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The Law on Youth Participation and Youth Policies (Закон за младинско учество и младински политики) adopted in January 2020 provides the legal framework for the youth organizations.
The Law provides definition and explanation of the structure of different types of organizations that are active in the youth area such as: youth organizations, organizations for youth and youth umbrella organizations.
Therefore, a youth organization is any organization that is registered in accordance with the Law on Associations and Foundations (Закон за здруженија и фондации), in which the highest decision-making body is composed of at least two thirds of young people aged 15 to 29 and whose goals and activities are defined and aimed at promoting the interests of young people.
An organization for youth is any registered organization in accordance with the Law on associations and foundations, which is not run by young people or is a youth wing of a political party, youth section of a trade union organized as part of another legal entity, part of which the program goals and activities are aimed at promoting the interests of young people.
Youth umbrella organizations are organizations in which the forms of youth organizations that unite to achieve common goals in specific areas of interest to young people.
Youth umbrella organization should:
- has at least ten members from at least five planning regions [out of total of 8] of the Republic of North Macedonia,
- there are two thirds of young people in the highest governing body and
- to be registered in accordance with the Law on Associations and Foundations.
Youth umbrella organizations can:
- participate in the process of creating laws, policy documents and others strategic documents in the field in which they operate,
- participate in the implementation, monitoring and evaluation of youth policies in the areas in which they operate,
- support youth organization and association in the Republic of North Macedonia,
- represent common goals in specific areas in which they act in the interest of young people,
- propose measures to decision makers in the areas in which they operate,
- conduct analyzes and research regarding the development of young people in society
- carry out activities provided by this Law, other bylaws and their statutes.
General overview of the civil society organizations is provided in the Law on Associations and Foundations (Закон за здруженија и фондации). The Law regulates the manner, the conditions and the procedure for establishment, registration and termination of the associations, foundations, alliances, organizational forms of foreign organizations in the Republic of North Macedonia, the property in their disposal, the supervision, status changes and status of the organizations of public interest.
 Law on Associations and Foundations (Закон за здруженија и фондации), Article 1, (“Official Gazette Nb.52”, 16.04.2010), http://www.slvesnik.com.mk/Issues/623772ADC92FEE42A1DB496E1E190648.pdf (Accessed December 14, 2018)
Public financial support can be divided in domestic and international, where international is larger in scale and funds available. The government and its ministry departments, as well as municipalities have funds located for CSO’s. The procedure and funds available are not standardized nationwide, and differs between municipalities and institutions.
In June 2020, the Government of the Republic of Macedonia provided financial support to associations and foundations for implementation of measures aiming to face the KOVID-19 challenges. In this way, funds were allocated for 40 projects of associations and foundations, in a total value of 29,519,495 denars.
In August 2020, The Agency for Youth and Sport (Агенција за млади и спорт) provided financial support to 25 associations and foundations to take urgent measures to deal with the crisis caused by Coronavirus COVID-19 aimed at young people and allocated funds in the amount of 5,000,000.00 denars from the Budget of the Republic of North Macedonia.
Agency fор Youth and Sport published ‘Rulebook of the Agency for Youth and Sports for determining the procedure and setting criteria for granting funds for support of projects in the field of youth’ (Правилник на Агенцијата за млади и спорт за определување постапка и утврдување критериуми за доделување средства за поддршка на проекти од областа на младите). According to this Rulebook, entities that are awarded funds are associations that:
- Work with young people and have youth-related activities and experience in implementing programs or activities with young people on a local, regional, national or international level,
- Implement activities related to the development of the status of youth in the society, the realization of the rights and obligations of the youth, education, promotion of the status of marginalized groups of young people, encouraging the critical thought among the young people, stimulating scientific and research activities in youth and youth work.
European funds are available through National Agency for European Educational Programs and Mobility responsible for the Erasmus plus program as well as the Delegation of the EU to the Republic of North Macedonia. Also, some foreign Embassies in North Macedonia (mainly British Embassy in Skopje, US Embassy in North Macedonia, Netherlands Embassy in Skopje, Embassy of Switzerland in North Macedonia) are supporting Macedonian youth CSO’s in youth related projects and activities.
http://www.ams.gov.mk/pochetna/20-odnosi-so-javnosta/soopstenija/1487-rezultati-finansiska-poddrska (Accessed December 7, 2020)
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