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EACEA National Policies Platform


2. Voluntary Activities

2.2 Administration and governance of youth volunteering

Last update: 7 January 2021
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  2. Cross-sectoral cooperation



Main actors

The Ministry of Social Rights and 2030 Agenda (Ministerio de Derechos Sociales y Agenda 2030) is responsible for the government and promotion of volunteering on a state scale. Several platforms have been designed in order to supply information and to serve as guidance for volunteering associations as well as for volunteers themselves.

General distribution of responsibilities

Within the Ministry the superior body competent for the “Promotion of social services and support of the cooperation with the non-governmental organisations, support of social volunteering, in the scope of competences constitutionally assigned to the State” is the Secretary of State for Social Rights (Secretaría de Estado de Derechos Sociales). At the same time, within the structure of the Directorate-General of Adolescents and Childhood Rights, Directorate-General of Familiar Diversity and Social Rights is the governing body assuming direct management of these policies.

In a regional autonomic level 8 of the 17 autonomous regions in Spain use their own official volunteering platforms.

Although there are other non-governmental actors within the different volunteering fields in Spain with different visions and aims, there are observatories, platforms and networks from the intervening actors. Some examples of volunteering organisations are the following:

Cross-sectoral cooperation

According to the Law 45/2015 an Interministerial Commission of Volunteering is foresee with the aim to coordinate the ministries with competences in volunteering.

Also at a national level, the existence of the State Council of Non-Governmental Organizations for Social Action (Consejo Estatal de Organizaciones no Gubernamentales de Acción Social) is worth mentioning. It is an advisory Body, attached to the General Government Administration through the Ministry of Social Rights and 2030 Agenda, which becomes a meeting point for dialogue and participation in the association movement concerning the elaboration of social policies. The Royal Decree 235/2005 establishes its nature, goals, composition and functioning. It enables also the cooperation and coordination with the different bodies of the General Government Administration, European Commission and other countries.

Within the youth volunteering scope, it is the task of the Youth Institute (Instituto de la Juventud) to encourage youth associationism, and by so doing to support youth volunteering. The cross-sectorial cooperation between the governmental bodies is made through the participation of the Youth Institute in the Interministerial Commission for Youth (Comisión Interministerial para al Juventud).