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1. Youth Policy Governance

1.5 Cross-sectoral approach with other ministries

Last update: 28 November 2023
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Mechanisms and actors

The Swedish youth policy has a cross-sectoral approach. The Ministry of Health and Social Affairs is responsible for preparing the parts of the central government budget concerning youth policy.

Within the Ministry of Health and Social Affairs, the Division for Health and Civil Society has the task of coordinating and developing youth policy issues, including cross-sectorial youth policy objectives and follow-up of youth policy. 

All government decisions are taken jointly. Besides that, an institutionalised mechanism, Gemensam beredning (the joint preparation procedure) is a common process for all ministries. 

The joint preparation procedure implies that government affairs that fall within the activity of several ministries should be prepared in consultation with other ministers concerned. This also applies within a ministry, when a case involves more than one minister.

The joint preparation procedure takes place relatively often with youth policy, because of its cross-sectorial character.