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Youth Department
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Youth Department 

The Youth Department is part of the Directorate of Democratic Citizenship and Participation of the Council of Europe. The Department elaborates guidelines, programmes and legal instruments for the development of coherent and effective youth policies at local, national and European levels. It provides funding and educational support for international youth activities aiming at the promotion of youth citizenship, youth mobility and the value of human rights, democracy and cultural pluralism. It seeks to bring together and disseminate expertise and knowledge about the life situations, aspirations and ways of expression of young Europeans.

Statutory bodies 

The European Steering Committee for Youth (CDEJ) brings together representatives of ministries or bodies responsible for youth matters from the 50 States Parties to the European Cultural Convention. The CDEJ fosters co-operation between governments in the youth sector and provides a framework for comparing national youth policies, exchanging best practices and drafting standard-setting texts, e.g., Recommendation R (97) 3 on youth participation and the future of civil society or the Convention on Transnational Voluntary Service for Young People. The CDEJ also organises the Conferences of European Ministers responsible for youth and drafts legal instruments regulating youth policies in member states. (more…)

The Advisory Council on Youth comprises 30 representatives of non-governmental youth organisations and networks. It provides opinions and input from the youth NGOs on all youth sector activities and ensures that young people are involved in the Council’s other activities. The Joint Council on Youth is a co-decision body, bringing the CDEJ and the Advisory Council together. It establishes the youth sector’s priorities, objectives and budget envelopes. The Programming Committee on Youth is a co-decision body comprising 8 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.

European Youth Centres 

The European Youth Centres (EYCs) in Strasbourg and Budapest are permanent structures for the implementation of the Council of Europe’s youth policy. They are international training and meeting centres with residential facilities (up to 90 in Strasbourg, 112 in Budapest), hosting most of the youth sector’s activities. They provide a flexible and modern working environment for international activities, with meeting rooms equipped for simultaneous interpretation, audio-visual and computer facilities. The professional staff includes an advisory team giving educational and technical assistance in preparing, running and following up activities. The Council of Europe finances many of the Centre’s activities. Governments and non-governmental organisations and services can also use the centres for their activities on a self-financed basis. The European Youth Centre in Strasbourg was established by the Council of Europe in 1972; the European Youth Centre in Budapest was inaugurated in 1995. (more…)

The European Youth Foundation 

The Council of Europe's European Youth Foundation (EYF) provides financial support for European youth activities, with an annual budget of approximately € 3 million. The EYF is a powerful tool for European youth co-operation. It supports European youth activities organised by non-governmental youth organisations, networks and initiatives, primarily international youth meetings, but also campaigns, exhibitions, publications, audio-visual material, websites and pilot projects. The EYF also provides grants for the development and administration of international non-governmental youth organisations and networks. More than 300,000 young people, aged between 15 and 30 and mostly from member states, have benefited directly from EYF-supported activities since 1972. In 2010 the EYF supported some 340 projects involving close to 17,000 young people. (more…)