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EACEA National Policies Platform: Youthwiki


1. Youth Policy Governance

1.8 Cross-border cooperation

Cooperation with European countries

There are no special programmes, but frequent work meetings with European representatives (e.g. Netherlands, Czech Republic, etc.). The major share of cooperation with other European countries is organised through EU Programmes and institutionalised cooperation.

International cooperation

  • Austria engages in the Council of Europe's youth policy cooperation. In this Framework, European Youth Ministers' Conferences have taken place on different topics (e.g. the 9th Youth Ministerial Conference in St. Petersburg, Russia, under the theme 'Youth rights: developing innovative youth policies') and the 'No Hate Speech Movement' (launched in 2013) aimed to jointly enable young people to combat hate speech online and to campaign for respectful coexistence online. 
  • Within the UN Framework, Austria has since 2013 each year sent one Youth Delegate to the UN General Assembly. In Austria, the National Youth Council(Bundesjugendvertretung) is responsible for the programme. Every country may send youth delegates to the General Assembly in order for them to represent the interests of children and young people worldwide. Austrian youth delegates are tasked with obtaining input from Austrian children and young people by means of a participatory process.
  • The Department for Families and Youth at the Federal Chancellery attends work meetings with international representatives (e.g. Canada, Japan, etc.).
  • Bilateral activities with Russia: attendance of the Russian-Austrian Forum of Youth in Moscow and St. Petersburg as well as an additional youth forum in Uljanowsk as part of a youth exchange program
  • Bilateral activities with Japan: youth exchange program ‘AUSTRIA GOES JAPAN 2019’