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What is the EU doing to tackle youth unemployment?


5.6 million young people were unemployed in September in Europe. This represents an unemployment rate of 23.5%. More than one in five young Europeans on the labour market cannot find a job; in Greece and Spain it is one in two. The Europan Union is working with Member States to tackle youth unemployment.
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What is the EU doing to tackle youth unemployment?
What is the EU doing to tackle youth unemployment?

Investing in youth: the Youth Guarantee

The Youth Guarantee seeks to ensure that Member States offer all young people up to age 25 a quality job, continued education, an apprenticeship or a traineeship within four months of leaving formal education or becoming unemployed. The Youth Guarantee is one of the most crucial and urgent structural reforms that Member States must introduce to address youth unemployment and to improve school to work transitions.

The logic of the Youth Guarantee is very simple – to ensure that young people are actively helped by public employment services to either find a job suited to their education, skills and experience or to acquire the education, skills and experience that employers are looking for and so are directly relevant to increasing their chances of finding a job in the future.

European Social Fund support for the Youth Guarantee

By far the most important source of EU money to support implementation of the Youth Guarantee and other measures to tackle youth unemployment is the European Social Fund (ESF) which should continue to be worth more than €10 billion every year in the 2014-20 period. It is important that Member States devote a significant proportion of their European Social Fund allocations for 2014-20 to implementing the Youth Guarantee.

Implementing the Youth Guarantee
The European Commission urges Member States to now put in place the structures to make the Youth Guarantee a reality as soon as possible. The Commission has proposed to frontload the €6 billion under the YEI so that all this money is committed in 2014 and 2015 rather than over the seven year period of the MFF. To ensure a quick start, Member States could exceptionally start implementing YEI-related measures already as of 1 September 2013 to be reimbursed ‘retroactively’ when the programmes are subsequently approved. Member States should submit their youth-related Operational Programmes as soon as possible and ensure their full coherence with the Youth Guarantee Implementation Plans.

Labour mobility

The Commission also helps young people to find a job by facilitating labour mobility, in particular by making young people aware of job opportunities in other EU countries. The EURES job search network gives access to over 1.4 million job vacancies and nearly 31 000 registered employers to find talented mobile job-seekers.

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