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EACEA National Policies Platform: Youthwiki
Republic of North Macedonia

Republic of North Macedonia

1. Youth Policy Governance

1.9 Current debates and reforms

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 are currently stalled (October 2020) and no information when to proceed.

In October 2020, the municipality of Skopje published open call for Local Youth Strategy for the city of Skopje 2021-2025. The biggest representative youth body in the country – the National Youth Council of Macedonia was chosen to prepare the strategy. It is expected the strategy to be published late December or early January 2021.