On International Children’s Day, Polish President Andrzej Duda signed a law that aims to strengthen the role of youth councils at local government level to respond to the needs of youth.
With the new law, councils can be established in each commune, poviat and voivodeship, in which the youth will be given the opportunity to discuss any matter they find important. The new law is part of the government’s policy that aims to increase youth participation in public life.
The youth commune council will have a consultative and advisory character and will be given the power to initiate resolutions. The council will also be able to issue opinions on draft resolutions concerning youth, participate in the development of strategic activities of the commune concerning young people and undertake activities that benefit them.
Youth district councils and the youth assemblies of voivodeships will have the same competencies.
During the ceremony that took place in the gardens of the presidential palace, both President Duda and Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki emphasised the importance of young people for the country’s development and future and highlighted that the young generation should be able to actively participate and influence the shaping of public life. (Monika Mojak | EURACTIV.pl)