The European Commission welcomes the adoption of the Dutch national Operational Programme for the implementation of the European Social Fund in the period 2014-2020. This programme outlines the priorities and objectives to spend €1.014 billion (of which over €500 million from the EU budget), contributing to strengthening economic growth in all Dutch regions and to achieving the Europe 2020 objectives of smart, sustainable and inclusive growth.
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The main reason for Europe’s continuing jobs crisis has been and continues to be weak macroeconomic performance, and in particular less effective fiscal and monetary responses to the financial and economic crisis than we could observe in the US and Japan.
To address the effects of population ageing, the EU will need to close the gender gap and increase the participation of young and older workers in the labour market, but mobility and migration also have a key role to play. This is the main finding of the joint Commission-OECD report on Matching Economic Migration with Labour Market Needs published today.
Members States are meeting on 18-19 September in Helsinki to review the implementation of the Youth Guarantee in Finland, a pioneer country in developing this scheme.
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Implementation of the Youth Guarantee is well on track and is already bringing results. Compared to other structural reforms in Europe, the Youth Guarantee is probably the most rapidly implemented.
Ahead of the roll-out of the European Youth Initiative on Wednesday 17 September, a MEMO is being launched featuring comprehensive information of the Youth Guarantee in Member States, outlining the type of reforms that need to be introduced to improve school-to-work transitions and the employability of young people. It also presents an overview of the financial support availabe from the Youth Employment Initiative and the European Social Fund.