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2. Voluntary Activities

2.10 Current debates and reforms

Last update: 13 January 2023
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  1. Forthcoming policy developments
  2. Ongoing debates

Forthcoming policy developments 

The National Youth Strategy 2015-2025 predicts some changes in the sector of youth volunteering policy and the Law on Volunteering, by claiming that its practical implementation has not  shown desired effects on the promotion and stimulation of volunteering culture. The Strategy states that it is essential to include other laws, in addition to the Law on Volunteering, such as the Law on Associations, the Law on Higher Education, the Law on the Fundamentals of Education System, but also some sectoral laws (culture, social policy, youth, etc.) in order to establish an effective legal framework for volunteering in Serbia.

Ongoing debates 

Thanks to the inclusion of the youth worker profession in the Classification Register (see Chapter 2/Policy framework), and activism of numerous civil society and youth and for youth organisations, debates regarding key mechanisms for recognition of skills gained through informal channels are taking place. 

At the same time, civil society organisations are tackling different issues on volunteering and initiating changes in the volunteering infrastructure of Serbia. In that terms, the Young Researchers of Serbia - Volunteering Service of Serbia currently implements the project “National Programme of Youth Volunteering” (Nacionalni program volontiranja mladih MLADI SU ZAKON) financed by the Youth Rules programme of the Ministry of Youth and Sport aiming to contribute to the development of a favourable environment for youth volunteering through coordination of partnerships within the Youth Rules programme and the organisation of numerous volunteering camps in Serbia.