Youth - Young people building Europe


The Youth Department is part of the Directorate of Democratic Citizenship and Participation of the Council of Europe. The youth programmes of the Council of Europe are integral part of a wealth of initiatives aimed at the development of a common European cultural identity.   (more…)

IFHOHYP study session
Tune Up Your Organization!  Fight for Your Rights!

The International Federation of Hard of Hearing Young people will organise a study session from 17 to 22 November 2014, in co-operation with the European Youth Centre Strasbourg.

The study session aims to empower young hard of hearing leaders with competences needed for organisational development in order to enable their sustainable participation and disability rights work on local, national and international levels.

Link to the programme

Forum for mutual understanding in the Caucasus

The Council of Europe Youth Department, in cooperation with the National Youth Council of Russia calls for participants for the International Youth Forum “For understanding in the Caucasus”

The Forum is organised within the Action plan for 2014-2015 on the implementation of the Framework Programme on cooperation between the Council of Europe and the Russian Federation in the field of youth policy for 2014-2018.

The Forum aims to create the educational space for young people from the Caucasus countries in order to increase youth participation, to develop intercultural dialogue and to establish humanitarian cooperation in this region.

The Forum will be held in Grozny, Chechen Republic, the Russian Federation, from 16 to 20 November 2014, including the arrival and departure dates.

More details about the application process and the Forum itself can be found in the appended document.

The interested candidates are requested to apply online at: until Friday, 24 October, 06.00 pm (CET).

Presentation document


The official online Campaign platform and the European Hate Speech Watch are open for the public at

Campaign PR materials
>> Presentation brochure (March 2014)
>> Detailed brochure (June 2013)
>> Flyer
>> Poster


of Youth publications, reports, manuals... The publications are listed in alphabetical order. Just click on titles to consult them online

ORDER ON LINE COUNCIL OF EUROPE YOUTH PUBLICATIONS Tip. some of our publications are catalogued under ''Education"

all other youth publications...   List of publications [pdf] 

The Council of Europe

Promoting Council of Europe values, youth policy and youth work standards in Europe

The Council of Europe Quality Label for Youth Centres is an opportunity for youth centres with a structured relationship to a public authority to benefit from the Council of Europe's approach to youth work and youth policy

Read the brochure on Quality label.. (2012 version)


The European Portfolio for youth leaders and youth workers is an initiative of the Council of Europe in cooperation with experts and partners such as the European Commission and the European Youth Forum.

It provides youth leaders and youth workers in Europe, volunteers or professionals, with a tool which can help them identify, assess and describe their competencies based on European quality standards.

After distributing hundreds of Portfolios in Europe and beyond, our English stock is now empty. But keep an eye on this site, as a brand new online version is due towards the end of 2014!

In the meantime, you may still use your Portfolio in its online versions, in English, German, Dutch, Turkish and Russian!! (the French Portfolio is still available in its paper version.)

If you don't know the Portfolio yet, have a look at the presentation...



Council of Europe Youth department
Unfolding youth work: a seminar to introduce the European Youth Work Portfolio The Youth Department of the Council of Europe is organizing on 19 to 21 November 2014 a seminar which aims to make a contribution to the process of recognition of youth work throughout Europe, by introducing the revised European youth work Portfolio and by associating key partners in its dissemination and future use.

The seminar will bring together 40 participants, representatives of youth agencies and ministries of the members states of the Council of Europe, youth organisations, youth workers’ training services, youth workers and youth leaders.

Programme  / List of participants

Challenges to transition to working life and autonomy...
Council of Europe Youth Department

On 18 - 19 February 2014 the Youth department of the Council of Europe organised at the European Youth Centre in Strasbourg a Consultative Meeting ''Addressing challenges to transition to working life and autonomy of young people in Europe''

The report of the Consultative meeting can be consulted here >>>

Message of the Forum

NHSM Forum
The Message of the Forum is now available in English and French, together with the final list of participants.


GFYPOn 28-30 October 2014, about 700 participants convened by a broad institutional partnership -  UN Secretary General’s Envoy on Youth, the UNDP, the UNESCO and the Council of Europe - met in Baku, Azerbaijan, for the first event of its kind, the Global Forum on Youth Policies.

The event is hosted by the Government’s Ministry of Youth and Sports in the framework of Azerbaijan’s Chairmanship of the Council of Europe’s Committee of Ministers.

Presentation and programme of the GFYP >>

Website of the GFYP >>  


Educational Responses to Islamophobia and Discrimination against Muslims in Europe

Council of Europe colour logoOSCE_ODIHROn 17-19 September the European Youth Centre Budapest organised a seminar on Educational responses to islamophobia and discrimination against muslims in Europe

The seminar aimed to explore and understand the dimensions Islamophobia and its expression through online hate speech and explored the role of education in combating it and promoting religious tolerance and understanding.

The seminar also made concrete proposals for actions and initiatives to implemented online and offline in the framework of the No Hate Speech Movement campaign, contributed to the implementation of the European Action Day against Islamophobia and Religious Intolerance on 21 September 2014 and proposed ways to implement and apply the “Guidelines for Educators on Countering Intolerance and Discrmination against Muslims. Addressing Islamophobia through Education”.

The outcomes of the seminar contributed to the campaign's action against islamophobia and religious intolerance on 21 September  >>

Seminar presentation and programme

Live stream programme at: 

Islamophobia and its consequences on Young People (Publication)