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Lithuania

1. Youth Policy Governance

The concept of Lithuanian national youth policy could hardly be understood without a broader historic context and appreciation of the time of changes that happened after the country regained independence from the Soviet Union in 1990. Due to the dramatic changes in the Lithuanian society after it regained independence, Lithuanian youth policy has to be shaped almost from scratch due to the changes in social and economic structure of the Lithuanian society, shift from planned towards the market economy, building of the nation state and establishing youth policy including the institutions which support it. Taking this into account it can be stated that youth policy in Lithuania is successfully developed.

In accordance with Article 4 of the Law on Youth Policy Framework of the Republic of Lithuania, youth policy means a purposeful activity intended to resolve youth problems and to seek to create favorable conditions for the formation of a young person and his integration into public life, as well as an activity, which has the purpose of achieving understanding and tolerance of society and individual groups thereof towards young people. 

2022 National Youth Policy Action Plan aims to strengthen the implementation of national youth policies in order to ensure inter-agency cooperation between the public, private and non-governmental sectors, and to create the infrastructure needed to implement a coherent, factual and knowledge-based youth policy.

The plan sets these objectives:

Purpose, objectives, means

2022 estimated funds (thousand euros)

Responsible institutions

Objective 1

To ensure the development of a social security system that meets the various needs of young people

The task is to ensure better employment opportunities for young people - to promote economic and social entrepreneurship of young people, to create favorable conditions for young people to actively participate in the labor market

Implement the youth voluntary service, the organization of which is regulated in the Description of the Procedure for the Organization of the Youth Voluntary Service approved by the Minister of Social Security and Labor of the Republic of Lithuania in 2018. June 22 by order no. A1-317 "On the Approval of the Description of the Procedure for the Organization of Youth Voluntary Service"

-

Department of Youth Affairs

Implement summer employment and labor market integration programs in municipalities

150

Department of Youth Affairs, Department of Social Services Supervision

Objective 2

To develop a conscious, civic, patriotic, mature, cultural and creative personality of a young person who is able to be an active part of a diverse society

The task is to encourage young people to take an active part in public life and to develop their civic competences

Select and fund, through a call for proposals, projects promoting innovation in the implementation of youth policy with a view to developing new forms of involving young people in civic life

107

Department of Youth Affairs, Department of Social Services Supervision

Objective 3

To develop and coordinate the system of youth work and to ensure the development of youth employment infrastructure

The task is to develop the existing and create new spaces favorable for the employment and education of young people - to provide more opportunities for young people experiencing social exclusion, to promote rich, active, high-quality education of young people in their free time

Select and fund organizations using at least one form of youth work through a call for proposals

1 303

Department of Youth Affairs,

Department of Social Services Supervision

To ensure the development of youth work in Lithuania (methodological support to organizations performing or planning to work with youth and their employees)

25

Department of Youth Affairs

Objective 4

To facilitate the consistent and high-quality activities of young people and organizations working with young people in order to increase the involvement of young people in organized activities

The task is to provide the necessary support to youth and youth organizations - to improve their organizational capacity, maintain their distinctiveness and coherence

To select and fund projects for the membership of young people in youth organizations and organizations uniting other youth organizations and youth initiatives through a competition

528

Department of Youth Affairs, Department of Social Services Supervision

To select and fund organizations organizing voluntary activities, to provide them with methodological assistance, to organize the implementation of the model of youth voluntary service in order to involve young people in voluntary activities

 

26

Department of Youth Affairs

164

Department of Social Services Supervision

Coordinate the activities of international protocols, projects , foundations , implement measures for awarding scholarships to young Lithuanians living abroad, organize and implement international events

156

Department of Youth Affairs, Department of Social Services Supervision

Objective 5

To ensure cooperation between the public, private and non-governmental sectors in developing coherent, evidence-based and knowledge-based youth policies

The challenge is to ensure consistent monitoring of the situation of young people and to develop evidence-based and knowledge-based youth policies.

To ensure consistent high-quality activities of the European Union youth information program Eurodesk in Lithuania

16

Department of Youth Affairs

Ensure the implementation of evidence-based and knowledge-based youth policies

25

Department of Youth Affairs

The task is to develop cooperation between the public, private and non-governmental sectors at the local, national and international levels.

Contribute to the development of development programs and other strategic documents in the field of youth policy

-

Department of Youth Affairs,

Ministry of Social Security and Labor

To ensure the plan for the celebration of the Lithuanian Youth Year in 2022, approved by the Government of the Republic of Lithuania in 2021. December 1 by resolution no. 1030 “On the Approval of the Plan for the Commemoration of the Lithuanian Year of Youth in 2022”, implementation of measures

69

Department of Youth Affairs

The challenge is to strengthen youth policy at international and regional level

Implement measures to strengthen youth policy at regional level (events for municipal youth coordinators, visits to municipalities, etc.)

100

Department of Youth Affairs,

Department of Social Services Supervision

Ensure implementation of measures to mark the European Year of Youth 2022

-

Department of Youth Affairs

To transfer Lithuania's experience in the field of youth affairs to the European Union's Eastern Partnership and other developing countries

(Activities of the Lithuanian-Ukrainian Youth Exchange Fund)

 

7

Department of Youth Affairs

93

Department of Social Services Supervision

To support the activities of foreign Lithuanian youth organizations aimed at fostering Lithuanianness, community spirit, cooperation between Lithuanians living in Lithuania and abroad, and to establish the concept of global Lithuania in the field of social security and labor

1

Department of Youth Affairs

46

Department of Social Services Supervision

 

Youth policy is developed in multi-year programmes. The 2021 The National Youth Policy Action Plan for 2021 aimed to identify measures to strengthen the implementation of youth policy at the national level, ensuring interdepartmental cooperation between the public, private and non-governmental sectors. The measures shall be implemented in order to:

  • to ensure the development of the social security system that meets the various needs of young people
  • to develop a conscious, civic, patriotic, mature, cultural and creative personality of a young person who is able to be an active part of a diverse society
  • develop and coordinate the youth work system and ensure the development of youth employment infrastructure
  • to facilitate the consistent and high-quality activities of young people and organizations working with young people in order to increase the involvement of young people in organized activities
  • ensure cooperation between the public, private and non-governmental sectors in developing coherent, factual and knowledge-based youth policies

An  action plan for the implementation of the Youth Guarantee initiative is also being implemented , with the following objectives: identification of inactive young people, prevention of inactivity, implementation of initial intervention through early intervention and activation measures, and increased integration of young people into the labor market.