The Saeima has adopted and the President promulgated the following laws: the law on youth in article 1. The purpose of the Act, the Act aims to improve young persons – from 13 to 25 years old — the quality of life, promoting their initiatives, participation in decision-making and public life, as well as support for working with youth.
2. article. The scope of the law (1) of the Act defines youth policy stakeholders and their competence in this policy area, the participation of young people in youth policy development and implementation, as well as the basic principles for the granting of funding initiatives, the participation of young people in decision-making and public life and working with youth.
(2) for the purposes of this law, work with youth is a youth oriented to the practical measures envisaged, which ensures the quality of their lives.
3. article. Public administration expertise in the field of youth policy (1) the child and Family Affairs provides a single national policy development in the field of youth and its coordinated implementation.
(2) the national regulatory authority shall, within the limits of its competence in implementing youth policy, assess the impact of policies on youth.
(3) the national regulatory authorities in its activities provides youth organisations the chance to engage youth in policy decisions affecting the consultation before their adoption.
4. article. Youth Advisory Board (1) Youth Advisory Council has created a Cabinet advisory body, whose purpose is to promote the coherent youth policy development and implementation, as well as the participation of young people in decision-making and public life.
(2) Youth Advisory Council include public administration, local government and youth organizations delegated representatives. Delegated representatives of youth organisations in at least half of the Youth Advisory Council.
(3) Youth Advisory Council by-laws approved by the Cabinet of Ministers.
5. article. The competence of the municipal youth policy (1) the municipality, in the exercise of its functions, take part in the national youth policy. The municipality can develop also documents local level youth policy.
(2) the authorities provide in youth organisations and initiative groups of young people the opportunity to engage youth in policy decisions affecting the consultation before their adoption.
(3) the municipality may establish an institutional framework to ensure that working with youth, in determining the institution responsible or appointed a youth specialist — a person who intends to carry out and coordinate the work with the youth, created a Youth Advisory Commission or made other arrangements to work with youth.
(4) If a municipality work with youth provides youth specialist, he is a trainee in the Cabinet.
(5) If a municipality creates Youth Advisory Commission, which promotes coordinated local youth policy development and implementation, as well as the participation of young people in decision making, its composition includes local professionals who work with youth, youth, youth initiative groups or other associations and foundations that work with youth, representatives.
6. article. Youth organization is the youth organisation of the society and the Foundation of the Association in the register that meets all the following criteria: 1) one of the Association's statutory objectives working with youth, youth initiatives and participation in decision-making and public life;
2) society for at least two thirds of the members are children and young people or more society in which a total of at least two thirds of the members are children and young people;
3) governing bodies of the society is to ensure the participation of young people, and the arrangements for the participation of the society's statutes.
7. article. The participation of young people in youth policy development and implementation young people have the right to participate in policy development and implementation: 1) engaging in informal education and and doing volunteer work;
2) acting education authority;
3) development and implementation of projects, as well as other initiatives;
4) participating in youth organizations, as well as other society and Foundation;
5) engaging youth policies affecting State and local decision-making process;
6) engaging in other activities aimed at promoting the participation of young people in youth policy development and implementation.
8. article. Free time is appropriate (1) State and local government promotes non-formal education of young people, voluntary work, physical activity and participation in cultural life, as essential for the appropriate time.
(2) non-formal education is complementary to formal education; non-formal education aims to provide knowledge, build skills, competencies and attitudes, as well as to promote the comprehensive development of young people and active participation in decision-making and public life.
(3) State and local Government to support young people's free time efficient exploitation requires the adaptation of the environment.
9. article. Youth volunteering (1) youth volunteer work is oriented to the public good and contribute their knowledge, skills and attitudes, skills development, as well as the appropriate use of free time.
(2) a young person performs voluntary work free of charge, no thanks to the voluntary work of organising labour relations.
(3) youth voluntary work must not be used for volunteer work organiser or a third party for financial gain.
(4) a youth volunteer work related to labour relations laws regulating specific prohibitions and restrictions.
10. article. Youth voluntary service organizing (1) young people volunteering to organize associations and foundations, as well as State and local authorities.
(2) the organiser of volunteering of young people: 1) is responsible for the safe and the health of young people, voluntary work conditions;
2) after young's request, provide written proof of the time spent volunteering, responsibilities, knowledge, acquired skills, and skills;
3) is entitled to request that a young person entering the voluntary work, presented a doctor's certificate issued on his State of health, thus making sure about the suitability of the intended voluntary youth work.
(3) upon organising volunteering or young people's own initiatives on volunteering in a written contract concluded, indicating the work to be done and the deadline.
11. article. Young business and employment promotion for young people the State of business and employment, in particular: 1) young business start up training issues;
2 young business) support for start up;
3 youth) support, particularly the risk of social exclusion of youth, employment promotion projects.
12. article. (1) financing the State budget funding, designed to promote youth initiatives and participation in decision-making and public life, as well as working with youth, awarded in open competition.
(2) the right to receive government funding for projects aimed at promoting youth initiatives and participation in decision-making and public life, as well as projects working with youth, youth organizations.
(3) the State budget financing may also be requested and the Association or Foundation whose project is focused on working with youth.
(4) youth organisations are entitled to receive public financial budget these organisations also support projects if they meet the following criteria: 1) youth organization have joined forces not less than 500 members or youth organisations with a total number of members, being not less than 500 members;
2) youth organization established all the planning regions;
3) youth life, making working with youth, not less than three years;
4) youth organization is a public good;
5) youth organization provides co-financing for the implementation of the project.
(5) the procedure for attributing the State budget funding, designed to promote youth initiatives and participation in decision-making and public life, as well as working with the youth, determined by the Cabinet of Ministers.
13. article. Tasks of national regulatory authorities delegation of children and Family Affairs Ministry, by contract, you can delegate administrative tasks to individuals, including associations and foundations, for the effective implementation of the system of measures for working with youth.
The law shall enter into force on 1 January 2009.
The Parliament adopted the law of 8 May 2008.
President Valdis Zatlers in Riga V. 28 May 2008 in editorial Note: the law shall enter into force by 1 January 2009.