The European Youth Foundation (EYF) is a fund established in 1972 by the Council of Europe to provide financial and educational support for European youth activities. It is a division in the Youth Department of the Council of Europe  Directorate of Democratic Citizenship and Participation.

The strategic priorities of the youth sector for 2016-2017 are defined by the Joint Council on Youth, which is the central co-managed political body of the youth sector. They are:

  • supporting young people and member states in increasing the participation of young people in democratic processes
  • supporting member states and youth NGOs in the implementation of the Committee of Ministers’ Recommendation CM/Rec(2015)3 on the access of young people from disadvantaged neighbourhoods to social rights (ENTER recommendation)
  • supporting the promotion of inclusive and peaceful societies, especially through the extended No Hate Speech Movement and the Roma Youth Action Plan.


Since 2012, over 100 activities contributing to the No Hate Speech Movement have been carried out by non-governmental youth organisations with the support of the European Youth Foundation in some 30 Council of Europe member states.

A  diverse range of initiatives has been supported, such as  online and offline awareness-raising campaigns, capacity-building activities, mobile activities, legal research projects and launching events for national No Hate Speech Movement campaigns. The publication The European Youth Foundation and the No Hate Speech Movement gives examples of supported activities.