Advocating youth interests
Are you involved in a youth organization, but are wondering how you could channel your views and interests in a more coordinated way with governmental institutions? The Law on Youth Empowerment and Participation states that the institutional channel for addressing youth interests, in the form of umbrella advocacy organizations, are youth action councils. There can be youth action councils for each municipality and one national one. Both are obliged to ensure equal representation for all youth organizations. The Administrative Instruction on the National Youth Action Council describes their mandates as being responsible for addressing youth concerns to public or private institutions; stating opinions and providing advice on actions related to youth; proposing legal documents; participating in policy-making; organizing a yearly youth conference; and taking part in and contributing to the drafting of the new budget allocation for the youth.
Depending on whether the youth action council is a municipal or national one, it should be recognized by the municipality or the Ministry of Culture, Youth and Sports as an official representative. If there is no municipal youth action council in your municipality, then you can gather a group of organizations to establish one. The youth action councils receive limited funding for the meetings of assemblies, administrative costs and other activity costs.
If your municipality does not recognize your youth action council or fails to provide adequate support, you should address your concerns to the Ministry of Culture, Youth and Sports or the Ministry of Local Self Government.