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Bulgaria

Bulgaria

1. Youth Policy Governance

1.2 National Youth Law

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  1. Existence of a National Youth Law
  2. Scope and contents
  3. Revisions/updates

Existence of a National Youth Law

The Youth Act  (Закон за младежта) (Promulgated, State Gazette No. 31/20.04.2012, effective 20.04.2012, last amended, SG No. 21/13.03.2020, effective 13.03.2020) defines the basic principles, management and financing of the activities carried out in pursuance of the state policy on youth. It tackles topics such as development of youth policy, youth activities, youth organisations, youth volunteering, youth workers and information. There is not a specific time frame for the national law.

 Scope and contents

The Youth Act defines the basic principles, management and financing of the activities carried out in pursuance of the state policy on youth. It tackles topics such as development of youth policy, youth activities, youth organisations, youth volunteering, youth workers and information.

The national youth policy is a purposeful and consistent activity of the state, municipalities, youth organizations and society, which aims to create favorable conditions for the full personal development of young people and their participation in the social and economic life, as well as their involvement in the management on local, regional and national level through activities encouraging the development of young people in the country. 

The main principles of national policy on youth are: 

1. lawfulness, transparency, equality, focus, systematicity and continuity of policies of the central and local government and society at large, promoting the development of youth;

 2. coordinated youth policies in education, social policy, health care, arts, sports and culture, the judicial sector, internal affairs and the defence sector;

 3. bringing the national youth policy in line with the policies targeting young people developed by and within the European Union, the Council of Europe and the United Nations;

 4. integrating policies targeting young people and children;

 5. ensuring dialogue and young people's participation in decision-making which affects youth policy;

 6. freedom of youth association, freedom of youth initiatives, self-government of youth organisations;

7. decentralised youth policy.

The adoption of the Youth Act sets out the basic principles for the planning and management of the national youth development policy through: management of the national youth policy, clear definition of the powers of the governmental authorities, representation and participation of young people in the social and public life of the country, promotion of youth volunteering, defining the concept of "youth" and defining the concept of "youth organization".

Revisions/updates

Last amended was made in 2020 in regards with amendments of other national legislations, SG No. 21/13.03.2020, effective 13.03.2020)