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…)


European Youth Foundation
Seminar for youth NGOs

EYF visualFrom 1 to 4 March 2016, the European Youth Foundation (EYF) of the Council of Europe is organising a seminar with representatives of international and local youth NGOs at the European Youth Centre in Strasbourg.

If you are an international or a local youth NGO that is registered in the EYF database this invitation is for you!

Please read the call and send the application form to before 10 January 2016.

The EYF is also looking for a coordinator and a trainer to prepare and run the seminar in cooperation with the EYF Secretariat. Please read the call and send the application form to before 8 December 2015.

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EYE2016 - Registrations open

EYE2016The European Parliament is happy to announce that registrations are now open for the next edition of the European Youth Event  that will take place on 20-21 May 2016.

Several thousand young Europeans aged between 16 and 30 years will have the opportunity to exchange perspectives and ideas for the future of Europe and develop new ideas to tackle the challenges facing Europe - together  with European decision-makers; stage various cultural shows to demonstrate the rich cultural diversity within the European Union.

Participants will engage in workshops, debates and other activities related to five main themes, namely:
 - War and Peace: Perspectives for a Peaceful Planet;
 - Apathy or Participation: Agenda for a Vibrant Democracy;
 - Exclusion or Access: Crackdown on Youth Unemployment;
 - Stagnation or Innovation: Tomorrow’s World of Work;
 - and Collapse or Success: New Ways for a Sustainable Europe

This programme is a work in progress and will unfold in the upcoming months before the opening of registration of activities in March 2016, when each EYE participant can book the activities they would like to attend.

 All you want to know on the EYE2016


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...

List of publications [pdf] Updated Sept. 2015

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)

Enter! Youth Meeting 2015
 Access to social rights for all young people

E!YMFrom 30 June to 3 July 2015 the European Youth Centre of the Council of Europe in Strasbourg offered young people, especially those experiencing discrimination, exclusion and violence in their environment, the opportunity to have their voices heard on solutions for improving their access to social rights.

200 young people, youth workers and local and regional authorities’ representatives from all over Europe joined the Enter! Youth Meeting, in order to learn and share experiences about social rights, situations and responses in other countries, as well as about the work of the Council of Europe in this field.

The implementation of the Recommendation of the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe to the Member States on the access of young people from disadvantaged neighbourhoods to social rights was also discussed.

List of participants >>

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National Training Course for Human Rights Education
with Young People

The national training courses in human rights education supports the development of human rights education through youth work and non-formal learning. It aims to consolidate and support the role of non-governmental youth organisations as actors in the implementation of the Council of Europe Charter on Education for Democratic Citizenship and Human Rights Education.

It does so by combining the development and dissemination of tools and resources on human rights education, most notably the ''Compass'' manual, and capacity-building activities for trainers, multipliers and advocates of human rights education and human rights.

The National Training courses on Human Rights Education are organised at the initiative of national organisations or institutions interested in introducing, and developing the provisions and quality of human rights education.

Interested organisations and institutes are invited to express their interest returning the attached form to by 16 December 2015.

For more information please consult the call attached or online

We thank you for distributing the call to relevant organisations and institutions in your network.
7th European Platform of Youth Centres
Quality label logoThe 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.

It ensures networking amongst centres recognised with the Quality Label and those aspiring to its acquisition. In 2016 Lisbon Youth Centre hosts the 7th Platform meeting. In 2014 the CDEJ awarded Lisbon Youth Centre, Portugal the Quality Label for the period of 2015-2017.

Objectives of the Platform:
- to present the ‘Council of Europe Quality Label for Youth Centres’;
- to exchange on management and educational practices in youth centres;
- to deepen participants’ knowledge on non-formal education with young people;
- to promote Council of Europe values in youth policy and youth work standards;
- to establish contacts for networking and cooperation amongst participants.

The Platform will bring together:
- managers and staff members of youth centres planning to apply the Quality Label standards without intending to acquire the Quality Label
- youth centres that already have obtained the Quality Label
- decision-makers planning to establish a youth centre with Council of Europe philosophy and quality standards;
-representatives of national youth ministries who support a selected youth centre and who participate as a tandem
- selected experts.

In 2016 Lisbon Youth Centre hosts the 7th Platform meeting from 23 to 25 February.

More information and Application form

Application deadline: 11 January 2016


Strasbourg, 19 October 2015

The European Youth Work Convention 2015 was one of the flagship initiatives of the Belgian Chairmanship of the Council of Europe (November 2014 - May 2015).

It took place five years after the 1st Convention, organised in Ghent from 7 to 10 July 2010 in the framework of the Belgian EU Presidency

This 1st Convention resulted in the Declaration of Ghent and the Resolution of the EU Council of 18-19 November 2010 on Youth Work, a milestone for the recognition and support of youth work in Europe.

The Council of Europe Youth Department will ensure a follow-up to the declaration by drafting a Committee of Minister’s recommendation on “The contribution of youth work to education and inclusion of young people”.

Check and download the complete Final Report
1st Anniversary of the Global Forum on Youth Policies
Social Media action!

Global Forum on Youth PoliciesPlease find suggested media action on the occasion of the first anniversary of the Global Forum on Youth Policies in the attached document

You may also consult this page on the dedicated UN page