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4. Social Inclusion

4.2 Administration and governance

Last update: 30 March 2021
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  1. Governance
  2. Cros-sectorial Cooperation


In the field of social inclusion, the Slovak Republic fully respects obligations adopted at the level of the European Union, United Nations Organisation and UNESCO. The theme of social inclusion has been developed at the governmental level and at the level of state and some competencies have been transferred to local or regional governments e.g. establishing of social care homes for children (Act on the Organisation of the Government Activities and on the Organisation of Central State Administration/ Zákon o organizácii činnosti vlády a organizácii ústrednej štátnej správy). The Governmental Council for Human Rights, National Minorities and Gender Equality  (Rada vlády pre ľudské práva, národnostné menšiny a rodovú rovnosť) play the role of permanent, expert, advisory, coordination and consultative body in this field.  

Main actors


The Ministry of Labour, Social Affairs and Family of the Slovak Republic (referred to as MLSAF), bearing the final responsibility for the field of social inclusion, deals also with the employment strategy, labour market policy, social insurance, public social benefits, social care, social/legal child protection, social guardianship, gender equality and equal opportunities.

The Ministry of Education, Science, Research and Sport of the Slovak Republic (referred to as MESRS) bears responsibility for preparation, coordination and evaluation of the state youth policy. Therefore the Slovak Youth Strategy for 2014 – 2020 covering also the empowerment of youth and their social inclusion, has been elaborated under auspices of this ministry.

Other state bodies and institutions involved in tackling the theme of social inclusion:

Non-governmental non-profit organisations ensuring social integration, including the youth as the target group:

Cros-sectorial cooperation

The MLSAF facilitates activities of the Committee for Children and Youth (Výbor pre deti a mládež), being one of the committees of the Governmental Council for Human Rights, National Minorities and Gender Equality. It gathers together the representatives of various ministries, local and regional governments, as well as non-governmental non-profit organisations. This committee elaborates the National Action Plan for Children, (Národný akčný plán pre deti  2015 - 2017) representing basic instrument for targeted and coordinated actions for implementation of the Convention of the Rights of the Child and its optional protocols at the national level.

Moreover, the Inter-ministerial working group for state policy in the field of youth has been established by the MESRS and it bears responsibility for implementation of inclusive education.