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EACEA National Policies Platform: Youthwiki


5. Participation

5.10 Current debates and reforms

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  1. Forthcoming policy developments
  2. Ongoing debates

Forthcoming policy developments

In 2020, the Office for Youth issued a public call for co-financing of youth work in 2020 and 2021 (Javni poziv za sofinanciranje programov mladinskega dela v letih 2016 in 2017). Conditions and criteria for invitations to tender were, among others: promoting and supporting participation of young people and representation of young women and men.

The new Action Plan 2020–2021 of the National Programme for Youth was adopted in September 2020. One of the goals of the Plan is also promoting and supporting participation of young people and representation of young women and men. The working group of the ‘Council of the Government for Youth for Monitoring the Implementation of the National Programme for Youth’ meets regularly. The Office for Youth receives notes, suggestions and comments about youth organisations and ministries. Ministries also present their future plans (e.g., making an online manual on participation – the measure of the Ministry of Public Administration).

The working group for the preparation of the new proposal for the Public Interest in Youth Sector Act was also established. Proposals for amendments to the Public Interest in Youth Sector Act tackle the need to:

  • define the category of young people more accurately
  • make more concrete and define more specifically the conditions that the organisations in the youth sector must meet to obtain the status of ‘work in the public interest’ in the youth sector
  • provide the legal basis for the transfer of personal data to the Office for Youth, which are necessary for verifying compliance with the conditions for obtaining the status of ‘work in the public interest’
  • to set up and define the role of the Council for Research in the Youth Field responsible for research guidance and development of indicators
  • regulate the procedure of granting public authorisation to carry out the tasks of the national agencies and focal points with accompanying activities.

There have been no revisions of the Act yet.

In 2020, the Ministry of Public Affairs reaffirmed their position on E-elections: »The current electoral legislation does not generally provide forms of voting that do not require the personal presence of the voter at the polling station, and above all does not stipulate an online or internet electronic method of voting.«

Ongoing debates

One of the priorities is also strengthening the segment of research and analysis in the field of youth, especially the establishment of a national organisation for the research of youth (through Youth Observatory at the Educational Research Institute). Additionally, the new research Youth 2020 is in preparation, in which 'participation and social engagement' is one of the key areas of research.

A pending issue is the repeatedly expressed proposal/request to include youth representatives in social dialogue and assure them a ‘seat at the table’. There has been no consensus yet.