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5. Participation

5.6 Supporting youth organisations

Last update: 28 November 2023
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  1. Legal/policy framework for the functioning and development of youth organisations
  2. Public financial support
  3. Initiatives to increase the diversity of participants


Legal/policy framework for the functioning and development of youth organisations

There is no specific legal/policy framework in Greece that supports the functioning and development of non governmental youth organisations. However, Greek law 4873/2021 defines a set of criteria for all non-governmental organisations and regulates matters concerning: a) the registration, registration and financing of voluntary organisations that have been established and operate in Greece as associations or civil non-profit companies with a public benefit purpose. The content of the law was described in chapter 2 considering voluntary activities.

Moreover, the ministerial decision 10616 by the Ministry of Finance and the Ministry of Migration & Asylum defines the operation of the "Register of Greek and Foreign Non-Governmental Organizations" (NGO) and the "Register of Members of Non-Governmental Organizations (NGO)", which are active in matters of international protection, migration, and social integration within the Greek Territory.

Public financial support

Public financial support for youth organisations usually comes from specific governmental calls targeting young people that are frequently published in the local press and on public organizations' websites. Recently, General Secretariat for Vocational Education, Training, Lifelong Learning and Youth issued an Open Call for proposals for project publicity actions "European Year of Youth 2022."

Proposals were expected from non-governmental organisations and youth organisations (with legal status) aimed at young people aged 15-29, which include publicity actions that will be promoted using every possible means of communication (posters, events, websites etc.) informing young people about the following areas of interest, which are priorities of the European Youth Year 2022:

• Digital and Green Transition: Proposals concerning a) publicity actions to highlight the philosophy, importance and possibilities of the Digital and Green Transition in modern society b) publicity actions for the use of the tools of the Digital and Green Transition to improve the social and economic conditions (e.g. use of applications to slow down the effects of the climate crisis, reduce the digital divide, precision agriculture, coastal protection, etc.).

• Promotion of opportunities for young people: Proposals concerning the investigation, dissemination and publicity of the possibilities offered by the programmes of the European Union, their development and adaptation to various scenarios of interest for young people and especially those from vulnerable social groups.

• Integration of youth perspectives into Union policies: Proposals aimed at information and publicity actions to support young people through specialised mentoring/youth work in professions that are considered to have the greatest guarantees for future development.

• Active and Responsible Citizens: Proposals that aim, through extensive publicity, to highlight the identity of the European citizen, which is based on democracy, peace, justice, solidarity, human rights, social and economic well-being.

Initiatives to increase the diversity of participants

The variety of young people engaging in youth organisations is not specifically targeted by any large-scale national programmes.