Call for applications for the Council of Europe Youth Program 2020 in France. Since October 2014, Congress has invited young people from different backgrounds – youth activists, youth workers, students to take part in its sessions, to have their say in the debates and to exchange with Congress members on the issues on the agenda.

As part of its “Rejuvenating politics” initiative, the Congress of Local and Regional Authorities of the Council of Europe will invite one young person per member State to: come to Strasbourg (France) to take an active part, as a youth delegate, in its 38th (17-19 March) and 39th (27-29 October) sessions and develop their own grass-roots project back home (under the Congress’ aegis).

The Congress is a pan-European political assembly, its 648 members hold elective office (they may be regional or municipal councilors, mayors or presidents of regional authorities) and represent over 200,000 authorities in 47 European States. Its role is to promote local and regional democracy, improve local and regional governance and strengthen authorities’ self-government. It meets in session twice a year.

Like other political assemblies, such as national parliaments or local/regional councils, the sessions are formal gatherings where the Congress members examine reports, hold thematic debates and adopt recommendations.

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Council of Europe Youth Program 2020 in France:

Host Country:

  • France

Program By:

  • Council of Europe

Program Location:

  • Strasbourg

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Program/Sessions Dates:

Youth delegates of the Council of Europe youth forum must commit to taking part in the whole of the two 2020 sessions:
  • From 15 March (18.00) until the debriefing session on 19 March (17.00)
  • From 25 October (18.00) until the debriefing session on 29 October (17.00)

Financial Support:

Travel, subsistence, and accommodation

The youth delegates’ travel and subsistence expenses will be covered by the Congress of Local and Regional Authorities according to the Council of Europe’s rules.

Accommodation will be provided and paid for by the organizers, in single-occupancy or shared rooms according to availability. The organizers cannot cover the cost of accommodation elsewhere.

Aims and Objectives:

By inviting a number of young people to take an active part in its 38th and 39th sessions the Congress aims to give young people an opportunity to express their opinions about all the issues being discussed directly to the local and regional elected representatives.
The specific objectives are to:
  • involve young people directly in all aspects of the Congress’ work;
  • make young people aware of the Congress’ work and the tools it has developed to support youth participation;
  • discuss with young people how local and regional youth participation can be boosted;
  • bring the youth perspective to all thematic debates within the Congress;
  • motivate the youth delegates to multiply the information and experience acquired during the sessions on their return home in particular through the development and implementation of their own projects at local and regional levels;
  • Share information about existing models of youth-led structures and motivate young people to spread the word about Congress’ work;
  • promote co-operation between members of the Congress and youth delegates;
  • show national delegations the importance of officially including more young people as members.

Program Details:

The entire youth delegate program is compulsory, youth delegates who do not take part in one or more of these aspects will be replaced by their national substitute delegate.
Compulsory activities include:
  • participation in online preparation with the trainers prior to each session;
  • full attendance during both sessions (which includes the preparation day on the eve of each session and the evaluation meeting on the last afternoon of each session);
  • availability to hold several Skype meetings (April – September) with trainers to prepare the youth project;
  • implementation of the project between April and mid-September 2020.

Eligibility Criteria:

All youth delegates should:
  • be open, committed and motivated to develop and strengthen dialogue between young people and elected representatives at local/regional level;
  • be between 18 and 30 years old;
  • hold the passport of, and live in, the country they will represent;
  • be active in youth work at local and regional levels;
  • be available to engage in the whole of the activity including the preparation of grass-roots projects;
  • have an interest in actively participating in policy-making at local and/or regional levels but not be an elected representative;
  • be able to multiply the information obtained during the session on their return home
  • have good writing and public speaking skills
  • be committed to working in an intercultural team;
  • not have participated in the initiative previously;
  • speak English fluently;

How to Apply for Council of Europe Youth Program 2020?

Those wishing to apply to take part in the 38th and 39th Congress sessions must do so by means of the online application form. Participation in only one session is not possible.  

Applicants must also submit a short video, via YouTube, of no more than 30 seconds, to support their application. The link to the video (title should contain only the applicant’s name and country) should be sent together with the application. Please note that candidates should not present themselves on the video but answer the question that has been put.  This is an integral part of the application.

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Selection Process:

The youth delegates will be selected by a selection panel which includes the Congress’ Spokespersons on Youth, the youth trainers and two members of the Council of Europe’s Advisory Council on Youth. The panel will ensure that the selected applicants represent a balanced group with regard to gender, cultural background and experience.

Application Deadline:

  • The deadline for submitting completed applications for the international youth forum is 3 January 2020. Applicants will be informed of the results of the selection procedure by 31 January 2020.

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