With the alarming youth unemployment rate across the European Union, the European Commission has made the young generation a priority. By improving the quality of education, as well as creating more opportunities for young people to study and work abroad young people will be given the skills they need to find jobs. Therefore the Commission aims at:
- Reducing school drop-out rates below 10%, and having
- at least 40% of 30-34–year-olds completing third level education.
A number of initiatives and programs have been put in place. Among them:
- Exchange programs such as Erasmus, Leonardo da Vinci and Grundtvig offer concrete opportunities to study and learn abroad.
- The EURES network of employment advisors and the national public employment services, which exist in each Member State.
- Mutual learning programme for European public employment services (PES).
- The European vacancy monitor.
- European progress micro-finance facility.