Insights – Meaningful Youth Political Participation in Europe

Year of production: 2021

This research on youth political participation builds on the long-standing work of the EU-Council of Europe youth partnership in this area. It started with Revisiting youth political participation – Challenges for research and democratic practice in Europe (Forbrig 2005) and further developed from the symposium “The future of young people’s political participation: questions, challenges and opportu- nities”, held in 2019 (Bacalso 2019; EU-Council of Europe youth partnership 2019), and on its outcomes. This work included literature reviews (Galstyan 2019), toolkits and perspectives of experts (Deželan 2018; Farrow 2018; Kiilakoski 2020), and the Compendium of practices (Yurttagüler and Martinez 2020). Young people’s participa- tion was also further explored by the partnership in 2020 and 2021, with a focus on young people’s access to rights, particularly their right to assembly (Pantea 2021), and drew on Shrinking democratic civic space for youth (Deželan and Yurttagüler 2021).


Council of Europe
Council of Europe (CoE)

The Council of Europe is the continent's leading human rights organisation. It includes 47 member states, 27 of which are members of the European Union. The Council of Europe advocates freedom of expression and of the media, freedom of assembly, equality, and the protection of minorities. The Council of Europe helps member states fight corruption and terrorism and undertake necessary judicial reforms. The Council of Europe promotes human rights through international conventions, such as the Convention on Preventing and Combating Violence against Women and Domestic Violence and the Convention on Cybercrime.

Ondřej Bárta

Anna Lavizzari