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Republic of North Macedonia

Republic of North Macedonia

1. Youth Policy Governance

1.7 Funding youth policy

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  1. How Youth policy is funded
  2. What is funded?
  3. Financial accountability
  4. Use of EU Funds

How Youth policy is funded

Youth Policy does not have specific budget line in the Governmental Budget.

In 2020, the total budget of the Agency of Youth and Sport is 538.760.000,99 MKD (app 872299340 EUR). For comparison, in 2019, the total budget of the Agency of Youth and Sport was 590.902.000,00 MKD (app. 9.608.249,58 EUR), of which 24.728.000 (around 402.085,00 EUR) were intended for the youth sector, while in 2018, the Agency has budget in amount of 484.413.000,00 MKD (app. 7.871.073,00 EUR), of which 31.386.000,00 MKD (509.981,00 EUR) for youth sector.

According to the National Youth Strategy 2016-2025, 9 priorities are defined and each includes set of measures. Specific ministry or institution is responsible to implement the measures under each priority. Thus, the budget for the measures falls under the budget for those specific institutions/ministries.

No disaggregated data on budget for youth measures exists for the institutions except the Ministry of Labor and Social Policy, responsible for youth employment.

According to The Action Plan for Youth Employment 2016 – 2020 (Акциски план за вработување на млади 2016-2020), total planned amount for realization of the Action plan is 30.950.000,00 EUR[1]. For comparison, in the previous Action Plan for Employment of Youth 2012-2015, the budget provided for achieving the intended goals was 28,2 million euros[2]. While there is a noticeable slight increase in the budget for the current Action plan, it must be borne in mind that the previous one was created for a period of 3 years, while the new Action plan is for a period of 4 years.

In the beginning of 2018, the Ministry of Labor and Social Policy together with the Employment Service Agency and the National Youth Council of Macedonia started the realization of the pilot project Youth Guarantee which measures are funded through the Operational plan for active programs and measures for employment and services on the labor market (Operational plan) (Оперативен план за активни програми и мерки за вработување и услуги на пазарот на труд). In 2018 the total budget for employment measure within the Operational Plan were 1.045.794.835 MKD, while the budget for 2019 was 1.219.789.600 MKD. Operation Plan for 2019 put special emphasize on youth unemployed people up to 29 years of age. (More about the Youth Guarantee in chapter 3.1) The total budget in the Operational plan for 2020 is 1.805.654.260 MKD.

The new Law on Youth Participation and Youth Policies envisages that: (1) For the implementation of this law, funds in the amount of at least 0.3% shall be allocated annually from the Budget of the Republic of North Macedonia. (2) From the budgets of the municipalities, the municipalities in the City of Skopje and the City of Skopje, funds in the amount of at least 0.1% on annual level shall be allocated.

 

[1] Government of the Republic of Macedonia. Ministry of Labor and Social Policy “Action plan for Youth Employment 2016-2020”, p.45 http://dit.gov.mk/wp-content/uploads/2017/08/2016_Akciski-plan-za-vrabotuvanje-mladi-2016-2020-godina_MK-pv-.pdf (Accessed October 30, 2018)

[2] Government of the Republic of Macedonia. Ministry of Labor and Social Policy “Action plan for Youth Employment 2015”, p.59 http://www.mtsp.gov.mk/content/pdf/vrabotuvanje_mladi_akciski.pdf (Accessed October 30, 2018)

What is funded?

Employment measures for young people are funded.

At priority level, highest priority within youth policy in North Macedonia holds youth unemployment – specific Action Plan for Youth Employment 2016 – 2020 (Ревидиран акциски план за вработување на млади 2016-2020) is developed. This action plan is operationalized into annual plans with specific budget for young people aged 15 – 29, as described in the previous section.

Financial accountability

N/A

Use of EU Funds

By priority, IPA funds are used for the implementation of the Youth Employment measures, administered by the Ministry of Labor and Social Policy. No other data on usage of EU funds are available.