Activities in co-operation with the European Youth Centre

Council of Europe

Relevent Country: Belgium

The Youth Department of the Council of Europe invites non-governmental youth organisations, networks and other non-governmental structures involved in areas of youth work relevant to the Council of Europe’s youth policy to submit applications for activities to be held in co-operation with the European Youth Centres in Strasbourg and Budapest (study sessions, 2nd semester 2024).

The study sessions are organised in co-operation with youth organisations and networks and the Council of Europe’s Youth Department, and are hosted by one of the European Youth Centres.

They are international youth events lasting between 4 and 8 days which bring together members of youth organisations or networks and experts for discussions on a specific subject relevant to the priorities 2022-2025 of the Council of Europe Youth sector.

Eligible Activities

Study Sessions

  • Study sessions are international educational youth seminars (meetings), lasting between four and eight days, which bring together multipliers active in youth organisations or networks to deepen the understanding, and prepare future action, about a specific subject of common interest and relevance to the priorities of the youth organisation(s) and of the Council of Europe Youth sector.
  • They are organised in co-operation with youth organisations and networks, and are held at one of the European Youth Centres, in Strasbourg or Budapest.

Double Study Sessions

Double study sessions have the same function as study sessions, with the following specifications:

  • They are proposed and implemented by at least two applicant organisations;
  • They bring together a minimum of 40 and a maximum of 70 participants, including the preparatory team;
  • have a maximum duration of 5 working days (exceptions are possible, if justified);
  • may benefit-when justified-from interpretation into three working languages


  • Symposia are activities addressing themes and matters of common concern and interest for both the governmental and non-governmental partners of the Youth Department. Symposia are aimed at knowledge production and contributing to the youth policy development of the Council of Europe and its governmental and non-governmental partners.

Special Projects

  • Special projects are activities of an innovative character that fall outside the specific conditions of study sessions and symposia. Such projects should provide benefits for the organisation, network or youth structure concerned and have a wider application in the programme of the Youth Department.

Expected Results

Revitalising pluralistic democracy

  • Youth participation: implementation of the Revised European Charter on the Participation of Young People in Local and Regional Life, and addressing the impact of socio-economic inequalities and injustice on youth political participation.
  • Young people’s access to rights
  • Access of young people from disadvantaged neighbourhoods to social rights-implementation of the ENTER! Recommendation;
  • Human rights education with young people;
  • Information, data and media literacy with children and young people.
  • Living together in peaceful and inclusive societies
  • Combating all forms of discrimination, racism and exclusion, including structural forms, with a specific focus on:
  • Roma youth participation and combating antigypsyism;
  • Social inclusion of young refugees and migrants;
  • Peace building and conflict transformation.

Youth work:

  • Quality in youth work (dissemination and implementation of Committee of Ministers’ Recommendation on youth work and promoting a European youth work agenda);
  • Quality and methodologies in non-formal education.

Eligibility Criteria

  • European/International non-governmental youth organisations with partners or branches in at least 8 European countries;
  • European formal or informal networks of youth organisations and other non- governmental youth structures bringing together partners from at least 8 European countries; networks are considered eligible if their members or affiliates share a common purpose and long-term aims and their commitment for cooperation clearly goes beyond a specific time, project or activity;
  • Sub-regional networks of youth organisations and/or national youth councils and structures involved in youth work, from at least 5 neighbouring countries;
  • Applicants should be involved in areas of youth work relevant to the Council of Europe’s youth policy and interested in contributing to the work priorities and principles of the Council of Europe’s youth field.