It's time to act…
At present, too many young people leave school early and too few enter
higher education, which jeopardises Europe's future skills base.
Youth on the Move will be instrumental in achieving the Europe 2020
headline targets of reducing the share of early school leavers from 15% to
10% and increasing the share of young people with tertiary education or
equivalent from 31% to at least 40% by 2020. Youth on the Move actions will
also help member states reach the headline EU target for 75% employment over
the next ten years by helping to ensure that young people have the right skills
for the jobs of tomorrow. Commission studies show that 35% of new jobs will
require high-level qualifications by 2020 and that 50% will require
The economic and financial crisis has made it harder for young Europeans to
enter the labour market. The number of young people looking for a job has
increased from 4 to 5 million since the onset of the financial turmoil, with EU
youth unemployment now at nearly 21%.
These challengescall for concerted action and robust policy coordination to
identify action at EU level and in member states. The Commission will support
member states in designing policies to support those most at risk of
unemployment, to do more to encourage young entrepreneurs and to address legal
and administrative obstacles to learning and working mobility.
Independent studies show that more than 40% of employers attach importance
to the experience gained from study and work abroad, which not only enables
young people to improve their language abilities but also to acquire other
skills that are highly valued. The Commission already has a long tradition of
supporting mobility through the grants it provides from Erasmus, Leonardo da
Vinci, Grundtvig and Marie Curie.
Youth on the Move will create new momentum at an EU and national level to
improve support and extend opportunities for learning mobility to all young
people in Europe by 2020.
Top 10 actions
The Youth on the Move strategy includes the following targeted actions:
• Launch of a dedicated Youth on the Move website
to provide a single point of access to information about opportunities to study
or gain work experience abroad, including advice about EU grants and individual
rights. This will build on existing initiatives such as the Portal on Learning
Opportunities throughout the European Space (PLOTEUS).
• A pilot project "Your first EURES
job" will provide advice, job search and financial support to young
jobseekers who want to work abroad and to companies - particularly small and
medium-sized enterprises. The project will be managed by EURES, the network of
European Public Employment Services, and will be operational in 2011.
• A mobility scoreboard will benchmark and measure
progress in removing legal and technical obstacles to learning mobility.
• The Commission and the European Investment Bank are
examining the creation of a European student lending facility to support
students who wish to study or train abroad.
• The findings of a study to test the feasibility of a
multi-dimensional global university ranking system, will be published to
provide a more complete and realistic picture of higher education performance
than existing rankings.
• Youth on the Move card providing benefits and
discounts for young people planned for development
• A new European Vacancy Monitor will provide an
intelligence system on labour market demand across Europe for jobseekers and
employment advisors. The launch is planned later in 2010.
• The Commission's new European Progress Micro-finance
Facility will provide financial support to help young entrepreneurs set up
or develop their businesses.
• It will encourage member states to introduce a youth
guarantee to ensure all young people are in a job, training or work
experience within six months of leaving school.
• The Commission will propose a European skills
passport, based on Europass (European online CV), to allow skills to be
recorded in a transparent and comparable way. Launch: Autumn 2011.
On Friday 17 September, Commissioner Androulla Vassiliou will take
part in a web-chat on the initiative 14:00-15:00 BST. Questions can be sent in
advance or during the web-chat, in any EU language, to this address: EAC-YOM@ec.europa.eu.
The web-chat will be streamed live here: http://webcast.ec.europa.eu
Youth on the Move will be promoted through a Europe-wide information
campaign. Special kick-off events will be held in Budapest, Hungary, on 8-9
October and in Bordeaux, France, on 14-16 October.
A public consultation on the future of the Commission's mobility programmes
for post 2013 has been launched.
Youth on the Move website: http://europa.eu/youthonthemove
Video interview of Commissioners Vassiliou and Andor:
Youth on the Move Communication: http://ec.europa.eu/education/yom/com_en.pdf
Youth on the Move: Citizens' summary: http://ec.europa.eu/education/yom/cs_en.pdf
Proposal for a Council Recommendation on learning mobility: http://ec.europa.eu/education/yom/rec_en.pdf
Staff working paper: Results of the 2009 public consultation on learning
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