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EACEA National Policies Platform


1. Youth Policy Governance

Last update: 26 February 2022

As there is no youth law in Hungary, the term 'youth' is not set in stone and is therefore defined differently in the various legislations of the different policy areas. The strategic framework of Hungarian youth policy consists of two main documents,

  1. the National Youth Strategy 2009-2024 (adopted by the parliament in 2009) and
  2. the 2012 Programme for the Future of the New Generation, which came into force as a government decree.

The Strategy, as a core document, determines the main directions of improvement through the implementation of specific action plans, that take into account the constant review of the conditions. The revision of the Strategy is in progress. The Programme for the Future of the New Generation is the conceptual basis for the mostly EU-funded youth-related projects within the framework of New Generation Plus followed by the New Generation Reloaded Programmes. (For more information see sub-chapter 1.3 National Youth Strategy.)

Youth policy is mainly administered in the Prime Minister's Office under the Minister heading the Prime Minister's Office, and also under the Deputy State Secretariat for Youth Affairs. The Ministry of Finance coordinates the Youth Guarantee Scheme. An advisory body on youth policy was the Roundtable for Youth, where youth experts and organisations can channel their expertise to decision making. Since 2020, the Roundtable has not been convened due to the pandemic situation. The main advisory body is currently the Board of Children and Youth Fund.