Youth - Young people building Europe


Intergovernmental co-operation in the youth field

ACTIVITIES
International reviews of national youth policies Guidelines for the implementation of the international reviews of national youth policies – read Guidelines
Youth policy advisory missions
Summer University of CDEJ
Youth information Council of Europe & ERYICA
Child and youth participation
Work on specific youth policy-related topics
Conferences of Ministers responsible for youth
Quality label for youth centres

International reviews of national youth policies
Guidelines for the implementation of the international reviews of national youth policies – read Guidelines
 


Links

International reviews of national youth policies

Supporting young people in Europe – Principles, policies and practice - Volume 1 & Supporting young people in Europe - Lessons from the ‘second seven’ Council of Europe international reviews of national youth policy Volume 2

Youth policy advisory missions 

A government wishing to receive advice concerning a specific or several aspects of its youth policy (consult the Guidelines for the implementation of the international reviews of national youth policies) may contact the Directorate of Youth and Sport, in order to discuss the possibilities and conditions for the organisation of a youth policy advisory mission. According to the youth policy area or issue for which the government is seeking advice, the Directorate of Youth and Sport will recruit adequate experts and arrange a visit to the country. As a result of the youth policy advisory mission, a report is prepared for the attention of the government, including notably recommendations, guidelines and suggestions for further support measures (if necessary). Reports of youth policy advisory missions can also be available for other governments.

Summer University of CDEJ 

Summer University 2013 – Slovak Republic >> presentation and programme

Every year, on the invitation of a member state's government, the CDEJ organises a Summer University aiming to provide members of the CDEJ and Advisory Council (notably new members) with a learning experience, which is likely to improve their interest and capacity to actively participate in the work of the Council of Europe's youth sector, particularly in its co-management structures. The objectives of the Summer Universities are:

  • To improve knowledge and understanding of European youth policy,
  • To be further acquainted with the values, objectives, programmes and structures of the Council of Europe’s youth sector, including in relation to the European Union’s youth policy and programmes;
  • To learn about the reality of youth, youth policy and youth work the country in which the Summer University is taking place;
  • To exchange knowledge and views about topical youth policy issues relevant to the Council of Europe’s youth sector.

Since 2005, Summer Universities have been organised in Armenia, Slovenia, Czech-Republic, Germany, Azerbaijan, Serbia, Belgium and Georgia.

Youth information Council of Europe & ERYICA 

Partnership between the Council of Europe and the European Youth Information and Counselling Agency (ERYICA)

In 1997, the Council of Europe (youth sector) and the European Youth Information and counselling Agency (ERYICA) signed a partnership agreement in order to develop European co-operation in the field of youth information and counselling.

The aims of the partnership are:

  • to promote youth information and counselling as an important dimension of youth policy;
  • to facilitate and organise training for the persons involved in youth information and counselling, in order to ensure a high standard of service;
  • to meet the demands in this field of all the member States of the Council of Europe and the Contracting Parties to the European Cultural Convention;

In order to achieve these aims, a Joint Co-ordinating Committee was established with the following composition: three representatives of the CDEJ, three representatives of ERYICA and one representative of the Advisory Council on Youth

The Joint Co-ordinating Committee is responsible for drawing up and supervising the annual programme of the partnership.

The programme of activities of the partnership includes one or two annual meetings of the Joint Co-ordination Committee, at least one annual activity bringing together different actors (practitioners and policy-makers) from the youth information domain (colloquy, seminar, training course, etc.), the realisation of studies and publications.

ERYICA website
Recommendation of the Committee of Ministers on youth information (pending adoption)

Publications

 


Youth information starter kit


French version of the Starter kit


German version of the Starter kit


Turkish version of the Starter kit


Macedonian version of the Starter kit


Russian version of the Starter kit


Spanish version of the Starter kit


Italian version of the Starter kit

To be published July 2014


Polish version of the Starter kit

To be published in October 2014

Guidelines on how to Create a Youth Information Centre

 

Child and youth participation 

Child participation is one of the three thematic pillars of the Strategy 2009 – 2011 for the Council of Europe programme “Building a Europe for and with children”. In addition to the objectives set for the work on child participation in the Strategy, the actions in this area have been built upon the experience of the Directorate of Youth and Sport (youth sector) in the field of youth participation and citizenship, including its long practice of co-management between governments and youth organisations. The Co-operation between the children’s programme and the Directorate of Youth and Sport has also been reinforced as a result of the 8th Council of Europe Conference of Ministers responsible for youth (2008) and linked to it, by the Resolution (2008) 23 on the youth policy of the Council of Europe, which stresses the importance of co-operation and co-ordination between child- and youth-related activities in the Council of Europe.

Against this background, a Roadmap for Council of Europe actions on participation of children and young people under the age of 18 was devised in early 2009 and an Ad hoc Advisory Group on child and youth participation was established under the co-management structures of the Directorate of Youth and Sport. According to the Terms of Reference adopted by the Committee of Ministers, one of the main tasks of the Advisory Group is to develop a methodological framework for national policy reviews in the field of child and youth participation in pilot countries, support the work done in the participating countries and conduct the work on Council of Europe guidelines for child and youth participation.

  • Framework for policy reviews on participation – read framework
  • Terms of reference of the Ad hoc Advisory Group on child and youth participation (MJ-S-CYP) – read ToR
  • link to the website “Building a Europe for and with children” www.coe.int.children

Work on specific youth policy-related topics 

The European Portfolio for youth leaders and youth workers is an initiative of the Council of Europe.

It has been developed as a concrete illustration of the commitment of the governments of the member states of this Organisation to promote the recognition of non-formal education and learning of young people, and of competences acquired in this framework through the practice of youth work.

The portfolio has been designed from the experience and practice of the Council of Europe in the youth field since the early Seventies, and particularly in the area of youth leader and youth worker training.

During almost 40 years, the Council of Europe’s youth sector has developed a wide range of training courses for youth leaders, multipliers, young democratic leaders involved in different areas of public life, young researchers, and civil servants from across Europe.

These courses cover a large range of subjects, including organising international activities, working in international youth structures, international youth co-operation, human rights education, conflict management, youth participation, citizenship and many other topics.

In this context, the Council of Europe has also developed numerous innovative educational and training tools and research work, for example on young people, non-formal education and learning, youth work and associative life, and has elaborated criteria and quality standards for youth work and youth policy.

The aims of the portfolio are to identify, assess and record competences as youth leaders and youth workers, to describe them to others and to set learning objectives and development goals.

On line resources

 




European Portfolio for youth leaders and youth workers
Portfolio
– language versions & Mini compendium on non-formal education

Conferences of Ministers responsible for youth 

(Access to presentations and documents)
Conferences of specialised Ministers are an important instrument of intergovernmental co-operation as they provide Ministers with an opportunity to meet on a regular basis in order to discuss topical policy issues and develop orientations for the work of Council of Europe.

In the youth field, such conferences are also organised every three or four years and bring together Ministers responsible for youth from the 50 States Parties to the European Cultural Convention as well as different organisations and bodies involved in youth issues.

One specific feature of the Council of Europe conferences of Ministers responsible for youth is that they actively involve youth organisations both in the prepartion of the conferences and in the discussions during the conferences.

Prior to each conference, a youth event is organised, bringing together youth NGO representatives and the youth representatives who participate in the conference as part of the national delegations.

The results of the youth event are presented at the opening session of the conference. The final Declaration adopted at the end of the conference is submitted to the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe, who decides on the follow up to be implemented by the CDEJ.

Summary of previous conferences (1985-2008) – read summary
Special page on Youth Conferences

9th Council of Europe Conference of Ministers responsible for Youth
“Young people’s access to rights: development of innovative youth policies”
St Petersburg, Russian Federation, 23-25 September 2012
Report
pdf and Conclusions of the Chair / Conclusions of the Chair in Russian

The Council of Europe quality label for youth centres 

Promoting Council of Europe values, youth policy and youth work standards in Europe

The Council of Europe Quality Label for Youth Centres is an opportunity for youth centres with a structured relationship to a public authority to benefit from the Council of Europe's approach to youth work and youth policy.

It offers residential, educational youth centres a framework within which to develop the quality of their offer to young people and the youth sector at their own pace.

The European Platform of Youth Centres will ensure networking among centres recognised with the quality label and those aspiring to its acquisition. It meets once per year and develops exchange and knowledge sharing among the centres associated to the Council of Europe.

   




The Council of Europe Quality Label for Youth Centres