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The chapter on youth policy was for the first time incorporated as a separate part in the Program of the Government of the Republic of Lithuania for 2004-2008. The provisions of this program aimed to encourage the cohesion of youth organizations, engage youth participation in the civil society as well as improve policies in the areas of youth education, employment, housing, leisure and culture, social and health services, sports, crime prevention and youth local self-government. Program of the Government of the Republic of Lithuania for 2008-2012 and Program of the Government of the Republic of Lithuania 2012-2016 also had chapters on youth policy. In order to implement the provisions and measures, provided in these programs in December 2010 the Government of Lithuania approved the National youth policy development program for 2011-2019 which established the main strategic goals of the national youth policy. The Program of the Government of the Republic of Lithuania 2020 stresses youth participation, youth entrepreneurship and employment possibilities, regional development, and youth participation in culture and sports.
The National youth policy development program for 2011-2019 is integrated in the overall national development policy. The National youth policy development program for 2011-2019, established the main strategic goals of the national youth policy. This Program prioritised the improvement of the social inclusion of young people, with particular emphasis on young people not in employment, education and training (NEETs), the promotion of cross-sectorial cooperation as the underlying principle of integral youth policy, the exchange of good practices on social inclusion of young people and the promotion of the cooperation in the youth policy field between young people from European Union and Eastern Europe and Caucasus countries. The goals of ensuring better youth employment opportunities, creating favourable conditions for young people to participate in the labour market, promoting economic and social entrepreneurship, developing non-formal education system, encouraging youth creativity and active participation in the society were also establiched by the National youth policy development program for 2011-2019. Furthermore, the National youth policy development program for 2011-2019 is aimed to ensure the development of social security, education and health care systems; develop a conscious, public-spirited, patriotic, mature, cultural and creative young individual, capable of being an active part of a diverse society; develop and coordinate the system of youth work and to ensure the development of youth employment infrastructure; create favourable conditions for consistent and high quality activities of youth organisations and organisations working with youth; and ensure inter-institutional and cross-sectorial cooperation in developing coherent, fact and knowledge-based youth policy.
The Ministry of Social Security and Labour of the Republic of Lithuania is responsible for coordinating the implementation of the National youth policy development action plan for 2020. Earlier the Ministry had been implementing the National youth policy development program for 2011-2019 through Action Plan for the periods of 2014-2016 and Action Plan for the period of 2017-2019. In each of the Action Plan's specific objectives, actions, terms of implementation, budget allocations and responsible institutions for its implementations are indicated.
The National youth policy development action plan for 2020 aims 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, to develop and coordinate the system of youth work and ensure the development of youth employment infrastructure to facilitate the consistent and high-quality activities of young people and youth organizations in order to increase the involvement of young people in organized activities, and to ensure cooperation between the public, private and non-governmental sectors by developing a coherent, evidence-based and knowledge-based youth policy
Responsible institutions for the implementation of the cross-sectorial Action Plan are the Ministry of Environment, Ministry of Culture, Ministry of Defence, the Ministry of Health, Ministry of Education and Science, Ministry of Justice, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Ministry of Economy, Ministry of Interior, Ministry of Agriculture, the Drug Control Department under the Government of Lithuania, Lithuanian Labour Exchange, and Council of Youth Affairs. These institutions report to The Ministry of Social Security and Labor about implementation of the Action Plan every year until February 1.
The National Youth Policy Development Program for 2011-2019 underwent a few revisions or updates since its introduction. Firstly, the 2014-2016 Action Plan of the National Youth Policy Program for 2011-2019 development program has been reviewed and more focus given on youth employment and volunteering as well as the development of youth centers and open spaces, regional youth policies and non-formal education. The 2015-2017 Plan for the Regional Youth Policy Strengthening has been approved and implemented. The National youth policy development action plan for 2020 was adopted on March 18, 2020.