Youth participation in Bulgaria

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Is there a national youth council, representing young people in your country? If yes, please provide the name, number of member organisations and number of young members.

NO

 

Is there a ministry dealing concretely with the youth affairs in your country? If yes, please provide the name of the ministry.

YES

 

Does the government in your country has a specific youth policy/youth strategy?

YES

 

From what age are young people allowed to vote in the elections? If different age for different elections (parliamentary, local, regional, etc.), please specify.

Young people are allowed to vote from 18 years old.

 

From what age are young people allowed to be elected in the elections to the representative bodies? If different age for different elections (parliamentary, local, regional, etc.), please specify.

People are allowed to be elected from 18 years old.

 

Are there any youth participation initiatives at the local level (in municipalities), e.g. local youth parliaments/youth councils, meetings of young people with decision-makers? Please describe.

Yes, there is. There is a youth council, which is making debates and discussions about youth initiatives and activities. They can give their opinion to the local municipalities.

 

Are there youth participation/decision-making bodies at schools, e.g. school parliaments, student councils, etc.? Please describe.

There are special days, when the students are allowed to become principals and teachers in their school.

 

Are there are youth parliaments or other youth participation bodies on the national level? Please describe.

No, there is no young parliament on national level.

 

Is there any kind of education to youth participation/active citizenship included in the school curricula in your country, e.g. civic education? Please describe.

No, there are no such school subjects in the school curricula here.

 

Do media inform about youth issues? Are young people involved in media and their production, e.g. as journalists? Please describe.

Young people are involved in the school newspapers.

 

Are there youth information centres, official youth websites or other sources of youth information available for young people? Please describe.

Yes, there are a lot of youth information canters. In every town, there is a Youth Centre, where people can find different information and participate in different youth clubs and take part in different youth activities.

 

Are young people in your country informed about the European youth policy and its priorities? What do you think can be done to make young people aware about this? Please describe.

Young people are not so informed about the European youth policy here. They can inform themselves from Internet, or in some of these Youth Centers, if there are such offices.

 

Author: Krasimir Veselinov Vasilev
E-mail: darkmill@gmail.com

The surveys were submitted by the participants of the YouthVoice project from the respective EU Member States. The questionnaires were part of their preparation for the Youth Voice project and each national group had to undertake a small research about youth participation in their country. The organisers cannot guarantee correctness of the answers.