Goals and Activities
The Youth Parliament of the Austrian Parliament gives young people and students the chance to learn about democratic processes by participating in mock parliament sittings. They get real life and first hand support from members of Parliament. It is also a great opportunity for students and politicians to connect with each other.
Joining fictitious parliamentary groups, participants prepare and defend their own positions, seek compromises, prepare speeches and finally vote on a fictitious bill. Participants have the opportunity to gain first-hand experience of the life and work of politicians and how political decisions are made. As they work on a draft law, they are assisted by Members of Parliament and parliamentary staff.
Youth Parliament and Apprentices' Parliament are aimed at 15-/16-year-olds and apprentices aged 16 or above, respectively, and last for two days.