The Council of Europe is facing a budgetary crisis, concern for Youth Organisations

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The Council of Europe is facing a budgetary crisis, due to Russia’s decision to suspend payments in 2017 and Turkey’s decision to withdraw from being one of the major donors. This situation is exacerbated by the position taken from member states that are not enforcing nominal growth on the organisation many years in a row.

 As an international organisation, the Council of Europe depends on funds from Members States to function, and without their cooperation, it is difficult to achieve the CoE’s aims of upholding human rights, democracy and the rule of law. In order to face this complex circumstance, the Council of Europe must reduce about 13% of its annual budget and it is foreseen that the budget of the CoE Youth Department will be significantly affected.

 

 With this letter, the European Youth Forum and all the major Youth Political Party Organisations active in Europe and beyond, are demanding the CoE to avoid disproportionately affecting Youth Organisations due to future budget cuts, highlighting the crucial role played by youth organisations in supporting young people to become European citizens and participate in political and democratic life.  

Erika Branca