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Bosnia and Herzegovina

Bosnia and Herzegovina


Last update: 20 December 2023

Institutionally organized youth care in BiH, youth association and youth participation at all levels of decision-making are based on the principles of respect for human rights and fundamental freedoms, respect for the constitutional order, law and international law, as well as the application of the best international practice in youth work with the aim of contributing to the fulfilment of the conditions for BiH's accession to the European Union.

The process of developing youth policy in BiH, in the form of systematic and institutional involvement of the state in youth care with a strategy and action plan based on European standards and practices, has not yet begun. Same thing is not applicable for youth policies at lower levels such as entities and cantons. FBiH is in the process of adopting youth policy and RS is in the process of developing youth policy.

Regarding the mechanisms for the development of youth policy, BiH has several instruments at the national level, of which the most important is certainly the Commission for Coordination of Youth Issues in BiH, which operates within the Council of Ministers and the BiH Ministry of Civil Affairs.