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Launching Youth on the Move - 14/09/2010

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An EU initiative aiming to reinvigorate education systems, promote student mobility and tackle unemployment among the young.

The aim is to put young people at the heart of education and learning mobility, making sure they receive the knowledge, skills and experience they need to find their first job.

Youth on the Move is one of the seven flagship projects of Europe 2020, the EU’s new plan to boost economic growth and jobs, targeting 75% employment by the end of the decade.

“We want to reduce the number of early school leavers and increase the share of young people in tertiary education so that they reach their full potential,” says education commissioner, Androulla Vassiliou.

Relevant education will help improve the job prospects of those starting out on the job market. Today, five million young Europeans are seeking work.

The 28-point programme includes promoting non-formal learning, entrepreneurship, and raising awareness of opportunities for study abroad. It will also strengthen the appeal of studying in Europe by promoting a series of world-class universities.

A micro-finance facility will provide support to help young entrepreneurs develop their own businesses.

As part of the strategy, the EU is encouraging member countries to adopt a “youth guarantee scheme”. The scheme would ensure that young people are offered a job, further training or work experience within six months of leaving school.

There will also be a dedicated Youth on the Move website for those interested in studying or finding work experience abroad, and a new European skills passport for use across the EU. Commissioner Vassiliou will participate in an online debate on Youth on the Move at 15:00 CET on Friday 17 September. Questions can be sent in advance in any EU language to

DG Education and culture

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