The 3rd European Youth Work Convention (EYWC) took place when the German EU Council Presidency and the German Chairmanship of the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe overlapped at the end of 2020. The German Federal Ministry for Family Affairs, Senior Citizens, Women and Youth hosted it. JUGEND für Europa, the National Agency for the EU programmes Erasmus+ Youth in Action and European Solidarity Corps, was its partner in organising and developing the content of the event. The 3rd EYWC followed on from two previous conventions held under the Belgian EU Council Presidency in 2010 and the Belgian Chairmanship of the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe in 2015. The 1st European Youth Work Convention had addressed the diversity of opportunities, actions, and experiences in youth work in Europe and their appreciation. The 2nd European Youth Work Convention had identified a common ground of all youth work in Europe. Its final declaration had called for a European Youth Work Agenda (EYWA).
European Youth Work Conventions are meant to continue as major events for the whole youth work community of practice in Europe after 2020 at about five-year intervals.
A European steering group as an advisory board accompanied the development of the Convention. The group consists of experts from the fields of youth work and youth policy. It has met at key stages during the course of planning and following up on the event to support its development.
Please also refer to our factsheet on the 3rd European Youth Work Convention (176.48 kB, pdf).