The National Youth Strategy (2010-2020) expired at the end of 2020. The consultations for the new National Youth Strategy 2021-2030 have begun in late 2018. At the end of 2019 representatives of the Ministry held meetings with young people and NGOs in various cities and regions of the country. These meetings were aimed at discussing challenges as identified by young people themselves and at seeking possible solutions. In this process 13 field consultations with young people and youth organisations have been held in the following cities: Vidin, Vratsa, Montana, Varna, Burgas, Ruse, Veliko Tarnovo, Blagoevgrad, Sandanski, Stara Zagora, Sliven, Kardzhali and Sofia. More than 2000 young people at the age of 15-29 years have taken part in the consultations.
With view of the cross-sectoral approach of youth policies and the need to consult on specific thematic fields with experts in different areas, in March 2020 the Ministry of Youth and Sports established an interministerial working group to develop the operational goals and measures for implementation of the National Youth Strategy 2021-2030. In the end of October 2020 the National Council on Youth had a meeting in Sofia, where the draft of the document was presented.
Good practices at European and international level serve as an inspiration for the new National Youth Strategy. The EU Youth Strategy (2019-2027) is the actual starting point for the work of the dedicated team at the Ministry. Observations show that many of the priorities suggested by young people in Bulgaria coincide with the priorities set out in the EU Youth Strategy.
The draft of the renewed Strategy was available on the platform of public consultations (strategy.bg) during the period 14.01.2021-14.02.2021. The procedure of interministerial approval among the different ministries was carried out in February 2021. After the comments from this process are integrated in the draft document, a second procedure should be implemented and after that the Council of Ministries and the National Assembly of the Republic of Bulgaria should approve the National Youth Strategy 2021-2030.
The debates regarding the National Youth Strategy 2021-2030 were available on the platform for public consultations (strategy.bg). The public consultations took place during the period 14.01-14.02.2021 in the platform (strategy.bg).
There were numerous stakeholders (mainly youth NGOs) who provided notes regarding the policy indicators of the draft of the Strategy. All of them were taken into consideration in the process of drafting the Strategy.