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1. Youth Policy Governance

1.5 Cross-sectoral approach with other ministries

Last update: 28 November 2023
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Mechanisms and actors

The Youth Strategy was developed according to a cross-sectorial approach. However, in the absence of an action plan of the Youth Strategy, the interventions planned by different ministries have been implemented in isolation and without a clear coordination.


A common policy was implemented until 2020 by the Ministry of Labour and Social Solidarity in cooperation with the Ministry of European Investments and Projects, the Ministry of Education, the Ministry of Entrepreneurship and Tourism, providing the framework for funding the policy of youth employment, including the Youth Guarantee and the Youth Employment Initiative.


There is a permanent inter-ministerial council for education, culture, research, youth and minorities mentioned in the Youth Law and working based on a Government Decision. However, this council is not focused on youth policies, but rather on education and research. As a result of this lack of focus, there is not a clear distribution of responsibilities between departments, ministries or agencies in regard to youth policy making, beyond the responsibilities of each ministry according to its own regulations. For instance, policies on youth volunteering can be developed by the Ministry Family, Youth and Equal Opportunities and/or by the Ministry of Labour, without a clear distribution of responsibilities between them.


In 2017 cross-sectorial cooperation between all advisory Ministers of the draft proposal of a new Youth Law started working together in a Coordination Committee of Public Polices in the Field of Youth having as main cooperation subject the Youth Law. The council included: the Ministry of Youth and Sports, the Ministry of Justice, the Ministry of Finances, the Ministry of National Education, the Ministry of Labour and Social Justice, the Ministry of Regional Development, Public Administration and European Funds, the Ministry of Health, the Ministry of Environment, the Ministry of Truism, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Ministry of Defence, the Ministry of Public Consultation and Social Dialogue. This Coordination Committee of Public Polices in the Field of Youth continued its work in 2018, but not in 2019, 2020 and 2021, after the Youth Law draft proposal was adopted by the Government and sent to the Parliament for approval.


No cross-sectorial cooperation council was establish in the context of the development of the new Youth Strategy, post 2022.