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EACEA National Policies Platform


2. Voluntary Activities

2.2 Administration and Governance of Youth Volunteering

Last update: 28 November 2023
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In Bulgaria, there is no institution exclusively responsible for the administration of volunteering.

In terms of youth volunteering, the Youth Act (Закон за младежта) states that the Minister of Youth and Sports promotes youth volunteering. It further provides for that the state and the municipalities promote youth volunteering through national and municipal youth programmes. Youth volunteering is carried out in accordance with the principles of free choice, no consideration, personal responsibility, equality, respecting the life, health and dignity of the volunteer. The Youth Act further provides for the youth organisations’ obligation to introduce and promote good practices of youth volunteering.

For more information about the main actors involved in youth policy-making, see chapter 1.4 Youth policy decision-making.

Furthermore, the Fire Safety and Civil Protection Directorate General (Главна дирекция „Пожарна безопасност и защита на населението“) at the Ministry of Interior is in charge of voluntary units for prevention and overcoming of natural disasters, fires and emergency situations and the remedy of their consequences. Such voluntary units are established at local level and may comprise capable persons at the age of 18+ who are in good physical and mental health and are not sentenced.

Cross-sectoral cooperation

There is no officially established special cross-sectoral cooperation mechanism on youth volunteering. As other youth issues, policies and measures on youth volunteering are discussed within the frames of existing and ad-hoc bodies and working groups established to ensure cross-sectoral cooperation in the field of youth, e.g. the National Advisory Council on Youth (Национален консултативен съвет за младежта) to the Minister of Youth and Sports. See chapter 1.5 Cross-sectoral approach with other ministries.