Multilateral support measures and activities
Multilateral support measures are activities prepared by the Youth Department and offered to representatives of public authorities, bodies and institutions in member States of the Council of Europe and State signatories to the European Cultural Convention. They are organised to foster peer learning and exchange in the Council of Europe youth sector.
The self-assessment tool for youth policy aims to help member states and other public stakeholders at various levels (local, regional, national, international) to self-assess their compliance with Council of Europe standards, based on the six areas of intervention (participation, information, inclusion, access to rights, youth work and mobility) which form the basis for the Council of Europe’s youth policy. All member states are encouraged to use and disseminate the tool.
The European University on Youth Policies (Summer University)
The European University on Youth Policies, otherwise known as the Summer University, aims to improve the motivation and competences of CDEJ and Advisory Council members, as well as other civil servants with an interest in the University's thematic focus. It promotes the Council of Europe's standards in youth policy, and for those who participate in the co-management, helps them to get to know the system.
Quality Label for Youth Centres
The Council of Europe Quality Label for Youth Centres is an opportunity for existing or planned youth centres in member States and signatory states of the European Cultural Convention to subscribe to the values and youth-policy priorities of the Council of Europe. It offers them a means of encouraging quality development on the basis of the youth sector's established standards for educational and policy approaches, for international networking and exchange through a dedicated platform, a mechanism for the promotion of quality standards in non-formal education and international youth work, and access to specialised training.
The Youth Department organises other multilateral activities for representatives of public authorities interested in youth and youth policy in Europe. These are often ‘one-off’ seminars and activities to explore specific issues and priorities of the CDEJ in a given period. Sometimes, these activities are organised in or by States at the request of the CDEJ, with the programmatic and/or financial support of the Youth Department.
Secondments and traineeships
Staff of governmental authorities can also develop their capacity by taking up a period of service in the Council of Europe‘s Youth Department through a secondment or traineeship in one of the European Youth Centres (Strasbourg or Budapest), with the European Youth Foundation, or with the Education and Training Division or the Youth Policy Division in Strasbourg.
Secondments: The Council of Europe regularly advertises positions to be filled by nationals of a given country, already employed in public service. These are known as secondments. Seconded staff are often mid-career professionals. Seconded experts are fully integrated into the functioning of the Youth Department as full members of staff. They have the opportunity to develop an understanding of the European perspective promoted by the Council of Europe.
Traineeships: For more junior professionals, the Youth Department offers the opportunity to apply for a traineeship. Over a period of professional service of three to six months at one of the European Youth Centres, or with the European Youth Foundation, trainees learn about the Council of Europe's approach to youth policy and youth work. Trainees benefit from on-the-job training and supervision by an experienced member of staff.
Other multilateral activities
The Partial Agreement on Youth Mobility through the Youth Card
The Enlarged Partial Agreement on Youth Mobility through the Youth Card was set up in 1991, following the Council of Europe Conference of ministers responsible for youth in Lisbon, Portugal, which advocated an increase in youth mobility.
The aims of this Partial Agreement are:
- to facilitate youth mobility as well as young people's access to the various goods and services necessary for their personal and cultural development through a Youth Card scheme;
- to foster the development of better youth policies with and for member governments.
Anyone under the age of 30 can become a youth card holder – a young person does not need to be a student or a resident of a European country. Youth cards provide young people – residents or travellers – with access to advice, discounts and benefits in the fields of mobility, accommodation, culture, language courses, as well as services and products both on- and off-line. Youth cards are issued by national youth card organisations.