7.8 Current debates and reforms
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Forthcoming policy developments
In January 2022 the National Authority for the Rights of the Persons with Disabilities, Children and Adoption was reorganised by division and the National Authority for the Right of Persons with Disabilities and the National Authority for the Rights of the Child and Adoption have been organised again as separate institutions. They had been merged in 2020.
Ongoing debates in the field of youth and sports (including sports and well-being for young people) are currently (in 2018-2022) focusing on a major reform of the administrative structure of the main elements of the youth and sports policy: decentralising most of the youth activities undertaken by the Ministry of Youth and Sports until December 2021. The decentralisation is supposed to include administration of initiatives within the programme ‘Sports for all’ currently under the Ministry of Sports and most of the public sports infrastructure available for young people in Romanian towns.
Main actors involved in the debate the Ministry of Sports, the Ministry of Public Works, Regional Development and Administration and the representatives of local (community and county) public authorities.
In 2021, a new Youth Strategy was expected, with a few debates on the strategy initiated in 2020 based on a research paper prepared and presented by the Ministry of Youth and Sports to the National Council for Youth (the advisory body organised by the Ministry in 2020). In December 2020 a needs assessment has been provided by the Life Quality Institute to support the elaboration of the strategy in 2021. A draft strategy was presented for inter-institutional consultation in 2021 and debated by the National Council for Youth (NCFY), the advisory structure of the Ministry of Youth and Sports, in March 2021. In 2022, the consultation processes with the governmental and non-governmental organisations will continue, aiming to have the final project adopted by the end of the year.