9.2 Administration and governance
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The Ministry of Education and Science is responsible for youth policy development in Latvia.
The Agency for International Programs for Youth is a governmental institution subordinated to the Ministry of Education and Science. The goal of the Agency is to promote youth voluntary service, activities and mobility. The Agency implements non-formal learning and information programmes and projects targeted at youth and those working with youth, as well as supports the link between non-formal learning and lifelong education. It is responsible for the administration of the programmes „Erasmus+: Youth in Action“ and “European Solidarity Corps”. These programmes support youth exchanges, voluntary work and youth participation initiatives at the national and international level. More information on “Erasmus+ Youth in Action” and “European Solidarity Corps” projects can be found in 2.5. Cross-border mobility programmes and 4.7. Youth work to foster social inclusion.
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs is responsible for foreign policy development and implementation. The main responsibilities of the Ministry are:
- regional policy, building relations with the member states of the European Union (EU);
- coordination of the EU policies, development of relations with the third countries;
- representation of Latvia’s interests in international organisations e.g., United Nations (UN), Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE), Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), Council of Europe, etc.
- implementation of the development cooperation policy;
- informing the public about the EU and Latvia’s membership in the EU;
- supporting the Latvian diaspora abroad.
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs supports the development of the UN Youth Delegates Programme in Latvia, as co-operation with Latvian youth diaspora.
What is Club "House"?
Club "House" is a non-governmental youth organisation that aims to popularise the idea of a united Europe, to promote democracy, tolerance and human rights while informing and educating youth.
The organisation promotes the idea of European unity and its values - democracy, tolerance and respect for human rights. Club “House” organises workshops, lectures, conferences, camps, contests, thematic tea-parties and other events for young people to educate them about European history and culture, traditions, social and political processes, as well as work of the European institutions. They also organise activities on the Europe Day.
Club "House" is a member of the pan-European organisation "Young European Federalists" (JEF Europe) that had been operating continuously since the end of the Second World War, making it the oldest pro-European and only federalist youth organisation. JEF is composed by its members working together to promote the creation of a democratic European federation as a guarantee for peace and a more free, just and democratic society. It currently has member organsations in 27 countries.
Club “House” also coordinates the United Nations Youth Delegates Programme in Latvia, as well as the annual campaign “Back to School”, which is implemented in co-operation with the Represenation of the European Commission to Latvia, and aims to promote the EU before and after the Europe Day. The EU experts visit schools to introduce pupils to their work.
To ensure coordination of youth policy the Youth Advisory Council has been set up, which replaces the Youth Policy Coordination Council as of January 1, 2009.
The Youth Advisory Council is an advisory body that aims to ensure a coherent development and implementation of youth policy at different levels (municipal, national and European Union), as well as to support youth participation in decision-making.
The tasks of the Youth Advisory Council are:
- to participate in the development of youth policy planning documents and regulatory enactments;
- to assess whether the implementation of youth policy complies with the provisions of youth policy development planning documents and the National Youth Policy Programme, and to provide recommendations to the Ministry of Education and Science on the youth policy priorities and measures for the next year;
- to make recommendations to the state administration body in order to ensure the effective implementation of youth policy, including: - on the need to implement measures, projects and programmes and to carry out research on youth, while implementing the youth policy; - on the need to make amendments to regulatory enactments and policy planning documents or to develop new regulatory enactments and policy planning documents related to the implementation of youth policy;
- to make recommendations to local government institutions for the implementation of youth policy at municipal level;
- to make recommendations to non-governmental organisations targeting young people and develop recommendations for youth work.
To develop recommendations, the Youth Advisory Council may set up working groups, request the necessary information from the Ministry of Education and Science, and invite experts and officials with advisory rights to the meetings.
Representatives of the Ministry of Education and Science, Ministry of Culture, Ministry of Health, Agency for International Programs for Youth, National Centre for Education, associations – Latvian Youth Council, Latvian Student Union, Latvian Free Trade Union Confederation, Latvian Employer’s Confederation, Latvian Union of Local Governments, Latvian Association of Large Cities and youth organisations are represented in the Council. According to the Youth Advisory Council provisions, not less than 10 youth organisations should be represented in the Council.