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Council of Europe Award “Young Active Citizens” 2004


Theme: “Participation of young people in the prevention and fight against violence in everyday life”

For the third year running, the Council of Europe organized the “Young active citizens” Award with a view to promoting active participation of young people in society. In 2004, the Award focused on youth participation at local and regional levels.


The Young Active Citizens Award 2004 aimed, in particular, to encourage cooperation between local and/or regional authorities and young people. Any concrete and sustainable measure, action or project in support for young people’s active participation on local and/or regional level in the prevention and fight against violence in every day life was welcome to apply.

In this new format, the Award represents a concrete contribution of the Directorate of Youth and Sport of the Council of Europe to the implementation of the revised European Charter on participation of young people in local and regional life” adopted by the Congress of Local and Regional Authorities of Europe (CLRAE) in May 2003. Furthermore, the Award wants to visualise the Council of Europe’s youth sector’s philosophy of co-management in the creation and implementation of measures for young people’s active participation.

In this context, and as a contribution to the work of the Council of Europe’s youth sector on the prevention of violence, the 2004 Young Active Citizens Award has been rewarded to outstanding measures, actions or projects aiming to promote active participation of young people in the prevention and fight against violence in everyday life.

The theme of the Award in 2004 was “Participation of young people in the prevention and fight against violence in everyday life.” Initiatives could focus on any specific issue such as domestic violence, group based violence including violence in and around sport arenas, gender based violence, violence motivated by racism and extremism, violence in and around school, awareness-raising and training,…

The competition was open to local and/or regional authorities, as well as to non governmental youth organisations and networks, and other structures involved in youth work, in the 48 States parties to the European Cultural Convention.
In accordance with the Rules for Entry, the jury decided to select the projects on the basis of the following criteria:

Formal criteria:

  • The project is run in one of the 48 states party to the cultural convention.
  • The applicant is a youth NGO and or a local or regional government.
  • The project has been implemented before 15th of May 2004.
  • The project is carried out by, with and for young people between 16 and 30.
  • The applicant used the appropriate application form and procedures.

Content related:

  • The project dealt direct or indirect with any type of violence in daily life.
  • The project is run with the participation of young people.
  • The project is run in cooperation with a local or regional government.
  • The project is a quality project as such.
  • The project is in line with the Council of Europe’s and the Charters’ principles.

Winning projects had to apply to a set of extra criteria, following the aims and rules of the Award:

  • The project gives way for concrete and sustainable measures.
  • The project is innovative as to the strategy used to involve young people as actors.
  • The project has the potential to be an example to others.
  • The project increases the visibility of the youth sector.
  • The project is an example of good quality cooperation between youth organisations and authorities.

The Jury was composed of four members of the Programming Committee on Youth, the decision-making body on the European Youth Centres and the European Youth Foundation’s programmes, one representative of the Congress of Local and Regional Authorities of Europe (CLRAE) and one representative of the Youth and Sports Directorate, responsible for the programme on “Violence in every day life”.


1st Prize

”Building a Fair Fans culture”: structural multi-levelled cooperation for the prevention of violence, racism and vandalism in Danish football premier league, a project run by the Danish Football Fan Clubs, the Danish National Crime Prevention Council, the Danish Professional Football Players Association and the Danish Police, Denmark.

”See-Open-Undo-Prevent… or shall we say SOUP”: a project run by Chance, Association for Children and Young People, Poland.


2nd Prize

“Motiv8”: a peer-to-peer project supporting young people at risk of harming themselves or others in the community, hosted by Canllaw-Online, UK.

“Combating violence in everyday life of rural youth”: a project run by Youth without Frontiers, Azerbaijan.

“Laboratori Metropolitani”: a project run by Cantiere Giovani– Piccola Cooperativa Sociale, Italy.


The Award Ceremony was hosted at the Oslo Ministerial Conference of the Integrated Project “Responses to violence in everyday life”, organised by the Council of Europe and hosted by the Norwegian government in Oslo, 7-9 November 2004. The winning initiatives were Guests of Honour, together with representatives of their local or regional government.