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EACEA National Policies Platform


10. Youth work

10.2 Administration and governance of youth work

Last update: 28 March 2024
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  2. Cross-sectoral cooperation



Youth work is not a mandatory policy area within the competence of regional and local authorities. The National Youth Programme provides general recommendations to regional and local authorities but it is to their discretion to decide if and how they will address various aspects of youth policy, including youth work. Some regional and local authorities opt to focus on youth work in their strategic documents and many offer some kind of support to local youth work organisations, usually in terms of grants and public spaces for youth work activities. Thanks to initiatives such as Europe Goes Local - Supporting Youth Work at the Municipal Level, an increasing number of local authorities recognise the importance of youth work and are willing to support it.


Cross-sectoral cooperation

There is no formal cross-sectoral cooperation.