8.10 Current debates and reforms
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Forthcoming policy developments
On the government platform from December 2022, Responsibility for Denmark (Ansvar for Danmark), the government suggests a ‘Culture green pass’ (kulturpas), a measure targeting the 45 000 young NEETS in Denmark. With the pass, young NEETs have free access to cultural activities such as theatre, movies, museums and music.
- It is currently debated what can be done to counter the increasing individualised pressure from social media (among other things) that can be put on young people with regard to having ‘the perfect life’ (i.e. the perfect look, career, relationship). In the debate, cultural activities for young people are often highlighted as one of the possible means to counter the problem. For instance, via young people’s participation in voluntary associations and artistic activities.
- In the last couple of years, the debate on how much social media influencers should be regulated has been very topical. This debate is part of the overall debate on media policy in Denmark.
- Climate change is relevant in all fields of policy. Many young people are engaged in the debate and are for instance carrying out regular demonstrations. This has become an important social movement in Denmark. The cultural sector is – like other societal sectors – influenced by the debate and cultural education institutions’ focus on sustainability.
- Experts question the effectiveness of the the above-mentioned 'culture green pass' because it does not include sports and because of the target group.