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Republic of North Macedonia

Republic of North Macedonia

8. Creativity and Culture

8.10 Current debates and reforms

Last update: 26 December 2023

According the Government work programme 2020-2024: “We [The Government] will continue to invest in the cultural infrastructure, establishing Youth Cultural Centers in several cities as specialized institutions that will develop the cultural needs of young people, in order to improve the quality of their lives and keep them from leaving the country. Depending on the needs, these will be multimedia centers with multi-purpose areas: a cinema hall, theater stage, concert stage, showroom, bowling alley, buffet or business-cafes, etc.”

The Youth centers whose establishment was foreseen in the Law on Youth Participation and Youth Policies (Закон за младинско учество и младински политики) adopted in 2020 are also crucial reform in this area. According to the Law, Youth centers are places where programs aimed at improving the well-being of young people and their personal, social and professional development are prepared and implemented, and information of important interest of young people and other aspects of life are shared. According to this law, all municipalities are obliged to enable the functioning of at least one youth center within 5 years from the adoption of the law.

According to the 2023 Monitoring Report on the implementation of the Law on Youth Participation and Youth Policies, implemented by the National Youth Council of Macedonia, up to February 2023 there are Youth Centers in 7 municipalities (9% of all municipalities), namely in the following municipalities: Centar, Kumanovo, Probishtip, Shtip, Veles, Kavadarci and Ohrid.