1.5 Cross-sectoral approach with other ministries
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Mechanisms and actors
According to the Strategic Plan for Vocational Education Training, Lifelong Learning and Youth 2022-2024, the lives of young people are affected by policies arising from multiple policy areas and at different levels of implementation. Therefore, the Youth Dimension must be integrated as a priority in the various policy areas, in order to ensure that the specific needs of young people and their impact are taken into account in the policies or programs developed. A prerequisite for this policy is the cross-sectoral approach as a fundamental basis. The reason for that is because the integration of the Youth dimension can only be effective if it guarantees a step for young people to be heard in all possible policy areas that concern them. In this light, serving the objectives of the Youth Policy can only be achieved if cross-sectoral cooperation is strengthened at all levels of the co-shaping and decision-making process in order to achieve synergies, complementarity between actions, greater youth participation and avoidance of overlapping actions and policies.
In order to achieve the objectives of cross-sectoral cooperation, the General Secretariat for Vocational Education, Training, Lifelong Learning and Youth (GSVETLL&Y) issued in March 2022 the Ministerial Decision 30964 about the Formation and appointment of members of an Inter-ministerial Working Group for Recording Youth Policies, at the Ministry of Education and Religious Affairs. The aim of the Group is to assist the GSVETLL&Y in its duties as National Authority that forms and supervises the implementation of the youth strategy in the country. It consists of 30 members of General Secretariats of Hellenic Ministries, which apply youth policies, as well as one member of the Hellenic Statistical Authority (ELSTAT).
The Inter-Ministerial Working Group aims to record the existing policies of each Ministry concerning young people, aged 15 to 29, its constant updating, as a hub for gathering all relevant information, as well as to record the implementation of policies to achieve the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SBAs) in areas related to the country's youth.
The Inter-Ministerial Working Group may prepare proposals and suggestions, based on the recording of the policies for youth issues by the Ministries, for the use of Ministries, in order to assist their work for the well-being of the Greek youth. In addition, and exceptionally for the year 2022, the Inter-Ministerial Working Group contributes with proposals to the work of the Committee for Planning, Implementation and Monitoring of the work of the European Year of Youth 2022.
The need for a cross-sectoral governmental body for youth policy matters, also led to the formation of the Special Permanent Committee on Equality, Youth and Human Rights which consists of members of the Hellenic parliament. The purpose of the committee is to research and formulate proposals for topics related to family, education and youth. Moreover, the committee promotes the principle of gender equality in employment and also discusses about respect and protection of the human rights.