Suggestions put forward to tackle European youth unemployment

14th May 2012

Workers moving overseas to Europe will be reassured to know that plans have been put in place to try and tackle youth unemployment on the continent.

According to MEPs, unemployment in the EU currently averages at ten per cent, with youth unemployment standing at 22.1 per cent. The latter is up from 14.7 per cent in 2008.

However, in order to tackle these, and give the children of those moving to Europe a better chance of tying down work, a number of suggestions have been made by the Employment and Social Affairs Committee.

These ideas include a European Investment Plan in order to create new jobs, the reallocation of EU structural funds for projects to create jobs for young people as well as the introduction of a European Youth Guarantee.

Earlier in the year, during the European Council, the European Commission president José Manuel Barroso said that €82 billion of EU structural funds designated for investment between 2007 and 2013, had yet to be allocated.

This was of regret, MEPs said, and they urged the Commission to put the reassignment of the money as priority, suggesting it could do great things in securing opportunities for young people.

The European Youth Guarantee was also talked of highly be MEPs.

This would give the opportunity to every young person in the EU the right to either a job, an apprenticeship, further training or a job combined with training should they have been out of work for a period of at least four months.

MEPs also called on the commission to "set up a European Quality Charter on Traineeships, to ensure their educational value and avoid exploitation".

The Commission has now mobilised a number of separate action teams in the eight worst affected Member States so as to develop youth unemployment plans further.

The possibility of work is often a major consideration for moving abroad, alongside international shipping issues and cultural changes.

 

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