1.9 Current debates and reforms
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By the mid of the summer 2018 new Slovenian government was formed. The Coalition Agreement on Cooperation in the Government of the Republic of Slovenia for the Mandate period 2018-2022 (Koalicijski sporazum o sodelovanju v Vladi Republike Slovenije za mandatno obdobje 2018 – 2022) outlines several policy developments that are relevant and important for the youth and serve as indicators of potential forthcoming policy developments.
Topic 3.10. titled Participation, housing policy and employment of younger generations recognizes youth as an important part of society, furthermore it recognizes contemporary barriers, such as youth being reduced politically and socially to co-operation, while meaningful measures to provide independence and the resolution in the field of housing problems are something young people are facing in day to day life.
The document therefore recognizes following four challenges:
- easier transition of young people to the labor market and provision of safe forms for young people,
- promoting brain circulation and attracting overseas educated back to Slovenia,
- increasing the participation of young people in society,
- resolving housing problems of young people.
In 2022, Slovenia will hold elections to the National Assembly and local elections, which will result in the formation of a new Government of the Republic of Slovenia. The election of new political representatives will also have an important impact on the further development of youth policy in the country. The current National Programme for Youth 2013-2022 will also come to an end in 2022. The findings of Youth 2020 (Mladina 2020), an in-depth survey on the position of young people in Slovenian society, published in 2021, will have an important influence on the design of the new programme for youth.
Currently, much of the debate is related to the quality of youth work. Various institutions are involved in these discussions, including the Office for Youth and the Youth Council of Slovenia, which also organised the annual national youth sector consultation on the topic in November 2019.