Youth - Young people building Europe


The Youth Department is part of the Directorate of Democratic Citizenship and Participation of the Council of Europe. The youth programmes of the Council of Europe are integral part of a wealth of initiatives aimed at the development of a common European cultural identity.   (more…)


The Strasbourg World Forum for Democracy is an annual gathering of leaders, opinion-makers, civil society activists, representatives of business, social innovators, academia, and media to debate key challenges for democracies worldwide and encourage democratic innovation.

The fourth edition of the World Forum for Democracy, to take place on 18-20 November 2015, will focus on the challenges democracies face in addressing security risks without jeopardising freedom and democratic stability.

For the first time, the Forum will not only showcase already existing initiatives, but also innovative, untested ideas to maintain and develop democracy’s basic principles in times of increasing security threats.

Interested organisations worldwide are invited to express their interest in presenting either an example/initiative or an idea to respond to security threats in a way that preserves the basic principles of democracy such as freedom of expression, public deliberation, and the privacy of citizens, by answering the questionnaire and sending it back by 15 May 2015.

Presentation and application

Concept paper
Launch of a manual to combat antigipsism

The first human rights education manual for young people on combating antigypsyism – racism and discrimination against Roma – is to be launched on 21 April in Strasbourg.

The manual – Mirrors - Manual on combating antigypsyism through human rights education – will be made public for the first time at a side event on The Roma between memory and rights, during the Council of Europe’s April Parliamentary Assembly session. (The event will be held from 1 p.m.- 1.45 p.m. in Room 10 of the Palais de l’Europe)

The manual will be available after the launch on the site of the Roma Youth Action Plan.

Further information available on the Press release


ALPHA LIST of Youth publications, reports, manuals

The publications are listed in alphabetical order.

Just click on titles to consult them online


Tip. some of our publications are catalogued under ''Education" all other youth publications...

List of publications [pdf]

Seminar on Remembrance and learning from WWII

The Council of Europe Youth Department and the National Youth Council of Russia organise the Seminar “Remembrance and learning from the Second World War”.

This activity about young people and remembrance in Europe on the occasion of the 70th anniversary of the end of the Second World War will take place at the European Youth Centre in Strasbourg on 19-22 May 2015.

The seminar is organised to promote a shared and deeper understanding of the reasons, consequences and lessons to be learned from the Second World War and its contribution to shaping common European values – democracy, rule of law and human rights, and to engage with young people on their defence and promotion of intercultural dialogue for further mutual understanding.

The working languages of the Seminar are English and Russian.

All interested candidates are invited to apply online till 26 April 2015:

Дорогие друзья! Молодежный Департамент Совета Европы и Национальный Совет молодежных и детских объединений России организуют Семинар «Память и уроки Второй мировой войны». Данное мероприятие для молодежи по сохранению исторической памяти в Европе, посвященное 70-летию окончания Второй мировой войны, состоится 19-22 мая 2015 года в Европейском Молодежном Центре в г. Страсбурге. Семинар призван содействовать более глубокому общему пониманию причин, последствий и уроков Второй мировой Войны, их влияния на формирование общих европейских ценностей – демократии, верховенства права и прав человека, а также вовлечению молодежи в деятельность по их защите и продвижению межкультурного диалога для дальнейшего взаимопонимания. Рабочие языки семинара – русский и английский. Все заинтересованные кандидаты принять участие приглашаются ознакомиться с более подробной информацией о Семинаре и подать заявку он-лайн до 26 апреля:
ENTER! Youth meeting 2015

ENTER!The Youth Department is looking for participants for the Enter! Youth Meeting, a gathering of 200 young people, youth workers and local and regional authorities on the topic of improving the access of young people to social rights.

We are looking for participants active in the field of social rights and combating discrimination, exclusion and violence affecting young people. For more information, please check the call for participants

Deadline 27 April 2015

Call for youth representatives on the Council of Europe’s Advisory Council on Youth (2016-2017)
The Council of Europe’s youth sector works on the basis of a partnership between non-governmental youth organisations and governments, in what is known as the co-management system. This means that representatives from non-governmental youth organisations (NGYOs) and youth networks cooperate closely with government officials (European Steering Committee for Youth) to establish the standards and work priorities of the Council of Europe’s youth sector and make recommendations for future budgets and programmes.

The Advisory Council on Youth is the non-governmental partner in the co-management system.

Representatives of non-governmental youth organisations or networks not members of the European Youth Forum are invited to apply for a seat on the Advisory Council on Youth for a two-year mandate (January 2016 to December 2017).

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Deadline: 30 April 2015

5th Euro-Arab Youth Forum

The Youth Department is hosting the 5th Euro-Arab Youth Forum, co-organised with the League of Arab States in partnership with the European Youth Forum from 2-5 September 2015 at the European Youth Center Strasbourg, France.

The Forum aims to to foster mutual cooperation and dialogue among young Arab and European leaders, representatives of associations and decision-makers, on the meanings and practices of citizenship by young people and the challenges they face in their paths to autonomy.

European youth leaders and youth workers working on citizenship and interested in Euro-Arab cooperation are invited to express their interest to attend the forum using application procedure by 14 May 2015 on   Youth leaders and youth workers from the Arab region should contact the Department of Youth and Sport of the League of Arab States for information regarding the Arab application process.