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…)


World Forum for Democracy
Freedom vs control: For a democratic response

18-20 November 2015, Strasbourg (France)

The 4th edition of the World Forum for Democracy will engage with decision-makers and opinion-formers in a reflection on how to maintain a balance between freedom and control for security in European societies and will explore new ways of engaging young people in re-visioning the democratic arenas of today.

Read the presentation of the Forum >>>

All candidates must apply in 2 parts:
A / An online application form should be completed via this link:

Please follow these steps in order to access the application form:
1 / Register to the platform:
2 / Log in:
3 / Click the title of the Forum on this page:

B / A short 1 minute video should be posted on YouTube, with the link attached to the online application form (see instructions)

The application form must be submitted on-line before Sunday 30 August 2015 (midnight CET), together with a support letter from the NGO/sending organisation.


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...


BROCHURE PRESENTING THE NEW PORTFOLIO (please write to the youthportfolio address if you wish to receive a print copy of the brochure)

Evaluation and Follow-Up Conference
On 27-30 May 2015 the No hate speech movement evaluation and follow-up conference brought together some 120 participants, representatives of the stakeholders involved in the campaign to create the space to evaluate the results of the campaign and to develop the follow-up strategy.

The conference discussed the evaluation of the No Hate Speech Movement campaign at the European level and identified measures for its follow-up and sustainability of the results in youth, human rights and education and media related policies.

Programme of the conference >>

Photo gallery (Council of Europe)

Photo gallery

Photo gallery 2

Podcast with participants in the conference

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 >>

List of organisations >>

Programme >>


9th UNESCO Youth Forum
Young Global Citizens for a Sustainable Planet
UNESCO_2015_Youth_ForumThe 9th UNESCO Youth Forum – Young Global Citizens for a Sustainable Planet – will take place in Paris, France on the 26th to the 28th October 2015.

The forum will bring together over 500 young women and men from all over the world to focus on issues related to sustainable development and global citizenship and ensure that the voices of future generations remain front and centre of the new development agenda.

Discussions at this year4s forum will focus on how young people, committing themselves as global citizens, can contribute to the creation of a sustainable planet.

Background note on the Forum

Nomination criteria of youth participants

Further on-line information >>

DEADLINE to apply: by 31 August 2015, 8.30 am (GMT) at the latest

Beyond Barriers
CALL for applications
CoE-EU youth partnership
EU-CoE youth partnership open calls Beyond barriers: a youth policy seminar on social inclusion of young people in vulnerable situations in South East Europe

(28-29 October 2015. Mostar, Bosnia and Herzegovina)

Presentation & Application form

Deadline to apply: 31 August 2015
European Youth Event:
Call for YO!Fest Partners 
This call is for youth organisations that wish to become YO!Fest partners and to bring a group of participants to the EYE in 2016.

Individuals should not apply to this call and will need to be part of a registered group to attend the event.

Organisers: European Youth Forum/ European Parliament

Number of participants: 8000

Dates: Friday 20th May and Saturday 21st May 2016

Deadline 04 September 2015

Further information on the call >>

Call for recognition of 22 July as European Day for Victims of Hate Crime

After the commemoration ceremony held today in Oslo for the victims of the brutal attacks of 22 July 2011, Anne Brasseur, President of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE), and the Speaker of the Storting Olemic Thommessen have called for 22 July to be recognised as the European Day for Victims of Hate Crime.

“It has been four years since the tragic events in Oslo and Utøya took place. The reality we face today is much more worrying than we would have thought four years ago: hatred and intolerance have become even more widespread in Europe, when they should have no place in our democratic societies,” said the two Presidents.

“We need this European day to show solidarity with all those who have been victims of hate crime, to enable people to recognise these human rights violations and to promote a wide and inclusive effort to combat hate.”



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