Project Duration: January 2023 – July 2024

Project Number: 2022-2-BG01-KA220-YOU-000102352

Project Description:

The project Independence of Youth Councils aims to explore and analyze the current capacity of youth councils to participate in the decision-making process, the support provided by the state, and the preservation of their independence in order to develop outcomes that will benefit all youth policy stakeholders by gaining a more up-to-date view of the current situation and to make more adequate structures for the improvement of the capacity of NYCs (and their member organizations) to participate in the decision-making process concerning the lives of young people and to stay independent.

The main outcomes of the project are the following:

  • A Report on the legal and administrative environment in which youth councils function based on the results of the performed research activities.
  • A Comparative analysis of the legal and administrative environment mapping repetitive differences and similarities between the different countries.
  • A Collection of good practices with a description of the specific cases.
  • The development of an innovative training program and methodology for advocacy, empowerment and capacity building of youth councils.
  • The development of youth leaders’ key civic competencies from the participating countries and overall raised the capacity of the participating youth councils
  • Draft proposal for a Policy Paper to be submitted to the European youth forum.

The project consortium includes nine partners from nine different countries, as follows:


National Youth Forum Bulgaria (Bulgaria)


  1. Nacionalen Mladinski Sovet na Makedonija (North Macedonia)
  2. Krovna Organizacija Mladih Srbije (Serbia)
  3. Mladinski Svet Slovenije (Slovenia)
  4. Latvijas Jaunatnes Padome (Latvia)
  5. Consiliul Tieretului din Romania (Romania)
  6. Consiglio Nazionale dei Giovani (Italy)
  7. Consejo de la Juventud de Espana (Spain)
  8. Cyprus Youth Council (Cyprus)