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Bulgaria

Bulgaria

1. Youth Policy Governance

1.8 Cross-border cooperation

Cooperation with European countries

The Ministry of Youth and Sports has signed bilateral agreements for cooperation in the field of youth.  There are bilateral agreements with Portugal and Romania, which provide for activities of policy-coordination. The Ministry of Youth and sports has also signed such agreement with Serbia, which is a country – candidate for accession to the EU.

During the Bulgarian Presidency of the Council of the EU (01 January 2018 – 30 June 2018) Bulgaria set as one of its main four priorities "The Future of Europe and the Young People". Ten meetings of the Youth Working Group of the Council of the EU were held, in which were discussed and drew two Conclusions. One is on the role of young people in building a harmonious, united and peaceful society in Europe. Other Conclusions of the Council are focused on the role of youth in overcoming the demographic challenges in the European Union. It also attaches the importance of the demographic challenges that young people face today, focusing on the positive and negative consequences of the mobility of young people in the EU.

International cooperation

Bulgаria is a member of numerous international organizations among which  the UN, and the Council of Europe. The Ministry of Youth and Sports actively cooperates with these two institutions regarдing the youth policies. The National program “Bulgarian Youth delegate to the UN Национална програма „Български младежки делегати към ООН“  started in 2006 and it is organized by the UN Bulgaria Дружеството за ООН в България  with the support of the Ministry of foreign affairs of Bulgaria. Partners of the Program are other institutions and NGOs like National Youth Forum, National Youth Card Bulgaria, ISIC Bulgaria and Bulgarian forum for international development.

Council of Europe

The Ministry of Youth and Sports has its representative in the European Steering Committee for Youth, the Joint Council on Youth and the Porgramming Committee on Youth of the Council of Europe.

Since 2007, the Ministry of Youth and Sports (former State Agency for Youth and Sport) has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Republic of Korea on understanding and cooperation in the field of youth policy. The Memorandum seeks to promote partnerships between the two countries on youth issues, focusing on youth policies, key mechanisms and good practice to address problems and meet the needs of young people in areas such as education, employment and participation in civil society. As a result of the Memorandum, regular youth exchange was conducted yearly until 2018.

In addition to the MoU with the Republic of Korea, the Ministry of Youth and Sports has the signed the following biletrial agreements in the field of youth policy that are currently active (February 2021):

Republic of Azerbaijan

Republic of Tunisia

Republic of Chile

Republic of India

Republic of Indonesia

Ukraine

Qatar

Nepal

Islamic Republic of Iran

Turkmenistan