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5. Participation

5.5 National strategy to increase youth participation

Existence of a national strategy to increase young people's political and civil society participation

There is no separate strategy particularly addressing youth participation.

However, as mentioned in previous section (see 5.4 Young people's participation in policy-making/Formal mechanisms of consultation), the National Youth Strategy 2015-2025 addresses the youth participation in one of its third strategic goal: Youth activism and active participation. .

Scope and contents 

The National Youth Strategy underlines that creating a legal and policy framework that encourages participation and activism of young people is possible only by development of various efficient mechanisms that will allow active participation of young people in public policies. These mechanisms must respond to the needs of young people. 

The Strategy also emphasizes that involvement of young people in the development of youth policies, working groups, preparation of local strategic documents, making some decisions, are only some of the most efficient mechanisms that can increase their involvement in important social developments. In terms of that, the Strategy finds that different types of state programmes that include capacity building of youth organisations are probably the most important way to build the capacity of young people and increase their participation in society.

The specific goals of the Strategy, in terms of youth participation, are to improve legal and policy framework for youth participation, conditions for volunteering, capacity building and increasing participation in environmental protection and sustainable development. 

Besides the listed goals, the Strategy specifies also the concrete activities that should be taken in order to achieve these goals. Furthermore, Action Plans for the implementation of the Strategy developed for period 2015-2017 and 2018-2020 are necessary for timely and quality realization of activities. 

Responsible authority for the implementation of the strategy 

The top-level government authority responsible for the implementation, coordination and monitoring of the National Youth Strategy is the Ministry of Youth and Sports. 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.

One evidence-based evaluation of the implementation of the National Youth Strategy have been conducted for the implementation period 2015-2017.  

Summary assessment of the degree of fulfilment of the specific objectives regarding to social inclusion show that less than a half of the planned activities have been realized:

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Source: Youth National Strategy Action Plan Evaluation 2015-2017

Revisions/updates 

The National Youth Strategy 2015-2025 has not undergone any revisions/updates since its adoption, as can be found in Chapter 1/1.3 National Youth Strategy/Revisions/updates.