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…)


Activities in the European Youth Centres

EYCS & EYCB The process for applications for activities to be held in co-operation with the European Youth Centre in the second semester of 2016 is now open.

These activities concern, in majority, study sessions and "special projects".

For detailed information please consult:

- Criteria
- Application form -
Call for 2016 (second semester)

Please note the deadline to apply is 1st October2015

The Intercultural Innovation

Since 2011, the United Nations Alliance of Civilizations (UNAOC) and the BMW Group have engaged in a historic partnership geared towards creating a new model for collaboration between the private sector and the UN system.

Together, they have established the BMW Group Award for Intercultural Innovation, in support of the Alliance of Civilizations, under the auspices of the United Nations, whose mandate is to select highly innovative grassroots projects that promote intercultural dialogue and understanding, making vital contributions to prosperity and peace.

Deadline for submissions is 30 September 2015 at 5:00 p.m. New York City time. Please visit  and follow the instructions to apply.

ONLY online applications are accepted.

>> IIA Application guidelines 2015

The European Portfolio for youth leaders and youth workers is an initiative of the Council of Europe in cooperation with experts and partners such as the European Commission and the European Youth Forum.

It provides youth leaders and youth workers in Europe, volunteers or professionals, with a tool which can help them identify, assess and describe their competencies based on European quality standards.

After distributing hundreds of Portfolios in Europe and beyond, our English stock is now empty. However, the new online version is now available! (link below)

You may also still use your Portfolio in its online versions, in English, German, Dutch, Turkish and Russian!! (the French Portfolio is still available in its paper version.) If you don't know the Portfolio yet, have a look at the presentation...


BROCHURE PRESENTING THE NEW PORTFOLIO (please write to the youthportfolio address if you wish to receive a print copy of the brochure)


Evaluation and Follow-Up Conference

On 27-30 May 2015 the No hate speech movement evaluation and follow-up conference brought together some 120 participants, representatives of the stakeholders involved in the campaign to create the space to evaluate the results of the campaign and to develop the follow-up strategy.

The conference discussed the evaluation of the No Hate Speech Movement campaign at the European level and identified measures for its follow-up and sustainability of the results in youth, human rights and education and media related policies.

Programme of the conference >>

Photo gallery (Council of Europe)

Photo gallery

Photo gallery 2

Podcast with participants in the conference

Enter! Youth Meeting 2015
 Access to social rights for all young people

E!YMFrom 30 June to 3 July 2015 the European Youth Centre of the Council of Europe in Strasbourg offered young people, especially those experiencing discrimination, exclusion and violence in their environment, the opportunity to have their voices heard on solutions for improving their access to social rights.

200 young people, youth workers and local and regional authorities’ representatives from all over Europe joined the Enter! Youth Meeting, in order to learn and share experiences about social rights, situations and responses in other countries, as well as about the work of the Council of Europe in this field.

The implementation of the Recommendation of the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe to the Member States on the access of young people from disadvantaged neighbourhoods to social rights was also discussed.

List of participants >>

List of organisations >>

Programme >>

Seminar on youth work and youth policy
What? a Seminar on youth work and youth policy
Where? Moscow, Russian Federation
When? from 3 to 6 November 2015
Aims? to create conditions for building dialogue and mutual learning in the sphere of youth policy and youth work in the Russian Federation and other states party to the European Cultural Convention, taking into consideration the diversity of experiences and approaches, as well as realities of society today.

The Seminar will provide opportunities for discussion on realities and challenges of society today and their influence on the quality of life and the changing needs of young people, and how to explore new approaches and practices in youth policy and youth work.

The Seminar is co-organised by the National Youth Council of Russia and the Youth Department of the Council of Europe, with the support of the Ministry of Education and Science of the Russian Federation and the Federal Agency on Youth Affairs.

This activity is a part of the Action Plan for 2014-2015 of the Framework Programme on Co-operation between the Council of Europe and the Russian Federation in the youth field.

All interested candidates from the states party to the European Cultural Convention (other than the Russian Federation) should apply by completing in the online application form available at by midnight of 12 October 2015.

All interested candidates from the Russian Federation are invited to fill in an online application form up to 23:39 (Moscow time) on the 12th October 2015:

Call and profile of participants please find here >>
Training course on democratic citizenship
and youth participation
The Council of Europe Youth Department is launching a call for participants for the Training-course on democratic citizenship and youth participation for specialists from authorities at national, regional and local level working with young people and for representatives of youth non-governmental organizations from Ukraine (“50-50” training) to be held from 26 October to 1 November 2015 at Cherkassy, Ukraine.

The aim of the TC is to improve participants’ competences in promoting youth participation, in developing capacity of young people to influence decisions and in strengthening cooperation between different stakeholders of the youth field at local, regional and national level for further development of youth policy and youth work in Ukraine according to principles of pluralist democracy and human rights.

The activity is co-organised by the Council of Europe Youth Department and the Ministry of Youth and Sports of Ukraine in cooperation with the Ukrainian Network for Adult Education and Development of Innovations “Insha Osvita”.

Call for participants with criteria of participants’ profile >>> ENGLISH / UKRAINIAN

All interested candidates should apply by completing in the online application form available at by by midnight of 5 October 2015.

YPCYouth Peace Camp 2015 brings together 48 young people from youth organisations, networks and movements from Armenia, Azerbaijan, Georgia, different communities of  Kosovo, Ukraine and the Russian Federation.

The 8 day event at the EYCB provides a positive experience of living and learning together for Human Rights, intercultural dialogue and conflict transformation.

Participants share a common understanding that the conflicts in their regions have a profound impact on their daily realities. The fear of violence suddenly fairing up, limitations of movement, loss of academic and job opportunities, continues economic strain and lack of trust in the political establishment.

The ongoing conflict cultivates a culture of Hate Speech pounding them through their computer screen and mass media presenting a world view limited to us against them.

However the youth in the Youth Peace Camp, choose to engage, listen and share, to promote dialogue, human rights and peace. Youth Peace Camp develop their awareness and competences to engage in dialogue and human rights education, motivating and supporting them in their role as multipliers and peer leaders.

YPC Peace Day video: 
Learning and Practicing Citizenship
[8/9/15)] The 5th Euro-Arab Youth Forum brought together 100 young people from the Council of Europe and Arab League member countries.

Young people’s values and commitment to intercultural and cohesive societies was the underlying theme to share and discuss realities, challenges and aspirations among young Arabs and Europeans. Despite the very different demographical, social and culture realities of young Arabs and Europeans, the forum participants were driven by a common desire to overcome prejudice and barriers and by the commitment to intercultural dialogue and exchange.

The forum adopted the Strasbourg Message, reflecting the proposals and expectations of the participants on future Euro-Arab cooperation and possibilities to enlarge spaces for effective participation and citizenship of young people.

Participants expressed their concerns about the shrinking space for civil society, poor access to social rights, rampant corruption and lack of accountability of governments to citizens in many countries. They also called on all member states of the Council of Europe and of the League of Arab States to live up to their international commitments and duties to safeguard human rights, with regards to the current refugee crisis by hosting more refugees fleeing from armed conflicts.

The forum was co-organised by the Youth departments of the Council of Europe and of the League of Arab States in cooperation with the European Youth Forum.

Don't forget to visit the site on YOUTH-PEACE-DIALOGUE, the Council of Europe Youth Sector for Inclusive and peaceful societies.

concept paper, draft programme, final list of participants   

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] Updated Sept. 2015