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EACEA National Policies Platform: Youthwiki


1. Youth Policy Governance

1.8 Cross-border cooperation

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  1. Cooperation with European countries
  2. International cooperation

Cooperation with European countries

The Ministry of Education and Research has cooperation agreements in the youth field with the Flemish Community in Belgium (including multilateral cooperation with Latvia and Lithuania), Finland, and Ukraine. All agreements are primarily targeted at the exchange of experience between youth policymakers, youth workers, youth work organizations, and youth. 

In addition, bilateral agreements in the areas of education and culture include notions that support cooperation in the youth field.

Estonia is a member of different networks, for example, the European Youth Information and Counselling Agency - ERYICA

Estonia takes part in several youth field activities of the Council of Europe. Estonia is participating in the “No Hate Speech” campaign, and the youth centres’ quality management and quality sign programme. Estonia also participates in other Council of Europe activities which the European Steering Committee for Youth (CDEJ) foresees to be carried out. Estonia annually contributes its share to the European Youth Foundation

Starting from 01.01.2021, the Foundation Archimedes Youth Agency was joint with the Education and Youth Board, and it became the Department of Youth Programs of the Agency of Erasmus+ and European Solidarity Corps (NA for the Erasmus+ programme - cooperation regarding the financial support to youth projects from Erasmus+ programme; increasing the possibilities of international cooperation and the usage of its results; increasing the professionalization of youth workers, including through the development of level education and trainings and monitoring the competences; supporting the activities and sustainable development of the NA). Estonia has also a SALTO Resource Center for Youth Participation and Information.

International cooperation

At the stage of implementation, an important mechanism of cross-border cooperation is the implementation of the policy programmes which have proved successful in other countries and have passed the test of being evidence-based. The implementation of the programmes in Estonia means frequent contacts and close cooperation with experienced implementers of the programmes, which is required by the funders of the policy measure. At the present time, the list of such programmes includes: 

In addition, there are some cooperation agreements with Japan and other countries.