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EACEA National Policies Platform


1. Youth Policy Governance

1.8 Cross-border cooperation

Last update: 27 February 2022
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  1. Cooperation with European countries
  2. International cooperation

Cooperation with European countries


As mentioned above, in line with national policy, cooperation with Hungarians living outside the border is also promoted in youth policy: The most important and extensive project is 'Without borders' ('Határtalanul')  (see chapter 1.4 Youth policy decision-making).

Besides that, the youth exchange programmes of the Visegrad Fund should also be mentioned.

'The Fund is an international donor organisation, established in 2000 by the governments of the Visegrad Group countries — Czechia, Hungary, Poland and Slovakia — to promote regional cooperation in the Visegrad region (V4) as well as between the V4 region and other countries, especially in the Western Balkans and Eastern Partnership regions. The Fund does so by awarding EUR 8 million through grants, scholarships and artist residencies provided annually by equal contributions of all the V4 countries.'

Applying for youth exchanges is possible within small/standard grants. According to the most recent public budget,

  1. in 2013 EUR 640 000 was allocated for small grants (which means a grant of EUR 6 000 per project) and
  2. EUR 2 200 000 for standard grants (where the grants are higher than EUR 6 000). 

From 2016 an aggregated budget is published in every year with the list of all of the projects, but it is not indicated separately which project is specifically related to youth, so it needs further clarification with the Fund. The total budget was

  1. EUR 4.6 million in 2019
  2. EUR 5.7 million in 2018

As for 2021, only the specific granted amounts are listed (points 1 and 2, above), but according to the general information accessible on the Fund website,

'the Fund awards EUR 8 million through grants, scholarships and artist residencies provided annually by equal contributions of all the V4 countries. Other donor countries (Canada, Germany, the Netherlands, South Korea, Sweden, Switzerland, the United States) have provided another EUR 10 million through various grant schemes run by the Fund since 2012.'

Government Regulation 227/2013 of 24 June [43/2013. (X. 18.) KüM közlemény] on the agreement between the Government of Hungary and the Government of the Lithuanian Republic established the Stephen Báthory Fund for Cooperation of Hungarian and Lithuanian Youth, which supports the cooperation of young people between the age of 13 and 30.


International cooperation


The most significant international cooperation outside the EU is connected to the Council of Europe, which maintains a European Youth Centre in Budapest, where several national and international youth-related events are organised. In 2016 Hungary joined the youth delegate programme to the United Nations with the approval of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade (Külgazdasági és Külügyminisztérium).