National youth policies
The information provided on this page is the responsibility of the national representatives on the European Steering Committee for Youth (CDEJ) and does not necessarily reflect the official policy of the Council of Europe or its member states.
The 50 states parties to the European Cultural Convention are invited to send links to their national youth strategies, action plans, or other youth policy measures.
Following the expiry of the 2013-17 Strategy for the State Youth Policy of the Republic of Armenia, the 2018-22 Strategy has been postponed pending a review of the current needs and situation of young people. The Ministry of Sport and Youth Affairs wishes to see a stronger, citizen-centric and more inclusive Strategy. In view of recent constitutional changes, the legal framework is being reviewed to see whether the Republic of Armenia should have a law on youth to meet the needs of young people, youth workers, and other relevant stakeholders. Within the Ministry, there is a commitment to create an enabling environment for civil society, local expertise and citizen engagement. The Ministry is also committed to studying international practice and to synchronising with European youth policy standards by involving impartial, international and comparative expertise and assessment.
The aim of Youth Development Strategy (2015-25) and of the State programme “Azerbaijan Youth in 2017-21” is to achieve the effective implementation of youth policy in Azerbaijan, to promote the active participation of young people in all spheres of society and to support young people's creative and innovative potential.
The State Programme on Education and Youth Policy for 2016-20 is a guiding document for youth policy implementation in Belarus. The objectives in the youth field are to:
- foster young people's active citizenship and participation in civic life and to enhance their feelings of patriotism;
- improve a positive attitude towards traditional family values and responsible parenthood;
- improve healthy lifestyle behaviour among young people;
- prevent negative phenomena in the field of youth;
- romote youth employment and entrepreneurship and to facilitate effective access for young people to the labour market;
- encourage youth involvement in extracurricular activities including volunteering and student work team movement;
- support socially significant initiatives of young people, pupils, students, and self-governance bodies;
- support children’s and youth public associations’ activities.
Source: State Programme on Education and Youth Policy for 2016-20 (Russian only)
In 2018, the Ministry for Demography, Family, Youth and Social Policy established a national working group to draft the new baseline document in the youth field for the next seven years. Priority fields were defined in accordance with national circumstances and taking into account the European Youth Goals. Smaller working groups were assigned to work on each field. The ten priorities are:
- employment and entrepreneurship
- education and lifelong learning
- active youth participation
- social inclusion
- health and sports
- youth in rural areas
- youth and sustainable community development
- youth work
- youth in European and global settings.
Czech National Youth Strategy: http://www.msmt.cz/areas-of-work/sport-and-youth/youth-strategy-2014-2020
Contact person: Zdenka Maskova, Head of Youth Unit, Youth Department; Ministry of Education, Youth and Sports
Estonia's youth policy is laid down in the Youth Field Development Plan 2014-2020. As the Plan will expire in two years' time, the process of setting new aims for the next strategic period has begun. A 6th Youth Work Forum will take place on 4 and 5 October 2018, during which input will be collected in order to set new goals.
Currently in France, public policies on youth aim to create "a trustworthy society". By addressing education and training, young people’s engagement and by promoting their autonomy, governmental policies should lead to “society’s confidence in its young people and young people’s confidence in their society”.*
- The education and training of young people is at the heart of the Government’s youth policies which wants to build a "school of trust" to ensure pupils' success.
- The Government's ambition to strengthen young people's engagement for society is achieved through the development of voluntary work and civic service, notably in the framework of the “duties done” programme and through consideration of the setting up of a “universal military service”.
- Autonomy of young people: These policies address:
- the fight against the renunciation of social rights;
- the territorialisation of youth policies;
- the creation of more synergies between partners.
* Source: speech by the Minister of National Education to the Youth Policy Orientation Council, 29 June 2017
The General Secretary for Youth has officially presented the Strategic Framework for the Empowerment of Youth entitled “Youth ’17-‘27” which serves as a roadmap for government agencies and partners in youth policy. It has seven main objectives:
- Promoting young people’s self-reliance and independence and facilitating their transition to adulthood.
- Affordable and quality education – training – apprenticeship.
- Decent work and development of youth entrepreneurship.
- Health, welfare and well-being.
- Reinforce the participation of young people in democratic life.
- Reduction of inequalities among young people.
- Youth-friendly cities and the demographic renewal of periphery.
For further information: http://www.neagenia.gr/neolaia17-27/.
The Republic of Serbia adopted its Law on Youth in 2011. The second National Youth Strategy is valid from 2015 to 2025. The first three-year Action Plan for the implementation of the Strategy expired last year, the Ministry of Youth and Sports is co-ordinating the development of a new one based on an external evaluation of the previous Action Plan.
The new Action Plan, which should be adopted soon, will contribute to the achievement of the NYS's goals and will cover the period 2018-20.
Table of information on recent developments in the national implementation of youth policies.
The information provided in this document is the responsibility of the national representatives on the European Steering Committee for Youth (CDEJ) and does not necessarily reflect the official policy of the Council of Europe or its member states.