2.4 Youth volunteering at national level
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A National Program on Youth Volunteering is still not adopted from the Government of Republic of North Macedonia. Each individual organizer of voluntary work needs to conduct Program on Volunteering according to the Law on Volunteerism (Закон за волонтерството), which was also amended in May 2021. The organizer of volunteering determines the need of engagement of volunteers, types of services and manner of providing them, based on a program for volunteering. There is internal document within the Ministry of Labor and Social Policy, Registry of Volunteers set within Regulations on form, content and methodology for the register on persons engaged with agreement on volunteering (Правилник за формата, содржината и начинот на водење на регистарот на лица ангажирани со договор за волонтирање), with data on active volunteers nationwide (volunteers that have signed the voluntary contract with organizer of voluntary work). Responsible for implementation of the Law on Volunteerism is the Ministry of Labor and Social Policy.
Each organizer of Volunteer Work provides its own funding from domestic sponsors, company/organizational budget, international funding organizations, programs and donors. Nevertheless, when public institutions have the role as organizers of volunteer work, according to Law for Transformation Into Permanent Employment (Закон за трансформација во редовен работен однос), article 7; Institutions engage volunteers with contract for volunteering after obtaining consent from the Ministry of Finance, furthermore they need to provide certificate from the Registry of volunteers during the volunteering issued by the Ministry of Labor and Social Policy. Institutions that are second-line budget users (spending units, financed through the appropriate budget user) need to request consent submitted to the competent authority, i.e. first line budget user.
The latest data about youth volunteering are according to the research from the Cyril and Methodius University, Institute for Sociological, Political and Juridical Research, ‘Youth Trends in Republic of Macedonia’ in 2014 (Младински трендови во Република Македонија). The research shows the trends of participation in volunteering and the main fields of volunteering. Youth often (in quite large percentage) 72.8% are assisting in schoolwork to their peers or friends, 54.2%, are part of fundraising and community actions. 46.7% of the young people are volunteering in activities connected with assistance to elderly or disabled persons. While volunteering in CSOs is less common (24%). In the Republic of North Macedonia there is no publicly accessible data that provides information on youth participation in decision making on volunteering.
According to Law on Volunteerism, Organizers of Volunteer work in the Republic of North Macedonia are obliged to cover the compensation of the previously agreed expenses related to volunteering (cost of food, transportation costs ‘to and from’ the place of volunteering, expenses for official travels and training expenses). Furthermore, the reimbursement of expenses for food and transportation costs ‘to and from’ the place of volunteering is paid up to 15% of the average monthly salary in the country, for the previous year and the cost of official travel and training costs are paid in the same amount as for employees of the organizer of volunteering. Volunteers stationed in the Republic of North Macedonia regardless of citizenship, shall be entitled to accommodation, health insurance and travel reimbursement.
According to Law on Volunteerism (Art.21), monitoring of the implementation of the provisions of the law is responsibility of the Ministry of Labor and Social Policy. The inspection is performed by the State Labor Inspectorate. National registry of organizations offering volunteering opportunities is lacking. The organizer of volunteering is obliged to keep records for the volunteering of all volunteers if not; it will be forced on penalty fees according to the law on volunteerism.
Monthly reports, on-the-spot visits and direct interviews are the mechanisms used for collecting young volunteers' feedback on their volunteering experiences. Republic of North Macedonia strives to improve the process of collecting quality and quantity data regarding volunteerism and the implementation of the legal framework due to its scarcity. Currently there is no publicly accessible, nationwide process that periodically evaluates the quality of volunteer work provided from organizers of volunteer work, or measures the satisfactory level of the volunteers. There is only a Registry of Volunteers in the Ministry of Labor and Social Policy, an internal document that collects data for all volunteers that have signed a voluntary contract with the organizer of voluntary work.
The legislation on volunteering in North Macedonia targets all citizens, domestic and foreign, who are willing to volunteer, and domestic institutions and organizations in the role of organizers of volunteering service. The law forbids discrimination upon race, skin color, gender, age, health condition (disability), and religious, political or other believes, national or social origin, family status, property status, gender orientation or any other personal circumstances.
Any domestic or foreign individual may be a volunteer. Also the Law enables minors (15 - 18) to commit volunteer activity with parental / guardian written agreement.
As organizers of volunteering service might appear: civil society organization or foundation; religious community or group; public institution; state body; local self-government unit and the City of Skopje. The organizer is responsible for defining the need of volunteer engagement, type and procedures for committing the services according to volunteering program.
 Law on Volunteering. “Official Gazette of the Republic of Macedonia No. 85, July 9, 2007”, Article 5
 Law on Volunteering. “Official Gazette of the Republic of Macedonia No. 85, July 9, 2007”, Article 6