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 expressions of interest: Council of Europe study on new and innovative forms youth participation in decision-making processes
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The Council of Europe Youth Department has been charged by the Joint Council on Youth to explore the current state of youth participation, thus the aim of this study is to examine youth participation in decision-making processes, in different types of structure (political, civic, civil service, etc), with a particular emphasis on new and innovative forms.

You may express your interest until 28 July 2016

You may consult the CALL that includes the Aim and  Content of the study as well as a selection of Council of Europe materials on youth policy and youth participation

Symposium ''(Un)Equal Europe''
Responses from the youth sector
(Un)Equal Europe - Responses from the Youth Sector
30 May–2 June, Budapest (European Youth Centre) – The EU-Council of Europe youth partnership organised the symposium ‘(Un)Equal Europe? Responses from the youth sector’ to take stock of the social inclusion aspects in youth policies.

The symposium proposed ways of strengthening the potential of the youth sector to support young people facing multiple structural inequalities across Europe.

The situation of young refugees and their integration was a key theme of the Symposium that brought together over a hundred participants from across Europe.

It was opened by Matthew Johnson, Director of Democratic Citizenship and Participation in Directorate General of Democracy (Council of Europe) and António Silva Mendes, Director for Youth and Sport at the Directorate-General Education and Culture (European Commission).


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)


Seminar "Social inclusion of refugee students and their role in intercultural dialogue"
European Youth Centre, Strasbourg 10-16 July 2016


The Youth Department of the Council of Europe took the initiative to organise the seminar "Social inclusion of refugee students and their role in intercultural dialogue" within its Youth for Democracy programme in order to discuss challenges, identify needs and possibilities for the inclusion of refugee students in Europe and support their role as agents in intercultural dialogue.

The participants were refugee students themselves and representatives of youth and students organisations as well as foundations working with refugee students.

The seminar was organised with the Global Platform for Syrian Students and in cooperation with Kiron - Open Higher Education and Voice of Young Refugees in Europe. It received financial support from CIRCOM (European Association of Regional Television).


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 organisations from Ukraine
(“50-50” training)

The Council of Europe Youth Department and the Ministry of Youth and Sports of Ukraine are 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 5 to 11 September 2016 (including arrival and departure dates) at Kosiv, Ivano-Frankivsk region, Ukraine.

The training-course aims 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 and taking into account the values and approaches of the Council of Europe and the priorities in the youth field of Ukraine.

All interested candidates should apply by completing in the online application form available at by midday of 12 August 2016.

WORLD FORUM FOR DEMOCRACY 2016 - Call for Lab submissions

WFD 2016The 2016 World Forum for Democracy (Strasbourg, 7-9 November) will focus on the relationship between education and democracy.

It will examine whether they can reinforce each other and together address the risks of new social divides. In particular, the forum will explore how education and democracy can nurture active citizens with critical and analytical skills, and how through fostering grassroots innovation and bottom-up democratic reform, it can help develop civic engagement and improve opportunities for all.

Please find in the attached document more information on the WFD 2016 as well as a call for Lab submissions

List of publications [pdf] Updated February 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...
Call for application of projects
European Drug Prevention Prize 2016
Council of Europe Pompidou Group, European Drug Prevention Prize 2016
We are calling for projects to apply for the Pompidou Group European Drug Prevention Prize, 2016.

The Prize is awarded every two years to active youth drug prevention projects.

The projects must be doing quality drug prevention and fully involve young people (aged under 25). They should be currently running or recently finished. Innovative projects are sought.

Up to three Projects will be awarded a Prize. During the Award Ceremony each will receive the Prize Trophy, the Prize Diploma and €5.000 to develop their work.

Prize-winners tell us that winning the Prize has helped them gain greater recognition for their work.

Your applications should reach the Pompidou Group Secretariat by 31 July 2016

Please consult the Pompidou Group website for more information