Last updated on:
Wednesday, 15 July 2020

In addition to the various participatory approaches applied to ensure stakeholder group integration in the development and implementation of both the NSTRAT and the ÖSTRAT, a strategy group was established in 2002 in order to develop guidance for participation in relation to SD and to interlink the actors working in this field in Austria. The strategy group comprised 20 persons from administration, academia, consulting, NGOs, etc. They drew up practical recommendations (‘work sheets for public participation’) and discussed with stakeholder groups.  For further information go to

In July 2008, the Council of Ministers approved the new “standards of public participation” work sheets for public participation (

In July 2008, the Council of Ministers approved the new that were developed by an inter-ministerial working group that included several stakeholders (social partners and NGOs) and experts. These standards should be applied by the administration when developing programmes and policies.

The outcomes of these standards and the work of the strategy group aimed at:

  • Within the IMAG (see above) and in the context of the preparations of the VNR (see above), specific stakeholders, including social partners, NGOs and representatives of scientific community, are informed and invited to meetings on a regular basis.
  • The stakeholders provide their inputs as members of the VNR Editorial Committee in all phases of preparation of the VNR. The relevant stakeholders for elaborating the VNR were determined in a participatory and transparent manner by the VNR Editing Group that consists of five ministries
  • (the Federal Chancellery, Federal Ministry of European and International Affairs, Federal Ministry for Climate Action, Environment, Energy, Mobility, Innovation and Technology, the Federal Ministry of Digital and Economic Affairs and the Federal Ministry of Social Affairs, Health, Care and Consumer Protection), and by the IMAG. The members of the VNR editorial Committee inter alia include representatives of social partners, NGOs such as SDG Watch and the scientific community.