In 1998, the Council of Europe and the European Commission decided to work together in the field of European youth worker training. Both institutions, therefore, initiated a Partnership agreement, the aim of which was


to promote active European citizenship and civil society by giving impetus to the training of youth leaders and youth workers working within a European dimension.


This agreement has since been renewed several times and additional agreements have been initiated in the fields of “youth research” and “Euro-med co-operation”.

Since 2005, all Partnership activities have merged into one single framework Partnership agreement which focuses on the following topics:

  • European Citizenship;
  • human rights education and intercultural dialogue;
  • quality and recognition of youth work and training;
  • better understanding and knowledge of youth;
  • youth policy development.

The Partnership between the Council of Europe and the European Commission in the field of youth thus brings together the two institutions’ experience in non-formal education, youth policy, youth research and youth work practice.

The two institutions focus on:

  • Participation/citizenship;
  • Social inclusion;
  • Youth work.

All Partnership activities and publications enhance the exchange of experience and good practice between the stakeholders involved, are embedded in a structured dialogue and contribute to the implementation of the political objectives of both partners.

Since 1998, many thousands of young people have participated directly in these activities and many more were able to benefit from this experience through the Partnership's publications.

Partnership Publications