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Structure of Decision-making
Numerous actors are involved in the development and implementation of youth policy, including state administration authorities, local authorities, youth organizations, youth initiative groups (non-formal youth groups), youth associations and foundations, trade unions, employer organizations, religious organizations, youth researchers, and other operators carrying out work with young people. Given the fact that youth policy is a cross-sectoral cooperation policy, the youth policy co-ordination process is directly or indirectly connected with all public policies that have an impact on the youth. Youth policy coordination includes the following major tasks:
1) Involving different parties in youth policy development and implementation through cooperation and coordination actions (the horizontal aspect), including activities such as developing or improving the legislation, implementing measures, providing funding for activities related to youth policy, and providing better knowledge and understanding of youth issues.
2) Providing support for local youth work implementation (the vertical dimension), including state support and methodological support to local governments.
3) Developing a youth information system that ensures that information is shared between youth policy stakeholders and that young people's awareness is maintained.
4) Creating international forms of cooperation that provide Latvian youth policymakers with disseminations of the results of others, exchanges of good practice, and coordination with existing international youth policies.
Different activities are carried out regularly in Latvia to ensure that communication and consultations take place between policy makers and young people. Similar to other member states of the European Union, Structured Dialogue also takes place in Latvia, allowing young people to put forward issues at the national or European level. Furthermore, Coffee with Politicians sessions (an adapted communication method recommended by the NGO "NEXT" to allow non-formal dialogue between young people and policy makers) are organized regularly, to involve youth in decision making process, allow them to express their opinion and involve them in the development of their community (with events also taking place at the municipal level).
The Agency for International Programs for Youth (hereinafter referred to as the “Agency”) is subordinate to the Minister of Ministry. The main objective of the Agency is to promote youth voluntary service activities and mobility (e.g. with the EU, Eastern Partnership, MEDA countries, etc.). The Agency implements non-formal learning, information programs and projects targeted at youth and those working with youth, whilst supporting the link between non-formal learning and lifelong education.
The Agency works according to the State Administration Structure Law and Regulations (issued by the Latvian Cabinet of Ministers in the year 2012, 11th of December, No. 863)
The Agency makes it possible for young people to write projects, spreads interesting and useful information for young people about the available opportunities in Europe, supports exchanges of experience, provides consultations about project writing and ensures that young people are consulted.