1.9 Current debates and reforms
In 2021, The Government of the Slovak Republic approved the Concept on combating radicalization and extremism by 2024. The concept includes an analysis and summary of trends in the development of radicalization and extremism in Slovakia and the EU, including a report on the attitudes and changing priorities of the left and right extremist scene or perilous religious groups. The material also states a significant increase in hate speech and a decline in public debate, which is a breeding ground for deepening extremism and hate speech, especially in the era of social networks. Also the fact that extremist groups try to influence the public through leisure and hobby clubs. The concept also clearly maps the situation in the Slovak Republic in the years 2015-2019, while noting the rise of the anti-Roma agenda, false reports or conspiracy theories. The overview also includes research on racism and xenophobia among young people in Slovakia conducted by the Slovak National Center for Human Rights and IUVENTA.
The Ministry of Education, Science, Research and Sports of the Slovak Republic and the Slovak NGO working in the field of youth work are preparing, in addition to the consequences of the pandemic on the school and out-of-school youth environment, for the consequences of the war in Ukraine in connection with helping children and youth from Ukraine. The new subsidy scheme adopted in 2022 also reflects this situation.