Photograph of the CMJ members making the No Hate Speech Movement heart with their hands, in Budapest


The Joint Council on Youth (CMJ) brings together the European Steering Committee for Youth (CDEJ) and the Advisory Council on Youth (CCJ).  It is a co-decision-making body which establishes the youth sector's priorities, objectives and budgets.

This is the supreme decision and policy-making body for the Council of Europe’s governmental and non-governmental partners in the Youth Department. It is composed of all of the members of the CDEJ and all of the members of the Advisory Council.

The task of the Joint Council, in a spirit of co-management, is to develop a shared position on the youth sector’s overall priorities, annual/pluriannual objectives, main budget envelopes and necessary budget specifications, within the political and budgetary framework established by the Committee of Ministers.  It also contributes to the effective mainstreaming of youth policies into the Council of Europe's programme of activities.

The CDEJ and CCJ Bureaux meet together twice a year in order to prepare the CMJ’s meetings, to ensure continuity between meetings, as well as to deal with any other tasks delegated to them by CMJ.



A major task for the 2018-19 biennium was to evaluate the implementation of Resolution CM/Res(2008)23 on the youth policy of the Council of Europe and to develop a new strategic document on its youth policy for the period 2020-30.  You can follow this work on the page on the youth sector's strategy 2030.

The Joint Council's tasks in relation to the three priorities for 2020-21 are as follows:

Access to rights:

Youth participation and youth work:

Inclusive and peaceful societies:

  • the Joint Council will support young people’s capacities to promote peaceful and inclusive societies,by providing them with opportunities to play an active role in intercultural dialogue/learning, in peacebuilding and conflict transformation, in challenging the rise of nationalism and populism, in co-operation with neighbouring and other world regions. The Joint Council will also promote social inclusion, fostering active participation, gender equality and combating all forms of discrimination on the grounds of Article 14 of the European Convention on Human Rights taking an intersectional approach – with a specific focus on Roma youth and other minority groups, young refugees and their transition from childhood to adulthood, young people with disabilities; LGBTQI young people and young women and girls.

You can follow the Joint Council on Youth's work on these pages and also by consulting the latest decisions and abridged reports.