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1. Youth Policy Governance

1.9 Current debates and reforms

Last update: 27 June 2023

Forthcoming policy developments 

The resolution on the 2022-2024 EU Youth Strategy work plan was approved. Based on the priorities set out in it, Lithuania forms a youth policy and has prepared a national youth policy plan.
A model for the provision of individualized social services to the most vulnerable groups of society will be developed, focusing on the integration of young people with fewer opportunities into the labor market. The main actors involved include the Agency of Youth Affairs, Ministry of Social Security and Labour, Employment Service, other policy makers.

Ongoing debates

Main issues related to youth policy in Lithuania include to develop a system of timely and effective work with youth, strengthen the sexuality education of children and young people, developing youth dialogue with municipalities of small towns and villages, developing local initiatives in the rural areas, including job creation schemes, developing the business environment in rural areas and supporting self-employment and small business in rural areas to involve young people. Developing and strengthening youth information centres where young people can be consulted about education, health, social welfare etc. remain main preoccupations of developing youth policy and increasing youth participation.

There is increasing disparity between urban and rural areas in terms of education and employment opportunities and living conditions. This drives young people from rural areas to the major cities (Vilnius, Klaipėda and Kaunas) and abroad.