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How youth policy is funded
At the end of each year, the Government of the Republic of Croatia drafts a proposal for the state budget for the next year and discuss this at the Croatian Parliament. Once the Croatian Parliament adopts the state budget, the Croatian Government can use it. The State Budget contains a budget line related to the implementation of youth policy.
Other ministries responsible for the implementation of certain measures from the National Youth Programme do not have special line items for the implementation of these measures, but funds are put in budgetary positions specific to their competence.
Financial resources for the implementation of the National Youth Programme are ensured not only from the state budget but also those provided on the basis of the Decree on the criteria for defining beneficiaries and ways of allocating a portion of proceeds from the state lottery funds. The Government of the Republic of Croatia shall adopt the decree at the beginning of each year for the current year.
What is funded?
The Call for Proposals for Youth-Oriented Projects in 2019 financed 111 projects within 5 priority areas:
- Active participation of young people in society
- Encouraging young people to active participation in society (20 projects were awarded a total of 1,278,000 HRK)
- Youth and sustainable community development (10 projects were awarded a total of 733,000 HRK)
- Fostering international youth mobility (4 projects were awarded a total of 154,000 HRK)
- Youth counselling and informing, youth leisure time organisation, and youth community initiative support
- Regional info centres (1 project was awarded a total of 120,000 HRK)
- Local info centres (7 projects were awarded a total of 580,000 HRK)
- Youth leisure time organisation through youth clubs (8 projects were awarded a total of 630,000 HRK)
- Youth Centres (3 projects were awarded a total of 435,000 HRK)
- Raising of skills and knowledge, employability and labour market competitiveness, and fostering youth social inclusion
- Self-employment and (social) entrepreneurship training (19 projects were awarded a total of 1,260,000 HRK)
- Youth work with young people in NEET status (6 projects were awarded a total of 437,000 HRK)
- Social inclusion of young people in social care system (6 projects were awarded a total of 480,000 HRK)
- Youth in rural areas (16 projects were awarded a total of 1,271,000 HRK)
- Local and regional youth programmes total (10 projects were awarded a total of 756,000 HRK)
The total sum for projects in 2019 amounted to 8,134,000 HRK.
The specific objectives of the above-mentioned tenders are:
- Encouraging young people to assume and practice the role of an active citizen in different areas of social life and in solving specific social problems
- Raising the youth's awareness of their rights and options, and of programs and services available to them in the local community
- Encouraging civil society organisations and local and regional self-government units to improve conditions for satisfying youth’s needs
Target groups of the tender include, inter alia, unemployed young people, young people with NEET status and young people in rural areas.
Use of EU funds
The Central State Administrative Office for Demography and Youth is currently implementing the project “Support to the development and expansion of youth work in Croatia”. The funding is envisaged from European social fund through the direct assignment. The total amount of the funding is 1,717,046.78 HRK.
The project aims to analyse the existing conditions in the field of youth work in Croatia and to identify needs and possibilities for further development and improvement of quality of youth work.
The main objectives of the project are:
- Increasing the level of knowledge and amount of information on availability and the state of development of youth work
- Influencing the professionalization of youth work and raising the awareness of the public, especially of experts and young people, about relevance of youth work.
Some youth and for-youth associations use EU funds.
The EU funds used are:
The Agency for Mobility and European Union Programmes (hereinafter referred to as the Agency) was established by the Act on the Agency for Mobility and EU Programmes, OG 107/2007 (Zakon o Agenciji za mobilnost i programe Europske unije, NN 121/17) (hereinafter the Act on the Agency) as a public institution with jurisdiction to implement programmes of the European Union - Lifelong Learning Programme and Youth in Action Programme, in accordance with the negotiating position under the Accession Negotiations of the Republic of Croatia and the European Union in Chapter 26, Education and Culture.
The Memorandum of Understanding between the Republic of Croatia and the European Union on the participation of the Republic of Croatia in the Youth in Action Programme and the Lifelong Learning Program 2007-2013 (Official Gazette - International Agreements, No. 4/2011) was signed on 7 December 2010, thus completing the preparatory phase, and since 2011 the full participation of the Republic of Croatia in the aforementioned programmes with equal rights and opportunities as well as for the member states of the European Union and other countries with full participation of the programme beginning. The Memorandum of Understanding entered into force on 30 March 2011.
The budget for the youth field inside Erasmus+ programme for 2020 (proračun – područje mladih unutar Erasmus+ programa) was EUR 2.410.756,50.