Youth - Young people building Europe

The Advisory Council on Youth
The Advisory Council on Youth is a Council of Europe body made up of 30 representatives from youth NGOs and networks in Europe which provide opinions and input on all youth sector activities. It also ensures that young people are involved in other activities of the Council of Europe.

In practice, the Advisory Council:

- contributes to the mainstreaming of youth policies across the Council of Europe programme of activities
- formulates opinions and proposals on general or specific questions concerning youth in the Council of Europe as well as the priorities and budget allocations for the youth sector
- promotes activities focused on youth in the field of international cooperation
- sends representatives to statutory meetings and events with the aim of making the work of the Council of Europe in this field more visible.

The Terms of Reference for the 2016-2017 Advisory Council on Youth were adopted by the Committee of Ministers on 25 November 2015. Following this decision, the Advisory Council elected its new Bureau and representatives to the Programming Committee on Youth at its founding meeting in March 2016.

Chair: Marko Grdosić, AEGEE-Europe/European Students’ Forum

Vice-Chair: Anja Olin Pape, National Council of Swedish Youth Organisations

Bureau members: Marko Boko (Croatian Youth Network), Tinna Ros Steinsdottir (European Alliance of Young Men’s Christian Association) and Milosh Ristovski (Centre for Intercultural Dialogue),

Programming Committee on Youth
Christel De Lange (Dutch National Youth Council), Christian Scharling (International Federation of Liberal Youth), Christina Marian (Forum of European Roma Young People), Matic Germovšek Žnidaršič (Youth of European Nationalities) Magnus Malnes (Norwegian Youth Council), Maria Roidi (Youth Social Rights Network), Matej Manevski (Youth for Exchange and Understanding) and Osiris Hoepel (House of Youth).

Gender Equality Rapporteur
Şebnem Keniş, Community Volunteer Foundation and member of the Advisory Council, was appointed by the Joint Council on Youth as its Gender Equality Rapporteur for the period 2016-2017.

Presentation of Advisory Council members 2016-2017 including their respective areas of responsibility.

Contact the Advisory Council

The Advisory Council on Youth is the non-governmental partner in the co-managed bodies of the Council of Europe’s Youth Department. The Council of Europe’s youth sector works on the basis of a partnership between non-governmental youth organisations and governments, in what is known as the co-management system. This means that representatives from non-governmental youth organisations and youth networks cooperate closely with government officials from the European Steering Committee for Youth to establish the standards and work priorities of the Council of Europe’s youth sector and make recommendations for future priorities, programmes and budgets.

The Advisory Council on Youth promotes at all levels, the co-management system in the decision-making process as a good practice for youth participation, democracy and inclusion; whilst preparing and encouraging young generations to take responsibility to build their desired society.

Priorities and activities
The Advisory Council Work Plan for 2016-2017 will be soon published.

Calendar of events for 2016 and 2017.

Statements of the Advisory Council

Statement of the Advisory Council on Youth of the Council of Europe on the International Day of Persons with Disabilities, 3 December 2016

Comments of the AC and the Gender Equality Rapporteur of the Joint Council on Youth (CMJ) on the Council of Europe draft Disability Strategy for 2017-2023

Comments on the Committee on the Rights of the Child Draft General Comment on the implementation of the rights of the child during adolescence

Statement on celebrating International Roma Day (8 April)

Opinion on Parliamentary Assembly forthcoming Resolution “Sport for all: bridge to equality, integration and social inclusion (8 February)

Statements on Parliamentary Assembly forthcoming Report on “Youth against corruption” (27 January)

Comments on Committee of Ministers response to Congress Recommendation 367(2015) on youth participation (12 January)

Comments on the Council on Europe Action Plan on Building Inclusive Societies 2016-2019 (6 November)

Statement of Joint Council on Youth on the current refugees crisis in Europe pointing to the particular vulnerability of young refugees and asylum seekers (6 November)

Statement in solidarity with the migrants, refugees and asylum-seekers in Europe (28 April)

Statement on celebrating International Roma Day and calling on European decision makers and youth to support the efforts and participation of young Roma as full citizens and to improve European youth and Roma policies (8 April)

Call to member states of the Council of Europe Development Bank to consider submitting projects which could address the challenges of youth unemployment (23 October)

Request to the European Youth Forum to support a National Youth Council in “the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia” (24 September)

Statement of solidarity with youth in the Balkans due to the worst floods ever recorded in the area in recent history (6 June)

Joint statement with the European Youth Forum on the situation in Ukraine (26 March)

Leaflet, Advisory Council on Youth 2016-2017 (English) forthcoming

Survey on young people’s awareness of their access to rights (Dec 2013)

Young Persons and the case-law of the European Convention on Human Rights and the European Social Charter (Oct 2013)

Social Media
The AC on Facebook!

AC newsletter no 1, 2015
AC newsletter no 2, 2013
AC newsletter no 4, 2012
AC newsletter no 1, 2012

AC newsletter no 3, 2011

AC newsletter no 2, 2010

AC newsletter no 1, 2010

Previous Advisory Council’s on Youth

Mandate 2014-2015
Advisory Council members 2014-2015
Leaflet, Advisory Council on Youth 2014-2015 (English)
Terms of Reference 2014-2015
2014 calendar of events
2015 calendar of events

Mandate 2012-2013
Advisory Council members 2012-2013
Leaflet, Advisory Council on Youth 2012-2013 (French) and (Russian)
Terms of Reference 2012-2013
2013 calendar of events