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EACEA National Policies Platform


3. Employment & Entrepreneurship

3.2 Administration and governance

Last update: 24 March 2022
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  1. Governance
  2. Cross-sectorial cooperation


The main governmental authority responsible for youth employment and entrepreneurship is the Ministry of Labour, Welfare and Social Insurance (Υπουργείο Εργασίας, Πρόνοιας και Κοινωνικών Ασφαλίσεων) and particularly, the Department of Labour (Τμήμα Εργασίας). The mission of the Ministry (among others) is the maintenance and continuous improvement of the standard of living and the quality of life of the working population and of the society in general. The Department of Labour is responsible for:

- The employment and the labour market;

- Combating discrimination and promoting the principle of equality in the workplace.

Moreover, the Department is responsible for providing employment services and filling vacancies, protecting special groups in employment, monitoring the operation of the labour market and coordinating the National Employment Policy.

According to the National Action Plan for Youth Employment in Cyprus (2014-2017) and the National Youth Strategy (2017-2022), together with the Ministry of Labour, Welfare and Social Insurance, the following public actors are involved in policy making in this field:

As non-public actors, the State and Private Universities – operating in the Government controlled area of the Republic of Cyprus – are also involved in policy-making in this field. Trade unions are also important social partners in the discussions taking place on topics related to employment.

There is no distribution of responsibilities between top-level and regional/local authorities regarding the main governance approach to youth employment and entrepreneurship. All responsibilities are held on the top-governmental level.

Cross-sectorial cooperation

National Youth Strategy is a product of cross-sectoral cooperation, based on the active and direct involvement of Ministries, government agencies dealing with young people, youth organizations and, above all, young people themselves. With the existence of the National Strategy, coordinated actions can now be taken at national level, which will have greater impact on the lives of young people. Especially for the chapter of Employment and Entrepreneurship, the two main goals are the development, support and promotion of entrepreneurship of young people, as well as enhancing the employability of young people and their integration into the labor market, while safeguarding their labor rights. More information for the Strategy can be found in section 1.3. More information about Cross-sectoral approach with other ministries is provided in Chapter 1.5 Cross-sectoral approach with other ministries.