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…)

Forum for mutual understanding in the Caucasus

 The Council of Europe Youth Department, in cooperation with the National Youth Council of Russia, is launching the call for participants for the International Youth Forum “For understanding in the Caucasus” taking place in Grozny, Chechen Republic on 16th-20th November 2014.

The Forum is organised within the Action plan for 2014-2015 on the implementation of the Framework Programme on cooperation between the Council of Europe and the Russian Federation in the field of youth policy for 2014-2018.

The Forum aims to create the educational space for young people from the Caucasus countries in order to increase youth participation, to develop intercultural dialogue and to establish humanitarian cooperation in this region.

In the future, the International Youth Forum "For mutual understanding the Caucasus" aspires to be recognised as regular informal expert platform for young people from the Caucasus for discussing the cooperation and collaboration issues as well as common problems and possible ways of its solutions.

The Forum will be held in Grozny, Chechen Republic, the Russian Federation, from 16 to 20 November 2014, including the arrival and departure dates.

More details about the application process and the Forum itself can be found in the appended document.

The interested candidates are requested to apply online at: until Friday, 24 October, 06.00 pm (CET).

Presentation document



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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] 

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




The Youth Department of the Council of Europe is organizing a Symposium on transitions of young people to autonomy and work life (European Youth Centre Strasbourg, 30 November – 4 December 2014, travel days included).

The symposium will bring together different stakeholders to support dialogue and co-operation on the topic of transition, will provide space for sharing experiences and practices at local, national and international level, will identify the challenges faced by young people in the process of transitions and will propose responses, tools and mechanisms to respond to these challenges in a human rights framework.

More details about the application process and the symposium itself can be found in the appended document.

The interested candidates are requested to apply online at: until Monday, 27 October, 12 a.m.


Message of the Forum

NHSM Forum
The Message of the Forum is now available in English and French, together with the final list of participants.

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)

Educational Responses to Islamophobia and Discrimination against Muslims in Europe

Council of Europe colour logoOSCE_ODIHROn 17-19 September the European Youth Centre Budapest organised a seminar on Educational responses to islamophobia and discrimination against muslims in Europe

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

The seminar also made concrete proposals for actions and initiatives to implemented online and offline in the framework of the No Hate Speech Movement campaign, contributed to the implementation of the European Action Day against Islamophobia and Religious Intolerance on 21 September 2014 and proposed 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 contributed 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)