2. Voluntary Activities
Youth volunteering is not regulated separately from volunteering in general in Romania. Host organisations of volunteers – NGOs or public institutions – have a great autonomy in organising voluntary activities, provided that they are following rules established by the Volunteering Law. The law states the main rights and obligation of volunteers and host organisations, mainly obligations on correct treatment and safety insurance. The law does not provide for a governmental authority directly responsible for volunteering or youth volunteering.
Beside the Volunteering Law, there is no national policy, programme or strategy dedicated to youth volunteering. However, youth volunteering was one of the main objectives of the National Strategy in Field of Youth Policy 2015-2020. The main instrument used, until 2021, by the Ministry of Youth and Sports to encourage youth volunteering according to the Youth Strategy is granting funds for small projects (about 5 000 euro) to youth NGOs. There are no strong monitoring and evaluation measures and programmes in place to provide enough knowledge on the success of these projects. However, according to the Youth Barometer commissioned by the Ministry of Youth and Sports in 2020, 52% of young people have been participating in volunteering activities, compared to only 13% in 2012.