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EACEA National Policies Platform
Republic of North Macedonia

Republic of North Macedonia

1. Youth Policy Governance

1.1 Target population of youth policy

Last update: 30 March 2022

The Law on Youth Participation and Youth Policies (Закон за младинско учество и младински политики) and the National Youth Strategy 2016–2025 sets out the basic principles and action guidelines for all actors in society.


According to the Law, "young" are people aged 15 to 29. The Law is in compliance with the previously developed National Youth Strategy. Thus, the introductory part of the Strategy states that in compliance with established historical, social, political and ethical practice, the term ‘young people’ (youth) shall refer to any person(s) between the age of 15 and 29[1]. This is a category that holds huge potential as a key resource for social progress, but also a category that is highly vulnerable to social and economic changes in society. The interventions envisaged in this Strategy should be equally available to all young people in the Republic of North Macedonia, and especially to young people from vulnerable categories.


In general, municipalities in the Republic of North Macedonia set this age limit in their Local Youth Strategies with mild exceptions. For example, in the Local Youth Strategy of the Municipality of Kochani 2019-2023 (Стратегија за млади на општина Кочани 2019-2023), the youth category is defined as a separate socio-ethical category of the population aged 15 to 30, regardless of sex, race and nationality, religious and political determination, sexual orientation, social status, and disability.


[1] Agency of the youth and sports. National Youth Strategy 2016-2025 (Agency of the youth and sports, 2016), p.7. (Accessed 01.11.2018)