European Commission President José-Manuel Barroso and European Commissioner for Employment, Social Affairs and Inclusion László Andor have welcomed the political agreement reached on the proposed Youth Guarantee Recommendation at the EU's Council of Employment and Social Affairs Ministers on 28th February.
Under the Youth Guarantee Member States should put in place measures to ensure that young people up to age 25 receive a good quality offer of employment, continued education, an apprenticeship or a traineeship within four months of leaving school or becoming unemployed.
Implementing the Youth Guarantee requires Member States to establish strong partnerships with schools and universities, training providers, employment services, social partners, career guidance providers, to ensure early intervention and action.
The Member States should also actively involve young people themselves, youth support services and youth organisations in designing and further developing the Youth Guarantee scheme. This will help to tailor services to the need of beneficiaries and to have the youth sector act as multipliers in awareness-raising activities. One of the tools promoting the Youth Gauarantee will be the European Youth Portal.
Member States can make full use of the European Social Fund and other structural funds, and will be required to assess and continuously improve their Youth Guarantee schemes. Furthermore, on 7-8 February 2013 the European Council decided to create a Youth Employment Initiative setting aside €6 billion for the period 2014-2020 to be allocated to regions where youth unemployment exceeds 25%. These funds will be available to implement the Youth Guarantee.
Commission President José-Manuel Barroso commented "Too many young Europeans are asking if they will ever find a job or have the same quality of life as their parents. They need answers from us. That is why, for the past two years, the European Commission pushed the urgent need to tackle youth unemployment to the top of Europe's political agenda. 6 billion euros have been earmarked for the Youth Employment Initiative to help the young unemployed. Now, with the Youth Guarantee, young people have a real chance of a better future. I call on Member States to translate this agreement into concrete action as swiftly as possible."
Youth Employment Page: http://ec.europa.eu/social/youthemployment
Council Resolution of 27 November 2009 on a renewed framework for European cooperation in the youth field (2010-2018): http://ec.europa.eu/youth/pdf/doc1648_en.pdf
László Andor's website: http://ec.europa.eu/commission_2010-2014/andor/index_en.htm
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