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2. Voluntary Activities

2.3 National Strategy on Youth Volunteering

Last update: 30 March 2021

Existence of a National Strategy

There is no separate law regulating volunteering . Draft laws have been written over the years, some of them reaching the Parliament of the Republic of Bulgaria.

Scope and contents

Presently, there is no National Volunteering Strategy in the country. Youth volunteering is regulated by the Youth Act, thus it is also among the strategic goals in the National Youth Strategy (2010-2020). The strategic goal “Youth volunteering development” aims to develop youth volunteering as a driving force for personal development, mobility, learning, competitiveness, social cohesion, intergenerational solidarity and the formation of civic self-awareness. Creating more volunteering opportunities for young people, especially for cross-border mobility by making greater use of the EC Youth in Action Program.

The tasks related to volunteering are as follows: Task 1. To join and ensure the implementation of the European Convention for the Promotion of Long-Term Voluntary Service for Youth of the Council of Europe Task 2. To encourage and support the participation of Bulgarian youth in international youth volunteering.

Responsible authority

The body responsible for the implementation of the National Youth Strategy is the Ministry of Youth and Sports, the local government departments and municipalities.


 (see Chapter 1.9 Current Debates and reforms)