Youth - Young people building Europe


The Council of Europe's commitment to fostering greater youth participation can be demonstrated through its system of co-management. This involves representatives from youth non-governmental organisations (NGOs) sitting down in committees with government officials who together then work out the priorities for the youth sector and make recommendations for future budgets and programmes. These proposals are then adopted by the Committee of Ministers, the Council of Europe's decision-making body.


The European Steering Committee for Youth (CDEJ)
brings together representatives of ministries and organisations responsible for youth matters from the 50 States Parties to the European Cultural Convention. It encourages closer co-operation between governments on youth issues and provides a forum for comparing national youth policies, exchanging best practices and drafting standard texts such as Recommendation R(97)3 on youth participation and the future of civil society and the Convention on Transnational Voluntary Service for Young People. The CDEJ also organises the Conferences of European Ministers with responsibility for youth matters and drafts youth policy laws and regulations in member states. more on the CDEJ…

The Advisory Council on Youth
is made up of 30 representatives from youth NGOs and networks who 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.

The Joint Council on Youth
brings the CDEJ and the Advisory Council together in a co-decision body which establishes the youth sector’s priorities, objectives and budgets.

The Programming Committee on Youth
is a subsidiary co-decision body made up of eight members each from the CDEJ and the Advisory Council. It establishes, monitors and evaluates the programmes of the European Youth Centres and of the European Youth Foundation.