Intergovernmental co-operation

In addition to the educational and training activities implemented in the framework of the European Youth Centres of Strasbourg and Budapest and of the European Youth Foundation, the Council of Europe’s action in the youth field is also carried out through intergovernmental co-operation focusing particularly on the development of youth policies in the 50 States Parties to the European Cultural Convention.

The promotion of this co-operation, which involves ministries or public administrations in charge of youth affairs in the different member States, constitutes the main responsibility of the European Steering Committee for Youth (CDEJ), which supervises a programme of activities involving policy makers, youth researchers and youth work practitioners.

What is the European Steering Committee for Youth?

The European Steering Committee for Youth (CDEJ) brings together representatives of ministries or bodies responsible for youth matters from the 50 States parties to the European Cultural Convention. The CDEJ fosters co-operation between governments in the youth sector and provides a framework for comparing national youth policies, exchanging best practices and drafting standard-setting texts.

The CDEJ was set up by the Committee of Ministers under Article 17 of the Statute of the Council of Europe and in accordance with Resolution CM/Res(2011)24 on intergovernmental committees and subordinate bodies, their terms of reference and working methods.

Its terms of reference are valid from 1 January 2018 until 31 December 2019.

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Intergovernmental co-operation in the youth field