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Survey about youth participation in Latvia

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Statistics on young people

The number of all young people from the ages of 13 and 30 who live in the country 596 093.

Actors and Structures

Public authorities - National public authorities

Main tasks of the Youth Policy Unit of Youth affairs:

  • Drafting and implementing of State youth policy
  • Securing of the participation mechanisms for implementation of youth policy
  • Support to municipal youth infrastructure and to ensure the usage of leisure time.
  • Projects to support youth initiatives and youth organizations
  • Methodological support to develop regional youth policy
  • Development of information system for youth
  • Improvement of youth consulting and training system
  • Ensuring the international cooperation on youth policy and representation of Latvia in the EU on youth policy

Youth councils

The National Youth Council of Latvia (LJP)

LJP's tasks: to gather the views of young people, explore their options, preferences in different regions of Latvia and to help them implement the various youth NGOs. LJP‘s main task is to represent the interests of young people in Latvia and in international institutions. The mission of LJP is to promote youth organizations, development and comprehensive cooperation, to motivate young people to get involved. LJP functions provide seven Board members (who are elected from member organizations) and the LJP permanent office people, which are overseen by the Executive Director. Every year, the Congress decides on admission of new member in next year's plans, as well as during the Congress is the president and the Board elected. LJP is a member organization of the European Youth Forum and organizations in Latvia such as the Civil Alliance Latvia and the Latvian Platform for Development Cooperation.

National Programmes on youth

Youth policy guidelines for years 2009-2018

Youth policy guidelines for years 2009 - 2018 is a long-term policy planning document for next 10 years, aimed at achieving a coherent youth policy implementation and coordination, and identifying priority action lines and policies, creating a vision of development in relation to the life quality of young people and youth policy. The guidelines identified the key challenges for youth, as well main action directions, main challenges and the policy and operational results of the next 10 years in youth policy field. Within guidlines the youth policy aim is to improve young people's quality of life by promoting their initiatives, participation in decision-making and public life, supporting youth work, and ensuring a smoother transition from child to adult status. Objective of guidelines is to achieve harmonized coordination and implementation of youth policy on state and local level, identifying priority action lines and policy results, creating vision after 10 years connected to youth life quality and realization of youth policy.

Action plans i.e. official strategies

Name and describe (very shortly) the national action plans on youth Every year Ministry of Education and Science according to state level programme drafts a yearly programme, which includes specific actions and events to implement Youth policy state programme for years 2009-2013. Based on annual programme State budget for youth policy is allocated.

(Source: Youth Partnership – Council of Europe, European Commission)