What is the Advisory Council on Youth?

The Advisory Council on Youth is a Council of Europe body made up of 30 representatives from youth NGOs and networks in Europe which provide opinions and input on all youth sector activities. It also ensures that young people are involved in other activities of the Council of Europe.


The Council of Europe’s youth sector works on the basis of a partnership between non-governmental youth organisations and governments, in what is known as the co-management system. This means that representatives from non-governmental youth organisations and youth networks cooperate closely with government officials from the European Steering Committee for Youth to establish the standards and work priorities of the Council of Europe’s youth sector and make recommendations for future priorities, programmes and budgets.

The Advisory Council on Youth promotes at all levels, the co-management system in the decision-making process 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 Advisory Council on Youth...

  • contributes to the mainstreaming of youth policies across the Council of Europe programme of activities
  • formulates opinions and proposals on general or specific questions concerning youth in the Council of Europe as well as the priorities and budget allocations for the youth sector
  • promotes activities focused on youth in the field of international cooperation
  • sends representatives to statutory meetings and events with the aim of making the work of the Council of Europe in this field more visible.

Statements and publications of the Advisory Council

Previous Advisory Councils on Youth

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