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EACEA National Policies Platform


1. Youth Policy Governance

Last update: 15 January 2021

Youth policy is a set of purposeful activities that can be implemented in all fields of state policy and which stimulates the valuable and comprehensive development of young people, involvement in society and improvement of life quality. Youth policy is an interdisciplinary policy, which is realised by various state and local government institutions according to their competency, as well as by youth organisations and other physical or legal persons. Young people also participate in the creation and implementation of youth policy.

By planning youth policy, youth problems and the obstructive factors for carrying out youth activities are evaluated and, consequently, aims and tasks are defined and measures are performed in order to preclude them and establish favourable conditions for the development of youth personality and participation in social, political, economic and cultural life. According to Youth Law, young people in Latvia are persons from 13 to 25 years of age.

Youth policy is based on seven principles: 1) partnership principle; 2) information availability principle; 3) equal opportunities principle; 4) observance of youth interests' principle; 5) favourable economical premises principle; 6) youth integration principle; 7) mobility and international cooperation principle.