EU-Council of Europe youth partnership’s overall goal... to foster synergies between the priorities and programmes pursued by the two partner institutions in the youth field. It contributes to their respective work: for the EU – on implementing the aims of the EU Youth Strategy: engage, connect, empower; for the Council of Europe: on the 2020-2021 priorities of the youth sector: young people’s access to rights, youth participation and youth work, inclusive and peaceful societies, as well as the Council of Europe Youth Strategy 2030.

The partnership offers a platform for their cooperation and has a function of a “think tank” and a laboratory, gathering and producing knowledge, translating it for an effective use in youth policy and practice, developing and testing new approaches, considering traditional themes and innovative trends.


 The geographical coverage of the youth partnership...

... encompasses the 50 signatory states of the European Cultural Convention (hence including all EU and other Council of Europe members), as well as neighbouring countries in the South-Mediterranean region. Some of the activities may have an explicit regional focus on specific regions: Eastern Europe and Caucasus, South-East Europe (Western Balkans), South-Mediterranean.


 The intervention logic ...

... is inspired by the triangle of governance of the youth field, namely:

1. Youth research: developing knowledge on youth to better understand current and upcoming challenges and trends in the lives of young people, and their implications for youth policy and youth work.

2. Youth policy: informing youth policy by offering relevant evidence, knowledge, and building capacity of the youth policy actors.

3. Youth work: promoting and strengthening youth work and recognition of its contribution to, inter alia, youth participation and social inclusion of young people.

These three angles are interconnected and the role of the EU-Council of Europe youth partnership is to strengthen the dialogue among them, involving young people and youth organisations. Wherever relevant, stakeholders from other sectors are invited to engage in a cross-sectoral exchange.



The European Commission  and the Council of Europe  are the main stakeholders of the EU-CoE youth partnership.

Several entities are also involved, such as the European Youth Forum, National Agencies  of the European Commission's Erasmus+ (Youth in Action) programme, the SALTO Resource Centres, ERYICA  and Eurodesk, and the Council of Europe's governmental (CDEJ) and non-governmental partners (Advisory Council), ministries responsible for youth issues in the members states, and research bodies. Partnership activities also benefit from the accumulated experience of the European Youth Centres  in Strasbourg and Budapest and the North-South Centre of the Council of Europe in Lisbon.

All decisions are taken jointly by the two partner institutions in the Partnership Management Board. It brings together European Commission and Council of Europe representatives and observers.

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