2.10 Current debates and reforms
In May 2021, the Assembly of North Macedonia announced the adoption of the amendment Law on Volunteering (Указ за прогласување на законот за изменување и дополнување на законот за волонтерството).
In May 2021, at the initiative of several civil society organizations, with the support of the Cabinet of the Prime Minister of the Republic of North Macedonia and the Ministry of Labor and Social Policy, an initiative was launched to amend the Law on Volunteering in the Republic of North Macedonia. In June 2021, a draft Law for amending the Law on Volunteering was published on the ENER platform (Unique Electronic Registry of Regulations of the Republic of North Macedonia). The draft law for amending specified the existing provisions in the section of the organizer of volunteer work, and established the procedure for issuing consent for volunteer work at public institutions, state authorities, municipalities, the municipalities of the city of Skopje and the city of Skopje and the rights of volunteers. In addition, the establishment of a National Council for the promotion and development of volunteerism is foreseen, as well as the issuance of a volunteer certificate for performing volunteer work. There hasn’t been any further development regarding the adoption of the amendments of the existing provisions in the Law on volunteering.
In September 2021, the Ministry of Labor and Social Policy presented the new Strategy for Development of Volunteerism 2021-2025 (Стратегија за промовирање и развој на волонтерството (2021-2025) и Акциски план за спроведување на Стратегијата за промовирање и развој на волонтерството).
In the draft version of strategy for youth 2023-2027, in the strategic goal 1 "Strengthened influence of young people in all decision-making processes at the local and national level based on an appropriate legal framework", it is intended to improve the legal framework for volunteering and ensuring the validation of volunteering. Furthermore, strategic objective 3 envisages the encouragement of volunteer activities for the protection of the environment, including the evaluation of volunteer engagement.