Partnership themes and objectives
As specific themes in 2017, the two institutions agreed to focus on:
- Participation/citizenship, including new concepts and tools;
- Social inclusion with a focus on outreach, access to social rights, and fighting new forms of xenophobia and discrimination against vulnerable groups;
- Recognition and quality of youth work.
In line with the decision of the European Commission and the Council of Europe their partnership will in the year 2017 focus on two specific objectives:
1. "Better knowledge" – a "think tank" function 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;
2. "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;
and two horizontal objectives:
3. "Co-operation with a regional focus" – promotion of young people's participation through peer learning and capacity-building in specific European and neighbourhood regions: Eastern Europe and Caucasus, South-East Europe (Western Balkans), South Mediterranean within the specific themes;
4. "Communication and information" – dissemination of results of activities among a wider audience.
In the period 2010-2013 the European Commission and the Council of Europe specifically cooperate in the following fields of action:
I) Promoting knowledge-based youth policy by developing and providing efficient tools, e.g.:
- An improved European Knowledge Center for Youth Policy (EKCYP);
- An efficient and effective co-operation and networking structure in research;
- Thematic fora, seminars and events in order to enhance knowledge on youth.
II) Supporting youth work and building capacity of youth workers at European level, eg:
- Recognition of youth work and non-formal learning;
- Innovation of youth work related training;
- Exchange of good practice and supporting related policy measures (peer reviews).
III) Paying special attention to the geographical scope of its initiatives prioritising as follows:
- CoE Member States which are candidate countries to the EU (South-East Europe);
- CoE Member States which are part of the EU Neighbourhood Policy (including the Eastern Partnership and the Mediterranean) and the Russian Federation;
- Other countries on demand, such as the current EU-Africa cooperation.
IV) Gathering, disseminating and providing information and publications on youth, e.g.:
- The webportal, including the European Knowledge Center for Youth Policy and its database on European youth policy topics and country specific information;
- The Training-Kits, the magazine Coyote and the series of Youth Knowledge books.