5.10 Current debates and reforms
The task of the foundation of National Youth Council of Turkey has been assigned to the Ministry of Youth and Sports by the article 215 of presidential decree put into force within the framework of Presidential System of Government. According to the provision declared in the above-mentioned article, the Council is to be founded and start its activities before the end of 2018.
One of the most recent debates concerning the youth participation was about reducing the age of candidacy from 25 to 18. One of the articles included in the constitutional amendment proposal which is put to vote and approved in the referendum dated 16.04.2017 was the regulation of the age of candidacy of young people. With the adoption of constitutional amendment in the referendum people over 18 can be elected to hold certain elected government offices.
Considering the active engagement of young people in virtual media, the Ministry of Youth and Sports seeks to find mechanisms to carry out the e-participation of young people.