Youth - Young people building Europe


A Partial Agreement is a particular form of co-operation within the Council of Europe. It allows member States to join or abstain from a certain activity advocated by other member States. From a statutory point of view, a Partial Agreement remains an activity of the Organisation in the same way as other programme activities. The exception lies in the fact that a Partial Agreement has its own budget and its own working methods which are determined only by the members of the Partial Agreement.

2016 report of the Partial Agreement on Youth Mobility through the Youth Card

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This is an open partial agreement, i.e. states - not members of the Council of Europe or not party to the European Cultural Convention have the right to join it (see more below).

Catherine Lalumičre, Council of Europe Secretary General

The Partial Agreement on Youth Mobility through the Youth Card was set up in 1991 at the initiative of the then Secretary General of the Council of Europe, Catherine Lalumičre, following the Council of Europe Conference of ministers responsible for youth held in Lisbon. At this Conference, the ministers advocated to increase mobility of young people between the East and the West.

The Committee of Ministers Resolution ResAP(1991) revised in 2003 (Resolution ResAP(2003)1) institutes a Partial Agreement on the Youth Card for the purpose of promoting and facilitating youth mobility in Europe. The Partial Agreement is part of the Youth Department of the Council of Europe and thus follows the priorities and objectives of both the youth sector and the Council of Europe as a whole. (For 2016-2017, please see pages 123-128 of this document >>)


The overall objective of the Partial Agreement is for member governments and EYCA member organisations to work together to create better mobility solutions for young people. This general objective implies two main aims:

1. Development of the Youth Card scheme

The Statute of the Partial Agreement states: “The Partial Agreement shall be aimed at developing the Youth Card scheme, particularly at European level in the best interests of young people […] with a view to facilitating their mobility as well as their access to the various goods and services necessary for their personal and cultural development.” This is the first goal of the Partial Agreement.

under the age of 30 can become a youth card-holder –
a young person does not need to be a student or a resident
of a European country.

Youth cards provide access of young people – residents or travelers – to advice, discounts and benefits in the fields of mobility, accommodation, culture, language courses and services and products both on-line (by category, city or country) and off-line. Youth cards are issued by national youth card organisations.
A lot of attention is paid by the European Youth Card Association (EYCA) to the quality development and quality measurements of the services that the youth cards provide (for more information on EYCA, please see below).

2. Development of better youth policies with and for member governments

The second goal is to cater to the interests and needs of the member governments on youth mobility and youth card issues. The work programme is devised in such a way as to generate and mobilise knowledge on these issues, share best practices and thus offer better policy solutions (seminars, workshops, symposia, etc.). These activities are followed by Best Practice Publications and recommendations for specific actions to member states and EYCA national member organisations.

A wide range of stakeholders is activated for that purpose: governments, European institutions, business community, experts, academics, youth NGOs, national youth card organisations as well as young card holders themselves. Thus, member states both actively contribute to and benefit from the expertise of the Partial Agreement.

The work programme is open to participation of states outside the Partial Agreement at their own expense.

Participation of representatives of member states is fully covered.



Partial Agreement on Youth Mobility through the Youth Card Final report 2016

Partial Agreement & The European Youth Card: 30 Years Implementing Youth Policies
28 September 2016, Sitges, Spain - Seminar Report

Presentation - “Youth Card in Catalonia” Actions and boost of the social role - Generalitat de Catalunya, Agčncia Catalana de la Joventut

Presentation - Young Scot Card: a tool for delivering policy

Presentation - Diŕk Kedvezmény - The new Student Discount System, Hungary

Presentation - The Youth Card Promoting Mobility

"Online, mobile and active: engaging communications with new generations"
- EYCA Conference and General Assembly, 2-5 June 2016, Gdansk, Poland

- "Mobility towards Inclusion: European Youth Card supporting young migrants & refugees" 10-11 May 2016, Samobor City, Croatia. Final programme

- European Seminar on evidence on youth mobility – launching the report on youth mobility commissioned through the Partial Agreement and exploring the creation of a youth mobility think tank as part of the Agreement.

- European Seminar on how the European Youth Card can help young people boost their employability through internship and scholarship schemes.


Partial Agreement on Youth Mobility through the Youth Card - Final report 2015

- European Symposium - ‘Mobility in the Mind: Creating New Routes to Employment’ 17-20 March, Lisbon, Portugal.

- European Seminar ‘The Role of European Youth Cards in Youth Work’ In the framework of the 2nd European Youth Work Convention, Belgian Chairmanship of the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe, 27 April, Brussels, Belgium.

- European Seminar - ‘The Role of European Youth Cards in Implementing Youth Policies’ 30 April, Edinburgh, Scotland, UK.

- World Forum on Intercultural Dialogue - WFID Conference, Shared Culture for Shared Security, 18-19 May, Baku, Azerbaijan.


- European seminar ‘Inclusive Mobility for Young People in Europe: Better Mobility Opportunities for Young People with Disabilities or from Disadvantaged Backgrounds’ 6-7 May, Vienna, Austria.

- European seminar ‘Inclusive Online Engagement for Young People in Europe: to Support Youth Mobility and Active Citizenship’ 11 November 2014, Strasbourg, France.


- European seminar ''Developing better youth mobility for young people and for Europe" ; 27 February-1 March, Andorra.

- Seminar on “Employability and mobility for young people – youth cards’ contribution” ; 12 July 2013, Strasbourg, France.

For more information on good practice examples shared during Partial Agreement seminars, please see the EYCA Good Practice Series Publications.


The programme of activities is overseen by a Board of Coordination made up of 17 members:

- 8 representatives of the Partial Agreement member states appointed by the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe;
- 8 members of the European Youth Card Association appointed by the latter;
- 1 representative appointed by the Advisory Council on Youth without the right to vote.

Meeting of the Board of Coordination

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The Partial Agreement’s work programme is implemented in co-operation with the European Youth Card Association, EYCA. It is a non-profit association founded in 1987. It represents 39 national youth card organisations across Europe with over 5 million cards in use. All EYCA members have committed themselves to promoting individually and collectively youth mobility, healthy life style and active citizenship among young people.


For member states of the Council of Europe and states party to the European Cultural Convention:

These member states may join the Partial Agreement at any moment by simply making a declaration to this effect to the Secretary General. This consists in sending an official letter or a verbal note from the Minister of Foreign Affairs or from the Permanent Representative of the country to the Council of Europe addressed to the Secretary General of the Council of Europe.

For states outside the Council of Europe and not party to the European Cultural Convention:

On a proposal by the European Youth Card Association and the Board of Co-ordination of the Partial Agreement, the Committee of Ministers may invite any non-member State of the Council of Europe to join the Partial Agreement, following the consultation of any other non-member states already participating.


Andorra, Armenia, Austria, Azerbaijan, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, Cyprus, Finland, Hungary, Ireland, Luxembourg, Malta, Moldova, Montenegro, The Netherlands, Portugal, San Marino, Serbia, Slovenia, Slovakia and Switzerland.

More information on membership
(link to the Treaties office)


European Youth Card Association – EYCA

is an NGO bringing together 39 member organisations that issue the European Youth Card to over 5 million young people in 36 countries across Europe. All EYCA member organisations are committed to promoting youth mobility and participation in order to achieve the Association’s vision of a Europe where all young people are mobile and active.

The European Youth Card is available to all young people under the age of 30, irrespective of their nationality or whether they are students or not. The card gives young people access to over 60,000 discounts and benefits on transportation, accommodation, culture, sports, education, services and products.

In addition to discounts and benefits, EYCA member organisations work to offer cardholders various projects and programmes. Major programme areas include:

- Boosting youth employability and entrepreneurship through non-formal learning projects and internship schemes;
- Active citizenship and political participation;
- Rewards programmes encouraging positive lifestyles;
- Community engagement and volunteering;
- Supporting inclusive youth mobility for young people with disabilities and disadvantaged backgrounds, etc.
EYCA Newsletter >>


European Platform on Learning Mobility – EPLM >> website

The European Platform on Learning Mobility is one of the activities of the Partnership between the European Commission and the Council of Europe in the field of youth policy, youth research and youth work.

Its mission is to engage in the improvement, knowledge, visibility and recognition of learning mobility in the youth field, particularly in various forms of youth work.

A Steering Group guides the EPLM; the members of the Steering Group represent a wide variety of stakeholders, programmes and formats in the field of learning mobility, a balanced mixture of the respective fields of work and a regional diversity within Europe. The Steering Group consists of researchers, policy makers and practitioners. The Partial Agreement is part of this Steering Group.

Enlarged Partial Agreement on Cultural Routes –

The Cultural Routes programme was launched by the Council of Europe in 1987. Its objective was to demonstrate, by means of a journey through space and time, how the heritage of the different countries and cultures of Europe contributes to a shared cultural heritage. The Cultural Routes put into practice the fundamental principles of the Council of Europe: human rights, cultural democracy, cultural diversity and identity, dialogue, mutual exchange and enrichment across boundaries and centuries.

European Youth Cards are made available on a number of cultural routes offering discounts along the way.


Council of Europe, Strasbourg

The Council of Europe is a political Pan-European organisation set up in 1949 to promote international co-operation, peace, democracy and human rights throughout Europe.

It develops common responses to challenges in all spheres of human life except for the economic and military areas. The Council of Europe counts 47 member states, and 50 states – party to the European Cultural Convention, and embraces 820 million Europeans.


The Council of Europe supports the active role of young people in society through various European activities, both by means of intergovernmental co-operation, and training and educational activities for and with youth NGOS and youth leaders.

The European Youth Centres in Strasbourg and Budapest, the European Youth Foundation and the Partial Agreement on Youth Mobility through the Youth Card are essential instruments to carry out these activities

European Youth Centre Strasbourg (left) & European Youth Centre Budapest (right)


Secretariat of the Council of Europe
Contact person: Natalja TURENNE

Directorate of Democratic Citizenship and Participation (DG II), Youth Department (Agora building), Unit of Intergovernmental Co-operation,

Partial Agreement on Youth Mobility through the Youth Card
F – 67075 Strasbourg Cedex

Tel.: + 33 (0)3 88 41 29 98
Fax: +33 (0)3 88 41 27 77




European Youth Card Association
Contact Person: Manuel SANCHEZ GARCIA

European Youth Card Association
Centre Dansaert, Rue D’Alost 7-11
Brussels 1000

Tel.: +32 (0)288 06 843