A programme of support measures has been developed for ministries, public administrations and policy makers in the member states and States parties to the European Cultural Convention to help them adopt the Council of Europe’s youth policy standards when designing their youth policies. This comprehensive programme proposes specialised and targeted advice to foster peer learning and exchange in the Council of Europe youth sector.
What's on offer?
Multilateral support measures
These foster peer learning and exchange in themes decided upon by the CDEJ. Individual states host the activities and share the costs with the Youth Department. Participation is open to individuals and authorities’ representatives.
Bilateral support measures
These are specially tailored to meet the youth policy needs of the youth sectors in member states. Public institutions, especially governmental authorities with responsibility for youth issues, receive assistance to address youth policy issues and challenges. These activities are designed for certain target groups and categories of participant and take the local context and needs of the requesting state into consideration.
Opportunities for public authorities' staff and representatives
States parties co-operating with the Youth Department within the package of support measures will have access to some specific benefits. Among others, such benefits include opportunities for staff and representatives of public authorities to acquire:
Interested parties stand to gain competence for the further implementation of their ongoing and future youth policy tasks. These activities offer governmental stakeholders the opportunity to experience new and innovative methodologies, approaches and concepts, as they are being developed in the international youth policy community of practice.
The Youth Department and the European Steering Committee for Youth (CDEJ) have privileged access to a wide-ranging network of experts all over Europe that possess a variety of different youth policy related knowledge and expertise. Participating in activities brings governmental stakeholders into contact with this network and with experts they would otherwise unlikely be in a position to find by themselves.
Co-operation with the Council of Europe underwrites governments' activities with international and institutional recognition, as well as legitimation for their youth policy work, given the Council of Europe's institutional relationships, its history of standard setting, and the moral authority of its rights-based philosophy of youth work and youth policy.
The Council of Europe’s Youth Department is recognised as standing for quality in youth policy and youth work in the international youth sector and in sectors of wider relevance to youth policy, such as education, lifelong learning, and civil society development. Thanks to this excellence, the Council of Europe can mobilise expertise to assist states which adds value to their youth policy.