5.5 National Strategy to Increase Youth Participation
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Existence of a national strategy to increase young people's political and civil society participation
There is no National strategy in Bulgarian to increase youth participation in the political and social life in the public. A great part of the Bulgarian municipalities exert efforts to engage more and more young people in the public life of the respective town. Young people themselves need to take an active part in the decision-making process when it comes to decisions connected with their problems, to take a direct part in the definition of youth policies by places. The fact that most of the work is among school-age children is a good precondition for the formation of active civic engagement, but is yet insufficient for the attraction of young people in the decision-making process. Obviously, it is necessary to work towards the engagement of young people after school age in order to them to find their place in the process of local self-government and to take an active part in the process of formation of youth policies.
Despite the fact that there is NO National strategy to increase youth participation in the political and socia public life, as the respective mechanisms have been set in the National Youth Strategy.
Contents and scope
The contents and scope of the National Youth Strategy are given in Chapter 1.
Bodies responsible for the application of the Strategy
The body responsible for the application of the Youth Strategy is the Ministry of Youth and Sports.
Revisions and novelties
There is forthcoming preparation of a new Youth Strategy after the expiry of the period of validity of the current one (2010-2020).