As part of the Co-management governing system of the youth sector, the newly composed Programming Committee on Youth (CPJ) held its first plenary meeting on 16-17 June 2022, at the European Youth Centre in Strasbourg.
The Committee considered and discussed activities implemented in the European Youth Centres Strasbourg and Budapest in 2022. It exchanged on the Council of Europe’s support to youth activities in Ukraine, in the context of the war, and the need to rebuild trust in democratic institutions as well as to strengthen democratic participation. It stressed the relevance of EYF funding to pilot (local and national) activities in that context.
The Committee also approved the Centres' programme and subsidiary budget allocation to their activities for 2023. It validated 11 new study sessions for international youth organisations to take place at the EYCs, and grants by the EYF to International Activities and Work Plans worth €434 180 in 2023. Decisions on the latest round of Pilot Activity applications will take place by written procedure in the coming months.
On top of their statutory responsibilities, the CPJ met for an informal moment with representatives of the diplomatic corps and informed them of the Committee’s work and the forthcoming Youth Action Week in the ‘Democracy Here, Democracy Now’ campaign. Pia Šlogar, the newly elected CPJ chair representing the CCJ, Markus Wolf, the outgoing chair representing the CDEJ, and Antje Rothemund, Head of CoE Youth Department welcomed the Ambassadors and their delegates of Albania, Austria, Bulgaria, Portugal, San Marino, Republic of Türkiye and of the European Union Delegation.
The next CPJ plenary meeting will take place on 8-9 December 2022, at the European Youth Centre in Budapest.