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1. Youth Policy Governance

1.8 Cross-border cooperation

Last update: 2 April 2023
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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.'

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. The total budget was

  • EUR 4.6 million in 2019
  • EUR 5.7 million in 2018.

As for 2022, only the specific granted amounts are listed, but according to the general information accessible on the Fund website,

'The Fund's annual budget is 10 million € provided by equal contributions of the V4 governments. On ad hoc basis, the Fund also administers financial contributions from third countries dedicated to Visegrad+ projects.'

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).