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EESC report highlights practical solutions for youth unemployment

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15-10-2014

The report analyses the implementation of youth employment policies in six European countries.

A new report released by the European Economic and Social Committee's (EESC) Labour Market Observatory (LMO) analyses the implementation of youth employment policies in Greece, Croatia, Italy, Austria, Slovakia and Finland in order to highlight successful policies and suggest areas for improvement. The labour market situation for young people varies radically between the six countries analysed, with youth unemployment ranging from 58.3% in Greece to 9.2% in Austria. However, the study does offer some common solutions that all EU member states could successfully apply.

The study was carried out in close cooperation with representatives from social partners, youth organisations and public authorities. It highlighted that the involvement of social partners and civil society in youth employment policies and policy making has proven effective in helping to keep unemployment rates low, notably in Austria and Finland. The study examined the youth guarantee schemes in the selected member states and concluded that, if well implemented, in partnership with social partners and youth organisations, the youth guarantee has significant potential to bring about structural reforms. The study placed a particular emphasis on vocational education and training (VET), highlighting the very different systems that are in place in the different member states and how this impacts the overall labour market situation for young people.

The view the report and background materials please see here