Investing in Europe's youth
On 7 December 2016 the Commission proposed in a Communication Investing in Europe's Youth a renewed effort to support young people in the form of a package. The Youth Package proposes 3 strands of action:
- Better opportunities to access employment: The Commission aims to achieve this goal through a full and sustainable implementation of the Youth Guarantee on the ground, supported by the European Semester that drives reforms at a national level. To facilitate the roll-out of the Youth Guarantee, the Commission has proposed to supplement the original allocation of the Youth Employment Initiative by EUR 1 billion until 2020.
- Better opportunities through education and training: This objective will be achieved by facilitating the cooperation between Member States and supporting their efforts to reform education and training systems. The Commission is especially committed to create better conditions for apprentices by proposing a Quality Framework for Apprenticeships, supporting Member States in establishing modern apprenticeship systems and introducing the new long-term mobility strand for apprentices "ErasmusPro" in the Erasmus+ programme.
- Better opportunities for solidarity, learning mobility and participation: In this context, the Commission has proposed an increase of EUR 200 million in Erasmus+ budget until 2020. In order to encourage participation of young people in society and solidarity work, the Commission will revise the European Youth Strategy and set up a European Solidarity Corps.