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Youth Policy in Hungary is a horizontal policy, which is why - according to the priorities of the Government -, the measures of the different departments related to young people are aimed to be harmonised, so that youth could be presented in a uniform way in decision making. Besides that, the activities of different institutions and organisations are aimed to be harmonised, as well. (For more information, please see sub-chapter 1.4 Youth policy decision-making.)
The coordination and strategical planning of youth policies belong to the Minister without Portfolio Responsible for Families (Családokért felelős tárca nélküli miniszter). The Minister is also the main actor for maintaining the inter-ministerial cooperation in youth-related health and social policies.
A key player related to cross-sectorial cooperation is the Elisabeth Youth Fund (Erzsébet Ifjúsági Alap) which closely and continuously works together with the Minister and has a cross-sectorial bridging role.
The role of the National Youth Expert Forum [Ifjúsági Szakmai Egyeztető Fórum (referred hereinafter to as ISZEF)] was central in this field until 2017. It used to be the primary agent of the cross-sectorial cooperation since its foundation in 2013. The Roundtable for Youth partially took over its role which is a bimonthly forum for connecting the Government and the youth organisations and experts. Recently, the operation of the Roundtable is under rethought. (For more information, please refer to sub-chapter 1.4 Youth policy decision – making.)