5.5 National strategy to increase youth participation
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There is not a separate strategy particularly addressing youth participation. However, the National Youth Strategy 2023–2030 addresses youth participation in its third strategic goal which reads as follows “Young people are active participants in society on all levels”.
Active participation of young people is one of the priorities of the National Youth Strategy 2023- 2030, defined in its third specific goal, followed by proposed measures for its implementation.
This strategic goal is planned to be achieved primarily through creating conditions for the involvement of young people in decision-making processes and policies that affect them, as well as their development, implementation, monitoring and evaluation. The Strategy describes the importance of systematic work on stimulating active involvement of young people in decision-making processes on all levels with particular emphasis on structures and processes on the local level. Special attention is devoted to the development of standards for inclusivity and functionality of local youth councils and the meaningful inclusion of young people related to public policy documents of importance for youth on the local level such as local action plans. The Strategy states that special attention will be directed towards further development of mechanisms for participation of young people in bodies, structures and conferences taking place on the international level, highlighting the importance of the EU dialogue with young people.
Furthermore, proposed measures that should lead to greater participation of young people include:
- Encouraging volunteering and activism among young people;
- Improving international cooperation, exchange of experiences and practices of young people and other youth policy actors and participation in the development, monitoring and evaluation of international documents on youth policy;
- Developing mechanisms for provision of the optimal amount of allocated funds for young people on all levels;
- Strengthening of and systemic support to associations and youth offices in creating, implementing and monitoring public policies through cross-sectoral cooperation and dialogue of all relevant actors.
The top-level government authority responsible for the implementation, coordination and monitoring of the National Youth Strategy is the Ministry of Tourism and Youth. For more information about its responsibilities, implementation and monitoring of the Strategy and Action Plans, see Chapter 1/1.3 National Youth Strategy/Responsible authority
The National Youth Strategy 2023–2030 has not undergone any revisions/updates since its adoption, as can be seen in Chapter 1/1.3 National Youth Strategy/Revisions/updates.