For 40 years, the Council of Europe and young people have been working together to build a better, safer and more united world.
We are pioneers in the field of youth policy and the only organisation in the world which gives both youth leaders and government officials an equal say when deciding on youth policies, priorities and programmes. This unique power-sharing system (known as “co-management”) demonstrates our support for active youth participation.
We want to see effective youth policies throughout Europe, responding to young people’s needs and concerns.
We help young people to:
The Council of Europe is celebrating the 40th anniversary both of the Strasbourg European Youth Centre, which opened on 1 June 1972, and the European Youth Foundation, established the same year.