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EACEA National Policies Platform
Republic of North Macedonia

Republic of North Macedonia

1. Youth Policy Governance

1.9 Current debates and reforms

Last update: 30 March 2022

The new Law on Youth Participation and Youth Policies (Закон за младинско учество и младински политики) envisages opening of the youth centers in municipalities in the country, in order to prepare and implement programs that improve the well-being of young people, the development of personal, social and professional life of young people, information of important interest to young people and other aspects of young people life.

With the adoption of the law, an obligation was introduced for all municipalities to enable the functioning of at least one youth center within 5 years from the adoption of the law.

Prior to the pandemic, the Agency for Youth and Sports in cooperation with the Union for Youth Work began preparations for the opening of the first youth centers in the municipalities of Veles, Kavadarci, Bitola and Kumanovo, but due to the pandemic the processes was stalled but at the press conference on the current situation with the opening of youth centers in accordance with the Law on Youth Participation and Youth Policies held on December 10, 2021 it was stated that until then only the municipality of Kavadarci has successfully implemented all steps of the procedure, while the municipalities of Kumanovo, Veles and Probistip has a space for a youth center, but they have not yet announced a public call for an organization that will manage it.