Federal Minister Kurz: Additional funds adopted for German and Values Courses

Ministerial Council adopts an increase in the integration budget to a total of 94 million euros in 2017

Minister for Integration Sebastian Kurz welcomed the integration budget increase for 2016 and 2017, which was adopted by the Ministerial Council today. In line with this decision, the current budget will be increased by a further 15 million euros this year. An overall increase of 56 million to a total of 94 million euros will then be effected in 2017. “Language skills, rapid access to the labour market, understanding of and respect for our values are very central prerequisites for successful integration. With this additional funding we will be able to continue along our path of early promotion of skills”, Sebastian Kurz stated. 

The expansion of the German language course offer is coordinated by the FMEIA, the Federal Ministry of the Interior and the Federal Ministry of Labour, Social Affairs and Consumer Protection. The Ministerial Council also adopted a decision on this issue today. “Based on a jointly defined target group, we coordinate the courses offered accordingly. This enables avoidance of unnecessary duplications and guarantees targeted support and promotion in line with the respective needs of those who are staying in Austria in the long term”, explained Integration Minister Sebastian Kurz. 

The decision forms part of a number of further important implementation measures. Since the beginning of the year, the Ministerial Council has thus adopted the Integration Plan, the introduction of early language support groups and the Recognition Act. “However, there is still much to be done. Our concrete decisions and measures clearly demonstrate that we are indeed taking account of the challenges to be faced in the context of integration”, Sebastian Kurz concluded.

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