What is parliamentary cooperation?
The aim of parliamentary cooperation is to deepen collaboration along selected thematic and geographical focal points. Positioning the Austrian Parliament internationally, promoting exchange, and building an appropriate network are the goals of parliamentary cooperation.
Democracy education and capacity building are emphasized. Focus is on parliamentary issues such as the rule of law and the functioning or strengthening of democratic institutions. This takes place in a variety of ways:
- within the framework of multi‑year projects and regularly‑offered programs
- selective study visits
- delegation visits
- work placements
- (virtual) exchange of know-how
In this way, very concrete issues can be addressed at the political and administrative levels; as an important element of parliamentary diplomacy, an exchange with visible results can be achieved. Another facet in the development of cooperation projects is collaboration with international partners and institutions.