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EACEA National Policies Platform: Youthwiki


5. Participation

5.6 Supporting youth organisations

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  1. Legal/policy framework for the functioning and development of youth organisations
  2. Public financial support
  3. Initiatives to increase the diversity of participants

Legal/policy framework for the functioning and development of youth organisations

The Youth Law recognizes  two types of youth organisations:

  1. organisations of young people, having the majority of their members between 14 and 35
  2. organisations for young people, having the mission and the majority of their objectives, according to statutory documents, dedicated to young people and youth work.


According to the Youth Law, youth organisations are the most important representatives of young people in consultation processes.


In order to become a youth organisation an NGO has to be founded according to the NGO specific regulation: the Government Ordinance no. 26/2000.


Public financial support

Youth organisations are eligible for public funding for youth projects if the public authority providing the funds has allocated a budget for youth projects. There is no obligation for public authorities at central or local level to provide funding for youth organisations.


The Ministry of Youth and its county offices for youth and sports award grants for youth projects implemented by youth and students organisations. The allocation varied over years. The amount allocated for 2016 has been about 150 000 Euro, according to the budget published by the Ministry. The source of these funding are two budgetary programmes, having as the only source the state budget, and dedicated to the youth and respectively students projects. A very large variety of activities are supported by these grants, according to each youth NGO project design, including seminars, workshops, trainings, consultation, information campaigns, resources centres etc.


Other public funds can be awarded to youth organisations in competition with other NGOs for cultural projects funded by the Ministry of Culture and National Identity, its subordinated institutions or local authorities.


Local authorities have the obligation to create a youth fund in the local budges, but there are no provisions on the value of the fund and no obligation to provide financial support for youth organisations using these funds.


Initiatives to increase the diversity of participants

There is no information on national or large-scale initiatives aiming to increase the diversity of young people participating in youth organisations. The notable initiatives are the ones of the National Agency, initiatives aligned with the priorities of the European Youth Weeks.