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2. Voluntary Activities

2.2 Administration and governance of youth volunteering

Last update: 28 November 2023
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The main governmental authority responsible for volunteering is the Ministry of Labour, Employment, Veteran and Social Affairs (Ministarstvo za rad, zapošljavanje, boračka i socijalna prava).  The Ministry is responsible for volunteering regardless of age, not just for the youth volunteering. 

Under the Law on Volunteering (Zakon o volontiranju), the Ministry is responsible for the overall supervision and approving the volunteering programmes as well as for keeping records of these programmes. 

Sector for Labour and its Department for normative and analytical work in the field of labour, is in charge of all volunteering aspects defined in the said law. The Department performs tasks related to: 

  • voluntary work, 
  • preparation of decisions for recognitions of the volunteering programmes for public enterprises and companies, 
  • collecting and entering data on the organisers of the volunteering programmes in the national register (Evidence of Volunteering) and informing the organisers about it.

Important public actor involved in regulation of youth volunteering is also the Ministry of Youth and Sport (Ministarstvo omladine i sporta). The responsibilities of the Ministry of Youth and Sport related to youth volunteering are specified in the National Youth Strategy 2015-2025

To summarize, the Ministry of Labour, Employment, Veteran and Social Affairs is responsible for overall regulation, promotion and support of volunteering regardless of age, while the Ministry of Youth and Sports is involved in defining policies and measures on youth volunteering.  

The abovementioned actors participate in different levels of policy-making- from counselling, preparing drafts and conducting studies, to implementing volunteering programmes and promoting volunteering at state level.

Cross-sectoral cooperation 

Aside from the cross-sectoral cooperation established at the level of the Youth Council determined by the National Youth Strategy 2015-2025 (see Chapter 1/1.5 Cross-sectoral approach with other ministries/ Mechanisms and actors) that envisages cooperation of actors in the field of youth (ministries, secretariats, experts in youth policy, youth offices, youth organisations, organisations for youth and their associations, etc.), the Office for Cooperation with Civil Society (Kancelarija za saradnju sa civilnim društvom) was established in 2011 by the Government of the Republic of Serbia. The Office has been established as an institutional mechanism to support the development of a dialogue between the Serbian Government and civil society organisations. The Office conducts technical affairs, including:

  • Cooperating with state bodies, municipalities, cities, as well as with associations and other civil society organisations,
  • Conducting technical affairs related to cooperation and exchange of experiences with similar governmental institutions in the region, European Union member states and the world;
  • Organizing round-table discussions and conferences;
  • Issuing publications and undertaking other measures and activities aimed at upgrading the capacities and raising the sustainability of associations’ and other civil society organisations’ operation and actions;
  • Collecting and disseminating information relevant to associations’ and other civil society organisations’ operation; etc.