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…)


Call for activities to be held in co-operation with the European Youth Centres during the second semester of 2015

The process for applications for activities to be held in co-operation with the European Youth Centre in the second semester of 2015 is now open.

For detailed information please consult:

Criteria for Activities to be held in Co-operation with the European Youth Centres

Application Form

Call for sessions 2015

The deadline for submitting applications is Wednesday 1st OCTOBER 2014!

SURVEY on multiple discriminations affecting young people in Europe

The European Youth Forum
launched this survey to tackle all forms of discrimination that young Europeans experience and so, in order to develop relevant policies and plan more consistent advocacy actions to lobby against discrimination.

The survey is looking for responses from anyone aged between 18 and 35 years living in one of the Countries of the Council of Europe.

Take part in the survey! You can access it here >>>

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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. But keep an eye on this site, as a brand new online version is due towards the end of 2014!

In the meantime, you may 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...


of Youth publications, reports, manuals... The publications are listed in alphabetical order. Just click on titles to consult them online

ORDER ON LINE COUNCIL OF EUROPE YOUTH PUBLICATIONS Tip. some of our publications are catalogued under ''Education"

all other youth publications...   List of publications [pdf] 


Young people meeting in Doha (Qatar) at the 4th ARAB-EURO Youth Forum on 8-11 December 2013, to deepen their dialogue and co-operation on the themes: “Human Rights, Youth Participation and Intercultural Dialogue” issued a Declaration, available in English and Arabic

Doha youth declaration in English

Doha youth declaration in Arabic


The official online Campaign platform and the European Hate Speech Watch are open for the public at

Campaign PR materials
>> Presentation brochure (March 2014)
>> Detailed brochure (June 2013)
>> Flyer
>> Poster

Educational Responses to Islamophobia and Discrimination against Muslims in Europe
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On 17-19 September the European Youth Centre Budapest organises a seminar on Educational responses to islamophobia and discrimination against muslims in Europe

The seminar aims to explore and understand the dimensions Islamophobia and its expression through online hate speech and explore the role of education in combating it and promoting religious tolerance and understanding.

The seminar will also make concrete proposals for actions and initiatives to implemented online and offline in the framework of the No Hate Speech Movement campaign, contribute to the implementation of the European Action Day against Islamophobia and Religious Intolerance on 21 September 2014 and propose ways to implement and apply the “Guidelines for Educators on Countering Intolerance and Discrmination against Muslims. Addressing Islamophobia through Education”.

The outcomes of the seminar will contribute to the campaign's action against islamophobia and religious intolerance on 21 September  >>

Seminar presentation and programme

Live stream programme at: 

Islamophobia and its consequences on Young People (Publication)

WYSES is a platform for young sport people and young professionals (aged 18 to 30) to voice their message to decision makers and the global sports community at large. It is also a leadership training to improve team spirit, personal excellence and stress management. Participants learn techniques to improve their physical endurance and to enjoy a relaxed but Sharp mind.

Programme: 16-18 September: Training in Oppenau , Baden Württemberg, Germany; 19 September: Summit at FIFA Headquarters, Zürich, Switzerland.

For more information and registration please visit:


Enter ! LTTC : second residential seminar

From 4 to 15 September 2014, the Youth Department organised the second residential seminar of the long-term training course for youth workers on access to social rights.

The seminar is the last phase of a two-year training course that involved 25 youth workers from all over Europe in promoting access to social rights for young people who experience exclusion, violence and discrimination.

Please learn more about the seminar here.

At its 30th meeting, 24-26 March 2014, the Joint Council on Youth expressed its concerns about the gravity of the current situation in Ukraine, notably for young people and civil society.

It underlined the necessity to react as quickly as possible to urgent challenges young people are facing, notably through the grants of the European Youth Foundation (EYF).

The Joint Council on Youth decided that urgent priority should be given to pilot activities on capacity building and conflict transformation developed by Ukrainian NGOs, or European NGOs wishing to co-operate with Ukrainian NGOs on these two issues.

This decision is a fast reaction to immediate needs and a good example of the important role that young people can play at the Council of Europe, where they are directly involved in the decision making process with the governments.

The Council of Europe

Promoting Council of Europe values, youth policy and youth work standards in Europe

The Council of Europe Quality Label for Youth Centres is an opportunity for youth centres with a structured relationship to a public authority to benefit from the Council of Europe's approach to youth work and youth policy

Read the brochure on Quality label.. (2012 version)

UNCHR and Council of Europe
Launch of a report on transition to adulthood for young refugees and asylum-seekers

The report ‘Unaccompanied asylum-seekers and Refugee Children Turning Eighteen: What to Celebrate?’ was launched on 13th March during the meeting of the Parliamentary Assembly Committee on Migration, Refugees and Displaced Persons in Paris.

The report is a joint initiative of UNHCR and Youth Department Council of Europe to conduct a field research on State practices regarding the support given during transition to adulthood of unaccompanied asylum-seeking and refugee children.

The report highlights the clear need for harmonization of existing legal frameworks and practices, strengthened with comprehensive guidelines for member states. Key safeguards for children should be extended after de age of majority; this includes ensuring access to education, housing and support with entering into employment.

The most concerning finding was lack of clear and transparent information about the consequences of reaching the age of majority. Young unaccompanied asylum-seeking and refugee in transition are in need of adequate psychological support.  The report contains clear suggestions from young refugees for youth workers, and state actors.

Programme of the report launch

The report can be downloaded here