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 PARTICIPANTS: Enter! Training for Youth Workers
ENTER! logoCouncil of Europe and its Youth Department logosThe call for the Enter! Training for Youth Workers: Empowering youth workers to counter discrimination, exclusion and violence in cooperation with local authorities is open.

The course supports the implementation of the Enter! Recommendation on access of young people from disadvantaged neighbourhoods to social rights.

The long-term training course has 2 residential seminars, online learning, project development and mentoring as its’ key components. The first e-learning module will start at the end of April and the Initial seminar will be held from 21-29 May 2017 in the European Youth Centre Budapest.

The course is open for youth workers and social workers – full or part time, employed or volunteers - working directly with young people. All interested candidates are invited to apply online. 

The application must be submitted by 3 April 2017, at noon, Central European Time.

For more information please consult the Call for participants to the course.

Call for participants for the study session “You(th) and Migration: Transforming the crisis”

IFLRYThe study session “You(th) and Migration: Transforming the crisis” is organised in cooperation with the International Federation of Liberal Youth (IFLRY) and will be held from 15 to 19 May 2017 at the European Youth Centre Strasbourg.

The study session aims to devise schemes and innovations that can promote the social inclusion of migrants, refugees and asylum seekers whilst attempting to avoid a negative impact for people in host societies.

There will be discussion as to how young people can influence rhetoric and actions taken in their own countries with the overall intended result of promoting harmonious societies in which migrants, refugees and asylum seekers are included and respected.

To apply please check the call for participants and further links to the application form here

Application deadline: 7th April 2017 (23:59 GMT) 

SYMPOSIUM on Youth Policy Responses to the Contemporary Challenges Faced by Young People’

Symposium 'Youth Policy Responses to the Contemporary Challenges Faced by Young People’

Call for facilitators and rapporteur:
Deadline for applications: 23 March 2017, 23h59 (GMT+1)

Interested experts are invited to send their applications by email, indicating in the subject of the email the role (facilitator or rapporteur), for which the application is submitted:

Call for participants:
Deadline for applications: 2 April 2017, 23h59 (GMT+1).

Flexibility for the duration of international activities

EYF visual identity At its December 2016 meeting, the Programming Committee on Youth decided that, as from January 2017, the European Youth Foundation (EYF) will not apply the 4 working days minimum duration as a hard criterion for one-off international activities and international activities within an annual work plan. This decision was based on the needs expressed by youth NGOs willing to use new and innovative ways to ensure a non-formal approach for their activities.

Until now, a minimum of 4 working days has been required for international activities supported by the EYF. This requirement is based on the principles of non-formal education, which is one of the pillars of the Council of Europe’s youth sector. It aims to ensure high quality work plans and international activities in which participants have time to go through all learning processes and to reach intercultural awareness. The Council of Europe considers that four working days is the minimum duration to develop participant-centred and result-based activities using non-formal education methods and tools, and to allow participants to go through all learning phases.

Nevertheless, the EYF will continue to assess all new applications received (for one-off international activities and international activities within an annual work plan) on the basis of their merit and the quality of the programme provided and its non-formal education approach, including the duration of the activity.

NGOs applying for activities lasting less than 4 working days will have to provide in the application form clear and solid arguments to convince the EYF that the non-formal education elements required by the Council of Europe are still taken into account.   This decision will be applied for a trial period and its implementation evaluated by the Programming Committee on Youth in June 2019. . 
Call for youth representatives to sit on the Council of Europe’s Advisory Council on Youth (2018-2019)
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.

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 2018 to December 2019).


Applications together with a supporting letter from the organisation represented, should be submitted on-line at
by 31 May 2017 (midday, CET).

CALL to youth organisations for applications for activities in the European Youth Centres in Strasbourg or Budapest
European Youth Centres Strasbourg and Budapest
We are pleased to inform you that the process for applications for activities to be held in co-operation with the European Youth Centres in the first semester of 2018 is now open. These activities concern, for the main part, study sessions and ''special projects''. The specific conditions and criteria for the activities can be consulted on the attached document, together with an application form.

The programme of activities for 2018 will be run according to the expected results decided by the Joint Council on Youth for the biennium 2018-2019.

We invite you to submit proposals for activities falling within the following expected results:

Expected Result 1: Young people accessing their rights and advocating for human rights and citizenship education

Expected Result 2: Young people participating in democracy and developing youth policy and youth work at local, regional national and European level

Expected Result 3: Young people engaging in and leading intercultural dialogue as a result of the Council of Europe's support to young people, youth organisations and youth workers in preventing and combating discrimination, exclusion and violent extremism

Letter to NGOs
Criteria and conditions for activities
Application form 2018-1

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...


(please write to the youthportfolio address if you wish to receive a print copy of the brochure)

List of publications [pdf] Updated September 2016

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..