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Political Commitment to Evidence-Based Youth Policy
In Greece there is no obligatory political commitment on a yearly basis that affects the youth and it totally depends on the content of the applied public measures that might have an impact on it. For instance:
Greek Law 4692/2020, issued by the Hellenic Ministry of Education and Religious Affairs
Content: The "skills workshops" are introduced in the obligatory program of schools marking the shift to a modern school that emphasizes the cultivation of soft skills, life skills and technology and science skills in students (together "21st century skills"). New topics such as volunteering, road safety, addiction prevention, mutual respect and diversity, robotics, entrepreneurship, sex education (each theme will be weighted with the educational level and age of the students), aim at the wider cultivation and upbringing of students.
Greek Law 4808/2021, issued by the Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs.
Content: This legislation refers to violence and harassment at work and especially:
- In the workplace, including public and private sector.
- In places where the employee is remunerated, has a break for rest or for food.
- During travel, training, events or social activities related to work.
- Through work-related communications; including those carried out through information and communication technologies.
- When the employee is moving to/from the work place.
Cooperation between policy-making and research
The term of research is defined according to the Greek Law 4386/2016 as any systematic and creative work undertaken to increase the quantity of knowledge, including human knowledge, cultural knowledge and social knowledge.
Greek governmental bodies that form the youth policy are able to conduct research by using in-house resources or outsource in total or partially the research tasks.
Greek universities are usually funded by the Greek government to deploy solutions that help out the youth to overcome issues such as unemployment, discrimination, etc. For example the Hellenic Ministry of Education and Religious Affairs offers a programme for the acquisition of academic experience to young scientists, holders of a PhD.
The Youth and Lifelong Learning Foundation (INEDIVIM) is usually commissioned by the Ministry of Education and Religious Affairs to implement a research in a variety of relevant themes. According to Law 4115/2013, which contains institutional changes that have decisively shaped the Foundation’s modern identity, the mission of the INEDIVIM is to:
- Implement lifelong learning programmes/projects
- Implement youth programmes/projects, emphasising youth innovation, mobility, transitions and career growth
- Manage all issues regarding student care services, catering and accommodation facilities (educational welfare).
To implement its actions and projects associated with its activities, the Youth and Lifelong Learning Foundation plans, prepares studies, carries out research and develops the relevant supporting material.
National Statistics and available data source
The Hellenic Statistical Authority (ELSTAT) periodically conducts a series of research that affect the youth policy. Here are several instances from the archive of the Greek agency:
The Hellenic Statistical Authority (ELSTAT) published the November 2021 seasonally measured employment and unemployment projections.
The Hellenic Statistical Authority (ELSTAT) published information about the use of information and communication technologies (ICT) by households and their citizens. The data consists of the sample Survey on the Use of Information and Communication Technologies in Households and by Individuals in 2021.
Budgetary Allocations supporting research in the youth field