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EACEA National Policies Platform: Youthwiki


1. Youth Policy Governance

1.4 Youth policy decision-making

On this page
  1. Structure of Decision-making
  2. Main Themes
  3. The National Agency for Youth

Structure of Decision-making

National public authorities

After the general elections of 2012, a new government was installed from a coalition between the People’s Party for Freedom and Democracy (VVD – Liberal party) and the Party for Labour (PvdA – Social Democrats). The next Dutch general elections will take place on 15 March 2017 to elect all 150 members of the House of Representatives. More information can  be found on the English pages of the Dutch governmental website.

As stated before in paragraph 1.2, four ministries are responsible for various aspects concerning youth in the Netherlands:


Main themes


Regional public authorities with competencies in the youth field

All responsibilities of the provincial authorities in youth policy are transferred to the municipalities in 2015. For some of the smaller municipalities it is necessary to cooperate on a regional level because they are too small to perform all tasks themselves. Smaller municipalities have therefore formed regional alliances to organize residential care, foster care, child protection measures, youth probation, certain types of specialized care and/or secure care.


The National Agency for Youth

There is no national agency for youth in The Netherlands.