Are you interested in the European priority of Participation? Do you want to know more about it? Here you will find some useful resources...

Online Resources

  • The Irish Youth Media Development is an organization concerned with the impact of the mass media on the creation of contemporary culture. IYMD aims to help young people develop an informed and critical understanding of the nature of the mass media: the techniques used by the media industry, and the impact of these techniques on the image of youth in society
  • Peer Review in Social Protection and Social Inclusion and Assessment in Social Inclusion - The Peer Review in Social Protection and Social Inclusion and Assessment in Social Inclusion sub-programmes have been created to boost cooperation in modernising social protection and in combating poverty and social exclusion in the European Union. Combining regular Peer Reviews with assessments of national social inclusion policies by a Network of Independent Experts, the aim is to develop a voluntary mutual learning process among countries.
  • European Charter on the Participation of young people in local and regional life - This document is divided into three sections. The first provides local and regional authorities with guidelines for how to conduct policies affecting young people. the second part provides the tools for furthering the participation of young people. finally, the third section provides advice on how to provide institutional conditions for participation of young people. PDF document
  • Member State's and Participation - In 2003, Member State's replied to the European questionnaires on youth participation and information. This document presents the basic information on the legislation in force in each country, outlines the current policies with examples of best practices as well as describes the expectations at European level. The questionnaires were initiated by the European Commission in application of the Open Method of Coordination (OMC) as result of the White Paper on Youth. PDF Document
  • White Paper on Youth - This document has been adopted in November 2001 and initiated by the European Commission in order to deepen the Community co-operation to the benefit and with the involvment of young people. The White paper covers not only the situation of young people but also studies their concerns and desires.
  • SPIRAL (Societal Progress Indicators and Responsibilities for ALL) In its strategy for social cohesion, the Council of Europe defines social cohesion as the capacity of a society to ensure welfare of all through the shared responsibility of its various stakeholders (public and private players, citizens). A link is established with sustainable development, through the inclusion of the welfare of future generations.
  • The European Cultural Foundation initiates and supports cultural expression and interaction that empower people to realise a shared future in Europe. We enable voices that are too often unheard to be heard. We link inspirational people and ideas to cultural policy making both in local communities and on the European political stage.
  • Youth on Board helps young people and adults think differently about each other so that they can work together to change society.
  • Eurodesk The Eurodesk European network is established as a permanent support structure of the Youth in Action Programme of the European Union to provide high quality information and advice concerning Europe to young people and those who work with them.
  • YONET - Youth Opportunities Network aims to promote the participation of young people in the development of civil society through European cooperation. Their objectives are: to facilitate European partnerships in order to establish and develop common activities; to promote democratic principles for young people through education, participation and understanding in civil society; to support youth initiatives on both local and European level; to collect and pass on information throughout organisations in Europe working for/ or with young people.
  • The Structured Dialogue with Young People - The European Commission is committed to developing a structured dialogue with young people, as a substantial working relationship between authorities and young people at all levels.The Structured Dialogue is a space for young people and policy makers to discuss and feed into EU youth policy at national and European level together, as well as a tool to ensure that youth policy meets the needs and expectations of young people across Europe. It takes the form of national consultations at Member State level and EU Youth Conferences at European level.
  • The European Youth Portal A gateway to citizenship and mobility for young people in Europe!!! The European Youth Portal offers European and national information of interest to young people who are living, learning and working in Europe. The portal gives information on 8 main themes, covers 31 countries and is available in 25 languages.
  • EU Strategy for Youth - Booklet published by the "Youth for Participation" Association (YOPA) Hungary as a follow-up of a training course on the European Youth Strategy. The booklet can be used by youth leaders/youth workers in order to better understand the link between the European Youth Strategy and their daily work.


  • COUNCIL OF EUROPE, Have Your Say - Manual on the Revised European Charter on the Participation of Young People in Local and Regional Life, Ed.Council of Europe, Strasbourg, 2009
  • FORBIG Joerg, Revisiting youth political participation. Challenge for research and democratic practice in Europe, Ed. Council of Europe, Strasbourg, 2005
  • COUNCIL OF EUROPE, Keys to youth participation in EasternEurope, Ed.Council of Europe, Strasbourg, 2000
  • COUNCIL OF EUROPE, Participation and citizenship - Training for minority, Ed.Council of Europe, Strasbourg, 1999
  • COUNCIL OF EUROPE, Keys to participation - A practitioner's guide, Ed.Council of Europe, Strasbourg, 1998
  • WILCOX David, The Guide to effective participation, Delta Press, Brighton, 1994


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