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EACEA National Policies Platform


1. Youth Policy Governance

1.4 Youth policy decision-making

Last update: 14 April 2023

Structure of Decision-making

Legislative competence on youth matters belongs to both the National Government and the local authorities (Regions and Autonomous Provinces) (Cf. 1.2).

As far as the national level is concerned, the Prime Minister is responsible for youth policies. The responsibility is generally delegated to a Minister (as is the case at present) or to an Undersecretary of the Presidency of the Council of Ministers (“the Delegated Political Authority”).

The Department for Youth Policy and the Universal Civic Service constitutes the operating arm. Its mandate includes:

  • The implementation and coordination of the youth strategy (Cf. 1.3);
  • The promotion of youth rights;
  • The management and implementation of the Universal civic service programme;
  • Support to the supervisory functions of the Delegated Political Authority on the  Italian Youth Agency;
  • The representation function at a European and international level for youth policy matters.

For the promotion of youth rights, the Department benefits from the collaboration of local authorities and other stakeholders including the National Youth Council.

Within the Presidency of the Council of Ministers, for the development of specific measures addressed at youth, the Department has the support of the following sectoral Departments:

However, the promotion of youth rights is not exclusively assigned to theDepartment. All the Ministries are called upon to develop specific policies in favour of youth. The major programmes in favour of youth have been developed by the following Ministries:

At a local level, according to art. 117 of the Italian Constitution, Regions and Autonomous Provinces are entitled to legislate on youth policies, except for the determination of the fundamental principles, which are laid down in the State legislation (Cf.1.2).

Therefore, with the contribution of the Provinces and Municipalities (thus involving young people living in the Municipalities), the Regional Departments for Youth Policies can define the needs, proposals, safeguards and rights in the planning and implementation of the measures adopted in favour of youth within their respective territories.

Main themes


Since 2022, youth policies priorities  agreed with the relevant local institutional actors are the following:

  • Reduction of the number of NEETs;
  • Employment and entrepreneurship, in particular digital and ecological transformation;
  • Youth participation and social inclusion, also through the support of Youth Work;
  • Contrast to the post-pandemic effects, also supporting sport activities;
  • Access to the European, National and Regional Youth Cards;
  • Initiatives aimed at hosting young people from Ukraine.


The Italian Youth Agency 

The Italian Youth Agency  is the agency implementing the Erasmus+/youth and European Solidarity Corps (ESC) programmes. It is a public body, with legal personality, organizational and financial autonomy, supervised by the delegated Political Authority by the means of the Department for Youth Policies andthe Universal Civic Service.  Aside from the Erasmus+ and ESC programmes, the Agency implements measures in favour of youth in agreement with and funded by theDepartment of Youth Policies and the Universal CivicService.

The Italian Youth Agency was set up in February 2023 with Law Decree 13/2023. It took over all the functions previously carried out by the National Youth Agency.

Policy Monitoring and Evaluation

In Italy, the controlling and monitoring of youth policies financed through the Fund for Youth Policies is exercised by the Department for Youth Policies and the Universal Civic Service and is addressed at:

  • verifying the correct use of the resources of the Fund for Youth Policies earmarked for national and territorial interventions;
  • the financial planning, administrative and accounting management of the Civic Service Fund.

The Department  produces periodical reports on the progress of all the programme activities implemented by the Regions, autonomous Provinces and Municipalities through the national youth Fund. The Departmenthas the right to carry out inspections on-site to monitor and verify the correct implementation of the activities.