by equipping young people and
youth organisations with the competences necessary to recognise
and act against such human rights violations. The project is
centred around an online campaign against hate speech to be
launched in 2013.
The survey targets young people in Europe and beyond and is
intended to provide empirical data to support further research
(very much missing on the topic) and support us in shaping
better the online campaign against hate speech. The survey
takes only 15 minutes and is available in
French (A Russian version will be available soon.).
We invite you to complete the survey and also disseminate it
among your networks of members, partners and young people so
that we gather as much data as possible. The surveys will be
closed on 4th October 2012, therefor we count on your
immediate action in its dissemination.
Preliminary results will be made available in the Preparatory
seminar of the campaign taking place in the European Youth
Centre Strasbourg, between 10-12 October 2012 and on the
You can read more about the project
Vacancy Notice - Principle
Administrative Assistant at the EYCB- Temporary Contract
Under the authority of the Head of Division Education and
Training and of the Executive director of the European Youth
Centre Budapest, the successful candidate will ensure
professional assistance to the project Young People Combating
Hate Speech On-line, in particular the preparation,
implementation and follow-up of the Workshop for Bloggers and
On-line activists, in accordance with procedures, guidelines and
priorities and with a concern for quality, efficiency and
accuracy. For more details please check
the job description.
Deadline for applications:
18 September 2012, 17 hrs CET
Training Course of Youth
Peace Ambassadors (Group C)
3rd and 7th September 24 young people from across Europe gather at the European
Youth Centre in Budapest for their second seminar addressing conflict resolution,
intercultural dialogue and human rights. These youth are members of Group
C of the Youth Peace Ambassadors project. The project started in 2011 and
continues until 2013 aiming to empower young people in their role as multipliers
and youth leaders in peace-building activities in their communities through
their involvement in civil society organisations and projects.
Living Library documentary and revised
Youth Department of the Council of Europe has produced a documentary
“Let’s Take the Feminist – The Living
Library Experience” which was shot at 2011 Sziget Festival. The 26-minute
feature documentary is in Hungarian with English subtitles and presents
the best moments of the traditional Living Library event of the European
Youth Centre Budapest. The film is also distributed as a DVD compendium
to the revised Living Library organisers’ guide
“Don’t Judge a Book by Its Cover.”
OBESSU study session "Special
Needs" in the EYCB
the 4th to 11th of March 2012, the Organising Bureau of European School
Student Unions (OBESSU) will organise, in cooperation with the Council of
Europe, a study session entitled “Special Needs”: education, participation
and social inclusion at the European Youth Centre in Budapest. The study
session will gather together approximately 40 participants from more than
15 different countries from all over Europe. The Study Session aims to explore
and further develop tools and methods for social inclusion for school students
with special needs in youth projects. Besides young people from OBESSU also
young persons from the European Union of Deaf Youth (EUDY), Ceva de Spus,
the Norwegian Association of Youth with disabilities and Surdus Loquens
will participate in the Study Session. Moreover the President of the International
Federation of Hard of Hearing Young People (IFHOHYP) will be a guest speaker
at the event.
Training course for trainers
in human rights education
young trainers and youth workers from 30 countries meet from 7-14 February
for the ‘Training of Trainers in Human Rights Education for young people’
at the European Youth Centre Budapest. The Training seminar was preceded
by a seven month long e-learning phase. During the 8 day seminar participants
will develop their competences in human rights education, intercultural
learning, and promoting through education
on democratic citizenship and human rights education. Following
this seminar all trainers and youth workers of the course will implement
local and/or national training initiatives in their respective communities.
You can download the programme by clicking here.
Study Session ‘Why do not
change prejudices into experiences’ organised by ‘Loesje International’
in cooperation with ‘Loesje Armenia’
Between 22 and 26 November 30
young people from many European countries are exploring the relation between
stereotypes and prejudice and are developing idea’s on
how to work with young people in helping them to overcome their
stereotypes and learn to live in diverse and multicultural societies and
to respect human rights.
The organisers are using creative
tools developed by the
Loesje, such as poster creative writing.
Some of the inspiring examples
of the posters developed during the week can be found below.
Enter! Youth Meeting movies
to Social Rights for Young People from Disadvantaged Neighbourhoods
The movie clips from the
Enter! Youth Meeting that was held in the European Youth Centre Strasbourg
from 14 to 18 September 2011 are now available.
The meeting was organised within
the Enter! project on access to social rights for young people.
Watch the short movie of
Watch the long movie of the
info on the Youth Meeting >>>
Roma Youth Conference -
Terne Romengiri Konferencija in the EYC Strasbourg
the aspirations and projects of Roma youth in the Council of Europe - Dejpe
krlo/glaso e aspiracijenge thaj projektonge katar e terne Roma ande Europako
The Roma Youth Conference
(26-30 September 2011, EYC Strasbourg) is a follow up activity to the Strasbourg
Declaration, adopted in October 2010. It will gather representatives and
active leaders of Roma youth organisations and young Roma active
in other organisations and projects from the Council of Europe member states.
Read more on the
Living Library on the Sziget
August 12 and 14, and after a year of hiatus in 2010, the Living Library
project returned to the annual Sziget Festival, one of Europe’s
largest and best-known musical festivals.
Organized by the European
Youth Centre Budapest of the Council of Europe, the Living Library
has been a staple of the Sziget Festival since 2003, attracting
hundreds of festival goers of many nationalities and showcasing its unique
approach to challenging harmful and widespread stereotypes about various
social groups, such as gays, immigrants, Roma, Jews, women, policemen or
alcoholics, among many others.
This year, the Living Library
was open to visitors on the three final days – Friday, Saturday and Sunday
– of the weeklong festival and it was open to all interested visitors
who were ready for the sometimes challenging, sometimes surprising, but
always interesting and illuminating discussions with our books.
For a selection of photos and a short video, please go to
EYCB Facebook page .
Council of Europe announced
2011 Youth Media Award
Directorate of Communication of the Council of Europe together with
the European Youth Press has announced a journalism prize
- Youth Media Award 2011 for young media makers and journalists
in all 47 CoE member states and Belarus.
There are four
categories open to contestants between 18 and 30 years old: photography,
video, radio and print journalism.
Entries are expected
to illustrate aspects of media freedom in 21st century Europe
and have to be uploaded at the
Youthmedia.eu Award page.
The Award is open from 7
March until 1 August 2011.
Human Rights Education
and Advocacy Activism – Learning for Change
Human Rights Education Youth Network (HREYN) held a study session entitled
"Human Rights Education and Advocacy Activism - Learning for change"
between 1-7 May 2011 in European Youth Centre Budapest.
session aimed to mainstream advocacy and actions in defence of human rights
as a crucial component of human rights education with young people in Europe
The study session brought together 35 young human rights activists
and educators from all over Europe with different levels of expertise
in advocacy, activism and education in order to contribute to the development
of human rights education methodologies and methods on activism.
The study session also benefited from the input of Ralf René
Weingartner, the Director of the Council of Europe’s Directorate
of Youth and Sport and of Dmitri Makarov, a human rights activist
from the Youth Human Rights Movement from the Russian Federation.
On 5 May, a round table was organised featuring Hungarian
civil society representatives: Györgyi Tóth (NANE), Anca Sandescu
(European Roma Rights Centre), Marton Liszka (Amnesty International), Eszter
Kovács (Védegylet), Mircea Cernov (Haver Alapítvány).
See photos from the session
Human Sentenced to Death
- A Meeting with Joaquín José Martínez
Friday, April 1, 2011
a young man, Joaquin José Martinez supported the death penalty. But the
Spanish-Ecuadorian man was sentenced to death by a Florida court for a dual
murder in 1987. He could not afford his own lawyer and was supported by
a public defender and the court committed serious procedural errors during
Many people lobbied on behalf of Martínez, including the
Spanish government and the pope. The campaign for his release was also supported
by the Sant’Egidio community.
After four years on death row, Martínez’s
death sentence was repealed by the appellate court and he was acquitted
of all charges. Today, he is one of the chief international advocates against
the death penalty
Guests had the opportunity to ask their own
questions from Mr. Martinez after the moderated
Human rights education
with and by school students
Bureau of School Students Unions and the
Directorate of Youth and Sport organised
a study session on “Human Rights Education with and by school students:
empowering school students to be peer educators in HRE" between 6-13
March 2011 at the European Youth Centre Budapest.
The study session
aimed to provide school student representatives with knowledge about HRE
and with tools to act as multipliers in their local realities. OBESSU believes
that Human Rights Education is not given enough space in school curricula
around Europe and for this reason they want to offer school student unions
the opportunity to learn more about HRE and acquire concrete means to transfer
this knowledge to their peers.
The participants will follow up the
study session by organising peer-to-peer Human Rights Education sessions
at national level with the support of their home organisations and will
feed-back their experiences in the living manual they are creating on their
A short film about the study session, realised by
the participants is available
The study session contributes directly to the
Human Rights Education Youth Programme,
run by Directorate of Youth and Sport since 2001, in order to contribute
to the promotion of the core mission and the values of the Council of Europe
related to human rights and democracy.
To follow the study
session latest developments and their discussion take a look
To learn more about study sessions and how
your international youth organisation/network could benefit from them take
M.A. European Youth Studies
Project - Short seminar in Budapest
M.A. European Youth Studies (M.A. EYS) Project organised a
residential seminar at the EYCB in February 2011.
The seminar is a core component
of the 2011 Short Course, itself a pilot for the upcoming transnational
and intercultural postgraduate degree in interdisciplinary European youth
The development process is currently
funded by the Socrates-Erasmus chapter of the EU Lifelong Learning Programme
and supported by the Council of Europe’s Directorate of Youth and Sport
and the EU-COE Youth Partnership.
This degree course aims to set
the quality reference point and benchmark for improving and sustaining the
development of European youth research as a distinct field of education
and scholarship. The only specialist degree of its kind, it aims to fill
an education and qualification gap at national and European levels.
Photos from the seminar
See video of the seminar
The Secretary General’s
visit to the European Youth Centre Budapest
The Secretary General of the Council of Europe, Thorbjorn Jagland,
visited Budapest on January 14th for a series of official
meetings with the Minister of Foreign Affairs, the President of the
Constitutional Court and members of the Hungarian government and Parliament.
Mr. Jagland also visited the EYCB where he opened an information
session of the
Intercultural Cities Programme of the Council of Europe, attended
by a small select group of representatives of Hungarian local authorities
and various ministries.
The Secretary General also held a meeting
with the EYCB staff to discuss the ongoing reform process and to answer
questions by staff members.
Photos from the Information Session on the
Intercultural Cities Programme
1st EU-Level Thematic Conference
for the European Year of Volunteering at the Council of Europe’s European
Youth Centre Budapest
official launch of the European Year of Volunteering 2011 took place
on January 8th in Budapest as part of the series of events linked to the
inauguration of the Hungarian presidency of the EU.
the launch was the 1st EU-level thematic conference for the EYV 2011
entitled “Recognising the contribution of volunteering to economy, society
and the individual – where are we now, and where do we want to go?”.
The event, held at the European Youth Centre Budapest, brought together
more than two hundred of the main stakeholders in the field of volunteering
in Europe and was opened by the keynote speeches of the Vice-President
of the European Commission, Viviane Reding, and Hungarian Deputy
Prime Minister and Minister for Public Administration and Justice, Tibor
The plenary panel discussion was moderated by the
Executive Director of the EYCB, Antje Rothemund and it included contributions
from Mr Staffan Nilsson, President of the European Economic and Social
Committee, Ms Flavia Pansieri, Executive Coordinator of the United
Nations Volunteers Programme, Ms Marian Harkin MEP, and
Ms Gabriela Civico representing the EYV 2011 Alliance.
the panel discussion, attention was brought to the
recent resolution by the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council
of Europe on the promotion of volunteering in Europe as a relevant and
useful guide for the achievement of the ambitious goals of the thematic
For more information
visit the EYV 2011 Alliance website
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10th December - Human Rights
Festival at the EYC Budapest
Festival's mission was to celebrate the Human
Rights Day which marks the anniversary of the adoption of the
Universal Declaration of Human Rights by the United Nations General
Assembly on 10 December 1948.
In co-operation with the European
Youth Centre Budapest and more than 40 NGOs, the main organiser,
Hungarian National Youth Service (service of Public Employment Service,
FSZH) wished to contribute also to the
European Year for Combating Poverty and Social Exclusion 2010.
The Festival offered a wide range of activities such as presentations,
round-table discussions, concerts and theatre performances, as well as interactive
workshops, exhibitions and an NGO-fair.
Read detailed information on the Festival
EYCB hosts Group of Eminent
2nd meeting of the Group of Eminent Persons took place in the European
Youth Centre Budapest on 2 December , the discussions focused on the situation
of Roma in Europe .
The Group is chaired by Joschka Fischer
and works on preparing a report within the context of the Pan-European project
''Living together in 21st century Europe''.
The picture shows
the Group of Eminent Persons meeting spontaneously with participants of
the study sessions taking place at the Centre.
Read more on the Group of Eminent Persons
Asian and European youth
representatives meet on Environment and Human Rights
Council of Europe – Directorate of Youth and Sport - and the Asia-Europe
Foundation (ASEF) gathered 30 young people from Asia and Europe to
participate in the Asia-Europe Training Course on Environmental Human Rights.
The training course was organised in cooperation with the International
Workcamp Organization (IWO) in Korea. It took place in Paju, Korea, from
9 to 15 November and focused on the challenges for Youth Work in relation
to the Environment and Human Rights.
residential seminar of the ENTER! Long Term Training Course
27th September- 6th October, 26 participants gathered in the European Youth
Centre Budapest fort he 2nd residential seminar of the Long Term Training
Course (LTTC) on the Access to Social Rights of young people from
The LTTC is part of the tri-annual
project ENTER! organised by the Directorate of Youth and Sports of
the Council of Europe and aims at developing youth policy responses to exclusion,
discrimination and violence affecting young people in multicultural disadvantaged
This second seminar in Budapest hold the purpose
of consolidating participants’ learning so far and evaluate their project
development. It also helped participants to further develop their expertise
on Social Rights and to explore how youth policy can influence their work
at local level.
Within the programme of the seminar, participants had
the opportunity to visit a local organisation, Kesztyugyár. They were introduced
to the educational programme of the community centre and had a chance to
explore the neighbourhood and see how urban regeneration can contribute
to social inclusion.
Participants further developed the next steps
of their projects and will meet again for a final seminar in Strasbourg
in May 2011.
For detailed information visit
the ENTER! project's website
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of Europe Directorate of Youth and Sport and ERYICA hold joint colloquy
on Youth Information
colloquy, entitled “Bridging the Gap” brought together over
thirty practitioners from the Youth Information field to discuss the development
of Youth Information in recent years and in particular since the adoption
of Recommendation (90) 7 in 1980 by the Council of Europe Committee
of Ministers on information and counselling for young people in Europe.
The meeting was also occasioned by the adoption of Recommendation
CM/ Rec (2010)8 by the Committee of Ministers on youth information in
The participants – both governmental representatives and youth
information workers – discussed a broad range of issues, among them the
current state of youth information, the consequeces of new youth cultures
on youth information services, the possible practical implementation of
the new recommendations, and the promotion of the
Youth Information Starter Kit.
One of the primary aims for
the colloquy was he sharing of local and national experiences among the
participants and the transfer of knowledge and expertise from countries
with well-established youth information structures and systems to countries
where this area is still in its early stages of development.
Platform's networking visit in Hungary
the framework of the networking visit in Hungary, the Platform of European
Social NGOs (Social
Platform) held its conference entitled “Impact of the crisis on people,
civil society organisations and social policies” at the EYCB on 15-16 September.
The conference –
including panel debates, field visits and different workshops – aimed at
assisting the delegations in gaining deeper insight into the impact of the
crisis on Hungary. Special attention was paid to the question of civil dialogue
in Hungary and the situation of the Roma and LGBT communities.
Four key messages to decision
makers by the present social civil society organisations came out during
1) Ensure partnership in Europe 2020 process
2) Underline the quality employment, not only ‘jobs’
3) Act in favour
of compromise-based financial mechanisms for civil society organizations
4) Give a recognition to volunteering
Summer School at the EYCB
The European Roma Rights
Centre held its annual Roma Rights Summer School from
25 July to 4 August 2010.
The intensive 10-day course involved 22 young
Romani and Traveller participants who learnt about international human rights
legislation and Romani issues.