10.8 Current debates and reforms
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Forthcoming policy developments
A Youth Work Charter for Romania was initiated in 2022 as a part of the Bonn process implementation in Romania and debated by youth workers participating to the National Youth Workers' Convention in 2022. The implementation of the planned measures included in the Charter is expected in 2023 and beyond.
The new Youth Law is expected to enter into force in 2023, after being examined by the Constitutional Court. The new law will regulate youth work more than the current legislation and more resources are planned for youth work at local level.
In December 2022 the new Programme for Employment and Education, funded by the European Social Fund+ was approved by the European Commission. Priority 2 of the Programme – Capitalising on the potential of young people on the labor market (Employment among young people) has a budget of almost 880 million Euros and will support also mobile mixed teams (with youth workers and professionals in employment services); supporting youth centres and clubs to provide employment services and services to prevent the NEET situation; training youth workers to provide support for youth, including counselling.
Organising a professional association of Romanian youth workers is a debate that started in 2019 and continued during the National Youth Workers' Convention in 2022. The debate on how this organisation can be best managed in order to support the development of quality youth work and the visibility of youth work in Romania.