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…)


Seminar "Gender equality matters"

Gender_equality_matters_seminarFrom 1 to 3 June 2016, the European Youth Centre of the Youth Department of the Council of Europe will host the seminar “Gender equality matters!” on understanding and integrating gender equality in intercultural youth activities of the Council of Europe and its partners.

Over 40 participants from youth organisations and youth policy bodies will attend the event





3rd Compass Forum on Human Rights Education (European Youth Centre Budapest, 5-7 October 2016)

The Youth Department of the Council of Europe invites you to apply and disseminate the information about the 3rd Compass Forum on Human Rights Education that will take place in the European Youth Centre Budapest, 5-7 October 2016.

The forum aims at strengthening the quality, recognition and outreach of human rights education with young people.

The Forum has the following objectives:
• To evaluate achievements since the 2nd Forum (2009) and to share and discuss recent developments in the understanding and practices of human rights education with young people
• To prepare and contribute to the evaluation of the implementation of the Council of Europe Charter on Education for Democratic Citizenship and Human Rights Education with input from the youth and NGOs sectors
• To address challenges and future goals for human rights education, especially through youth policy and youth work, in the current social, political and economic context
• To make proposals for the further development and sustainability of Education for Democratic Citizenship and Human Rights Education
• To support mutual knowledge and cooperation between stakeholders from formal and non-formal education fields concerned with Education for Democratic Citizenship and Human Rights Education
• To enhance the recognition of the role of young people and youth work in Education for Democratic Citizenship and Human Rights Education.

The Forum will take place during the Estonian Chairmanship of the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe (May-November 2016) and will contribute to promote the fundamental values of the Council of Europe and to the protection and promotion of the human rights of children and young people, which are also main priorities of the Chairmanship.

The Forum will gather 120 participants, including 80 experts and partners involved in human rights education with young people, representatives of the Statutory bodies of the youth sector of the Council of Europe, and members of the EDC/HRE coordinators network of the Education Department of the Council of Europe.

Further information is available here >>>

You can apply to take part in this important event by duly completing the application form available at:  until 8 June 2016 noon.

WORLD FORUM FOR DEMOCRACY 2016 - Call for Lab submissions

WFD 2016The 2016 World Forum for Democracy (Strasbourg, 7-9 November) will focus on the relationship between education and democracy.

It will examine whether they can reinforce each other and together address the risks of new social divides. In particular, the forum will explore how education and democracy can nurture active citizens with critical and analytical skills, and how through fostering grassroots innovation and bottom-up democratic reform, it can help develop civic engagement and improve opportunities for all.

Please find in the attached document more information on the WFD 2016 as well as a call for Lab submissions


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. However, the new online version is now available! (link below)

You may also 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...


(please write to the youthportfolio address if you wish to receive a print copy of the brochure)
International Youth Camp “Dialogue”

VIII International Youth Camp DialogueThe Council of Europe Youth Department is co-organising in cooperation with the National Youth Council of Russia and with support of the Ministry of Education and Science of the Russian Federation the VIII International Youth Camp “Dialogue” to be held from 8 to 12 July at the Tourist-cultural centre “Ethnomir” (Kaluga region, Russian Federation).

The Dialogue Camp brings together 100 young people from a wide range of ethnic, religious and cultural background from Europe, the Commonwealth of Independent States countries and different regions of the Russian Federation. The camp aims to create and provide an educational environment for youth leaders and activists from various cultural backgrounds to practice and develop their competencies in Intercultural Dialogue for fostering peace in society today.

The camp is a part of the Action Plan for 2016-2017 of the Framework Programme on co-operation between the Council of Europe and the Russian Federation in the youth field.

All interested candidates from the states party to the European Cultural Convention (other than the Russian Federation) should apply by 2 pm (CET) on 10 June by filling in the online application form available at

All interested candidates from the Russian Federation are invited to complete an online application form by 18h00 (Moscow time) on 12 June:

Presentation document in Russian (Международный молодёжный лагерь)
SEMINAR ENTER! From policy to practice
ENTER! programme
Call for participants Enter! seminar: from Policy to Practice

The Youth Department is organising a seminar on the implementation of the Recommendation on the access of young people from disadvantaged neighbourhoods to social rights [CM/Rec(2015)3].

Applications are welcomed from through youth work and youth policy practitioners, working on social rights of young people.

Deadline to apply is: 20 June 2016

More information in the call READ the call >>

Read the Recommendation >>
Your contribution: essential!
Survey for civil society on the implementation of Council of Europe Charter on Education for Democratic Citizenship and Human Rights Education
The Council of Europe Charter on Education for Democratic Citizenship and Human Rights Education, adopted in 2010, is an essential document outlining the standards and principles for citizenship and human rights education.

The Council of Europe reviews the level of implementation of the Charter in member states every 5 years in order to support reflection and evaluation, identify and share good practices, develop new policies and support measures. A new cycle was initiated in 2016 by both Education and Youth Departments of the Council of Europe and its results will be finalised and made available in 2017.

This questionnaire is part of the review conducted with non-governmental organisations by the Youth Department. It is addressed to representatives of youth organisations (formally recognised and informal groups) and non-governmental organisations (NGOs) working on human rights education and education for democratic citizenship at local, national and international level.

Needless to say that without your contribution it will not be possible to have accurate information on the situation in member states and to create together policies and programmes that ensure access to human rights education for everyone. We count on you to complete the questionnaire and to spread it among your networks and partners,

The questionnaires are available in :

We are accepting contributions until 15 June 2016.

Call for application of projects
European Drug Prevention Prize 2016
Council of Europe Pompidou Group, European Drug Prevention Prize 2016
We are calling for projects to apply for the Pompidou Group European Drug Prevention Prize, 2016.

The Prize is awarded every two years to active youth drug prevention projects.

The projects must be doing quality drug prevention and fully involve young people (aged under 25). They should be currently running or recently finished. Innovative projects are sought.

Up to three Projects will be awarded a Prize. During the Award Ceremony each will receive the Prize Trophy, the Prize Diploma and €5.000 to develop their work.

Prize-winners tell us that winning the Prize has helped them gain greater recognition for their work.

Your applications should reach the Pompidou Group Secretariat by 31 July 2016

Please consult the Pompidou Group website for more information 

List of publications [pdf] Updated February 2016

ALPHA LIST of Youth publications, reports, manuals

The publications are listed in alphabetical order.

Just click on titles to consult them online


Tip. some of our publications are catalogued under ''Education" all other youth publications...