The Council of Europe is an international organisation aiming to develop throughout Europe common and democratic principles based on the European Convention on Human Rights and other reference texts on the protection of individuals.
The Council of Europe wants to encourage more young people to get actively involved in strengthening civil society in Europe. One of the sectors in charge of this goal is the Directorate of Youth and Sport (DYS). It regularly brings together young people, youth associations and networks, government agencies and experts for discussions and feedback on current policies and future objectives.
The Council of Europe's commitment to fostering greater youth participation can be demonstrated through its system of co-management. This involves representatives from NGOs sitting down in committees with government officials who together then work out the priorities for the youth sector and make recommendations for future budgets and programmes. These proposals are then adopted by the Committee of Ministers, the Council of Europe's decision-making body.