1.5 Cross-sectoral approach with other ministries
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The cross-sectoral approach is a basic principle of youth policy in Luxembourg which is also defined by the 2016 Youth Law. The interdepartmental committee (comité interministériel) is in charge of managing the government's actions concerning the implementation of the cross-sectorial approach of youth policy. The interdepartmental committee is composed of representatives of ministers responsible for: (1) Children and Youth, (2) Children, (3) Children's Rights, (4) Foreign Affairs, (5) Local Affairs, (6) Culture, (7) Cooperation and Development, (8) Education, (9) Equal Opportunities, (10) Family, (11) Justice, (12) Housing, (13) Police, (14) Employment, (15) Health and (16) Sport (grand-ducal regulation of 27 June 2016).
The objectives of the interdepartmental committee are:
- To advise the government on projects related to youth policy and policy on children and children's rights
- To propose measures to the government with a possible cross-sectorial approach of youth policy
- To coordinate these measures with others that have been selected in the context of other transversal governmental strategies.
There are further working groups on specific issues. Although these working groups have no legal basis, they are important for the strengthening of cross-sectoral youth policy development. There are working groups on the following issues (among others): Housing, Youth Work, Refugees, Health, Nutrition and Physical activities, and Employment. The Youth Pact, which guides the political action of the government in the field of youth, is an action plan that explicitly implements cross-sectoral youth policy. It sets out a series of actions led by various governmental departments. As stated in the Youth Pact, 'the measures of youth policy concern the youth sector itself, but also other sectors influencing the lives of young people such as education and vocational training, work and health to name but the most important. The Youth Pact takes up upon this transversal vision' (2012 Youth Pact; Youth Pact 2017-2020).