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EACEA National Policies Platform: Youthwiki


1. Youth Policy Governance

Due to the lack of a youth law in Hungary, there is no 'set in stone' definition for youth; therefore, it differs across legislations of different policy fields. The strategical framework of Hungarian youth policy consists of two primary documents,

  1. the National Youth Strategy 2009-2024 (accepted 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, which take into account the constant revision of the conditions. The Strategy’s revision is work 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 partly administered in the Ministry of Human Capacities (most notably in its Division for Family and Youth Policy Development) and by the Minister without Portfolio Responsible for Families, whose administration includes the Deputy State Secretariat for Young People. The Ministry of Finance coordinates the Youth Guarantee Scheme. An advisory body on youth policy is the Roundtable for Youth, where youth experts and organisations can channel their expertise to decision making. As of 2020, the Roundtable is being reorganised.