Newsletter January 2017


Make a date with the EYF in 2017 

Here are some important dates to note for 2017:


Priorities for 2018 - 2019

The Joint Council on Youth, the co-managed political body of the Council of Europe’s Youth Sector, has defined three strategic priorities for 2018-2019:

  • Access to rights
  • Youth participation and youth work
  • Inclusive and peaceful societies

When submitting a grant application, youth NGOs are asked to indicate how their project is linked to the Youth Sector’s priorities. Before preparing an international activity or work plan application for 2018 (deadline for applications: 1 April 2017), please consult the guidelines containing the priorities (expected results) and programme orientations for 2018-2019.

Note: The 2016-2017 priorities are still valid for pilot activity applications in 2017.


Flexibility for the duration of international activities

Until now a minimum of 4 working days has been required for an international activity supported by the European Youth foundation (EYF). This minimum requirement of the Council of Europe for educational activities is based on principles of non-formal education to develop high quality youth activities.

Time is an essential element to conceive participant-centred and result-based activities using non-formal education methods and tools, and to allow participants to go through all learning phases and reach intercultural awareness.

However, the EYF is aware that youth organisations are evolving and willing to use new and innovative ways to ensure a non-formal approach for their activities.

Therefore, as from 1 January 2017, the EYF will not apply the 4 working days minimum duration as a hard criterion for one-off international activities and international activities within an annual work plan.

Nevertheless, the EYF will continue to assess all new applications received (for one-off international activities and international activities within an annual work plan) on the basis of their merit and the quality of the programme provided and its non-formal education approach, including the duration of the activity.

NGOs applying for activities lasting less than 4 working days will have to provide in the application form clear and solid arguments to convince the EYF that the non-formal education elements are still taken into account.

This decision will be applied for a trial period and its implementation evaluated in June 2019.

The EYF (Re)wind seminar will take place from 1 to 4 March 2017. 30 participants from 24 different countries have been selected to participate in this 4-day seminar, the aim of which is to ensure that NGOs understand the spirit of the EYF and subscribe to its working methods and approach. 
Have a look at the publications on the EYF website: Resources/NGO materials


Maria-Diana Predosanu, in charge of web and communication, left the EYF team at the end of November 2016 and is replaced by Isabelle Birambaux
Céline Guth joined the EYF team and is in charge of assessment of project applications and reports

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