The EU-CoE youth partnership is a co-operation programme between the European Commission and the Council of Europe in the field of youth, created in 1998. It is based on the principle of a balanced involvement of the partner institutions in terms of political priorities, management, funding and visibility.

The overall goal is to foster synergies between the youth-oriented activities of the two institutions, by working on themes of interest for both institutions and on issues that justify a common European approach. The activities of the EU-CoE youth partnership address the needs of young people and the wider youth field, including decision makers, governmental experts, youth researchers, youth practitioners and youth organisations.

Geographical coverage encompasses the European Union and the Council of Europe members and other signatory states of the European Cultural Convention, as well as neighbouring South Mediterranean countries.


  1. Participation/citizenship, including new concepts and tools;
  2. Social inclusion with a focus on outreach, access to rights, and counteracting discrimination against vulnerable groups;
  3. Quality development of youth work.


  • "Better knowledge" – aiming to establish a clear picture of current and upcoming challenges and trends in participation for all young people, based on research evidence, sociological and statistical analysis and input from within and beyond the youth sector;
  • "Promotion of youth work" – advocacy regarding the contribution of youth work to youth participation and social inclusion, including innovative youth work, partnerships, outreach, learning mobility and recognition of youth work;

We also prioritise co-operation with a regional focus in relation to Eastern Europe and Caucasus, South-East Europe (Western Balkans), South Mediterranean within the specific themes.

In all the activities of the EU-CoE youth partnership, the communication and information aspects are prioritise, so that results reach a wide audience.


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.