8.8 Synergies and partnerships
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Based on the Youth Act, cross-sectoral co-operation — supposedly the strongest form of synergy — has been put into force regarding all youth policy themes. For more information, see Youth Wiki/Finland 1.5 Cross-sectorial approach with other ministries. A similar tone of appreciation for the cross-sectoral approach was expressed by former Minister Mrs Sanni Laasonen-Grahn, in her foreword for the Strategy for Cultural Policy 2025: 'The strategy sets the framework and steers the Ministry of Education and Culture’s development efforts in the right direction. The strategy supports the Ministry in structuring its own objectives and measures, for example when preparing budgets or allocating central government funding. It is a tool that keeps the cultural sector stakeholders informed about the Ministry’s ideas in the long term, and it helps other actors to observe policies they have in common with the Ministry when developing their activities.' On the other hand, when taking a thematic approach on how equal and accessible the free-time offers are from young people’s point of view, there seems to be a need to sharpen the steering and co-operation across the sectors, as it was suggested 'A Strategy for Leisure Activities (Harrastamisen strategia, includes descpription sheet in English) published in 2019. For more information about the strategy, see Youth Wiki/Finland 8.1 General Context).
It seems there is no systematic way for the national authorities to support partnerships between the culture and creative sectors, youth organisations and youth workers. Despite this, there are many fruitful examples of how different bodies work together for common aims, see for example the examples reported in the next sub-chapter Youth Wiki/Finland 8.9 Enhancing social inclusion through culture.