International Youth Policies and Youth Exchange

International Youth Policies and Youth Exchange

Everything flows and nothing stays: what seemed to be true already at Heraclitus time (500 BC), gained enormous speed within the last decades: Young people of today are growing up in a rapidly changing global society.

To assist young people in facing their challenges, appropriate policies and measures have to be developed, adequate support and grant systems need to be in place. Youth Policies in this regard are being set up bilaterally between States, but mostly through multilateral networks, such as the European Union, the Council of Europe or the United Nations.

The existing common aims and targets are constantly being developed on the local, regional and national as well as on the European or UN level. Also continuously, joint methods and measures are being established, decisions on support and funding are being made. Most important partners in these processes are the Regional Youth Offices of the 9 Federal States, the Austrian National Youth Council , the Network of Open Youth Work , the Network for Youth Information Centres, the National Agency for the EU programme "Erasmus+: Youth in Action" in Austria and all their international networks.


European Union

Funding youth training and mobility: Erasmus+: Youth and European Solidarity Corps

The European Union co-funding programme Erasmus+ provides approximately 26,2 billion Euros for training and mobility projects of pupils, apprentices, students, young people, teachers, trainers and professors. In the strand Erasmus+: Youth young people, youth groups and youth organizations are invited to realise their own project ideas by making use of the funding mechanisms.

The European Solidarity Corps initiative creates opportunities for young people to volunteer or work in projects in their own country or abroad that benefit communities and people around Europe.

In bringing these two programme to the users, the Federal Chancellery – Department Family and Youth acts as a partner of the European Commission. The daily business of programme information, the handling of project applications and project contracts is carried out by the Austrian National Agency OeAD.  

Council of Europe


International Youth and Family Policy Unit