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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…)


World Forum for Democracy
Freedom vs control: For a democratic response

18-20 November 2015, Strasbourg (France)

The 4
th edition of the World Forum for Democracy will engage with decision-makers and opinion-formers in a reflection on how to maintain a balance between freedom and control for security in European societies and will explore new ways of engaging young people in re-visioning the democratic arenas of today.

Read the presentation of the Forum >>>

All candidates must apply in 2 parts:

  1. An online application form should be completed via this link: http://youthapplications.coe.int/Application-forms 
  2. A short 1 minute video should be posted on YouTube, with the link attached to the online application form (see instructions >>>)

The application form must be submitted on-line before Sunday 30 August 2015 (midnight CET), together with a support letter from the NGO/sending organisation.

Educational Advisors Recruitment
Youth Department

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The Youth Department of the Council of Europe is recruiting Educational Advisors

Their job mission, under the authority of the Head of the Youth Department, is to plan, implement and evaluate non-formal education and training activities within the annual programme of the Youth Department, these programmes promoting the Council of Europe’s values of human rights, cultural diversity, democracy, social cohesion and the rule of law in the youth field.

Interested candidates may apply on line at the following address until Tuesday 21 July 2015

Educational Advisors (Grade A1/A2)

Training course Access to Social Rights and Transition to Autonomy and Work Life of Young People in Ukraine

The training course “Access to Social Rights and Transition to Autonomy and Work Life of Young People in Ukraine” will take place in the European Youth Centre of Budapest between 20th and 25th July.

The training course will aim to contribute to Social and human rights of young people in Ukraine through development of competences of the main stakeholders dealing with the access to these rights. The participants will develop their competences in implementing initiatives that respond to the challenges of today’s young people, this based on non-formal and human rights education.

The training course is organised in the Framework Programme of Cooperation in the Field of Youth Policy between the Council of Europe and the Ministry of Youth and Sport of Ukraine.

It will bring together 30 participants from Ukraine, being youth workers and/or representatives of youth policy bodies at regional and national level. The course will happen both in English and Ukrainian.

You can find attached the programme and list of participants.


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...


BROCHURE PRESENTING THE NEW PORTFOLIO (please write to the youthportfolio address if you wish to receive a print copy of the brochure)

Evaluation and Follow-Up Conference

On 27-30 May 2015 the No hate speech movement evaluation and follow-up conference brought together some 120 participants, representatives of the stakeholders involved in the campaign to create the space to evaluate the results of the campaign and to develop the follow-up strategy.

The conference discussed the evaluation of the No Hate Speech Movement campaign at the European level and identified measures for its follow-up and sustainability of the results in youth, human rights and education and media related policies.

Programme of the conference >>

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Podcast with participants in the conference http://www.humanrightseurope.org/2015/06/podcast-no-hate-speech-movement-the-end-of-the-beginning/

Third edition of Entrepreneurs for Social Change
Entrepreneurs for Social Change is a program run by United Nations Alliance of Civilizations in cooperation with Fondazione CRT and it has three different components:

1. A 8-day training that will run in Torino, Italy, from 18 to 25 October 2015 and it 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 receive advice and support to implement their business plan and to approach potential investors

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

Youth aged 18 to 35 from the Euro-Mediterranean region are invited to apply.

Information about the previous editions of Entreprenurs for Social Change can be found here: www.unaocyouth.org/e4sc

Application submissions are open until 30 July 2015 and the Application Form and the Application Guidelines can be found here: www.e4sc.org 

Call for recognition of 22 July as European Day for Victims of Hate Crime
 News published on the website of the Parliamentary Assembly

After the commemoration ceremony held today in Oslo for the victims of the brutal attacks of 22 July 2011, Anne Brasseur, President of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE), and the Speaker of the Storting Olemic Thommessen have called for 22 July to be recognised as the European Day for Victims of Hate Crime.

“It has been four years since the tragic events in Oslo and Utøya took place. The reality we face today is much more worrying than we would have thought four years ago: hatred and intolerance have become even more widespread in Europe, when they should have no place in our democratic societies,” said the two Presidents.

“We need this European day to show solidarity with all those who have been victims of hate crime, to enable people to recognise these human rights violations and to promote a wide and inclusive effort to combat hate.”

Roma Youth Conference
The second Roma Youth Conference organised by the Youth Department of the Council of Europe will be held during 19-22 October 2015 at the European Youth Centre Budapest.

In 2011, the first Roma Youth Conference was organised by the Council of Europe, during which Roma youth people, youth leaders, members of international Roma youth networks and other international institutions defined the priorities for the Roma Youth Action Plan. Since then, the Roma Youth Action Plan has included a wide variety of activities, training courses, development of expertise related to the situation of Roma youth, educational manuals, study sessions in co-operation with international youth organisations, study visits at national level, support and funding to Roma youth projects and policy advising activities. The implementation of the Roma Youth Action Plan is led by the Youth Department in close cooperation with Roma youth organisations and other European stakeholders on Roma and youth policies.

The second Roma Youth Conference aims to bring together Roma youth organisations, Roma youth representatives, policy makers and relevant Roma youth stakeholders for taking stock of the results and relevance of the action plan so far and to discuss the future policy orientations and inclusion of Roma youth.

Read the presentation of the Conference >>>

Apply on-line at: http://youthapplications.coe.int/Application-forms 

The deadline for submitting applications is 20 August 2015 at midnight CET.

1st Training Course for Staff of Youth Centres
What? 1st Training Course for Staff of Youth Centres
Where? European Youth Centre Budapest, Hungary
When? 29 September – 2 October 2015
Deadline for submitting applications: 24 August 2015

The training Course aims to develop the competence of staff to integrate a Human Rights based approach within the educational programmes of individual centres participating in the Council of Europe Quality Label project.

Objectives of the training course:
- To enhance the knowledge of participants of the Youth Department Quality Standard for Human Rights Education and Youth Work;
-To enhance participants competences to engage in Human Rights Education within the context of the programme of activities of their youth centre, using the available tools of the Youth Sector;
-To identify possibilities to associate the educational programme of the Labelled Youth Centres to the Educational programme for Human Rights, Democratic Citizenship and Intercultural learning of the Youth Sector of the Council of Europe.

Applications are expected from staff (volunteer or paid) of a Labelled Youth Centre, or a Youth Centre aspiring to apply and has attended a platform meeting.

More info and application form: http://youthapplications.coe.int/Application-forms/1st-Training-Course-for-Staff-of-Youth-Centres

European Youth Event:
Call for YO!Fest Partners
This call is for youth organisations that wish to become YO!Fest partners and to bring a group of participants to the EYE in 2016.

Individuals should not apply to this call and will need to be part of a registered group to attend the event.

Organisers: European Youth Forum/ European Parliament

Number of participants: 8000

Dates: Friday 20th May and Saturday 21st May 2016

Deadline 04 September 2015

Further information on the call >>
Enter! Youth Meeting 2015
 Access to social rights for all young people

E!YMFrom 30 June to 3 July 2015 the European Youth Centre of the Council of Europe in Strasbourg offered young people, especially those experiencing discrimination, exclusion and violence in their environment, the opportunity to have their voices heard on solutions for improving their access to social rights.

200 young people, youth workers and local and regional authorities’ representatives from all over Europe joined the Enter! Youth Meeting, in order to learn and share experiences about social rights, situations and responses in other countries, as well as about the work of the Council of Europe in this field.

The implementation of the Recommendation of the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe to the Member States on the access of young people from disadvantaged neighbourhoods to social rights was also discussed.

List of participants >>

List of organisations >>

Programme >>


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...

List of publications [pdf]