The Advisory Council and its response to Covid-19

Sensing the possible threats to the Council of Europe's values that may be posed by the current pandemic, the Advisory Council on Youth (CCJ) took steps to mitigate these threats by proposing to the European Steering Committee on Youth (CDEJ) the setting up of a joint working group. The Advisory Council also issued a statement in which it called on member states to continue to protect young people's human rights, especially those of vulnerable groups, and to promote their democratic participation.

Further information on the Council of Europe youth sector's response to Covid-19 is available on our special page.  Read more

The Advisory Council members were asked to each provide three words that described their own feelings towards the pandemic and the effect it is having on them.  Here is what they said:

word cloud of effect on CCJ of Covid-19 pandemic

What is the Advisory Council on Youth?

The voice of young people in the Council of Europe

About the Advisory Council

The Advisory Council on Youth is the non-governmental partner in the co-management structure which establishes the standards and work priorities of the Council of Europe’s youth sector and makes recommendations for future priorities, programmes and budgets.

It is made up of 30 representatives from youth NGOs and networks in Europe and its main task is to advise the Committee of Ministers on all questions relating to youth. Specifically, the Advisory Council helps to ensure youth policies are mainstreamed into the Council of Europe's programme of activities by providing opinions and proposals to all of the Organisation's bodies. It also ensures that young people are involved in other activities of the Council of Europe and promotes the policies beyond the Organisation.

The Advisory Council on Youth promotes the co-management system in decision-making processes at all levels as a good practice for youth participation, democracy and inclusion, whilst preparing and encouraging young generations to take responsibility to build their desired society.

In practice, the tasks of the Advisory Council on Youth are to:

  • contribute to the effective mainstreaming of youth policies in the Council of Europe programme of activities by formulating opinions and proposals on general or specific questions concerning youth in the Council of Europe; where appropriate, address these opinions and proposals to the Committee of Ministers or other bodies of the Council of Europe. The Advisory Council on Youth may also be invited by the Committee of Ministers to formulate opinions on general or specific questions concerning youth policy;
  • formulate opinions and proposals concerning the priorities, expected results and budget for the youth sector;
  • promote the Council of Europe’s youth policies within the Organisation and beyond;
  • designate, for two years, the CCJ members who shall be invited to represent it in the Programming Committee on Youth (CPJ), the co-management body in charge of establishing the programme of activities of the youth sector.

The Terms of Reference for the 2020-21 Advisory Council on Youth were adopted by the Committee of Ministers at its 1361st meeting (19-21 November 2019).

   Meet the Advisory Council on Youth

Find out more about the members and the portfolios for which they have responsibility.


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    Meet the Bureau

The Advisory Council on Youth elected its Bureau on 23 March 2020.


Andrea Ugrinoska, chair CCJ Andrea Ugrinoska, chair

Mihai Dragos, vice-chair CCJ Mihai Dragos, vice-chair 

Nika Bakhsoliani, PFG 1 co-ordinator CCJ Nika Bakhsoliani, PFG 1 co-ordinator 

Alice Bergholtz, PFG 2 co-ordinator CCJ Alice Bergholtz, PFG 2 co-ordinator 

Spyros Papadatos, PFG 3 co-ordinator CCJ Spyros Papadatos, PFG 3 co-ordinator 


CCJ bureau members 2020-2021

Statements and publications of the Advisory Council

The opinions expressed in these statements are those of the Advisory Council on Youth and do not necessarily reflect the official position of the Council of Europe or its member states.

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