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1. Youth Policy Governance

1.3 National Youth Strategy

Last update: 31 March 2022
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  1. Existence of a National Youth Strategy
  2. Scope and contents
  3. Responsible authority for the implementation of the Youth Strategy
  4. Revisions/updates

Existence of a National Youth Strategy

According to of the Youth Act (Закон за младежта), the national youth policy is carried out in line with a national youth strategy. The National Youth Strategy sets out the long-term national goals and priorities for youth in a time horizon of 10 years. The target group of the strategy is the population between the age of 15 and the age 29. The institution responsible for the implementation, coordination and monitoring of the national youth strategy is the Ministry of Youth and Sports.

For the time being, the National Youth Strategy 2021-2030 (Национална стратегия за младежта 2021-2030) is approved by the Council of Ministers on 22.07.2021 and is pending adoption by the National Assembly

In the process of preparation of the National Youth Strategy 2021-2030, the Ministry of Youth and Sports used  innovative methods focused on the direct involvement of young people in the process, engaging them in a dialogue in order to identify together the most relevant priorities and objectives of the document. Furthermore, before being approved by the Council of Ministers the draft National Youth Strategy 2021-2030 was accessible for public consultations on the Public Consultations Portal (Портал за обществени консултации).

Scope and contents

 

The vision of the National Youth Strategy 2021-2030 is as follows: capable, engaged and empowered young people ready to develop their full potential and to contribute consciously to the development of the Republic of Buglaria in the context of the European family and the global world.

The main strategic objectives are:  

Objective 1: Promotion of non-formal learning;

Objective 2: Promotion of employment and support of NEETs;

Objective 3: Promotion of engagement, participation and empowerment of young people;

Objective 4: Development and establishment of youth work at national level;

Objective 5: Connectivity, tolerance and European belonging;

Objective 6: Promotion of healthy and environmental-friendly lifestyle;

Objective 7: Promotion of culture and creativity among young people.

Responsible authority for the implementation of the Youth Strategy

The Ministry of Youth and Sports is responsible for the implementation, coordination and monitoring of the national youth strategy.

According to the Youth Act, the National Assembly annually approves an annual youth report. In pursuance of the national y outh strategy, the Council of Ministers annually adopts annual action plan for the implementation of the national youth strategy. Such annual action plan is prepared based on summarized information about youth activities and initiatives submitted by the relevant ministries and administrative regions. The minister of youth and sports coordinates and manages the preparation and implementation of the annual plan. Then the responsible ministries and administrative regions submit information with the results from the implementation of the annual plan.

Revisions/updates

Due to the expiration of the previous National Youth Strategy 2010-2020, in 2021 the Ministry of Youth and Sports prepared a new strategy for the period 2021-2030. The National Youth Strategy 2021-2030 was approved by the Council of Ministers in June 2021. Due to the political situation in the country in 2021 and the several care-taking governments and the lack of National Assembly, the National Youth Strategy 2021-2030 is still not adopted by the Parliament.

However, the new National Youth Strategy 2021-2030 was drafted after intensive consultations with young people. The new priorities raised by the young people, such as the establishment of youth work, protection of environment, culture and creativity, among others were taken into account and put on the youth policy agenda for the next ten years.