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EACEA National Policies Platform


7. Health and Well-Being

7.2 Administration and governance

Last update: 25 March 2024
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Main actors involved in governance and administration of health and well-being of young people

In the field of youth health and well-being the responsibilities are divided between several institutions:

The Federations are private entities benefiting from public funding and accountable to the National Agency for Sport, due to the funds received from the ministry and they are the main non-public actors involved in sports policy including the policy on sport for young people.

General distribution of responsibilities

The governance approach to youth health and well-being is top-down for policy development and partly top-down in implementation. Beside the implementation of ministerial programmes by the county offices in their structure, health institutions subordinated to local authorities, family doctors and certified NGOs are directly providing health assistance and counselling to young people.

In a nutshell the general distribution of responsibilities is the following:

  • the Ministry of Health is the main central authority responsible for the development of the national policies in the field of health, including all policies and programs targeting youth and/or in the benefit of youth. It also has a coordination role over the county offices implementing health policies at local level and a monitoring role over the implementation of policies at national, county and local level;
  • the Public Health Offices are implementing the Ministry of Health policies at county level;
  • the Specialised committees for health organised by the Ministry of Health are responsible for the substantiating the decisions of the Health Minister on policies, strategies and action programs in the field of public health, identifying and proposing national priorities, developing proposals for health care services within the public health system;
  • the Ministry of Education is responsible for organising formal learning and education on health and classes of sports and physical education in schools;
  • the National Agency for Sports is the main central authority responsible for the development of the national policies in the field of sports, with a specialised department for the 'sports for all'. 
  • the the National Sport Complexes and Public Sport Clubs, subordinated to the National Agency for Sport, are the administrators of public sport infrastructure.
  • the National Federation of Sports for All is the sport federation responsible for organising sporting activities for non-professional atlatls, including young people and targeting, in practice, manly young people;
  • the National Federation of School and University Sports is the sport federation responsible for organising sporting activities for professional and non-professional atlatls enrolled in formal education institutions: schools and universities, manly young people.

Cross-sectorial cooperation

There are two mechanisms of cross-sectorial cooperation between Ministries, Departments, and Agencies involved in defining top-level policies and measures on youth health and well-being, as in the other fields:

  1. Ad-hoc meetings
  2. Inter-ministerial committees organised on different topics according to the bill in preparation.

This cooperation mechanism are specific to most of the policies in the field of youth and are used by both ministries in charge with youth health and well-being, namely the Ministry of Health and the National Agency for Sports.

As both the mechanisms are used ad-hoc, public information on their results are not always released and there is not systematic monitoring on their results.