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In September 2010 The Ministry of Labor and Social Policy adopted Strategy for Promotion and Development of Volunteering (2010 – 2015) and Action Plan (Стратегија за промовирање и развој на волонтерството 2010-2015 и План за спроведување (Акциски план)). It is important to indicate that Republic of North Macedonia hasn’t adopted specific Strategy on youth volunteering and as a subject it is incorporated within the general strategy mentioned. The Strategy itself doesn’t target only youth but has general focus and it is set in the spirit of equal rights on volunteering.
In December 2019 the National forum for volunteering was held, as part of the activities of the Youth Cultural Center - Bitola, within the regional project "Road Western Balkans 6". The purpose of the forum was to review and discuss the situation with the legislation on volunteering in the country, as well as discussion and guidance on the need to prepare a new National Strategy for Promotion and Development of Volunteering 2020-2025. To date (October 2020) the strategy is still not prepared.
Youth Volunteering to some extent, was incorporated within National Youth Strategy 2005-2015 (Национална стратегија за млади 2005-2015) and within National Youth Strategy 2016 – 2025. Youth Volunteering is not a main thematic area in National Youth Strategy 2016 – 2025, but it can be found within the thematic areas Youth participation and Local youth work on a cross sectorial and transversal level of incorporation.
The main aim of the previous Strategy for Promotion and Development of Volunteering (2010 – 2015) was to provide continuous development, promotion and strengthening of the volunteering engagement in N. Macedonia. With the Strategy, the Government stand to fulfill the following concrete strategic aims:
- Promotion of volunteering at the broader public
- Encouraging of the culture of volunteering within the educational system
- Increasing the level of volunteering in the civil sector
- Establishment of a system for institutional support of volunteering.
The local strategies adopted in the three municipalities mentioned above follow the goals and values of the previous national strategy. It’s important to be mentioned that same as previous national strategy, local strategies also have general focus and does not target specific youth group.
The Ministry of Labor and Social Policy has the main competence for volunteer policies. After the expiration of the Strategy for Promotion and Development of Volunteering (2015), the competence remained in the hands of the MLSP, but this time it is taken over by the State Labor Inspectorate (as a body within the MLSP).
Till date (October 2020) no revision is made, but MLSP is planning to adopt a new national strategy soon.