9.7 Current debates and reforms
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The COVID-19 Pandemic hit the fields of Youth and the World in a significant manner. Many programmes needed to transform into online space. Regarding the Youth Field, a significant initiative of Germany on how to foster the international youth-work cooperation, is the development of the DINA International, an online platform for youth online work, in which the Czech Republic has participated through the Czech-German coordination centre Tandem.
The implementation of the EU Just Transition Fund also opened a space for more youth inclusion in this initiative and The Ministry of the Environment is preparing in cooperation with the Youth Field a possible new setup for Youth Inclusion.
A Pilot Programme of Work and Vacation for Youth between the Czech Republic and Australia was launched on 1. 3. 2018.
V4 and Eastern Partnership countries signed a Memorandum of cooperation in the field of youth in 2015. During the Czech presidency of the V4 group, a Framework Action Plan for the Implementation of the Memorandum 2015-2017 was drafted during a Summit in Prague. An Action Plan for the Implementation of the Memorandum was one of the goals of the Hungarian Presidency of the V4 Group (1. 7. 2017 – 30. 6. 2018). However, a draft has not yet been released.
The Czech Republic signed a bilateral treaty of cooperation in the areas of education, youth, sports and culture with South Korea in 2014, effective until 2016. One of the aspects of cooperation was also the field of Youth and Youth work. A similar Treaty was previously in effect until 2012 and there has been a common exchange of youth workers from the Czech Republic and South Korea organised by the Czech Council of Children and Youth with the Support of the Ministry of Education, Youth and Sports.
Similar bilateral treaties concerning working holidays for youth between the Czech Republic and Canada, and between the Czech Republic and New Zealand are in place.
The Czech Republic has also signed many bilateral treaties of cooperation in the areas of education, sports and culture, where youth is specifically referred to in relevant articles. These allow for exchanging documents concerning youth, facilitating information about conferences and other youth-related events, and support for youth NGOs by establishing direct relations between them.
Cooperation in the field of Youth was also the subject of a Memorandum between V4 and Eastern Partnership countries signed in 2015.
The Youth Department of the Ministry of Education, Youth and Sports are also negotiating bilateral cooperation with Cyprus Ministry responsible for Youth affairs within the Council of Europe cooperation. There have been bilateral peer visits within the COE Youth framework in 2017 from the Czech Republic to Cyprus and in 2018 from Cyprus to the Czech Republic.
In 2020 the Minister of the Environment confirmed the Czech Republic's commitment to meaningfully involve young people in the implementation of the national climate policy. The signing of the so-called Climate Pledge for Youth (Kwon-Gesh Pledge) took place with the support of representatives of organizations that have long been fighting for more consistent action on climate change and education.
The international Youth cooperation is actually mostly focused on the upcoming Czech EU Presidency 2022. Within the CZ PRES initiatives in the Youth field are important priorities sustainability and "Green Europe" which are discussed further.