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…)

Conference on the specific situation of Roma young people affected by multiple discrimination

roma youth action plan24-26 June, European Youth Centre, Strasbourg – Roma activists, LGBT and women’s organisations and members of a Roma rap band will be among the participants at a Council of Europe conference to tackle the multiple discrimination faced by Roma young people across Europe. A new book on the subject is to be launched during the conference; entitled Barrabaripen/Equality, it details the often shocking discrimination faced by young people who are Roma and also female and/or LGBT or migrants.
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Entrepreneurs for Social Change is a programme run in co-operation with Fondazione CRT and the Italian government and it has three different components:

1- A 7-day training that will run in Torino, Italy, from 16 to 22 October 2014 that will bring together 20 young people from the Euro-Mediterranean region to enhance the skills needed to boost a business idea with a social mission, and be a powerful motor of economic development and social inclusion.

2- A 9-month online mentoring period managed by experienced social entrepreneurs that will help the selected youth to be matched with potential investors and receive advice and support to implement their business plan.

3- The participation in an online platform for exchanges with peers and potential partners within the network of the United Nations Alliance of Civilizations.

There is no participation fee, and all participants will be provided with round-trip international tickets to Torino as well as accommodations, meals and visa support.

Application submissions to the new edition of Entrepreneurs for Social Change are open until 14 July 2014.

The Application Form and the Application Guidelines as well as any further information can be found here:

 An introductory video of Massimo Lapucci, Secretary General of Fondazione CRT and Matthew Hodes, Director of the United Nations Alliance of Civilizations gives a sense of the programME in a snapshot.

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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...


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


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


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] 

Seminar: Hate speech and religious intolerance: Educational responses to Islamophobia in Europe
16-20 September 2014, European Youth Centre Budapest

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”.

Read the seminar presentation

Apply on-line at:

Deadline to apply: 19 August 2014
Bookmarks training course

Bookmarks: training course for educators and teachers on combating hate speech online through human rights education 15 - 19 October 2014, Louvain-la-Neuve, Belgium

The Council of Europe launches a call for participants for a training course for educators and teachers on combating hate speech online through human rights education.

All interested candidates should fill in the online application form at

The training course will be carried out in French.

Read the training course presentation

Deadline to apply: 28 August 2014


Young's people responses to Homophobic and Transphobic Hate Speech

Held in the European Youth Center in Budapest 15-17 May in cooperation with the Council of Europe Equality Division (SOGI Unit) and the International Gay and Lesbian Youth Organisation (IGLYO) the Seminar took place in the framework of the No Hate Speech Movement


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