Policies and development related to youth affairs
The Ministry of Education and Culture is responsible for the overall development of youth work and youth policy. The aim of youth policy is to improve the conditions in which young people grow up and live in and to enhance interaction between the generations through intersectoral cooperation. The objective of youth work is to support young people in growing and transitioning into independent life and to promote their participation in society.
The Ministry strives to support young people in growing up and gaining independence, promote their active citizenship and social empowerment, and improve the environment in which they grow up and their living conditions.
The development of youth policy issues is informed by the Government Programme, the National Youth Work and Policy Programme as well as other strategies and implementation plans of the Government.
The National Youth Work and Policy Programme
The national youth work and youth policy programme (VANUPO) is a statutory cross-administrative programme adopted by the Government every four years with the aim of improving the conditions in which young people live and grow. In this programme, the Government defines its youth policy objectives and the measures for attaining them. In addition, it sets out the policies for youth work, including the priorities of national youth work centres of expertise as well as the national objectives for European and international activities in the youth field. The programme is adopted as a Government resolution.
Two Development Programmes for Child and Youth Policy (LANUKE programmes) were adopted under the previous Youth Act. These development programmes contained the national objectives of youth policy and provided guidelines for work related to youth policy programmes in the Regional State Administrative Agencies and municipalities. Programme implementation is assessed by the State Youth Council (previously known as the Advisory Council for Youth Affairs). The validity of the programme adopted for 2012-2015 was extended until the end of 2016.
State Youth Council
Pursuant to section 6 of the Youth Act, a State Youth Council (previously known as the Advisory Council for Youth Affairs) shall operate in conjunction with the Ministry of Education and Culture. The members of the Council are appointed by the Government.
The tasks of the State Youth Council are:
- to address issues of far-reaching and fundamental importance for young people and to assess the impacts of central government measures on young people and the services and activities targeted at them;
- to submit initiatives and proposals aiming to develop youth policy;
- to produce up-to-date information on young people and their living conditions;
- to issue a statement to the Ministry of Education and Culture on matters to be included in the National Child and Youth Policy Programme;
- to monitor international development and cooperation in the sector.