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EACEA National Policies Platform


9. Youth and the World

9.2 Administration and governance

Last update: 25 July 2022
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  1. Governance
  2. Cross-sectorial cooperation



Governmental authorities:

The Central State Office for Demography and Youth (Središnji državni ured za demografiju i mlade) is competent for youth since 2020. Within the Centrale State Office there is the Youth Office which is a part of the Youth and Parenting Support Sector. The Central State Office for Demography and Youth performs administrative and professional duties aimed at improving the quality of life for young people. The state body is in charge for: connecting national and European bodies and institutions with young people; implementing strategic documents, laws and other acts; programmes and projects in the field of youth policies and their monitoring and evaluation; etc.  The Central State Office participates in the work of the institutions of the European Union and cooperates with other international institutions in accordance with its competence and scope.

The former Ministry of Demography, Family, Youth and Social Policy started the implementation of the Structured Dialogue with Youth process in the Republic of Croatia in 2013, and for this purpose established the National Working Group for Structured Dialogue with Youth, which coordinated and monitored the implementation of the entire process. The Central State Office for Demography and Youth is obliged for monitoring the EU Youth Dialogue since 2020.

The state body organized “EU Youth Conference - Opportunities for young people in rural areas - how to ensure the sustainability of rural areas in the countries of the European Union", which was held in March 2020 during the Croatian presidency of the European Union. Organizing young people for participation in other EU Youth Conferences is another task of the Central State office for Demography and Youth.

In 2020, the Republic of Croatia and the Central State Office for Demography and Youth, for the first time, elected an official young delegate to participate in the work of the United Nations General Assembly. The young delegate represents the interests of young people in Croatia and, through cooperation with delegates from other countries, participates in making decisions and political solutions on issues important to young people at the international level. The participation of young delegates in the work of the United Nations General Assembly represents a significant step forward in the active participation of Croatian young people at the international level.

The current young delegate participates in the work of the General Assembly of the United Nations, especially in the work of the Third Committee, which deals with social, cultural and humanitarian issues, and, if necessary, in the work of other bodies in the field of youth policies.


Public actors:

Another relevant public actor is the Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs which is the key government body for all issues of foreign politics and international relations. The Ministry of Science and Education is the second and its main task is to create prerequisites for the free movement of students, professors, scientists and researchers in the sphere of higher education and science, which is in the spirit of the European policy of creating a uniform education and scientific area.

The Youth Council of the Government of Croatia (Savjet za mlade Vlade Republike Hrvatske) is an interdepartmental advisory body of the Croatian Government with the mission to participate in developing youth public policies. The Council monitors the work of ministries and other governmental bodies in implementing, monitoring and evaluating youth policies. Furthermore, it monitors the development of youth-led and for youth associations and gives recommendations for the advancement of their operation and support system; also, it makes recommendations for developing youth policies on the local, regional, national, and European levels.

Agency for mobility and EU programmes (AMEUP) is a public institution within the Ministry of Science and Education, which is responsible for implementing and promoting European Union programmes and other international programmes in the fields of science, education, training, and youth:

  • Erasmus+ – with the goal of improving the quality of education and training abroad
  • Europass – Europass Curriculum Vitae and Language Passport make your skills and qualifications clearly and easily understood in Europe
  • CEEPUS – the academic mobility programme
  • Bilateral programme – a scholarship programme in which partner countries award scholarships to Croatian citizens

Institute for Social Research in Zagreb, Centre for Youth and Gender Studies is responsible for studying youth and women. The Centre carries out research in the scientific fields of sociology, political science and philosophy, with an emphasis on the interdisciplinary approach and the longitudinal monitoring of social phenomena and processes. The Centre also conducts research and projects relevant to gaining insight into young people's views on various issues.


Non-public actors:


Cross-sectoral cooperation

In Croatia there is no official entity for supporting or encouraging cross-sectoral cooperation for the matters of young people`s participation on policy making about global issues. The Croatian Government Youth Council (Savjet za mlade Vlade RH) only monitors the work of ministries and governmental bodies involved in developing youth policies on the European level by giving their advice and opinions.