PDF- Youth policy in Greece (2015)
Greece is the 20th country to have had its youth policy reviewed by an international review team appointed by the Council of Europe. The financial crisis and resulting high unemployment rate, especially among young people, was the major concern encountered by the review team. Although the crisis has compelled Greece to engage in profound fiscal reform and address many of its structural weaknesses, this has not been matched by labour market activation policies and other youth policy measures needed to reverse the mood of despondency and stem the tide of emigration of young people.
This international review focused in particular on two aspects of youth transitions: the transition from the education system to the labour market; and the related issue of military service and conscription, which is an integral part of life for young men in Greece. The review team also considered characteristics of the public administration, which dwells on bureaucratic compliance and has limited scope and licence for fostering initiative and creativity, despite incessant rhetoric about the need for “entrepreneurship”.
The review team advocates the establishment of more creative and innovative mechanisms to free the entrepreneurial and participative spirit not only of young people in Greece, but also of its regional and local administrations, youth organisations and local youth councils, in order for them to provide timely and purposeful intervention, opportunity and support according to local need and circumstances.
The 20th international review and the review process
Young people in Greece
CHAPTER 1 – YOUTH TRANSITIONS
1.1. Youth employment
1.2. Military service
CHAPTER 2 – ENGAGING YOUNG PEOPLE
2.1. Supporting the development of more active generations of young people
2.2. Minorities and marginalisation
CHAPTER 3 – THE GOVERNANCE OF YOUTH POLICY IN GREECE
3.1. Strategic framework and vision for youth policy in Greece
3.2. Delivery structures
3.3. Cross-sectoral co-operation
3.4. Evidence-based approach to youth policy
3.5. Legal framework
CHAPTER 4 – CONCLUSIONS
4.2. Youth employment
4.3. Other relevant aspects of youth transitions
4.4. Military service
4.5. Crosscutting policy domains
4.6. Competences of those working in the youth field
4.7. Capacity of government and youth NGOs
CHAPTER 5 – RECOMMENDATIONS
APPENDIX: PROGRAMME OF THE FIRST AND SECOND STUDY VISITS
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