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EACEA National Policies Platform


2. Voluntary Activities

Last update: 20 March 2022

Before 2010, there was a conceptual and policy shift in youth volunteering but with the adoption of the National Volunteer Strategy (Nemzeti Önkéntes Stratégia), putting greater emphasis on the socialisation of young people through compulsory school community service for secondary school students, volunteering in Hungary was largely interwoven with the so-called 'civil sector'. (see sub-chapters 2.1 General context and 2.4 Youth Volunteering at national level).

Volunteering was administered by the Ministry of Human Capacities, within the Deputy State Secretariat for Youth Policy and Equal Opportunities. As of 1 January 2022, the Minister heading the Prime Minister's Office (Miniszterelnökséget vezető miniszter) took over the tasks related to youth, including volunteering. The most important Government actor in funding volunteering is the National Cooperation Fund (Nemzeti Együttműködési Alap).

Definitions of volunteering can be found in the 2005 act on voluntary activities and the National Volunteer Strategy (see sub-chapter 2.1 General context). There is no strategy or law regarding youth volunteering, also, the National Volunteer Strategy does not define explicit goals to achieve in relation with young people, yet they are mentioned several times among the target groups (see sub-chapter 2.3 National strategy on Youth Volunteering).

In higher education, the legislation opens up the possibility to include voluntary activities in one’s studies (see sub-chapter 2.7 Skills recognition).