Mission and mandate of European Youth Centres
What are European Youth Centres?
Within the Council of Europe, the European Youth Centres are a part of the Youth Department and are, together with the European Youth Foundation (EYF), an important instrument of the Council’s youth policy.
They are international training and meeting centres with residential facilities, hosting most of the youth sector’s activities. They provide a flexible and modern working environment for international activities, with meeting rooms equipped for simultaneous interpretation, information centres, audio-visual and computer facilities.
The European Youth Centres run an annual programme of 40 to 50 activities in close co-operation with non-governmental youth organisations (NGYOs). These organisations, some 40 of which co-operate regularly with the EYCS, represent a wide diversity of interests: party political, socio-educational and religious youth groups, rural youth movements, trade union and young workers' organisations, children's organisations and environmental networks.