Law on Youth Policy Framework


Published: 2003-04-12

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REPUBLIC OF LITHUANIA
 
LAW ON YOUTH POLICY FRAMEWORK
 
 
4 December 2003 No. IX-1871 Vilnius
 
CHAPTER ONE
GENERAL PROVISIONS
 
Article 1. Purpose of the Law
This Law shall establish principles of the implementation of youth policy, fields of the implementation of youth policy, organisation and management of the implementation of youth policy.
 
Article 2. Main definitions used in this Law
1. “Young person” means a person between the ages of 14 and 29.
2. “Youth initiative” means youth activity designed to meet youth needs.
3. “Youth organisation” means a public organisation or association, registered in the manner prescribed by laws and other legal acts, in which young people or public youth organisations comprise not less than 2/3 of its members.
4. “Youth policy” means purposeful activity intended to resolve youth problems and to seek to create favourable conditions for the formation of the personality of a young person and his integration into public life, as well as activity which has the purpose of achieving understanding and tolerance towards young people.
5. “Youth project” means purposeful activity of a group of young people or a youth organisation, which is determined by time limits of preparation and implementation, purposes, sources of financing, authors and persons responsible for the implementation of a project.
6. “National youth council” means a youth organisation the principal purpose of which is to unite youth organisations of Lithuania and to represent them.
7. “Regional youth council” means a youth organisation the principal purpose of which is to unite youth organisations functioning in a territorial administrative unit of the Republic of Lithuania, and to represent them.
8. “Organisation working with youth” means a public legal person one of the purposes of which is youth-oriented activity which meets their needs.
 
Article 3. Principles of the implementation of youth policy
Main principles of the implementation of youth policy shall be as follows:
1) parity – state and municipal institutions and agencies as well as youth organisations are represented equally;
2) subsidiarity – youth-related decisions must be made at a level in which they are most effective;
3) interdepartmental co-ordination – when solving youth-related issues, state and municipal institutions and agencies communicate and co-operate with each other;
4) participation – youth-related issues are solved with the participation of young people and by co-ordinating them with youth or youth organisations;
5) informing – state and municipal institutions and agencies, as well as youth organisations inform young people on the matters relevant to him in an acceptable and accessible form;
6) independence – young people themselves choose a field of activities, set its purposes, take an active part in it and are responsible for the fulfilment of the said purposes;
7) voluntariness – young people participate in a chosen field of activities of their own will and without pressure;
8) self-governance – in their activity young people set down ways, forms, responsibility and evaluation of the implementation of the purposes of this activity;
9) communication and co-operation – youth organisations of Lithuania communicate and co-operate with youth organisations of Lithuania and other countries, state and municipal institutions and agencies, other natural and legal persons.
 
Article 4. Fields of the implementation of youth policy
Youth policy shall be implemented in the following fields, under the conditions laid down in international agreements of the Republic of Lithuania, laws and other legal acts:
1) civic responsibility and performance of conscription;
2) education, teaching, science, studies and training;
3) non-formal education;
4) work and employment;
5) provision with housing;
6) leisure, rest, creative work and culture;
7) social and health care;
8) fitness activities, physical education and  sport;
9) narcotic addiction and other forms of dependence;
10) crime prevention;
11) in other fields laid down by laws and other legal acts.
 
Article 5. General provisions of youth rights
Under the conditions set down by the Constitution of the Republic of Lithuania, international agreements of the Republic of Lithuania, laws and other legal acts, the parents of a young person or his other statutory representatives, state and municipal institutions and agencies, public organisations, other natural and legal persons must comply with the following provisions:
1) to create conditions for a young person to enjoy all youth rights and freedoms, laid down in the Constitution of the Republic of Lithuania, international agreements of the Republic of Lithuania, laws and other legal acts;
2) to ensure that each young person would have the equal rights with other young persons and would not be discriminated against for reasons of his or his parents', or his other statutory representatives’ gender, age, nationality, race,  language,  religion,  convictions,  social,  monetary  and family position, state of health or any other circumstances;
3) to create conditions for a young person to have proper social environment;
4) to create conditions for every young person to obtain all-round education and to realise himself, as well as to choose such a form of participation in society which is most appropriate for him.
 
CHAPTER TWO
ORGANISATION AND MANAGEMENT OF YOUTH POLICY
 
Article 6. State and municipal institutions and agencies which implement youth policy
State and municipal institutions and agencies which implement youth policy shall be the following:
1) the Government, ministries, government agencies and institutions;
2) the State Council for Youth Affairs under the Government of the Republic of Lithuania;
3) municipal institutions.
 
Article 7. State Council for Youth Affairs under the Government of the Republic of Lithuania
1. The State Council for Youth Affairs under the Government of the Republic of Lithuania shall be an institution accountable to the Government, which carries out the functions assigned by laws and other legal acts.
2. Activities of the State Council for Youth Affairs shall be governed by the Constitution of the Republic of Lithuania, international agreements of the Republic of Lithuania, laws, the Regulations of the State Council for Youth Affairs, and other legal acts.
3. The State Council for Youth Affairs shall be set up on the principle of parity from representatives of state institutions and representatives of youth organisations. The National Youth Council shall delegate representatives of youth organisations to the State Council for Youth Affairs.
4. The Regulations and composition of the State Council for Youth Affairs shall be approved by the Government.
5. The State Council for Youth Affairs shall be a legal person. It shall have a bank account and a seal with the state emblem and its name.
6. The State Council for Youth Affairs shall account for its activities to the Government in accordance with the procedure established by the Regulations of the State Council for Youth Affairs.
7. Decisions of the State Council for Youth Affairs shall be implemented by its secretariat. The secretariat shall consist of public servants and employees working under employment contracts.
 
Article 8. Youth policy making and its implementation in municipalities
1. Municipal institutions shall frame and implement a municipal youth policy.
2. A municipal co-ordinator for youth affairs shall assist the municipal institutions in the performance of such function. He shall be a public servant.
3. A permanent municipal council for youth affairs (for the duration of the term of office) or an ad hoc municipal council for youth affairs (for the examination of specific matters) may be set up by a decision of a municipal council. A municipal council shall approve regulations of a municipal council for youth affairs. A municipal council for youth affairs shall be set up on the principle of parity from representatives of municipal institutions and agencies as well as youth organisations. A regional youth council shall delegate representatives of youth organisations to a municipal council for youth affairs.
 
CHAPTER THREE
YOUTH ORGANISATIONS
 
Article 9. Functions of a youth organisation
Functions of a youth organisation shall be as follows:
1) to attend to and satisfy common needs and interests of young people or needs and interests of individual youth groups;
2) to foster civic responsibility and respect for the family;
3) to carry out informal education of young people;
4) to organise employment, sport, tourism, cultural and professional activities of young people;
5) to promote international co-operation of young people;
6) to foster voluntary youth work;
7) to carry out other activities which are in compliance with the Constitution of the Republic of Lithuania, international agreements of the Republic of Lithuania, laws, and other legal acts.
 
Article 10. National and regional youth councils
1. National and regional youth councils shall co-ordinate unification of youth organisations in the fields of co-operation, information exchange, strengthening of  potentials of organisations, formation of a positive attitude towards public activity.
2. Aims of activities of national and regional youth organisations shall be as follows:
1) to encourage young people’s positive initiatives;
2) to promote co-operation and mutual understanding in the field of youth;
3) to foster youth activities useful for society and the state;
4) to initiate and encourage active participation of young people in public and civil life;
5) to represent youth interests in state and municipal institutions and agencies, relations with other legal and natural persons.
 
CHAPTER FOUR
YOUTH AND EDUCATION
 
Article 11. Youth informal education
1. The purpose of youth informal education shall be to educate an intelligent person, capable of responsible and creative resolution of his problems and active participation in public life, as well as to develop social competencies of young people.
2. Youth informal education shall be carried out by youth organisations, other legal and natural persons.
3. Youth informal education programmes and projects must conform to the principles of the implementation of youth policy.
 
Article 12. Self-governance in establishments of formal education
Establishments of formal education, operating in accordance with the procedure established by law, must provide conditions for the operation of pupils’ and students’ self-governance institutions, and ensure a possibility for them to take part in the making of decisions related to formal education.
 
CHAPTER FIVE
FINAL PROVISIONS
 
Article 13. Control and Supervision of the Implementation of the Law
An institution authorised by the Government shall exercise control and supervision of this Law.
 
Article 14. Recommendations to the Government
To recommend that the Government should pass legal acts necessary for the implementation of this Law.
 
Article 15. Seimas Resolution repealed
Upon the entry into force of this Law, the following Seimas Resolutions shall be repealed:
1) Resolution No. I-1413 of the Seimas of the Republic of Lithuania of 27 June 1996 concerning the National Concept of Youth Policy;
2) Resolution No. VIII-338 of the Seimas of the Republic of Lithuania of 26 June 1997 amending the Annex to the Seimas Resolution concerning the National Concept of Youth Policy.
 
I promulgate this Law passed by the Seimas of the Republic of Lithuania.
 
 
 
PRESIDENT OF THE REPUBLIC                                                ROLANDAS PAKSAS